I switched to Arch from Kubuntu a few months ago and I'm never
looking back. It's definitely not for everyone since setting up
is a pain and some favour stability over having the newest, shiny
toys. For me, I wanted a distro that has the latest and greatest
that I can make as minimal as possible, with a great package
management system. And that's Arch.
Give it a whirl in a VM and judge for yourself. I was worried for
a while about leaving the Ubuntu-derived distros and missing out
on packages but Arch seems to have everything I want in the
official repositories. In the rare case it doesn't, it's in the
AUR and easily installed anyway.
To the original poster: thanks and good work!
This might be the final straw that takes me over to Arch.
How are things over on that side of linux? I've been using
ubuntu/lubuntu/fedora/mint on various machines for years but
never really tried out the more DIY distros.