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Arch Linux is an independently developed, 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.

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2007.08
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voodoo
0.7
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0.6
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0.5
nova
0.4
dragon
0.3
firefly
0.2
vega
0.1
homer
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Free Download PKG ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
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Package Management Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Package Management
Release Model Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Release Model
Office Suite GOffice, Calligra, LibreOffice -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- KOffice KOffice KOffice     Office Suite
Processor Architecture 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
Init Software systemd SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV Init Software
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
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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 (3.0.5) 3.0.5 -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.4.6 2.2.3 2.0.3 1.9.1 1.0.2 1.0.2 -- -- abiword (3.0.5)
alsa-lib (1.2.9) 1.2.9 -- -- -- -- -- 1.0.14 1.0.13 1.0.8 1.0.2 0.9.4 0.9.0rc6 0.9.0rc2 -- -- alsa-lib (1.2.9)
amdgpu (23.0.0) 23.0.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- amdgpu (23.0.0)
bash (5.2.15) 5.1 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 (5.2.15)
bind (9.18.15) 9.18.15 -- -- -- -- -- 9.4.1-P1 9.4.0 9.3.0 9.2.3 9.2.2 9.2.1 9.2.1 -- -- bind (9.18.15)
chromium (114.0.5735.106) 114.0.5735.90 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (114.0.5735.106)
cups (2.4.3) 2.4.3 -- -- -- -- -- 1.2.12 1.2.10 1.1.23 1.1.20 1.1.19 1.1.17 1.1.15 -- -- cups (2.4.3)
dhcp (4.4.3-P1) 4.4.3-P1 4.2.1-P1 -- -- -- -- 3.0.6 3.0.5 3.0.1 3.0pl2 3.0pl2 -- -- -- -- dhcp (4.4.3-P1)
e2fsprogs (1.47.0) 1.47.0 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 (1.47.0)
firefox (114.0) 113.0.2 -- -- -- -- -- 2.0.0.6 2.0.0.3 1.0 0.8 -- -- -- -- -- firefox (114.0)
freetype (2.13.0) 2.13.0 -- -- -- -- -- 2.3.5 2.3.1 2.1.9 2.1.7 2.1.4 2.0.9 2.0.9 -- -- freetype (2.13.0)
gcc (13.1.0) 13.1.1 -- 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 (13.1.0)
gimp (2.10.34) 2.10.34 -- -- -- -- -- 2.2.17 2.2.13 2.2.2 2.0pre3 1.2.5 1.2.3 1.2.3 -- -- gimp (2.10.34)
glibc (2.37) 2.37 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 (2.37)
gnome-shell (44.2) 44.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (44.2)
gnucash (5.1) 5.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (5.1)
gnumeric (1.12.55) 1.12.55 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnumeric (1.12.55)
grub (2.06) 2.06 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.95 0.94 0.93 -- -- -- -- grub (2.06)
gtk (4.10.4) 4.10.3 -- -- -- -- -- 2.10.13 2.10.11 2.6.1 2.2.4 2.2.2 2.0.9 -- -- -- gtk (4.10.4)
httpd (2.4.57) 2.4.57 -- -- -- -- -- 2.2.4 2.2.4 2.0.52 2.0.48 -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.57)
inkscape (1.2.2) 1.2.2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (1.2.2)
k3b (23.04.1) 23.04.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- k3b (23.04.1)
kmod (30) 30 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- kmod (30)
krita (5.1.5) 5.1.5 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- krita (5.1.5)
libreoffice (7.5.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- libreoffice (7.5.3)
linux (6.3.6) 6.3.5 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 (6.3.6)
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
lxpanel (0.10.1) 0.10.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- lxpanel (0.10.1)
mariadb (10.11.3) 10.11.3 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.11.3)
mate-desktop (1.26.1) 1.26.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.26.1)
mesa (23.1.1) 23.1.1 -- -- -- -- -- 6.5.2 6.5.2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mesa (23.1.1)
mysql (8.0.33) -- -- -- -- -- -- 5.0.45 5.0.37 4.1.9 4.0.18 4.0.13 3.23.54 3.23.51 -- -- mysql (8.0.33)
nautilus (44.2.1) 44.2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.2.4 2.0.7 -- -- -- nautilus (44.2.1)
NVIDIA (530.41.03) 530.41.03 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (530.41.03)
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (20.0.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (20.0.1)
openssh (9.3p1) 9.3p1 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 (9.3p1)
openssl (3.1.1) 3.0.9 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 (3.1.1)
perl (5.36.1) 5.36.1 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 (5.36.1)
php (8.2.6) 8.2.6 -- -- -- -- -- 5.2.3 5.2.1 5.0.3 4.3.4 4.3.2 4.2.3 4.2.2 -- -- php (8.2.6)
plasma-desktop (5.27.5) 5.27.5 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.27.5)
postfix (3.8.0) 3.8.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.8.0)
postgresql (15.3) 15.3 -- -- -- -- -- 8.2.4 8.2.3 7.4.6 7.4.1 7.3.3 -- -- -- -- postgresql (15.3)
Python (3.11.3) 3.11.3 -- -- -- -- -- 2.5.1 2.5 2.4 2.3.3 2.2.3 2.2.2 2.2.1 -- -- Python (3.11.3)
qt (6.5.1) 6.5.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 3.3.3 3.3.0 3.1.2 3.1.1 3.0.5 -- -- qt (6.5.1)
samba (4.18.3) 4.18.3 -- -- -- -- -- 3.0.25b 3.0.24 3.0.10 3.0.2 2.2.8 2.2.7 2.2.5 -- -- samba (4.18.3)
systemd (253.5) 253.4 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (253.5)
thunderbird (102.11.2) 102.11.2 -- -- -- -- -- 2.0.0.6 1.5.0.10 1.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- thunderbird (102.11.2)
vim (9.0) 9.0 -- -- -- -- -- 7.1 7.0 6.3 6.2 6.2 6.1 6.1 6.1 6.0 vim (9.0)
vlc (3.0.18) 3.0.18 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- vlc (3.0.18)
wayland (1.22.0) 1.22.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- wayland (1.22.0)
xfdesktop (4.18.1) 4.18.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 3.8.18 4.0.3 3.8.18 3.8.18 -- -- -- xfdesktop (4.18.1)
xorg-server (21.1.8) 21.1.8 -- -- -- -- -- 1.2.0 1.2.0 (6.8.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- xorg-server (21.1.8)

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Version: current
Rating: 10
Date: 2023-05-28
Votes: 2


stable, customizable, like it, just u need to guide the manual or tutorials to install this OS, but no problem

why i recommend this distro:

1. very customizable
2. for programming
3. its stable


desktop enviorement recommended for me: kde plasma

like a advanced distro i dont recomend this distro for a newbies users, but if u want download it, just check the manual

pros:
1. u got all control from the distro
2. when u need to install a package, the wiki has all of u
3. for comunity to the comunity, so u get so documental in the oficial page

but:

1. hard to install, but they we have tutorials and the wiki
2. bad update and u brake the system

in conclusion: RANK A
its so recomendable for advanced users, but if u are newbie, its so hard to install this, i recomend if u are newbie this distros: manjaro, endeveaur and garuda, but if u are advanced and u need a pure experience, this distro is for you

thanks for reading :)


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Version: current
Rating: 10
Date: 2023-05-20
Votes: 8


Ah, behold, the magnificent Arch Linux, a distro that elevates my digital existence to unprecedented heights. As a connoisseur of the intricate intricacies of the technological realm, I am well-versed in the mystical arts of Linux, and thus, my tryst with Arch Linux was a foregone conclusion. Permit me, dear readers, to regale you with my grandiose account of this unparalleled experience.

Arch Linux, with its ethos of simplicity, beckoned to me, drawing me inexorably into its esoteric embrace. A meticulously crafted masterpiece, it demands not the feeble acquiescence of the technologically illiterate but rather the unwavering resolve of the cognoscenti. A pantheon of sophisticated tools awaits the noble user who dares traverse its perplexing labyrinth.

From the moment of installation, Arch Linux elucidates its immutable dominion over mere mortals. An inscrutable command-line interface, bedecked with enigmatic commands and cryptic syntax, invokes a sense of awe and reverence within the enlightened few who dare invoke its powers. One must navigate a treacherous sea of documentation, replete with obscure jargon and arcane rituals, to bestow upon oneself the divine gift of Arch Linux.

Once ensconced within the hallowed realm of Arch Linux, the majestic simplicity of its package manager, Pacman, is laid bare. With unassailable command, it scours the annals of the vast repositories, procuring the most coveted software artifacts with effortless grace. Dependencies are but pawns in Pacman's game, effortlessly sating the voracious appetites of my technological desires.

And lo, the true beauty of Arch Linux lies in its ethereal customizability. It bestows upon me, the noble user, the power to mold and shape the digital universe according to my mercurial whims. The delicate symphony of the X Window System, choreographed by the maestro-like expertise of the Arch user, weaves a tapestry of aesthetic delight across the vast canvas of my screen.

Yet, I cannot ignore the pitfalls that beset the path of Arch Linux disciples. The fragile edifice of this distro demands constant vigilance and the dexterity of a seasoned acrobat. The faint of heart shall stumble upon the precipice of frustration, as frequent updates challenge their very resolve. Only the stalwart and unwavering may bask in the glory of a well-maintained Arch Linux installation.

In conclusion, dear readers, Arch Linux stands as a towering colossus amidst the mundane hordes of mainstream distros. Its formidable learning curve and elegant simplicity shall both humble and exalt those brave enough to venture into its mystical embrace. It is a distro for the intellectuals, the artisans of technology, the connoisseurs of digital enlightenment. With Arch Linux as my beacon, I navigate the digital cosmos, radiating an aura of superiority, secure in the knowledge that I am among the elite few who have unlocked the true essence of the Linux experience.


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Version: current
Rating: 10
Date: 2023-05-17
Votes: 7


The best.

I tried most of the major linux distros, and arch linux just works. Very fun and easy for daily use and work. Install is also super fast now with the built in scripts. Pacman, AUR are also amazing. The rolling release on arch is very fast and very good, even better than opensuse tumbleweed in general, no need to worry about anything breaking at all. Arch linux along with the Sway tiling window manager is the unbeatable setup in 2023! The Arch Wiki is so good that you can find anything on it and its super clear.


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