Linked by Andrew Barilla on Tue 10th Feb 2004 20:08 UTC
Linux After reading a discussion on DistroWatch asking if users were happy with their current distribution, I noticed a common thread of those who have had similar experiences as myself with juggling various Linux distributions. Like myself, they feel many Linux distributions are great, but no one quite feels like home. None of them quite fit the bill and they may even begin to think that every OS sucks.
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Arch Linux
by xuevtyn on Wed 11th Feb 2004 00:28 UTC

I just tried out Arch last weekend (I also have Gentoo and Slackware boxes running), and you know what? It's great!

Remember people, Arch is only on release 0.6, and from what I see so far, by the time their 1.0 comes out, it could rival Slackware. And that's saying something, because I LOVE Slack and will probably never leave it.

Since I'm running all i686 Pentium 4 machines, the speed from the all-i686-optimized Arch system is equally as fast as a custom-built Gentoo system, and the damn install of the entire Arch base system took about 15 minutes via FTP.

Yes, the documentation is pretty shabby, but those that know what they are doing, it gives enough info for the experienced user to get through. The folks in the forum seem pretty helpful also.

Now I'm not trying to convince anyone to leave Slack, Gentoo, Debian, but if you have the time, and the disk space, I would at least try Arch out. You can download their 100MB base version ISO pretty fast, too. Or, you can opt for the big 600MB "full" system.

The Pacman package manager worked flawlessly for me, at least so far. Yeah, yeah, it's not apt-get, but so what?

Keep an eye on this distro. It has the potential to take off in the way Gentoo has.