Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 17th Feb 2009 17:34 UTC
Linux The 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?
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It's just Linux, and community
by ralsina on Tue 17th Feb 2009 18:01 UTC
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Basically, you get what the upstream provides instead of a bastardized/backported mess noone can reproduce.

Also, there is a very vibrant community of third-party packagers (AUR) which has the good side of gentoo (lots of enthusiasm and effort) and not much of the bad side (ricerism, attitudes).

It's awesome that you can create your own packages (the simplest packaging standard of all distros hands down) and almost every Arch user can try them immediately.

There is a very low barrier to entry, you can feel part of the community right away.

Awesome for hobbists.

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