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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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Full Package List:   Arch Linux 0.3
  Number of packages: 219 (download as TXT)
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Version: current
Rating: 4
Date: 2024-05-18
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Arch has its many advantages - namely, new software, great customisability, no random bloatware and a good cmd line. Despite this, its repos (not AUR) are quite stable (unless you use testing, which is marked unstable). Some of the common AUR packages are stable, but I've run into many packages that aren't maintained anymore or lag significantly behind their upstreams.

While the ArchWiki is quite well-informed on a number of topics, it's often lacking in areas that are rather niche (the sort of thing you'd use a wiki for, especially if you were, you know, trying to make the most use of that customisability). Its bleeding-edge update cycle often leaves you with no way to handle old software. It also forces you to use only the package manager to install a number of languages' packages - for instance, Python. So, if the Python package you're looking for isn't in the repos or the AUR, you'll have to start trying workarounds. (PyTorch is not in anything, and you will have to use conda to die trying to get it, and you can't use the older versions.)

Arch doesn't hold your hand and doesn't know what that means, but will bite you with updates requiring you to stay informed about what's going on with the distro's package management. The Archlinux install is unnecessarily difficult due to inconsistencies inside the wiki itself if you're trying to use anything other than the standard setup (/, /boot and swap partitions).

Overall: Works if you aren't really a developer ig. If you need a Linux that breaks once in a while and supports a lot of software (arguably erratically), then you might want to give it a spin. One of the most customizable Linuxes out there, but unless you want to spend a lot of time customising and very little time using said setup, perhaps give this distro a miss.

PS: used this for a decade and it worked alright when I wasn't using it for dev or customising it much.

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Version: current
Rating: 10
Date: 2024-05-18
Votes: 3

Arch Linux is a powerful and highly customizable Linux distribution known for its simplicity and minimalism. It follows the KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid) philosophy, which means it aims to provide a clean, straightforward base system that users can build upon according to their specific needs. This makes Arch ideal for experienced Linux users who prefer to configure their systems from the ground up, choosing only the components they require.

One of Arch Linux's standout features is its rolling release model. This approach ensures that users always have access to the latest software updates and system improvements without needing to upgrade to a new version of the operating system periodically. This continuous update process is facilitated by the Arch User Repository (AUR), a community-driven repository that provides a vast array of software packages, often more than official repositories of other distributions.

However, Arch Linux's appeal comes with a steep learning curve. The installation process is entirely manual, requiring users to partition their disks, configure network settings, and install essential software packages from the command line. This can be daunting for beginners but is rewarding for those who invest the time to learn. The extensive Arch Wiki is a valuable resource, providing comprehensive documentation and troubleshooting advice.

In conclusion, Arch Linux offers a highly flexible and cutting-edge environment for users who are comfortable with hands-on system management. Its rolling release model and extensive community support make it a compelling choice for those seeking a customizable and up-to-date Linux experience. However, its manual setup process and maintenance requirements mean it is best suited for advanced users who enjoy the challenge of configuring their operating system to their exact specifications.

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Date: 2024-05-03
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Arch is a great distro for the desktop if you are ok learning how to do things from a command line. While you totally can use a gui for whatever you want, Arch is designed to teach you Linux admin skills and how to configure and run your system from the command line. The resulting power and control over your system is addictive. It's like the manual transmission in a car, hard to learn but gives you way more power and control once you master it.

For a server distro, Arch tends to update too often to make a usable production server in a work environment. For a personal server, it works fine. I use Radicale to sync my contacts and calendars across all my devices and I use ReadyMedia/MiniDLNA on the same machine (my main desktop) as a DLNA server for my media files.

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