posted by Thom Holwerda on Tue 17th Feb 2009 17:34 UTC
IconThe ArchLinux Release Engineering Team announced the official release of the 2009.02 ISO after a long period of intense development. This distribution is among the first to officially support the new Ext4 filesystem. I've always noticed that Arch seems to be quite popular among OSNews readers, and I'm interested to know from our Arch users: why? What makes Arch such a good Linux distribution?

Software available in includes kernel 2.6.28, GCC 4.3.3, KDE 4.2.0, Gnome 2.24, X.Org 7.4, 3.0.1, GIMP 2.6.5, Firefox 3.0.6 and all the most recent multimedia stuff.

Other notable features are:

  • Rescue and maintenance capabilities for Ext4 root partitions
  • Fallback ISOs with the ISOLINUX bootloader, for those that have trouble booting Grub-based images
  • Several bugfixes in the installer
  • Brought the included documentation up-to-date
  • Inclusion of AIF (Arch Linux Installation Framework), the next generation installer, currently under development.

You can get the ISOs via bittorrent. The Archlinux Team also wishes to announce that their goal is to bring coordinated releases following the rhythm of kernel releases, in order to provide optimal hardware support.

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