I tried Arch too a while back
it was pretty hard to get used to at first, but with help from one of my friends I got it all set up.
I didn't use Arch for long, but while I had it, it was great.
What I LOVE about Linux is the package-based system and the way it communicates so fast with other packages, instead of the layer-based system management in Windows, where everything has to go through Windows and the APIs before a program can reach hardware.
There's also the customization options, just dig into the system and scoop out whatever you don't need anymore. I also hate the fact that MS locks out 3rd part themes for their OSes.... so every time I get tired of the lame XP look, I have to go patch the uxtheme.dll to break that lock.
What I don't like about Linux, is the fact that not all programs can run under WINE, and the fact that almost no games or programs are released for Linux also. Another bad thing can be the complexity of the more "geeky" distros like Arch.
For now though, I stick with the -buntus and Sabayon... My old laptop got back to life with fluxbuntu, and it runs a lot of programs muuuuch smoother... there is the problem with photoshop CS2 & co. that it still does not run well under WINE