I would like to add GPIO lirc support, but to my understanding the kernel is not built with this. How daunting of a task is it to build the kernel with this support in? Kernel 3.6.11? I did find a guide here, but I am not sure how out of date it is, or if some parts needs changed for a arch kernel compile, etc..
I currently have a Raspbian install booting to emulation station. All controllable with a keyboard, remote (via gpio lirc), or my wired ps3 controller. From there I can launch XBMC, openbox, Q3A, or any of the emulators I have installed (retroarch being the main). I would like this same functionality but with arch as a base, as it seem's more lean, and boots a bit quicker.