Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sun 19th Mar 2006 02:24 UTC
Linux "The recent emphasis of the Linux community has been on desktop distros that make it easy to install and configure the system without venturing beyond the GUI. Despite the success of these beginner-friendly systems, a significant segment of the Linux population prefers a simpler approach. These back-to-basics users want clarity, stability, and speed, and they do not care about the proliferation of redundant tools and glossy configuration helpers that populate the GUI-based systems. In the past, no-frills Linux users gravitated to systems such as Slackware, Gentoo, or Debian, but another back-to-basics distro is gaining favor among the Linux faithful: Arch Linux."
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Pacman itself is a binary packages manager. But you also have Arch Build System that is similiar to Gentoo's portage or FreeBSD's ports. In your directory structure you have /var/abs and thera are subdirectories (base, devel, editors, community etc.). If you are looking for software you just change the directory to the category you desire, choose program, change directory to programm's dir and then simply run "makepkg". This will execute buildikg script, wchich will download sources and patches, compile and make proper pacman package. Then you may install that package or put it on your own packages repository for example.

But what realy makes Arch Linux excellent distro isn't it's package manadgement. Most of the time you'll use only pacman, wchich is comparable to apt-get or urpmi. The thing that I love most about Arch linux it is it's flexibility - modyfiying each part of system is easier than I've seen in any distro before. Init scripts are so logical, well writen and easy to understand/modify. Most of the configuration you simply put in /etc/rc.conf. There are network profiles available (very useful on laptops ;) ), graphical bootsplash (gensplash - ported from gentoo) and hwd as default hardware detection method.

For me as an ex-slacker, Arch is perfect. I've tried Mandriva/Ubuntu/Suse/Fedora and none of them offered me desired simplicity and easy of use. No, I realy men that - using Arch for medium-skilled Linux user is realy simple thanks to it's not-"bloated" architecture and design ;) .

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