Uh-oh, she’s only just arrived & already is posting Mods-baiting eyes-rolling fluff…
If there were no Arch & Archies… i mean not that if they folded [coz then forking would occur], but simply if there never had been an Arch, thus also never any Archies… what would be your distro?
Fwiw, my answer for this is different now for the last few months compared to historically. A friend informed me some months back about SparkyLinux, of which in my ignorance i’d never even heard. I’d not used Debian before, having been put right off the concept by my dissatisfaction with every Ubuntu-based distro i’d ever tried. Somehow i had let myself suppose that Debian would be every bit as heavy, slow & ancient [packages] as Ubuntu.
Thus SL has proven a revelation to me, & made me realise that i should not have been ill-judging the parent [untried] on the basis of her problem children. My SL installations boot more or less as fast as Arch, update more or less as fast as Arch, & [care of being based on Debian Testing not Stable] have packages as current as Arch [this gobsmacked me, i really had thought for years that Debian = dinosauric packages]. In fact, several times over recent weeks my SL received new versions of some things that took several days & sometimes quite longer in Arch.
I love my Arch, but, if i fell into a parallel universe that never had Arch & Archies, i suspect i’d be downloading the SL ISO.
I truly hope this sort of fluff post/thread is not verboten here, & i do apologise if i have broken rules by ignorantly posting it in error; i meant no malice.