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Arch Linux

Last Update: 2018-07-21 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.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 14 (578), 6 months: 14 (582), 3 months: 11 (536), 4 weeks: 12 (501), 1 week: 15 (486)

Average visitor rating: 9.23/10 from 212 review(s).


Arch Linux Summary
Distribution Arch Linux
Home Page http://www.archlinux.org/
Mailing Lists https://lists.archlinux.org/listinfo/
User Forums http://bbs.archlinux.org/
Alternative User Forums
Documentation http://wiki.archlinux.org/
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Download Mirrors http://www.archlinux.org/download/
Bug Tracker http://bugs.archlinux.org/
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0.8: PolishlinuxPro-Linux (German) • Skatox (Spanish) • Tuxmachines
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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
 • More Arch releases...

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 •2018-07-10 AUR packages compromised
 •2017-11-08 Arch drops 32-bit x86
 •2017-01-24 Arch Linux phasing out 32-bit
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voodoo
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0.6
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0.5
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0.4
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0.2
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Release Date 2018-07-21 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 i686, 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 2009.02
  Number of packages: 160 (download as TXT)
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  •  acl 2.2.47-1
  •  aif 2009.01.24-1
  •  archlinux-installer 2009.02-2
  •  attr 2.4.41-1
  •  bash 3.2.048-3
  •  binutils 2.19.1-1
  •  bzip2 1.0.5-3
  •  coreutils 6.12-1
  •  cpio 2.9-3
  •  cracklib 2.8.13-1
  •  cryptsetup 1.0.6-2
  •  dash 0.5.4-4
  •  db 4.7.25-2
  •  dbus-core 1.2.4-1
  •  dcron 3.2-3
  •  ddrescue 1.7-1
  •  device-mapper 1.02.30-1
  •  dhcpcd 4.0.10-1
  •  dialog 1.1_20080819-1
  •  diffutils 2.8.1-6
  •  dmapi 2.2.8-3
  •  dmraid 1.0.0.rc14-2
  •  dnsutils 9.5.0.P2-1
  •  dosfstools 3.0.1-1
  •  e2fsprogs 1.41.3-2
  •  elinks 0.11.5-1
  •  expat 2.0.1-2
  •  file 5.00-1
  •  filesystem 2009.01-1
  •  findutils 4.4.0-1
  •  fuse 2.7.4-1
  •  gawk 3.1.6-2
  •  gcc-libs 4.3.3-1
  •  gdbm 1.8.3-5
  •  gen-init-cpio 2.6.17-3
  •  gettext 0.17-2
  •  glibc 2.9-4
  •  gnu-netcat 0.7.1-2
  •  gnutls 2.6.3-1
  •  gpm 1.20.5-2
  •  grep 2.5.3-3
  •  groff 1.20.1-1
  •  grub-gfx 0.97-11
  •  gzip 1.3.12-4
  •  hdparm 9.6-1
  •  heimdal 1.2.1-3
  •  inetutils 1.6-3
  •  initscripts 2009.01-1
  •  intel-536ep 2.56.76.0-59
  •  intel-536ep-utils 2.56.76.0-28
  •  intel-537 2.60.80.0-59
  •  intel-537-utils 2.60.80.0-28
  •  iputils 20071127-2
  •  ipw2100-fw 1.3-2
  •  ipw2200-fw 3.0-2
  •  iwlwifi-3945-ucode 15.28.2.8-1
  •  iwlwifi-4965-ucode 228.57.2.23-1
  •  iwlwifi-5000-ucode 5.4.A.11-1
  •  jfsutils 1.1.13-1
  •  kbd 1.14.1.20080309-2
  •  kernel-headers 2.6.27.6-2
  •  kernel26 2.6.28.4-1
  •  klibc 1.5.15-1
  •  klibc-extras 2.5-2
  •  klibc-kbd 1.15.20080312-8
  •  klibc-module-init-tools 3.5-1
  •  klibc-udev 135-2
  •  less 418-1
  •  lftp 3.7.8-1
  •  libarchive 2.6.1-1
  •  libdownload 1.3-1
  •  libevent 1.4.8-2
  •  libgcrypt 1.4.3-2
  •  libgpg-error 1.6-1
  •  libidn 1.11-1
  •  libldap 2.3.43-3
  •  libpcap 1.0.0-1
  •  libsasl 2.1.22-7
  •  libtasn1 1.7-1
  •  libusb 0.1.12-3
  •  licenses 2.4-1
  •  lilo 22.8-2
  •  logrotate 3.7.7-3
  •  lshwd 1.1.3-5
  •  lua 5.1.4-2
  •  lvm2 2.02.44-1
  •  lzo2 2.02-3
  •  mailx 8.1.1-5
  •  man 1.6f-2
  •  man-pages 3.17-1
  •  mdadm 2.6.8-1
  •  memtest86+ 2.11-1
  •  mkinitcpio 0.5.23-1
  •  mlocate 0.21.1-1
  •  module-init-tools 3.5-1
  •  nano 2.0.9-1
  •  ncurses 5.7-2
  •  ndiswrapper 1.53-4
  •  ndiswrapper-utils 1.53-1
  •  net-tools 1.60-13
  •  nfs-utils 1.1.3-2
  •  nfsidmap 0.21-2
  •  nmap 4.76-3
  •  nspr 4.7.3-1
  •  ntfs-3g 2009.1.1-1
  •  ntfsprogs 2.0.0-2
  •  openssh 5.1p1-2
  •  openssl 0.9.8j-1
  •  openvpn 2.0.9-4
  •  pacman 3.2.2-1
  •  pacman-mirrorlist 20090108-1
  •  pam 1.0.3-1
  •  parted 1.8.8-2
  •  pciutils 3.0.3-1
  •  pcmciautils 015-2
  •  pcre 7.8-1
  •  perl 5.10.0-4
  •  popt 1.14-1
  •  portmap 6.0-2
  •  ppp 2.4.4-7
  •  pptpclient 1.7.2-1
  •  procinfo 19-3
  •  procps 3.2.7-5
  •  psmisc 22.6-2
  •  readline 5.2.013-2
  •  reiserfsprogs 3.6.21-1
  •  rp-pppoe 3.10-1
  •  rt2500 1.1.0_B4-26
  •  rt2x00-rt61-fw 1.2-3
  •  rt2x00-rt71w-fw 1.8-3
  •  sdparm 1.03-2
  •  sed 4.1.5-3
  •  shadow 4.1.2.1-2
  •  speedtouch 1.3.1-1
  •  spidermonkey 1.7.0-1
  •  sqlite3 3.6.10-1
  •  squashfs-tools 3.4-1
  •  sysfsutils 2.1.0-4
  •  syslog-ng 2.1.3-2
  •  sysvinit 2.86-4
  •  tar 1.21-1
  •  tcp_wrappers 7.6-8
  •  tcpdump 4.0.0-2
  •  texinfo 4.13a-3
  •  tiacx 20080210-8
  •  tiacx-firmware 2-1
  •  tzdata 2009a-1
  •  udev 135-1
  •  unionfs-utils 200611041820-1
  •  usbutils 0.73-5
  •  util-linux-ng 2.14-1
  •  vi 7.2.65-1
  •  wget 1.11.4-1
  •  which 2.20-1
  •  wireless_tools 29-2
  •  wlan-ng26-utils 0.2.9-1
  •  wpa_supplicant 0.5.11-1
  •  xfsprogs 2.10.2-1
  •  zd1211-firmware 1.4-2
  •  zlib 1.2.3.3-3


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Version: current
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-07-20
Votes: 0


Been a loyal user for many many years.

If you like doing it yourself with the bonus of having the most authoritative wiki support on the net you cannot go wrong.




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Version: current
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-07-15
Votes: 2


Extremely lightweight, that you really feel it. Its a DIY distro, which lets you build up your system software the way you want. Its official repository contains numerous packages. And there's AUR which even has way, way more community-based packages. Arch's developers provided a very helpful documentation, the Arch Wiki, that covered almost everything a user needs. Even it might be helpful to users of other distros. Really liked it.


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Version: current
Rating: 6
Date: 2018-07-09
Votes: 0


Nope! Too hard, don't worth it for me. I prefer Debian instead. Stable and customizable as Arch, but way easier to use. I gave an 6 because It's a great system, but you have to dedicate much more time to configure your system. If you have time and patience, ok!


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