Backstory: Chris is something of an Operating system junkie, and likes to play around with things. I think he's weird, but whatever. Also, he bought a netbook several months ago, and after much persistence on my part (and some epic failures of Ubuntu instalations,) he finally installed Arch Linux, and it worked amazingly well. Here's a funny (ok, mildly amusing?) conversation about his latest system plan with only minor editing for understandability and comedic value:
Chris: I was thinking that I'd move some stuff off of my second internal hard drive and install the alpha version of Ubuntu to see how it works.
tycho: How it works? Like crap. It's ubuntu, so it's meant to be easy to install and usable, not fresh, robust, and hardened. Besides its an alpha, if you what stability just install Arch and get it done with.
Chris: [silence and pause]
tycho: now that we resolved this quandary what's next?
Chris: [sighs and laughs] Nothing, really. [pause] I'm downloading Arch now, asshole.
tycho: [laughs] You're welcome.
I don't actually use Arch, because Ubuntu has been simple and I've yet to have a problem with it, but I would use Arch if I needed it, and I (seem) to recommend it to all my friends who are really geeky and are having problems with debian/ubuntu.