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Arch Linux

Last Update: 2020-01-17 02:20 UTC

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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Average visitor rating: 9.37/10 from 342 review(s).

Arch Linux Summary
Distribution Arch Linux
Home Page http://www.archlinux.org/
Mailing Lists https://lists.archlinux.org/listinfo/
User Forums http://bbs.archlinux.org/
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Documentation http://wiki.archlinux.org/
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Download Mirrors http://www.archlinux.org/download/
Bug Tracker http://bugs.archlinux.org/
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 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...

 •2019-12-20 Arch upgrade requires intervention
 •2019-10-06 Arch introduces base package
 •2018-09-10 Arch team answers questions on Reddit
 •2018-07-10 AUR packages compromised
 •2017-11-08 Arch drops 32-bit x86
 •2017-01-24 Arch Linux phasing out 32-bit
 •2016-06-27 Updated screen may not reattach
 • More Arch headlines...

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  • Colour scheme: green text = latest stable version, red text = development or beta version. The function determining beta versions is not 100% reliable due to a wide variety of versioning schemes.
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Feature current 2011.08.19 2010.05 2009.08 2009.02 2008.06
Release Date 2020-01-17 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$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB)   1-659                           Image Size (MB)
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
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
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

Full Package List:   Arch Linux 0.2
  Number of packages: 64 (download as TXT)
  •  autoconf-2.53-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  automake-1.6-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  bash-2.05a-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  bin86-0.16.2-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  binutils-2.12-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  bison-1.35-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  bzip2-1.0.2-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  db-4.0.14-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  dcron-2.3.3-2.pkg.tar.gz
  •  devfsd-1.3.24-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  dialog-0.7-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  diffutils-2.8.1-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  e2fsprogs-1.27-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  file-3.37-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  filesystem-0.2-2.pkg.tar.gz
  •  fileutils-4.1-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  findutils-4.1.7-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  flex-2.5.4a-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  gcc-2.95.3-2.pkg.tar.gz
  •  gdbm-1.8.0-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  gettext-0.11.1-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  glibc-2.2.5-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  grep-2.4.2-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  groff-1.17.2-3.pkg.tar.gz
  •  gzip-1.2.4a-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  initscripts-0.2-3.pkg.tar.gz
  •  kbd-1.06-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  kernel-2.4.18-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  less-374-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  libtool-1.4.2-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  lilo-22.2-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  m4-1.4-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  make-3.79.1-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  man-1.5j-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  man-pages-1.48-2.pkg.tar.gz
  •  mawk-1.3.3-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  modutils-2.4.15-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  nasm-0.98-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  ncurses-5.2-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  net-tools-1.60-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  netkit-base-0.17-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  pacman-1.22-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  patch-2.5.4-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  perl-5.6.1-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  procinfo-18-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  procps-2.0.7-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  psmisc-20.2-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  readline-4.2a-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  reiserfsprogs-3.x.1b-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  rsync-2.5.5-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  sed-3.02-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  sh-utils-2.0-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  shadow-4.0.3-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  snarf-2.0.9-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  sysklogd-1.4.1-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  sysvinit-2.84-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  tar-1.13-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  tcp_wrappers-7.6-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  textutils-2.0-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  util-linux-2.11q-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  vim-6.1-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  wget-1.8.1-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  which-2.13-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  zlib-1.1.4-1.pkg.tar.gz

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Version: current
Rating: 9
Date: 2020-01-07
Votes: 2

Arch... Something you know of, but a lot are scared of it. Build-It-Yourself OS, really, just without the compiling struggles that are had in a distro like Gentoo.

Chaotic installation guide. I mentioned their installation guide on the archwiki to a friend, with him replying: "There's an installation guide?" Of course, this distro is NOT for the noob that hasn't touched a "ready-to-go" distro... get your feet wet in someplace like Manjaro first. This is for the more advanced user. But really, once you get it setup, it's a breeze maintaining it. It's resulted in me writing my own installation guide to send to others, which even Windows users have been able to follow and get Arch installed with. (cfdisk, makes it that much easier).

Shockingly simple. Once the base system is installed, you're left with a lot of "pacman -S". X.Org, Pulse/Jack2, Mesa, etc etc... Makes things a lot easier. Once installed, everything just requires "pacman -Syu" to update the entire system. Simple. And when there's errors, there's most certainly going to be a notice on Arch's homepage, with command(s) to run to fix the error. Easy. But... Being bleeding edge, you don't really know if your next restart is going to bring a broken install or not. When you know what you're doing, that isn't an issue (And I've only had it happen one time).

One point must be knocked off, though, simply because... SystemD. The vast world of users won't care about the init system, and I get that. And some people prefer SystemD over others. I'm just not one of those people. If that bothers you like it does me, give Artix a swing, you'll probably love it. But for everyone else, they'll love Arch.

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Version: 2011.08.19
Rating: 10
Date: 2020-01-06
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Arch Linux is fast, has a fast boot and I consider a very good choice in terms of using the software provided, a lot of options to customize the entire OS; I'm using Linux since 2010, I was using Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, Elementary and now I'd choose Arch Linux.

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Version: current
Rating: 10
Date: 2020-01-02
Votes: 0

It took me a while to get there but here I am!! :-)

From Elementary OS to Manjaro to Archlinux!!

Elementary OS was just the looks with extremely limited environment, to the point of feeling stupid with underdeveloped native apps.
I thought Manjaro was the perfect OS for me and it was. So very polished on every level. Easy to install, fantastic support, no PPAs and other nonsense! Newest apps. I loved how it was based on Arch that handled packages!

But my Gnome started crashing in certain situations and under heavy load. Tried everything, but failed. Eventually Gnome dev said to me that it was impossible to debug further without more tools and that Manjaro team altered many things in Gnome to suit their needs.

I noted that Archlinux liked to keep it bare-bones simple yet effective and that they didn't like altering anything except what original developer intended. My kind of logic! That also meant pristine Gnome. Hooray!

So I looked at Arch and its extremely "welcoming" start (no GUI, no scripts) and bit the bullet. I won't lie, it took me a while to practice on VM then on my real machine.

But I did everything by myself! From partitioning, resizing, merging to building and installing grub and apps. Thanks to wonderful wikis. And it worked!! I'm in a fully functional Gnome environment with latest apps and NO crashing!

It's so minimalistic that even some drivers that are/were the norm in other distros (like ntfs3g driver!) ware NOT installed by default. So keep that in mind when installing. But it's so easy to add packages thanks to Pacman! I won't EVER look further. I now know how I built my system, what was needed and WHY. No bloat, no unnecessary junk, pristine apps, just what I want to install! And Pacman to keep my back.

Thank you Arch team!!!

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