a minimal iso withouth calamares can be round 900 a 800 mb put personal avarage calamares should not be that issue this time a year a small openbox has almost nothing just network installer but at the end you have no offline install option
but there is a real evolution, .i think Archbang with the openbox settings cli installar was around 700mb , mayby a bit lower … Manjaro iso didnt come over 1.2gb in the past with the forked Thus installer… but now is pretty dificult to go lower with calamares 1gb is theoretical possible… but its almost naked?
i tries zo fix the compression but that was not possible
under 1.8 is ok but for users like me, i use it once, and then gather dust
There are some differences between something like ArchBang // ArchLabs and EndeavourOS.
EndeavourOS is a bare minimum of apps installed plus a full set of libs and drivers for Media Filesyetms and language support for almost all languages of the planet per default.
This is mainly chosen for convenience on not that experienced users, as we do float between to parts of the Arch-Game the pro user want to have a fast easy solution to install the system and the one start tryout Archlinux world coming from one of the full Desktop featured Distros out there
Projects like ArchBang or ArchLabs coring to the slickest minimum needed to run the system.
to show the slick minimum also only one sentence