Latest packages of Arch Linux but without systemd as well as a simple installation procedure using the commandline. And if this trio of good reasons are not already enough, a helpful community with a dedicated and communicative lead developer.
Obarun has been my best Linux desktop experience so far.
Recommended (in my opinion) also for beginner users when they make sure to browse the provided how-to's on the wiki and forums (e.g. how to partition a harddisk for the installation procedure, how to add AUR repository, etc.).
I was on Arch for many years but since systemd appeared my system was to instable, so i'ved install Obarun. With this distro and S6 for init, i've no hang. All crashes are from desktop (plasma) or hardware, but you always have possibility to go to console and close properly. GREAT
I use Obarun since it early stage of developpement, i'm on plasma (even if it's a bit heavy in memory) it work perfectly.
It's a distribution for people that know what there are doing (as Arch), particularly when you make update, and but as it's a Arch base distro, the Arch forum and community give a lot of informations.
All informations about the non-systemd part are form obarun forum.
Many tools are developped for easily maintain the system.
It boot very quickly: 20 seconde from syslinux menu to plasma on a Quad-Core 3Ghz with 8G of memory and 240Go SSD as HDD
Actually version 2018.06: I have had a similar experience with Artix linux, It would install fine one day, and the very next day it would all go haywire. The current issue with install completely failing. Check website web.obarun.org for more info. Despite my lower rating, Obarun still shows promise. I look forward to trying to install Obarun again in a month or two when the project gets some more of the bugs worked out.
Was trying out Void Linux. Missing packages I need, and requires you to compile alot from source. Not my thing.
With Obarun, you get S6 init, and all of the arch and AUR packages. No compiling from source for things like printer drivers in void. Awesome.
Issues: Small userbase (No Support)
Lack of documentation
mpd and emacs require libsystemd? what?!
Obarun is pure Arch as it should be, without systemd. Simple and solid, it's a breeze in the Linux world. With its excellent support and open-minded community, you definitely should try a run and feel it yourself.
I have used Obarun since mid-2017 and despite of having tried many other non-systemd based distros this has been my primary work distro.
I use Openbox and some lxde tools but pretty much anything on Arch/AUR I have tried works.
It is also one of the lightest distros in terms of initial resources used, while it is one of the fastest booting up.
All my friends who were asked to try it have also converted to Obarun.
Installation is like a swiss clock, never misses and it is a treat.
I think it is the best kept secret in Linux world.
S6 as init and as service manager is a marvel, stable like a rock, fast booting and with a ton of features. I as far as know, only Obarun use S6 as init by default and provide the neccessary to have a successfull experience with S6.
Futhermore, Those guys provide a good and clean tools constantly devellopped and they have a small but friendly community.
A distro that deserves to emerge from the shadows after 3 years of existence.