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 4th while Salient OS is ranked 17th.
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Pro No systemd
Pro Close to bare Arch Linux
No learning curve if you're coming from Arch or any of its derivatives
Artix actively supports the runit init system known from Void Linux. (Equally besides the OpenRC init system known from Gentoo.)
Pro Rolling distro
Only the software you would need like Terminal emulator, file manager, media player and a browser.
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 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.