When comparing Artix Linux vs Salient OS, the Slant community recommends Artix Linux for most people. In the question“What are the best Arch Linux based distributions?” Artix Linux is ranked 1st while Salient OS is ranked 14th.
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Pro No systemd
Artix actively supports the runit init system known from Void Linux. (Equally besides the OpenRC init system known from Gentoo).
Only the software you would need like Terminal emulator, file manager, media player and a browser.
Pro Compatible with Arch Repositories
It is fully compatible with almost all packages from community, extra, multilib and AUR.
Pro Close to bare Arch Linux
No learning curve if you're coming from Arch or any of its derivatives.
Pro Rolling distro
You can have a functional system in less than 10 mins using GUI installer OR you can do it "the Arch way".
Pro Customized and great performance
Its really good customized, and the performance was the best of my laptop 2 gb ram 50 Gb ROM.
Pro Fast, Nvidia versions
No need to install Nvidia, detected out of the box, blazingly fast.
Pro Higly customizable to tiny details via KDE settings and preinstalled Kvantum engine
Super fast and stable. Dolphin root restrictions can be solved with yust few clicks. Easy installation via Calamares , and preinstalled packages are awesome. Salient OS is a huge competitor to Manjaro both KDE & XFCE.
Con No systemd
Some packages flat out won't work because systemd is non existent, sadly pipewire needs systemd to run. Hopefully Pipewire becomes usable soon. Edit: Pipewire does work but you will have to make a startup script.
Con Few Arch packages might not be available yet
Developers are working migrating all packages into their own repositories while ensuring there's no systemd malware.
Con No tiling WM (i3/sway) out of the box
Con No torrent downloads
The download from Soundforge takes too long. If there was a torrent, like other Arch based distros, this wouldn't be a problem.