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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Nice review, but one disagreement
by Shahar on Tue 22nd Mar 2005 18:53 UTC

That was a nice review, I've been using Arch now for over a year.

One thing I disagree with you though: I do not think Arch should start creating more custom text files for printers and the like. I'm afraid it will become text-bloated in time and will lose its simplicity factor, which was the reason I started using it myself.

rc.conf is really great - and it refers to the core components of an operating system - timezones, modules, daemons etc., and not to optional components.

Another thing, using checkinstall is indeed easier than makepkg, however it can not (as far as I know) track dependencies and other things which pacman needs (and uses). There is however the prototype PKGBUILD which fits the common ./configure && make && make install process.

Shahar.