It seems that a little momentum is starting to gather with ROS on Archlinux. There is not really a place for these people to connect so I’m starting a topic here since it’s a ROS centric thing.
Up to now the core project for maintaining Archlinux ROS packages has been https://github.com/bchretien/arch-ros-stacks. As part of supporting Kinetic there is an ongoing effort to get these on the buildfarm and if there are no issues with that, we need to figure out whether to continue to maintain AUR repos (the standard way to manage non-official Archlinux packages).
Please say hi if you are using ROS on Arch. Also take a peek at https://github.com/bchretien/arch-ros-stacks/issues/50 to see if you can contribute.
Myself, I’ve used Arch for a long time and deployed multi-robot systems and industrial robotics research platforms using it. I use ROS occasionally and touched the ROS AUR stuff here and there over the years. I’m not much involved in the current effort, but I feel that Arch is a much better platform for developing software and systems than Ubuntu and I’d like to see it continue to get more exposure.