Arch or Debian
I know this is a very broad type of question but is there a reason other than open package system, customization and philosophy to use arch over debian ? base debian and not any variant.
Both are good. Arch uses fewer dependecies. AUR is great. Pacman is great. Up to date. Runs swell. I like debian. I used netinstall for awhile. But switched to Arch a few weeks back. Not looking back.
Both are good distros. Debian has a cool logo and does well. Arch is just better imo
But depend son what you use for. If you're running something small and need server or just one simple task. debian may be better.
For a desktop. Arch
If you're fine with running 10 year old software then go ahead and use Debian.
Honestly though, I've found that since Debian's software is so fucking out of date, THAT causes most of my issues.
Well. LIke I said. I have only been using for a few weeks. No breaks yet. I broke it myself twice because I was fucking with display managers. But that wasn't Arch's fault . But I'd stick with Arch personally. I just don't see you "enjoying" anything more on debian side.
arch is rolling release, which is nice
for something you're not using as a desktop debian might be a better idea (media center, nas, other kind of server), but for desktop use i find arch more suitable, mainly down to everything being up to date and the AUR has everything, so you very rarely need to manually find/install anything (even common themes and fonts are in there)
stable: for server/install-and-forget uses, in most cases not really for desktop use
testing: good comprimise to get newer things for desktop use
unstable: usually only suitable for developers, even arch is tested more than this
note: as for the trustworthyness of AUR packages, it's not much trouble to read over AUR install scripts, they're typically very short and are essentially a modified version of the programs' regular manual installation procedure
also, they're not less trustable than PPA's
I use Debian. I think if you've got unlimited time and patience, Arch is probably better, or if you haven't used either it might be better to learn Arch.
I like Debian a lot, but apt has some major flaws that always present themselves eventually, such as dozens of packages asking to be autoremoved for some reason, and often breaking shit if you autoremove them.