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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Linux, the FreeBSD way
by CodeMonkey on Tue 17th Feb 2009 18:43 UTC
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I was an avid FreeBSD user for many years and still am. I switched to Arch about a year ago though once my software development started going into 64-bit land and GPU land. The Arch Build System (ABS) and pacman for package management is much like FreeBSD's Ports and Packages system which I really like. I also like the rc.d style initialization. I also like the emphasis on vanilla software instead of containing distro specific modifications.

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