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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RE: Arch, Ubuntu
by Dave on Tue 22nd Mar 2005 02:54 UTC

My opinion of why Ubuntu is popular (positives listed only):
(1) Tons of packages available (& pretty well programmed)
(2) Easy, simple to install & configure (with no config file editing).
(3) Synaptic (GUI) package manager (installs & uninstalls).
(4) A GUI software updater (for currently installed apps/packages).
(5) Lots of computer hardware is supported.
(6) Many developers working on packages, updates, improvements, etc. (makes it a *big* distro)

You forgot the 6 months release cycle ;)


Sounds like you are decribing Mandrake, or SUSE, or FC3.

The problem for me with Ubuntu is it is a fad, and 50% of the people migrating to it do so because it is cool and for no other reason. It's what everybody is doing. Same for Gentoo before it.

Let's face it, there are several distros that provide this, so again I say, to each his own. If you like it, use it, if you don't move on.