How much in common does Arch have with Slackware?
As you see the Arch and Slackware topics have been put in the same forum on Nuxified.org. The reason is simply the way I, as I think alot of other people do, percieve them as in many ways similar and gathering the kinds of people with similar taste and needs when it comes to the GNU/Linux flavor of their choice. In other words, those who like Slackware usually like Arch and vice versa. Same can be said about the general experience level that the two distro users seem to have.
Am I right? Maybe there is a bigger difference than I see it?
What I see as so similar is first and foremost the whole design philosophy. Both Slackware and Arch adhere to the so called "KISS" (Keep It Simple Silly) philosophy which usually implies keeping things basic and without bloat. Instead of having heavy GUI frontends managing all configuration you have text files placed in logical locations and stuffed with lots of helpful comments to help you edit it properly.
Both Arch and Slackware use BSD style inits (in /etc/rc.d rather than /etc/init.d/ as Debian and alike distros do it). Also, the installation of Arch resembles Slackware, but does even less for you than slackware for the point of more flexibility and customizability. In truth, those fluent with Slackware probably wont have much problems installing Arch either, as well as running it.
Maybe the biggest real difference between Slackware and Arch is the package manager, most notably the fact that Arch's package manager "Pacman" has a dependancy resolution while Slackware doesn't, but much as it is in Slackware the actual packages are gzipped tarballs with a shell script that determines how to extract them. In Slackware they're .tgz files and in Arch they're tar.gz.pkg files.
Now someone might think Arch is actually based on Slackware, but it isn't. From what I know it was made with LFS, but the major source of inspiration was (no, not really Slackware) CRUX! I suppose CRUX has a good deal in common with Slackware as well, at least in philosophy.
Are there any other differences? Heck, if you can add some more maybe we can turn this thread into an article comparing Slackware and Arch (and possibly other distros like... gentoo??).