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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good, but has lost quality
by reez on Wed 18th Feb 2009 11:03 UTC
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I've used Arch Linux since it came out, but I had to switch because some needed packages became out of date. They had security vulnerabilities, were flagged out-of-date, so I created updated versions, which I sent to the maintainer. I got no reply and after a while nearly all of my mostly packages became out of date or in other way unusuable. Since I spent most of the time creating my own packages I had to switch.

Don't misunderstand me. Arch Linux is a very nice project and a lot/most of packages become updated nearly instantly after they come out. Most of them also work well. I guess I really had back luck, but I want to share my opinion and I suggest to not use Arch Linux on a (critical) production machine. For desktop, home servers, etc. it's okay I think. If you really want have a Slackware + Pacman system you should be fine with Frugalware.

Oh, I haven't used Arch Linux for a while now, so this information, besides being very subjective, is maybe not up-to-date. Please don't stop trying Arch Linux because of this comment!

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