I have been testing out various arch installers on an external SSD (SATA to USB). Few work well or at all. I managed to get Pacbang installed after about three attempts. It’s an offline installer, using ncurses I think, and looks OK (actually very red) on first reboot. The trouble for me started when I did the system update as required by the Pacbang Install Manual. I used
sudo pacman -Syyu as required and it suggested about four replacements which didn’t mean a thing to me. In short, I did this three times and on the last attempt ignored the suggestions. After installing various necessary apps such as pulseaudio, git and yay and after about another three reboots, I got a vaguely stable system which lasted until the next reboot. I imagine my problems were all to do with the external ssd because the system seemed to lose the Hostname, NetworkManager and a few other essential items (so gave me several FAIL messages and locked up).
All in all, it didn’t offer me anything that I couldn’t build better and with less hassle from a vanilla arch install. I won’t bother trying to install it onto an internal SATA SSD.
I have also tried to install Arcolinuxb with Openbox onto the external SSD and I eventually got it working. Calamares seems like a very bad joke to me. But then, so is the Arcolinux website. I wonder if anyone has ever made head or tails out of it. I have tried to watch Erik Dubois videos but his microphone is awful and his style is rambling. I still can’t see the point of it when you can install Arch Linux the proper way without all of the extras which tend to obscure what you are actually installing.