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Arch Linux

Last Update: 2019-08-20 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: 9.35/10 from 309 review(s).

Arch Linux Summary
Distribution Arch Linux
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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
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Feature current 2011.08.19 2010.05 2009.08 2009.02 2008.06
Release Date 2019-08-20 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
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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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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 2008.06
  Number of packages: 183 (download as TXT)
  •  acl-2.2.47-1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  atl2-2.0.4-3-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  attr-2.4.41-1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  autoconf-2.62-1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  automake-1.10.1-2-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  b43-fwcutter-011-1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  bash-3.2.033-2-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  bcm43xx-fwcutter-006-2-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  bin86-0.16.17-3-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  binutils-2.18-8-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  bison-2.3-4-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  bridge-utils-1.2-2-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  bzip2-1.0.5-2-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  ca-certificates-20080514-3-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  capi4k-utils-050718-6-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  core.db.tar.gz
  •  core.db.tar.gz.old
  •  core.db.tar.gz.orig
  •  core.files.tar.gz
  •  core.files.tar.gz.old
  •  coreutils-6.12-1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  cpio-2.9-3-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  cracklib-2.8.10-5-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  cryptsetup-1.0.6-1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  csup-20060318-5-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  current.db.tar.gz
  •  dash-0.5.4-4-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  db-4.6.21-2-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  dcron-3.2-3-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  device-mapper-1.02.24-1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  dhcpcd-3.2.1-1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  dialog-1.1_20080316-3-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  diffutils-2.8.1-5-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  dmapi-2.2.8-3-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  dmraid-1.0.0.rc14-4-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  dnsutils-9.4.2-1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  dosfstools-2.11-2-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  e2fsprogs-1.40.8-1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  ed-0.9-1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  eventlog-0.2.5-2-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  fakeroot-1.9.3-1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  file-4.24-1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  filesystem-2008.06-2-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  findutils-4.4.0-1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  flex-2.5.33-4-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  fuse-2.7.3-1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  gawk-3.1.6-2-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  gcc-4.3.1-1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  gcc-libs-4.3.1-1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  gdbm-1.8.3-5-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  gen-init-cpio-2.6.17-3-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  gettext-0.17-1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  glib2-2.16.3-1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  glibc-2.8-2-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  gmp-4.2.2-2-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  gpm-1.20.3-1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  grep-2.5.3-3-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  groff-1.19.2-4-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  grub-0.97-12-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  gzip-1.3.12-4-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  hdparm-8.6-1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  heimdal-1.0.1-2-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  hwdetect-0.9-1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  ifenslave-1.1.0-3-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  initscripts-2008.05-1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  iproute-2.6.24_rc7-1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  iptables-1.4.0-2-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  iputils-20070202-4-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  ipw2100-fw-1.3-2-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  ipw2200-fw-3.0-2-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  ipw3945-1.2.2-10-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  ipw3945d-1.7.22-4-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  ipw3945-ucode-1.14.2-2-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  isdn4k-utils-3.2p1-3-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  iwlwifi-3945-ucode-
  •  iwlwifi-4965-ucode-
  •  jfsutils-1.1.12-2-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  kbd-
  •  kernel26-
  •  kernel-headers-
  •  klibc-1.5-5-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  klibc-extras-2.4-1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  klibc-kbd-1.15.20080312-5-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  klibc-module-init-tools-3.2.2-3-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  klibc-udev-116-3-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  lastsync
  •  less-418-1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  libarchive-2.4.17-1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  libdownload-1.3-1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  libelf-0.8.10-3-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  libevent-1.3e-1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  libgcrypt-1.4.0-1.1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  libgpg-error-1.6-1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  libldap-2.3.40-1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  libpcap-0.9.8-2-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  libsasl-2.1.22-5-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  libtool-2.2.4-1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  libusb-0.1.12-3-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  licenses-2.4-1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  lilo-22.8-2-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  links-2.1pre36-1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  linux-atm-2.4.1-3-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  logrotate-3.7.5-1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  lvm2-2.02.36-1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  lzo2-2.02-3-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  m4-1.4.11-1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  madwifi-
  •  madwifi-utils-
  •  mailx-8.1.1-5-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  make-3.81-3-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  man-1.6f-2-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  man-pages-3.00-1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  mdadm-2.6.4-1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  mkinitcpio-0.5.19-1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  mlocate-0.20-2-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  module-init-tools-3.2.2-6-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  mpfr-2.3.1-1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  nano-2.0.7-1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  ncurses-5.6-6-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  ndiswrapper-1.52-4-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  ndiswrapper-utils-1.52-1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  netcfg-2.0.6-1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  netkit-telnet-0.17-7-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  net-tools-1.60-13-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  nfsidmap-0.20-2-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  nfs-utils-1.1.0-4-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  ntfs-3g-1.2531-1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  ntfsprogs-2.0.0-2-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  openssh-5.0p1-1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  openssl-0.9.8h-3-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  openswan-2.4.11-1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  openvpn-2.0.9-3-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  packages.txt
  •  pacman-3.1.4-1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  pam-1.0.1-1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  patch-2.5.9-1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  pciutils-2.2.8-3-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  pcmciautils-014-4-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  pcre-7.7-1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  perl-5.10.0-3-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  pkgconfig-0.23-1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  popt-1.10.6-3-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  portmap-6.0-2-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  ppp-2.4.4-6-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  pptpclient-1.7.1-3-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  procinfo-19-2-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  procps-3.2.7-4-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  psmisc-22.6-1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  readline-5.2-7-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  reiserfsprogs-3.6.20-3-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  rp-pppoe-3.8-3-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  rt2500-1.1.0_B4-23-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  rt2x00-rt61-fw-1.2-2.pkg.tar.gz
  •  rt2x00-rt71w-fw-1.8-2.pkg.tar.gz
  •  run-parts-2.28.6-2-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  sdparm-1.02-2-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  sed-4.1.5-3-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  shadow-
  •  sudo-1.6.9p12-1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  sysfsutils-2.1.0-4-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  syslog-ng-2.0.9-1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  sysvinit-2.86-4-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  tar-1.20-2-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  tcp_wrappers-7.6-8-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  texinfo-4.12-2-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  tiacx-20080210-5-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  tiacx-firmware-2-1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  tzdata-2008c-1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  udev-119-1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  usbutils-0.73-5-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  util-linux-ng-
  •  vi-7.1.267-1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  vpnc-0.5.1-2-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  wget-1.11.3-1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  which-2.19-2-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  wireless_tools-29-2-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  wlan-ng26-0.2.8-17-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  wlan-ng26-utils-0.2.8-2-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  wpa_supplicant-0.5.10-1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  xfsprogs-2.9.7-1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  xinetd-2.3.14-3-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  zd1211-firmware-1.4-2-i686.pkg.tar.gz
  •  zlib-1.2.3-4-i686.pkg.tar.gz

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Version: current
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-08-10
Votes: 27

After using Fedora, Debian, Ubuntu for years, i am using now Arch for quite a long time, and am happy with it. The documentation on wiki is excellent, can be edited, there is a mailing list, a facebook group, and the motto is "be nice especially to beginners". The Arch people often know and use other distributions as well and focus on technical help.

The release cycle is rolling, and in rare cases something breaks. I made the best experience by installing two kernels, "linux" and "linux-lts", the long term support version. in case one breaks just boot the other. Also installing a package like "yay" to benefit from the Arch user repository helped.

Arch has nearly as much sofware packaged as Debian, and far more than all other distributions. The GUI can be chosen. if you like KDE put it. or Gnome, or Solus, Elementary, Xfce, Sway. If software does not work than there is usually a git package from source, so one is not bound to one version.

While i never arrived to package software for Debian based distros like Debian or Ubuntu, or one of the RedHat distros, i found it easy to do for Arch.

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Version: current
Rating: 6
Date: 2019-08-07
Votes: 0

Granted it doesn't claim to be the most stable distro, I still can't bring myself to merit it a high rating. There are longstanding bugs involving GDM and libreoffice (as well as other, lesser uses app) which affect my system in a way that is simply unacceptable. GDM fails to login sometimes after resuming from sleep/suspension. Libreoffice force closes after editing menu items; it also has display issues. Most distros suffer from these bugs, though not all. Regardless, these are faults that should be remedied for a product aimed at public use.

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Version: current
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-08-04
Votes: 19

Finally switched my main system to Arch, amazing distro, so fast and more stable than I thought. Only regret, not switching earlier!

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