posted by weildish on Tue 3rd Nov 2009 21:12
Conversations Hello, all.

We've secured an interview with the Arch team, and this time 'round we want the input of you, the readers. We want to know what it is you want to know from Arch, and so we'd love it if you would input any questions or even ideas that may lead to questions in the comments below. We'll thoughtfully consider them and be sure to include as many as possible when finally conducting the interview.

Thank you all in advance.
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Comment by Laurence
by Laurence on Wed 4th Nov 2009 08:29 UTC
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Many users (like myself) love Arch because of it's ease of config and no-bloat approach.

However, with distro's Like Ubuntu attracting more and more users, have you ever considered a pre-built ISO for those that need a desktop in 30mins?

Also (and I'm pretty sure this question has been done to death already), have you ever considered supporting other CPU architectures outside of i686 / AMD64?

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My Questions
by David on Thu 5th Nov 2009 16:58 UTC
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Obviously, there are a lot of Linux distros out there, and it's hard to differentiate some of them from one another. Arch is "lightweight and flexible," but it's not the only one. Do you consider this proliferation of distros a strength or weakness of the Linux movement? Is is an unproductive duplication of effort, or an environment of teeming fecundity from which springs unanticipated innovation, or somewhere in between?

The teams behind some (mostly early) Linux distros parlayed their projects into lucrative professional services businesses. Do you think that door has closed? Will there ever be another big "Linux company" to emerge? Why/why not/how?

What decisions have you made in your development philosophy that have gone against the conventional wisdom? Have those decisions proven to be important to make Arch a superior distro?

Do you "eat your own dog food?" What platforms and operating systems do you use every day? Under what circumstances is Arch the best choice, and when would another OS serve you better. Do you find you use Arch for some things you wouldn't if you weren't affiliated with it, just out of loyalty/pride?

What's the biggest challenge facing the overall Linux movement today? What's your prescription for addressing it?

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by gelendir on Fri 6th Nov 2009 19:22 UTC
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In the OSS ecosystem, we can see certain distros being popular for specific niches (for example: Debian and RHES on web servers, ubuntu for the desktop, etc). Have you observed any popular or emerging niches for Arch Linux ? What niche do you think Arch Linux is best suited for ?

One of the most noteable charaterisitcs of Arch is its rolling release model, which assures users that they will always have the latest and newest version of a program available. Has this model brought any noticeable disadvantages ? (for example : programs that depend on older libraries who aren't on the system anymore because of an update)

Arch uses the PKGBUILD system to make and compile packages. What does the future hold in store for the PKGBUILD system ? Are there any new features or modifications that are planned ?

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Comment by jseiser
by jseiser on Fri 6th Nov 2009 20:03 UTC
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Arch Linux has steadily grown in user-base while still holding true to the simple, DIY design. Without holding peoples hands arch is growing and growing, what do you attribute this to?

What does the future of pacman hold? Where is development currently going?

What part of the Arch Linux development is the most active?

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Comment by Beachchairs
by Beachchairs on Fri 6th Nov 2009 20:31 UTC
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What do you like least about Arch Linux?

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by Zolookas on Tue 17th Nov 2009 10:47 UTC
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Have you ever considered building hardened system/packages and/or using grsecurity patched kernel?

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by foldingstock on Wed 18th Nov 2009 13:47 UTC
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Is there a plan anytime in the future to support Architectures other than i686/x86_64?

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Comment by dswain
by dswain on Sun 22nd Nov 2009 14:52 UTC
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As a long time user of Arch Linux, it took me years to find a distro I was happy with. Once I was experienced enough to do some file editing and command line work, Arch Linux was what I was looking for. I try other distros on occasion and find them to never be as reliable or quick as other distros. So for that, I thank you.

I have a few questions for you guys/girls:

Where is development primarily focused for the Arch Linux team (the installation, pacman, etc)?

Where is a place you would like to create or simply need more development in?

What are good things for users like us to do to help the development team out (for programmers and/or non-programmers)?

Thanks a lot! I look forward to reading this interview!

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