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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My Questions
by David on Thu 5th Nov 2009 16:58 UTC
David
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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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