Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 17th Feb 2009 17:34 UTC
Linux The ArchLinux Release Engineering Team announced the official release of the 2009.02 ISO after a long period of intense development. This distribution is among the first to officially support the new Ext4 filesystem. I've always noticed that Arch seems to be quite popular among OSNews readers, and I'm interested to know from our Arch users: why? What makes Arch such a good Linux distribution?
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It plays on Linux' strengths.
by TLZ_ on Wed 18th Feb 2009 18:25 UTC
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[q]I've always noticed that Arch seems to be quite popular among OSNews readers, and I'm interested to know from our Arch users: why? What makes Arch such a good Linux distribution?

I don't really use Linux anymore, but my best memory of using it was indeed Arch Linux.
I think the reason is because it plays on Linux strengths and doesn't try to be anything that Linux isn't(or at least isn't in the same extent as OS X/Windows).

Instead of trying to be user-friendly and hide it's insides(which leads to complicated insides which leads to bugs) it just reveals the machinery but tries to makes the machinery understandable. Even I understand Arch Linux main principles and despite being a tech-interested guy I'm not a rocket-scientist in any way. I'm really impressed by how easy they made it to understand Linux/UNIX-workings.

And it's the fastest OS I've used yet. (Yes, I know it doesn't count before you install a DE, it was after GNOME was installed.)

My interest in the technical aspect of computers isn't what it used to be, but for anyone interested in Linux beyond Ubuntu I'd highly recommend it.

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