I am amazed how well Artix has been running and once you get comfortable it appears to be among the simplest to configure linux distributions.
Artix initially came with sddm as a display manager and LXQT as its default desktop, for those that need one. To see how alternatives are able to work I tried lightdm which I am comfortable with for years. It run very well but came with the same boring login screen that is the lightdm constant basic login screen. It does what is needed simply and reliably.
I also tried slim, which is very light but does not allow remote logins. Slim has also been left undeveloped for years and unless it will receive some repackaging and modification does not work very well. I shortly gave up and uninstalled it.
Next on the list was LXDM which is a known entity in many distributions as a default DM. Surprised again not to see it working well. You do get to a login screen but seems to mess up in loading the DE (desktop environment). So I suspect it needs a tiny little love and care by the Artix team to comply fully to the task.
Back to sddm and lightdm, which seem to be both functional and light options. In combination with openbox and not too many “daemons” autostarting you get into a desktop environment with only using 100-150MB of RAM. I also use LXDE, but you may have pcmanfm or nitrogen for a desktop background, or use pcmanfm for having a desktop full of icons, folders, files, or anything you like from a desktop directory. You have a huge variety of docks, (docky, plank, cairo, lxpanel), you can add conky, and still be around 200MB ram on start. All these are proven ideas that came from the Miyo Devuan distro.
Again, I am amazed on such an early stage how flexible and stable Artix is. I thought my transition from Manjaro OpenRC (which is still fully functional and updated) to Artix would be rough, but I can hardly tell a functional difference. Meanwhile there are daily updates on packages on Artix and is getting better and better and better.
Two thumbs up to the team working on Artix.