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 Shadowhand on Tue 22nd Mar 2005 03:54 UTC

OSNew's readers once again show that 98% of them cannot comment intelligently.

"Arch's packages are broken" I've never had anything broken because of Arch. KDE 3.4 didn't work after upgrading from KDE 3.3, but that was because the packages changed.

"Arch has an immature package selection" If you're a Gentoo user saying this, I don't know what you are complaining about. This is why ABS and MakePKG exist... For people that want to compile their own software. You COULD have a totally source based Arch installation if you wanted.

"Ubuntu isn't a fad, and it's going to be $outragous_claim" No, I'm sorry, you're wrong. I installed Ubuntu the other day because the old "distro searching bug" hit me. The installation was nice, but it took too long. The configuration was easy, but not that easy. The desktop looked ok, but XOrg didn't work without a lot of tweaking. The packages worked good, but were about 1-4 months out of date. Boot times gave me time to have ANOTHER cigarette, which isn't good. I still have Ubuntu installed, but I'm very thankful I still have Arch installed. Ubuntu will disappear in a couple of days, another distro added to the list of "almost good enough to use every day."
The only thing Ubuntu seems to have going for it is that it's a slightly faster, newer, more up to date version of Debian. I think all those users that Ubuntu says they've gotten are just people that were sick of using packages that were a year old, so they opted for having packages that were 2 months old. Guess what? Those packages are STILL out of date.

"$favdistro is the best, $yourdistro sucks." Have you tried Arch? I've tried your distro and wasn't happy until I tried Arch.

Now look, I'm no better than anyone else that posted above me, but seriously folks, the distro wars are only continuing because of people like you and me. I wish people would back up their claims though.