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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by colpanick on Tue 17th Feb 2009 18:52 UTC
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Another reason I really like Arch is something that is not mentioned too often, and probably not liked as much by others. The Arch developers have a vision of what they want their distribution to be and they stick by it. Decisions are not dictated by what will attract the most users, but what is best for what they call the "Arch Way."

Also one more note worth mentioning. While I love pacman, updating is not just as simple as a pacman -Syu. You have to spend time merging .pacnew files with your current configuration, which can be a pain in the neck if you let yourself fall behind on it for too long. Not much of a con, but something worth warning about.

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