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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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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 2019-02-17 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)
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
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 0.8
  Number of packages: 565 (download as TXT)
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  •  apache-2.2.4-2.pkg.tar.gz
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  •  cryptsetup-1.0.4-2.pkg.tar.gz
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  •  cups-1.2.10-1.pkg.tar.gz
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  •  current.db.tar.gz
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  •  cvsup-16.1h-3.pkg.tar.gz
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  •  damageproto-1.1.0-1.pkg.tar.gz
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  •  dcron-3.2-1.pkg.tar.gz
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  •  dhclient-3.0.4-1.pkg.tar.gz
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  •  dialog-1.0_20060221-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  diffutils-2.8.1-2.pkg.tar.gz
  •  dillo-0.8.6-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  distcc-2.18.3-2.pkg.tar.gz
  •  divx4linux-6.1.1-1.pkg.tar.gz
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  •  dmxproto-2.2.2-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  dnsutils-9.4.0-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  docbook-xml-4.1.2-2.pkg.tar.gz
  •  docbook-xsl-1.71.1-2.pkg.tar.gz
  •  dosfstools-2.11-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  doxygen-1.5.1-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  e2fsprogs-1.39-2.pkg.tar.gz
  •  ed-0.4-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  enchant-1.3.0-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  enlightenment-0.16.8.6-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  esd-0.2.37-2.pkg.tar.gz
  •  eventlog-0.2.5-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  evieext-1.0.2-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  evms-2.5.5-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  exim-4.66-2.pkg.tar.gz
  •  expat-2.0.0-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  faad2-2.5-2.pkg.tar.gz
  •  fakeroot-1.5.10-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  fam-2.7.0-9.pkg.tar.gz
  •  fbset-2.1-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  fetchmail-6.3.6-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  file-4.20-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  filesystem-0.8-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  findutils-4.2.30-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  firefox-2.0.0.3-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  fixesproto-4.0-2.pkg.tar.gz
  •  flac-1.1.4-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  flex-2.5.33-1.pkg.tar.gz
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  •  font-bitstream-speedo-1.0.0-3.pkg.tar.gz
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  •  font-misc-meltho-1.0.0-3.pkg.tar.gz
  •  fontsproto-2.0.2-1.pkg.tar.gz
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  •  freetype1-1.3.1-3.pkg.tar.gz
  •  freetype2-2.3.1-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  fribidi-0.10.7-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  fvwm-2.4.20-1.pkg.tar.gz
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  •  gawk-3.1.5-3.pkg.tar.gz
  •  gc-6.8-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  gcc-4.1.2-3.pkg.tar.gz
  •  gd-2.0.34-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  gdb-6.6-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  gdbm-1.8.3-3.pkg.tar.gz
  •  gdk-pixbuf-0.22.0-4.pkg.tar.gz
  •  gen-init-cpio-2.6.17-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  gentoo-0.11.56-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  gettext-0.16.1-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  gftp-2.0.18-2.pkg.tar.gz
  •  ghostscript-8.15.4-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  gimp-2.2.13-3.pkg.tar.gz
  •  gkrellm-2.2.10-2.pkg.tar.gz
  •  glib-1.2.10-6.pkg.tar.gz
  •  glib2-2.12.11-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  glibc-2.5-6.pkg.tar.gz
  •  glproto-1.4.8-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  gmp-4.2.1-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  gnome-icon-theme-2.18.0-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  gnu-netcat-0.7.1-2.pkg.tar.gz
  •  gnupg-1.4.7-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  gnutls-1.6.1-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  gpm-1.20.1-6.pkg.tar.gz
  •  gqview-2.0.4-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  grep-2.5.1a-2.pkg.tar.gz
  •  groff-1.19.2-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  grub-0.97-7.pkg.tar.gz
  •  gsfonts-8.11-4.pkg.tar.gz
  •  gtk-1.2.10-7.pkg.tar.gz
  •  gtk2-2.10.11-2.pkg.tar.gz
  •  gtk-doc-1.8-2.pkg.tar.gz
  •  gtk-engines-2.10.0-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  gtkspell-2.0.11-2.pkg.tar.gz
  •  gutenprint-5.0.0-2.pkg.tar.gz
  •  gv-3.6.2-2.pkg.tar.gz
  •  gvim-7.0.219-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  gzip-1.3.9-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  hashalot-0.3-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  hdparm-6.9-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  heimdal-0.7.2-6.pkg.tar.gz
  •  hicolor-icon-theme-0.10-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  hwdetect-0.8-6.pkg.tar.gz
  •  icewm-1.2.30-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  icon-naming-utils-0.8.2-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  id3lib-3.8.3-8.pkg.tar.gz
  •  ifenslave-1.1.0-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  imagemagick-6.3.2.8-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  imake-1.0.2-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  imap-2006f-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  imlib-1.9.15-3.pkg.tar.gz
  •  imlib2-1.2.2-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  initscripts-0.8-6.pkg.tar.gz
  •  inputproto-1.4-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  intltool-0.35.5-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  ipfm-0.11.5-4.pkg.tar.gz
  •  iproute-070313-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  iptables-1.3.7-2.pkg.tar.gz
  •  iputils-021109-5.pkg.tar.gz
  •  ipvsadm-1.24-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  ircd-2.11.1-2.pkg.tar.gz
  •  ircii-pana-1.1-2.pkg.tar.gz
  •  irssi-0.8.10a-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  isapnptools-1.26-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  isdn4k-utils-3.2p1-2.pkg.tar.gz
  •  ispell-3.2.06-4.pkg.tar.gz
  •  jade-1.2.1-4.pkg.tar.gz
  •  jfsutils-1.1.11-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  joe-3.5-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  kbd-1.12-6.pkg.tar.gz
  •  kbproto-1.0.3-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  kernel26-2.6.20.4-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  kernel-headers-2.6.20-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  kexec-tools-1.101-6.pkg.tar.gz
  •  klibc-1.5-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  klibc-extras-2.2-2.pkg.tar.gz
  •  klibc-udev-107-2.pkg.tar.gz
  •  lame-3.97-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  lcms-1.16-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  less-394-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  lesstif-0.95.0-2.pkg.tar.gz
  •  lesstifextensions-9.0.9-3.pkg.tar.gz
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  •  libao-0.8.6-2.pkg.tar.gz
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  •  libdrm-2.3.0-1.pkg.tar.gz
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  •  libfontenc-1.0.3-1.pkg.tar.gz
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  •  librsvg-2.16.1-1.pkg.tar.gz
  •  libsasl-2.1.22-3.pkg.tar.gz
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Version: current
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-02-16
Votes: 2


One of the best linux distro for almost every need.


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Version: current
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Date: 2019-02-12
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Simple. fast, up to date and stable. Best distro there is if you don't mind a somewhat harder installation process. Everything is tweakable and there is excellent documentation in the Arch Wiki. AUR means that even if Arch has fewer packages than many other distros in its repos, you have almost anything available.


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Date: 2019-02-11
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Excellent distro for experienced Linux users and learners willing to spend some time setting things up. Since you set everything up yourself, you get maximum flexibility. Everything is fast and stable. The documentation is excellent. If you can't find a program in the repos, you will probably find it in the Arch User Repositories (AUR). The rolling release nature of Arch means that after a short time of testing, you will have the newest versions of all your software and never have to reinstall.

I would not recommend Arch to new users or to people that want a "just works" out of box experience, but for people that like to learn and tinker, Arch is the best distro there is. I would not use Arch for a server or a workstation where workflow changes due to updated software is a con either. For my personal laptop, Arch is the obvious choice. It's just more fun to be more up to date, nice to have the freedom and documentation to tweak everything to my liking and nice to test new versions of software on my laptop before they trickle down to the slower moving distros I use for my workstation. (Lubuntu LTS)


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