I have been on Arch for a while now.
So far, not bad. Not too good, either, but it is a fun distro.
I am thinking of using it as a base for my ever-vaporous personal small server distro.
You can see any progress I make by searching for my packages in AUR (search for submitter ralsina). AUR is really a nice thing to have for a hobbyist. You put your stuff there, people can find it, they can even try it, comment on it, vote on it... really a very nice community site for a very hobbyist distro.
Hey that is really interesting. I am also thinking of using AL as a base for a light ISP liveCD. I was going to use Ubuntu, still might (edgy perhaps) but for the last few months I've been using AL for my main desktop and I really like it. I notice you use qmail whereas I use courier... they both use maildir format though. FWIW I use apache2, php5, mysql5 (slightly modified for 64 char usernames), pure-ftpd and xtradius (which I will need to package).
I'm interested to learn what negative sides you discovered in Arch Linux.
Have you checked out rPath's rBuilder? You could get your small server distro up and running in an evening (providing everything you need is already packaged). I maintain a mail server distribution in my spare time called Port 25.
Joseph: well... it is not packaged because qmail is tricky. To have a decent installation you need a seriously hacked version, and my particular collection of hacks is unlike others.... there are hardly any two identical qmail setups :-(
But yeah, rBuilder is nice.