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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Comment by Netfun81
by Netfun81 on Tue 17th Feb 2009 18:27 UTC
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Arch used to be my favorite distro..but since it's bleeding edge, there were issues after an update with the intel driver/kernel combo which made 3d performance suck. I switched to Debian which can be installed from a base system and customized like Arch, but with a bit less risk of an update breaking something.

btw, anyone know if intel 3d performance is fixed with this release?

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RE: Comment by Netfun81
by kajaman on Tue 17th Feb 2009 19:21 in reply to "Comment by Netfun81"
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I had the same issue, just switched to Ubuntu. I couldn't get my Quake 3 (!) to run smoothly without artifacts. The only thing that worked for me war recompiling X and mesa/dri from source (sic!) with different versions than provided with Arch. BUt amount of time I had to invest in doing so was too much for me to handle, so I just dropped this distro. Seemed like no one else - say Arch developers - were interested in fixing this issue in reasonable time, so I gave up.

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RE: Comment by Netfun81
by 3lusive on Thu 19th Feb 2009 19:27 in reply to "Comment by Netfun81"
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I have a laptop with intel x3100 aka i965

intel graphics are a pain, in general. However with the new
2.6.28 kernel GEM and the latest intel drivers, its better now.

I didn't use any official packages, I just grabbed the latest
intel driver and compiled it... you can just compile 3 things,
and be up and running.

there's a thread on the arch forums..

theres some changes going on with intel graphics drivers,
unfortunately you need the bleeding edge driver.

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