Arch linux “A simple lightweight linux distribution” simply provides you a command processor, no useless applications, not even a desktop environment. Installing a desktop environment is your choice. Extremely customizable. For a beginner I recommend using a virtual machine software, otherwise when you get stuck you will have to use another PC to find answers. I myself is a newbie to linux. But starting with Arch linux was entertaining.
Fig 1. Boot Arch linux from a disc
Fig 2. Installation screen of a recent Arch linux distribution
Fig 3. Where you end up after installing Arch linux
Fig 4. When KDE is installed.
Arch linux is provided with a package manager “pacman” which can be easily used for installing applications you wish. Read about it and everything about Arch linux here.