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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My experience
by sj87 on Tue 17th Feb 2009 18:19 UTC
sj87
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2007-12-16

I've been bandying with Ubuntu and Arch for more than 1,5 years, though I believe I finally made my choise back in October/November last year, when I last time came back to Arch. In the beginning I wanted to make my Linux knowledge a bit more in-depth, I kinda wanted to start with a system that worked out of the box but only with the minimal configuration.

With Arch I learned some basic tasks like configurating user groups, locales and terminal charset/keymap. I also think it really is somewhat faster than Ubuntu due to it being optimized for i686 instead of i386. Actually I've now moved to x86_64, with which there might be no performance gap at all anyways.

I also think it as a positive feature to be a rolling release and always up-to-date, although I've experienced some bigger bugs like miscompiled VirtualBox kernel modules and broken Xorg that was pretty much completely messed up.

Arch's makepkg is a big plus too, on Ubuntu I never ever got the configure/make/make install chain run through without tears. With makepkg it's just "makepkg" to make a package manager installable package and then "pacman -U" to actually install it in my system.

Edited 2009-02-17 18:24 UTC

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