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 Monte Lin on Tue 22nd Mar 2005 17:27 UTC

>> If i wan't to see what the big deal about enlightenment is 'pacman -S enlightenment' , change .xinitrc to point to enlightenment

That seems to me very like FreeBSD.
And what if you are using GDM or KDM?

What if you want to switch among Gnome/KDE on the fly?

And when you switch among ion, Windowmaker, xfce, icewm, metacity, kwin..., do you still got the menu for all the installed applications?

And regarding to self made binary package from source, I don't believe it's all that magic. I had beein with FreeBSD for several years, and I know the limit of the 'make configure' thing. I personally fear to build from source for package like xine or mplayer. Ethier I would have a bloated development system (and longer and longer update time) or I got a non full functional media player. I'm no expert for everything in every field of computing, and I would rather trust dedicated package maintainer to build packages for me, like the Debian way.

The other concer is the single rc file. This also reminds me of FreeBSD. How do you manage to start/stop single service manually? Is it necessary to kill 'rpc.lockd', 'rpc.statd', 'mountd' and 'nfsd' process to stop NFS? How do you restart network interface?