Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sat 5th May 2007 06:18 UTC
Linux "Arch Linux, or Arch for short, is one of the uprising new distributions. Well, at least compared to old folks like Debian or Slackware it's still fresh and shining. Arch is gaining new users and good reviews every day. Let's find out why this is happening." More here.
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Arch all the way, until FreeBSD.
by Excessive on Sat 5th May 2007 06:31 UTC
Excessive
Member since:
2006-10-19

Used Arch more than 1 years. I was using Slackware before, starting from 1996 (Koules, anyone?). It is really an awesome distro, but it suffers from Linux's stability problems. Other than that, Arch Linux is the way to go, if you're going to use Linux.

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Ethyriel Member since:
2005-07-07

I can't say I have stability problems unless I misconfigure something. Could you enlighten us with some more details?

As for the author's issues with the kernel and initrd system, I agree that it's still a bit immature and problematic. However, I think the consistency in device naming and well limited module loading that it allows fits in perfectly with the Arch simplicity. On the other hand, the complexity of the automation... I can't disagree with him there. It's a bit of a paradox.

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zombie process Member since:
2005-07-08

Stability is definitely an issue on Arch. It's a known one, and viewed as a tradeoff by most for having a rolling release system with more or less "bleeding edge" packages. I don't mean that you get a lot of bad packages in arch, I mean that things break, out of the blue, after upgrades. Fairly often, too. Many times, these are upstream bugs, or bugs that crop up because there is only a very small pool of testers for arch. But there is breakage - absolutely. Now, most of the time when you hear about breakage, it's something caused by the user refusing to read the front page or even the output of pacman. Genereally, there will be a known migration from one system to another, and people just don't bother to educate themselves before upgrading and end up with br0ken installs. 75% of the time (yes, I pulled that figure out of my ass), if something breaks, it's for these reasons. The remaining percentage of the time, though, it's because something genuinely *did* go wrong somewhere.

That being said, I love the distro. I'm posting from my arch box right now, actually. This is my main box, and I've had this install going for over 2 years at this point. In that time, I've migrated from one mobo to another (single to dual core and AMD to intel), and moved / from a raid array to a single disk with the raid array only housing my /home dirs. Not a single hiccup. "Flexible" would be an understatement. ARCH FTW!

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senornoodle Member since:
2005-07-12

Since when is stability a problem?

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