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: Wow.
by lucke on Tue 22nd Mar 2005 18:02 UTC

It's the same with gdm/kdm. You just start it via inittab or as a daemon and choose the appropriate DE in its menu.

Here's an excerpt from mine rc.conf:

# Daemons to start at boot-up (in this order)
# (prefix a daemon with a ! to disable it)
# (prefix a daemon with a @ to start it up in the background)

DAEMONS=(syslog-ng !hotplug network alsamixer gensplash !netfs @crond @portmap @fam !dbus !hal @archstatsrc)

As you see, nothing complicated. And if you want to start or stop some daemon manually, you just execute '/etc/rc.d/network start' or '/etc/rc.d/nfs stop'. Mere KISS for people, who like it easy :-)

About packages: people mostly use binary packages, but if you feel like rebuilding some package with different configure options, add some patches or whatever, or if you want to build a package which isn't in the repos yet (there are plenty of packages there already), ABS is there for you. That makes Arch utterly flexible, I'd say.

Please don't comment how this corresponds with other distros and stuff like that (I know you want :-P), I was merely answering Monte Lin's question, not comparing anything.