When comparing Artix Linux vs Microsoft Windows 11, the Slant community recommends Artix Linux for most people. In the question“What is the best laptop OS?” Artix Linux is ranked 8th while Microsoft Windows 11 is ranked 56th.
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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).
Pro Compatible with Arch Repositories
It is fully compatible with almost all packages from community, extra, multilib and AUR.
Only the software you would need like Terminal emulator, file manager, media player and a browser.
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 Great support for video games
Top support for video drivers.
Pro New Features
Such as notification pane, weather gadget and a sweet new centered taskbar.
Pro Great for gamers
DirectX 12 Ultimate and DirectStorage boost gaming performance quite a bit.
Pro New UI design and features
Centered Taskbar and Start Menu, Widgets panel, and so many more new features and UI elements make Windows 11 truly unique compared to other operating systems.
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 Tethered to the Microsoft Store
Each new release of Windows tugs users closer to the walled garden of the Microsoft Store.
Con Still too many legacy features
Windows 11 still has the Control Panel, Computer Managment and lots of other legacy features that originate from XP, Vista or 7.
Like Windows 10, Windows 11 records everything you do, builds a profile, then sells it to a third party. Go with Linux.
Con OneDrive is a bit slow
OneDrive opens a folder or file a couple seconds slower on Windows 10 compared to Windows 11. Not a problem if you don't use OneDrive though.