I have been with Scientific Linux for many years but made the jump to BlueStar about three days ago. The trigger was the arrival of a new 500GB SSD so it was time to reinstall everything - perfect opportunity to try something new that looked enticing.
So far, I'm very pleased. There are a few things I need to [re]learn as the base distros are quite different (Arch vs. RH), the biggest being pacman for package management, but overall the transition has been quite smooth for me. It's fast, it's clean and it seems to handle hosting VMs on my hardware quite well (using KVM/QEMU). It's my new distro of choice.
I give it 8/10 because of a couple of weird behaviors I can't seem to iron out. It tends to forget settings between reboots on occasion, and it *never* reconnects to my wireless network after a reboot without manual intervention even though it has retained my network key and is set to connect automatically when the network is available. These are irritations but they're not showstoppers as I can set things again and, with the exception of the wireless, I can usually make changes permanent.
Fine distro! I am still learning as I go, but so far I am glad I gave it the chance.
I cannot stress enough to go to the Facebook page of Bluestar Linux when you run into problems. I also had to do that myself.
Last month I could no longer use my hard disk and luckily it was possible to replace it and install a brand new SSD by the man of my computer store. There have been some problems when I installed Bluestar Linux on it but not everything is Bluestar Linux' fault. It depends on the Linux kernel. That has improved with the new kernel 4.14. Booting goes a bit slow, but I'm patient because I can actually not live without Bluestar Linux. In my opinion it's one of the best operating systems!
This is the first Arch based distro I've tried that actually detected and installed my Samsung printer fine.
Good out of the box range of apps. I also installed:
Nvidia drivers (GTX970 - also booted fine dual screen with the livecd! Very rare that this happens)
Steam (also requires lib32-nvidia-utils)
Changed Latte bar to only bounce once when clicking an icon as otherwise it seemed apps were slow to load.
I like the customisations to the KDE desktop. XFCE was my go-to until bluestar.
Latte bar, drop-down panel with app menu.
Desktop widgets for weather, diskspace and folders
Nice default wallpapers
Archbluey on by default in terminal
It's been solid as a rock so far, even used for gaming (Pyre, Grim Dawn, etc).
I've been using Bluestar Linux for two years now and I really like it. I found it at SourceForge because it was featured there that week. It was quite a new experience for me because I was used to having an Ubuntu-based Linux OS. Pinguy OS was the previous one that I used.
I haven't regret making the switch to an Arch Linux based OS. Once you installed it, you can keep it on your computer because the new Linux kernels can be upgraded through their package manager PacMan, and that way you have an up-to-date operating system.
I like Bluestar Linux because it contains quite a lot of software but not too much.
The support is excellent. If you have a problem with the installation or anything else, you can easily contact the developer via the Facebook page of Bluestar, or through his email address.
I recently had to reinstall Bluestar because of an Arch Linux bug having to do with attaching external drives, or it could have been caused by a corrupt installation. And thus I installed the latest 4.11-3 version. It's only a 1.8 GB download. When installing you can choose to install Base, Lite, Desktop, DeskPro or the Developer version. It's recommended to put the ISO onto a flash drive so you don't run into problems when you install it from a burned DVD. The developer is even trying to improve this, he told me.
Previously Cairo-Dock was installed but because that's no longer being maintained by their developer, Bluestar now comes with Latte Dock which also gives ya a MacOS look and feel. If you like this too, try out this awesome Linux OS ! You won't regret it.