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DistroWatch.com: Arch Linux

Arch Linux

Last Update: 2017-03-28 02:20 UTC


Arch Linux is an independently developed, i686- and x86_64-optimised Linux distribution targeted at competent Linux users. It uses 'pacman', its home-grown package manager, to provide updates to the latest software applications with full dependency tracking. Operating on a rolling release system, Arch can be installed from a CD image or via an FTP server. The default install provides a solid base that enables users to create a custom installation. In addition, the Arch Build System (ABS) provides a way to easily build new packages, modify the configuration of stock packages, and share these packages with other users via the Arch Linux user repository.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 11 (745), 6 months: 12 (731), 3 months: 14 (757), 4 weeks: 13 (705), 1 week: 14 (696)

Average visitor rating: 9/10 from 19 review(s).


Arch Linux Summary
Distribution Arch Linux
Home Page http://www.archlinux.org/
Mailing Lists http://www.archlinux.org/mailman/listinfo
User Forums http://bbs.archlinux.org/
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation http://wiki.archlinux.org/
Screenshots LinuxQuestions.orgDistroWatch Gallery
Screencasts LinuxQuestions.org
Download Mirrors http://www.archlinux.org/download/LinuxTracker.org
Bug Tracker http://bugs.archlinux.org/
Related Websites Planet ArchArch for Raspberry PiWikipediaArch BrazilArch ChileArch DenmarkArch FranceArch GermanyArch HungaryArch ItalyArch RussiaArch SpainArch Turkey
Reviews 2016: Keith Curtis
2015: DistroWatchKeith CurtisLWN
2011: Guillermo Garron
2010: ITworldLWN
2009: It's A Binary WorldDistroWatchAdventures in Open SourcePolishlinux
2008: Guia do PC (Portuguese) • DistroWatchOStaticBlogspotWordpress
2007: Blogspot
0.8: PolishlinuxPro-Linux (German) • Skatox (Spanish) • Tuxmachines
0.7: USALUGWordpressOSNewsLinMagazine (Hebrew) • Linux Magazine (PDF) • LinuxUser (German) • ABC Linuxu (Czech) • OSNewsLWNOSNews
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 • 2012-11-02: Distribution Release: Arch Linux 2012.11.01
 • 2012-10-07: Distribution Release: Arch Linux 2012.10.06
 • 2012-09-08: Distribution Release: Arch Linux 2012.09.07
 • 2012-08-05: Distribution Release: Arch Linux 2012.08.04
 • 2012-07-22: Distribution Release: Arch Linux 2012.07.15
 • 2011-08-20: Distribution Release: Arch Linux 2011.08.19
 • 2010-05-18: Distribution Release: Arch Linux 2010.05
 • 2009-08-09: Distribution Release: Arch Linux 2009.08
 • 2009-02-17: Distribution Release: Arch Linux 2009.02
 • 2008-06-24: Distribution Release: Arch Linux 2008.06
 • 2008-04-16: Development Release: Arch Linux 2008.04 RC
 • 2007-10-07: Distribution Release: Arch Linux 2007.08-2
 • More Arch releases...

  Headlines:
 •2017-01-24 Arch Linux phasing out 32-bit
 •2016-06-27 Updated screen may not reattach
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Feature current 2011.08.19 2010.05 2009.08 2009.02 2008.06
overlord
2007.08
dontpanic
0.8
voodoo
0.7
wombat
0.6
widget
0.5
nova
0.4
dragon
0.3
firefly
0.2
vega
0.1
homer
Feature
Release Date 2017-03-28 2011-08-19 2010-05-17 2009-08-09 2009-02-17 2008-06-24 2007-08-05 2007-04-01 2005-01-24 2004-03-01 2003-07-21 2002-12-18 2002-08-07 2002-04-17 2002-03-11 Release Date
End Of Life                               End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
CDs -- 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 CDs
Free Download PKG ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Installation
Default Desktop                               Default Desktop
Package Management Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Package Management
Office Suite GOffice, Calligra, LibreOffice -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- KOffice KOffice KOffice     Office Suite
Processor Architecture i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 i686 i686 i686 i686 i686 i686 i686 Processor Architecture
Journaled File Systems Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ReiserFS ext3, ReiserFS ext3, ReiserFS ext3, ReiserFS ext3, ReiserFS Journaled File Systems
Multilingual                               Multilingual
Asian Language Support                               Asian Language Support
Full Package List current 2011.08.19 2010.05 2009.08 2009.02 2008.06 2007.08 0.8 0.7 0.6 0.5 0.4 0.3 0.2 0.1 Full Package List
Package current 2011.08.19 2010.05 2009.08 2009.02 2008.06
overlord
2007.08
dontpanic
0.8
voodoo
0.7
wombat
0.6
widget
0.5
nova
0.4
dragon
0.3
firefly
0.2
vega
0.1
homer
Package
abiword (3.0.2) 3.0.2 -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.4.6 2.2.3 2.0.3 1.9.1 1.0.2 1.0.2 -- -- abiword (3.0.2)
alsa-lib (1.1.3) 1.1.3 -- -- -- -- -- 1.0.14 1.0.13 1.0.8 1.0.2 0.9.4 0.9.0rc6 0.9.0rc2 -- -- alsa-lib (1.1.3)
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ati-driver (16.40)
bash (4.4) 4.4 4.2 4.1 4.0 3.2.48 3.2 3.2 3.2 3.0 2.05b 2.05b 2.05b 2.05b 2.05a 2.05a bash (4.4)
bind (9.11.0-P3) 9.11.0-P3 -- -- -- -- -- 9.4.1-P1 9.4.0 9.3.0 9.2.3 9.2.2 9.2.1 9.2.1 -- -- bind (9.11.0-P3)
chromium (57.0.2987.110) 57.0.2987.110 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (57.0.2987.110)
cups (2.2.2) 2.2.2 -- -- -- -- -- 1.2.12 1.2.10 1.1.23 1.1.20 1.1.19 1.1.17 1.1.15 -- -- cups (2.2.2)
dhcp (4.3.5) 4.3.5 4.2.1-P1 -- -- -- -- 3.0.6 3.0.5 3.0.1 3.0pl2 3.0pl2 -- -- -- -- dhcp (4.3.5)
e2fsprogs (1.43.4) 1.43.4 1.41.14 1.41.11 1.41.8 1.41.4 1.40.8 1.40.2 1.39 1.35 1.35 1.33 1.32 1.27 1.27 1.25 e2fsprogs (1.43.4)
firefox (52.0.1) 52.0.1 -- -- -- -- -- 2.0.0.6 2.0.0.3 1.0 0.8 -- -- -- -- -- firefox (52.0.1)
freetype (2.7.1) 2.7.1 -- -- -- -- -- 2.3.5 2.3.1 2.1.9 2.1.7 2.1.4 2.0.9 2.0.9 -- -- freetype (2.7.1)
gcc (6.3.0) 6.3.1 -- 4.5.0 4.4.1 -- 4.3.1 4.2.1 4.1.2 3.4.3 3.3.3 3.3 3.2.1 2.95.3 2.95.3 2.95.3 gcc (6.3.0)
gimp (2.8.20) 2.8.20 -- -- -- -- -- 2.2.17 2.2.13 2.2.2 2.0pre3 1.2.5 1.2.3 1.2.3 -- -- gimp (2.8.20)
glibc (2.25) 2.25 2.14 2.11.1 2.10.1 2.9 2.8 2.6 2.5 2.3.4 2.3.2 2.3.2 2.3.1 2.2.5 2.2.5 2.2.5 glibc (2.25)
gnome-shell (3.24.0) 3.22.3 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.24.0)
gnucash (2.6.16) 2.6.15 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (2.6.16)
gnumeric (1.12.34) 1.12.33 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnumeric (1.12.34)
grub (2.00) 2.02.rc2 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.95 0.94 0.93 -- -- -- -- grub (2.00)
gtk+ (3.22.11) 3.22.10 -- -- -- -- -- 2.10.13 2.10.11 2.6.1 2.2.4 2.2.2 2.0.9 -- -- -- gtk+ (3.22.11)
httpd (2.4.25) 2.4.25 -- -- -- -- -- 2.2.4 2.2.4 2.0.52 2.0.48 -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.25)
inkscape (0.92.1) 0.92.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (0.92.1)
k3b (2.0.3a) 2.0.3a -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- k3b (2.0.3a)
kmod (24) 24 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- kmod (24)
libgnome (2.32.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.2.2 2.0.5 -- -- -- libgnome (2.32.1)
libreoffice (5.3.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- libreoffice (5.3.1)
linux (4.10.6) 4.10.5 3.0.3 2.6.33.4 2.6.30.4 2.6.28.4 2.6.25.6 2.6.22.1 2.6.20.4 2.6.10 2.6.3 2.4.21 2.4.20 2.4.19 2.4.18i 2.4.18 linux (4.10.6)
Package current 2011.08.19 2010.05 2009.08 2009.02 2008.06
overlord
2007.08
dontpanic
0.8
voodoo
0.7
wombat
0.6
widget
0.5
nova
0.4
dragon
0.3
firefly
0.2
vega
0.1
homer
Package
lxde-common (0.99.2) 0.99.2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- lxde-common (0.99.2)
mariadb (10.1.22) 10.1.22 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.1.22)
mate-desktop (1.18.0) 1.18.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.18.0)
mesa (17.0.2) 17.0.2 -- -- -- -- -- 6.5.2 6.5.2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mesa (17.0.2)
mysql (5.7.17) -- -- -- -- -- -- 5.0.45 5.0.37 4.1.9 4.0.18 4.0.13 3.23.54 3.23.51 -- -- mysql (5.7.17)
nautilus (3.24.0) 3.22.3 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.2.4 2.0.7 -- -- -- nautilus (3.24.0)
NVIDIA (378.13) 378.13 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (378.13)
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (8u121) 8u121 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (8u121)
openssh (7.5p1) 7.4p1 5.8p2 5.4p1 5.2p1 5.1p1 5.0p1 4.6p1 4.6p1 3.9p1 3.8p1 3.6.1p2 3.5p1 3.4p1 -- 3.1p1 openssh (7.5p1)
openssl (1.1.0e) 1.0.2k 1.0.0d 1.0.0 0.9.8k 0.9.8l 0.9.8h 0.9.8e 0.9.8e 0.9.7e 0.9.6l 0.9.6i 0.9.6h 0.9.6e -- 0.9.6c openssl (1.1.0e)
perl (5.24.1) 5.24.1 5.14.1 5.10.1 5.10.0 5.10.0 5.10.0 5.8.8 5.8.8 5.8.6 5.8.3 5.8.0 5.8.0 5.8.0 5.6.1 5.6.1 perl (5.24.1)
php (7.1.3) 7.1.3 -- -- -- -- -- 5.2.3 5.2.1 5.0.3 4.3.4 4.3.2 4.2.3 4.2.2 -- -- php (7.1.3)
plasma-desktop (5.9.4) 5.9.4 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.9.4)
postfix (3.2.0) 3.2.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.2.0)
postgresql (9.6.2) 9.6.1 -- -- -- -- -- 8.2.4 8.2.3 7.4.6 7.4.1 7.3.3 -- -- -- -- postgresql (9.6.2)
Python (3.6.1) 3.6.0 -- -- -- -- -- 2.5.1 2.5 2.4 2.3.3 2.2.3 2.2.2 2.2.1 -- -- Python (3.6.1)
qt (5.8.0) 5.8.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 3.3.3 3.3.0 3.1.2 3.1.1 3.0.5 -- -- qt (5.8.0)
samba (4.6.1) 4.5.7 -- -- -- -- -- 3.0.25b 3.0.24 3.0.10 3.0.2 2.2.8 2.2.7 2.2.5 -- -- samba (4.6.1)
systemd (233) 232 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (233)
thunderbird (45.8.0) 45.8.0 -- -- -- -- -- 2.0.0.6 1.5.0.10 1.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- thunderbird (45.8.0)
vim (8.0) 8.0 -- -- -- -- -- 7.1 7.0 6.3 6.2 6.2 6.1 6.1 6.1 6.0 vim (8.0)
vlc (2.2.4) 2.2.4 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- vlc (2.2.4)
xfdesktop (4.12.3) 4.12.3 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 3.8.18 4.0.3 3.8.18 3.8.18 -- -- -- xfdesktop (4.12.3)
xorg-server (1.19.3) 1.19.3 -- -- -- -- -- 1.2.0 1.2.0 (6.8.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- xorg-server (1.19.3)

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Version: current
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-03-04
Votes: 4


Arch Linux is an highly customizable Linux distribution. I think it is the best Linux distribution because of it's rolling release update model and it's symplicity. I recommend it for Linux purists and advanced users.


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Version: current
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-01-22
Votes: 1


The best Linux distribution I've ever used. One thing to mention is that the installation process isn't the easiest one for Linux newbies. Pacman - awesome package manager, also packages in repos are up-to-date. The AUR (Arch User Repository) is purely amazing. In AUR there is almost any package that is missing from official repos. I've used Arch for pretty long time and I never ran to any bigger problem. I just love it. To newbies - I would at least try to use Arch. Sure, installation process is not the easiest one, but after you will get thru that, the distro is pretty easy to use.


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Version: current
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-03-08
Votes: 1


The best Linux distro I've ever used. I usually used to keep distro hopping but when I found out about Arch and installed it. I've never looked back.


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