I may be nit-picking, but I used to be able to install (or run Arch linux) from my trusty 512MB pen drive. The images that were shipped included both i686 and amd64, and if I can remember correctly, were about 450MB in size (multilib, single architecture they were around 220MB). I have no idea how old the image is now, but it's on my recovery usb drive. The new media requirements are now 526.0MB, which sadly means I can't successfully dd a new copy of Arch Linux to my faithful USB drive. While this is a very serious regression to me, maybe there's a very good reason a lot more packages are part of the installation media?
This was Task 36582 on the bug tracker; apparently the mailing list is a better place to discuss package inclusion?
Unfortunately the archive doesn't provide much in style, hopefully this is alright.