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: 2 things I like:
by terog on Wed 18th Feb 2009 12:56 UTC in reply to "2 things I like:"
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The freshness and configurability of Gentoo without all the breakage. I've never had an update seriously hose my machine. After a couple of reinstalls caused by updates on Gentoo, I abandoned it

I have an opposite experience.

When I was a newbie with Linux I started with Gentoo. I used it for many years. Even though I run ~x86 ("unstable") it seriously broke only once due to an update. Even then I was able to fix it with the LiveCD.

Then I tried Arch and an update managed to hose it in a couple of months. Unlike with Gentoo, I didn't really even experiment with any unstable stuff except for kdeMOD.

This was a couple of years a go, so I don't remember exactly what happened. I didn't even care. I guess Arch wasn't able to make me enough enthusiastic about it (like I was with Gentoo).

The funny thing is that even after all those years learning Linux with Gentoo, I was really lost in Arch. I suppose Gentoo is much too easy to use after all...;)
Also, for some reason I really didn't like Pacman in comparison to Portage.

After that I haven't used either one for quite some time.

EDIT: Just want to add that I have nothing against Arch and might as well try it again some time. Hopefully with some better luck. It has has many advantages in comparison to many other distros and unlike with Gentoo, you don't have to compile anything;)

Edited 2009-02-18 13:12 UTC

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