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.
Permalink for comment
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
by AdamW on Mon 21st Mar 2005 18:29 UTC

"Fedora, Mandrake, SuSE: they require at least 192 MB RAM, they are much slower & much bigger, RPM package management is too modularized and easy to end up with broken or incompatible packages all of a sudden."

192MB of RAM? No. MDK needs 64MB minimum for the installer, and will run happily with icewm or another light environment on such a system. I think Fedora and SuSE are the same.

Slower and much bigger? Please, prove it. I see these assertions on OSNews all the time. I'm yet to see any concrete *numbers*. What's Arch's minimum installation size? Where are the benchmarks showing that it performs faster than MDK, SuSE or Fedora?

Package management too modularized? That's got nothing to do with RPM. It's called a 'design decision'. RPM would work quite happily if you split the entire system up into three gigantic packages. However, the major distros modularize the packages because it allows more granularity of control of what is installed and the size of updates. How do you suggest RPM distros reconcile your demands for smaller size *and* less modularized packaging? The two would seem to be contradictory demands, as one is the way we ensure the other. How does Arch reconcile this? Are you suggesting it has less modular packages that are also somehow smaller? Neat trick.

"and easy to end up with broken or incompatible packages all of a sudden"

Only if you do something wrong. I see nothing about Arch's package management system which would make it immune to these problems if there were a bunch of third-party and differently version .tar.gz packages available on the internet for anyone with Google or rpmfind to pick up and misuse. If you use MDK's, SuSE's or Fedora's official sources with their official package management tools, this will not happen. I fail to see how you can hold the distros responsible for people who don't.