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Arch Linux

Last Update: 2024-06-15 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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 • 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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Release Date 2024-06-15 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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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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Rating: 10
Date: 2024-06-10
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I'm pretty new to Linux in general since Windows 10 support is ending next year and I have no interest in buying new hardware just to meet Windows 11 requirements. I have a couple months experience after some modest distro hopping (started with Debian, then Endeavour then finally just went to mainline Arch because EOS is really just Arch anyway with a prettier installer). I'm not sure I have much else to add that hasn't already been said about Arch. It's a fantastic operating system. Pacman is fantastic, the documentation is fantastic, and you always have access to the latest and greatest software from the Arch Repo. Most importantly for me is it's a very light install with zero software bloat so I get to choose what I want on my system.

The reputation of Arch proceeds itself, and it is absolutely ABSOLUTELY worth trying. I would like to clear up a couple big misconceptions about Arch though, at least based on my experiences being new to this stuff. First, Arch isn't as unstable as some critics make it out to be. Arch hasn't given me any problems whatsoever so far but I also don't really use the AUR a whole lot. I don't really install a whole lot of stuff any way and I don't have the smarts to be able to properly vet the AUR packages or understand what is in the build scripts. So I just opt to not use AUR unless it's from the developer themselves and only as a last resort for something I really need. If what I need isn't in the Arch repo, I tend to prefer flatpaks over the AUR since I like the containerized packages. I think that if you're using Arch as a daily driver and you don't carelessly overuse the AUR, then problems should be fairly rare.

The second thing people always talk about is the installer. Well there's a dirty little secret.. the live iso actually comes with a fantastic installer script so you don't really have to do a manual install unless you really wanted to. Just type archinstall in the live iso prompt and then follow the steps. So if you're worried about the installation being as hard as people say, don't worry! archinstall is just as easy to use as any calamares installer, but minus the pretty gui. I was up and running in Arch in about ~20 mins or so.

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Version: current
Rating: 10
Date: 2024-05-29
Votes: 0

Arch Linux is a minimalist, lightweight, and highly customizable Linux distribution known for its simplicity, flexibility, and adherence to the "Keep It Simple, Stupid" (KISS) principle. Unlike many other distributions, Arch Linux follows a rolling release model, meaning that there are no distinct version releases; instead, the system is continuously updated with the latest software packages and updates.

One of the defining features of Arch Linux is its simplicity. The installation process, while not as user-friendly as some other distributions, provides users with complete control over every aspect of their system. Arch Linux installs only the essential components, allowing users to build their system from the ground up, tailored to their specific needs and preferences. This minimalistic approach ensures that the system remains lean, fast, and free of unnecessary bloat.

Another advantage of Arch Linux is its extensive package repository, known as the Arch User Repository (AUR). The AUR is a community-driven repository that contains thousands of additional packages not available in the official repositories. This vast collection of software allows users to easily install and manage applications, tools, and utilities, further enhancing the flexibility and functionality of the system.

Arch Linux also boasts a dedicated and knowledgeable community of users and developers who provide extensive documentation, tutorials, and support resources. The Arch Wiki, in particular, is an invaluable source of information for users at all skill levels, offering detailed guides, troubleshooting tips, and best practices for configuring and optimizing the system.

Additionally, Arch Linux offers bleeding-edge software updates, ensuring that users have access to the latest features, improvements, and security patches. This focus on cutting-edge technology makes Arch Linux an attractive choice for enthusiasts, developers, and power users who value staying ahead of the curve and having access to the most up-to-date software.

In summary, Arch Linux's simplicity, flexibility, extensive package repository, active community support, and commitment to providing the latest software updates make it an excellent choice for users seeking a lightweight, customizable, and cutting-edge Linux distribution.

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Version: current
Rating: 4
Date: 2024-05-18
Votes: 6

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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