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Last Update: 2023-10-03 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
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 • 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 2023-10-03 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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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
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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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Version: current
Rating: 9
Date: 2023-09-28
Votes: 2

I've been using Arch on my main laptops for over three years. Its been a better experience than I had expected. Arch is fast, easy to use, if not install and has the AUR with its vast repository of software, that's hard to match. I've had to learn a lot about the command line, using Arch. Yes I've had to trouble shoot issues and not all of them, occasional black screen upon first starting the OS, have gone away, in spite of a lot of time spent on forums.

I do think Arch could do with an automated installer, for those who don't want to be running through things from the command line and I think people need to acknowledge there is maintenance and a few bugs attendant to Arch.

That said, these things are alright as there is a lot of upside too, particularly in terms of gaining independence and being able to set up your Arch OS, as you like as opposed to having a lot of unnecessary software installed by default and having to endure someone else's vision of what your OS should be.

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Version: current
Rating: 10
Date: 2023-09-24
Votes: 6

Arch is a simple distro that focuses on simplicity and freedom of choice by its users. Its great if you want to completely customize your linux experience.

It has great community which maintains the Arch Wiki that i think is the best knowledge base there is for this moment.

Also it has a amazing package system called AUR, which has a very large collection of software that you can install with ease, almost in 1 command and not having to sit on it for a long time as it would be with another distros.

However, lets talk about bad things arch has, which is not much.

1. It is very beginner un-friendly, i'd say beginner offensive. You'd need to have rather big linux knowledge to use it, let alone install it
2. It forces you to customize everything. Sometimes it would be much easier to let the OS take care of everything

I don't think that any of those 2 things are that bad. If you are a beginner, you will learn one way or another. And the second one is barely a problem, since if you'd want to just use the OS, there is a lot of software like ArchInstall that automates a lot for you. Hell, you can install an Arch-based distro like Manjaro that has all the good things that Arch has, but are beginner-friendly

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Version: current
Rating: 10
Date: 2023-09-13
Votes: 8

Arch is a very beautiful distro where everything is for you and by you. You build up everything as per your need . The package management with help of AUR is vast and biggest. It is stable also if you know how to keep it. It is not bloated as you install only what you need. A good configuration will make it the best distro and best OS. I am using this OS for more than 2 years though in between switched to few different Arch based and Non Arch based but again came back to Arch as I feel I have the ultimate freedom only in Arch .

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