posted by Eugenia Loli on Tue 29th Mar 2005 19:32 UTC
IconToday we are very happy to feature a huge interview with most of the developer team of Arch Linux, including its founder, Judd Vinet. If you are curious about this young and promising Linux distribution, dig in for more!

1. What is the main reason that keeps you working on Arch with the same passion for years now?

Judd Vinet Judd Vinet: The thrill of creating something that other people use and like. I think that's the main motivation for me now. Arch has already reached a point of "best-suited distribution for me" so it's already fulfilled the goals set out when I started it. Now I find myself looking forward to adding features that other users will find helpful, and looking forward to working with other Archers. I'm truly proud of the calibre of our community and the way we've carved ourselves a little niche in the over-crowded distro contention.

Jan de Groot: Arch suits my needs, though it has its limitations sometimes. I switched to LFS and later gentoo for a while, but didn't like them. After I switched back, I became an archlinux maintainer. Before becoming an official maintainer, I've done most of the work for new gnome releases to get into archlinux using unofficial beta repositories. I am still attracted to archlinux because it's very up to date with new software releases.

Tobias Kieslich: In 2003, when I was tired of over customized distros, I found Archlinux. It had the latest software and did not look so exaggerated complex. As a bonus I got a fast and easy package manager and a distro which makes it easy to look behind the surface and learn the basics of Linux in general.

I like to keep it this way. Make it easy for the user to understand how things work and, by the same time, provide well working packages that don't need much hassle to get in touch with the software. When I come across a new software it'll take me time to get it known by studying the docs and testing some configurations. I like to give on that experiences to the users by transparent packages.

Damir Perisa: I run ArchLinux since 0.4 and since then i never had to reinstall the OS on this laptop. Besides no need to reinstall it, i have always the latest versions of software i need.

The reason that keeps me working on Arch is easy to explain: There are some packages that i use almost daily. Maintaining them needs almost no additional effort and other people who want to use this packages have the advantage that they do not need to care to build / update them themselves. So the only effort i really have is the uploading of the packages. My connection is not the fastest and therefore while uploading my internet is unusable for other things. This is a small price to pay to offer thousands of people hundereds of pkgs ready to be used for productivity and creativity. Opensource software depend on people who are willing to offer some of their time to all the others. In the end, it's a big virtual team of thousands of people helping each other to have working software they can use as tools for their work.

Dale Blount: I love Arch's simplicity and ability to scale if I need it to.

Jason Chu: I've always liked the potential that Archlinux has. Not only is it a good base to start from, but it's still small enough to change quickly.

Tobias Powalowski: I started with 0.6 one year ago and was impressed by the simplicity. An other point i really liked was that the community was really friendly and it was really easy to contribute things to Arch. I can use latest features and software and most of the packages i use myself, so it's not a big deal to upload them to the net. I was searching for a community where i can share my experience with Linux and i found it in Arch. Quote from Damir ( it's a great explanation):

Opensource software depend on people who are willing to offer some of their time to all the others. In the end, it's a big virtual team of thousands of people helping each other to have working software they can use as tools for their work.

I fully agree to that.

Aurelien Foret: First of all, thanks to OSNews. Indeed, I came to Arch Linux because of an article posted more than two years ago here. I immediately got interested by the author's description and the new package manager he mentionned.

All in all, before discovering Arch, I was a passive F/OSS user. I never cared for contributing to the Open Source community, or even subscribing to forums or mailing lists.

Arch changed turned me upside-down. After the first install, I immediately loved it, and it gave me the will to do something. I started to answer posts on the forums, and to report bugs. Several days after I was contributing new packages, and I started to write patches for pacman (Arch Linux package manager). Only a few months later, I got hired in the development team.

To say it all, working on Arch is my way to give back to the community what it brings to me everyday: fun and one of the best OS ever.

Arjan Timmerman: I came to archlinux two years ago, after looking for a new distro on distrowatch.

The KISS part it mentions was exactly what i was looking for. I had ran slackware/debian/gentoo pre1.0 and openbsd before.

None of them suited my needs. I still think archlinux is my distro of choice. i never looked back after this. I was asked by Sarah31 too become gnome maintainer after the gnome maintainer left. The reason that they asked me, was that i builded the gnome1.4 libs so i could run gaim.

Table of contents
  1. "Passion, Page 1/9"
  2. "Challenges, Page 2/9"
  3. "Popularity, Page 3/9"
  4. "Maintainance, Page 4/9"
  5. "Development, Page 5/9"
  6. "Pacman, Page 6/9"
  7. "CVS, Commercialism, Page 7/9"
  8. "Installer, Page 8/9"
  9. "Arch Vs The World, Page 9/9"
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