Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 21st Mar 2005 11:22 UTC
Linux 2003 was the year with Gentoo written all over it in the Linux universe. Last year was Ubuntu's & MEPIS'. I believe that Arch Linux's year is the current one. Read more for a comparison of Arch to existing distributions, and why we think it rocks and where we think it still requires some work.
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by tristure on Mon 21st Mar 2005 13:04 UTC

Arch is definitely an excellent distribution.

I have some minor complaints about it though:

-the docs aren't bad, you can install Arch without any problem with them. But they are not very good either. Gentoo comme to my mind when speaking about good docs

-the default kernel misses some options I like, and I still haven't found an easy way to roll my own kernel in the "arch" way (ABS or pacman). There are articles about that on the wiki I know, but they are still too complicated for me, I need to gather some more experience with Arch to understand them I think.

-I wish the devs would split kde packages so I could install KDE without the full blown set of apps... I really hope to see that happening.

All in all these are minor complaints. The installer could be improved as well, it's sometimes confusing (at a certain point you just browse submenus, check options and go back to a main menu, without knowing for sure if something's actually being done or if the installer only gathers information in order to perform the installation).

Otherwise, pacman is awesome, simple and efficient, the community is quite friendly, Arch runs fast (I don't do speed tests so I won't say that it runs faster or slower than X, Y, Z, but it feels as fast as the other distros I've used so far).

Right now I'll keep gentoo as my main distribution (I've used it for 1 1/2 year now), but I'll keep an eye on arch, and if the minor problems I have with it happen to be solved, I think I'll make the switch... Portage is very good, but compiling everything is tiresome after a while. Waiting the whole weekend for KDE to compile while it only took 2hours to download and install in arch... You know what I mean. :-)