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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Well for me...
by Valhalla on Tue 17th Feb 2009 18:01 UTC
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Well for me it's how it strikes a great balance between control and ease of use. It's very lean and you get to pick and choose your system components. Some people likes that and some don't, I like it.

A strong community means help is fast should you need it (although in my experience I've never really needed to venture further than the extensive wiki to solve a problem). Lots of up-to-date packages in the main repository and a very active user repository means I can live on the bleeding edge if I so choose.

In short, it suits my preference of having good control over my system and it's resources. I can't swear that this is a common trait amongst Arch Linux users but I would guess so. I've tried alot of other distributions but Arch really fits me, but again it's all a matter of preference.

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