Linked by Jon "TrekBoy" on Sun 1st Dec 2002 01:07 UTC
Linux Coming from a background of using MS-DOS for about 4 or 5 years exclusively (MS-Dos 4.1 or something) Being new to Linux and *nix in general I thought that I would want to learn from the "ground up". I did not want the bloat of Redhat or Mandrake but wanted something simple where I could learn the "stuff" of the OS.
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by jk on Sun 1st Dec 2002 19:05 UTC

No, it's not a poor gentoo clone, primarily it's binary based and i686 optimised.

I've been using Arch for a while now, and i think it's pretty amazing. I really like it's up-to-date-ness...Whenever a new version of a program comes out, the package is updated asap. Pretty cool. Creation of packages is really easy, and packages have few bugs due to it's binary based origin, which also causes software to install fast.

That said, when you want to compile something with your own settings, the abs system (a bit like the *BSD ports system) does it for you (all binary packages are also available in the abs system as source packages). It's really great. Try it folks.