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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by xuevtyn on Wed 11th Feb 2004 00:58 UTC


Oh yeah, some more comments... the thing that's great about Arch is that a 'base' install is just that - very light and very fast - only the bare minimum to get up and running to a command line, plus vim. That's about it. Everthing else can be downloaded as needed. My boot time is about 12 seconds, and shutdown in about 5.

Also, I appreciated being able to edit the config files DURING the install, before rebooting. Plus, everything (network, sound, module loading, daemon loading, etc.) must be done by hand, no hand-holding of any type. To me, that's a plus, but for beginners, maybe not. 100% total control of your system. Groovy.

Then again, they come right out and say their distro is for experienced users, and I'd have to agree.

Anyway, although I'm not leaving Slack (maybe Gentoo, though), I'll be keeping my eye on Arch.