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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RE: Arch Pro Bullet List
by Rahul on Tue 17th Feb 2009 20:59 UTC in reply to "Arch Pro Bullet List"
Rahul
Member since:
2005-07-06

"I'm looking your way fedora/(k)ubuntu, please stop patching crap, you just make it worse. "

Pretty broad stroke there but refer

http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/PackageMaintainers/WhyUpstream

There are good reasons to sometimes patch as well as listed in there.

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RE[2]: Arch Pro Bullet List
by sbergman27 on Tue 17th Feb 2009 21:08 in reply to "RE: Arch Pro Bullet List"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

There are good reasons to sometimes patch as well as listed in there.

I, personally, prefer distros which are not afraid to patch. The people closest to carrying responsibility for something working are in the best position to decide when applying a patch, in a current release, is warranted, even if the patch is a little ugly. It's easy to reject an important patch whilst sitting in an Ivory Tower. Not so much so when answering the phones.

Edited 2009-02-17 21:15 UTC

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RE[2]: Arch Pro Bullet List
by TheMonoTone on Tue 17th Feb 2009 21:19 in reply to "RE: Arch Pro Bullet List"
TheMonoTone Member since:
2006-01-01

Well I've rarely had issues with unpatched software straight from the software developers themselves. In comparison I've had many more problems with the patched versions.

Lets take the X patches that recently made quite a stir.

Originated from Fedora, and the Ubuntu packages also have them.

Results... oh look at that! corrupted system tray icons.

Lets compare to the Arch/Mostly Unpatched packages... yep thats right. It works just fine.

Just one example of thousands of crappy patches that get applied every release and cause many more problems then they solve. Let the project developers do what they do best, fix the problems with their project. Thats my opinion anyways.

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RE[3]: Arch Pro Bullet List
by ralsina on Tue 17th Feb 2009 23:18 in reply to "RE[2]: Arch Pro Bullet List"
ralsina Member since:
2007-08-14

I think of downstream patches like when a studio cuts the movie instead of the director.

It may be better, it will probably be worse, and most certainly it's not the same thing.

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