Linked by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on Mon 11th Jan 2010 15:57 UTC
Original OSNews Interviews A few weeks ago, we asked for the OSNews community to help with some questions we were going to ask Aaron Griffin from the Arch Linux team, and the response was glorious and somewhat phenomenal. We added those questions to our own and sent them on over, and then we were surprised by receiving not only Aaron Griffin's responses but answers from various individuals from the team.
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Archlinux
by hussam on Mon 11th Jan 2010 18:52 UTC
hussam
Member since:
2006-08-17

After trying many distribution, Archlinux was the distribution that finally made me give up completely on windows. I haven't had windows installed on my machine since I started using ArchLinux. I haven't touched or used windows ever since!

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RE: Archlinux
by lucas_maximus on Mon 11th Jan 2010 22:44 in reply to "Archlinux"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Arch is by far the best Linux distro IMO, but in terms of quality it still doesn't match OpenBSD ... once you use OpenBSD and it ports and package system which IMO is superior (in terms of consistency) than any of Linux or BSD release, you won't want to come back.

I happily run Windows 7 and OpenBSD 4.6 ... great combination ... Windows for .NET development/Outlook (work), openbsd for other dev stuff (python, perl, ruby etc).

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RE[2]: Archlinux
by license_2_blather on Tue 12th Jan 2010 05:36 in reply to "RE: Archlinux"
license_2_blather Member since:
2006-02-05

Horses for courses.

I too use OpenBSD and find its quality and simplicity refreshing. The tradeoff one makes (for "general" desktop use) is that the ports aren't updated for a release (or, as of late, -stable) due to the fact that the devs there prefer to focus their time updating the ports for -current. In addition, the OpenBSD approach to security, openness of all code, etc. puts some apps out of reach (wine, high-performance VMMs, some drivers,...). If you need those things, OpenBSD is not really an option.

For what Arch does (rolling release) its quality is exceptional. I've been running it as a general-purpose desktop for a couple years with little (and typically minor), if any, breakage. The quality difference between Arch and Gentoo circa 2+ years ago (which I left in frustration before finding Arch) is a chasm measured in parsecs.

Another interesting (and spot-on, IMO) comment Aaron Griffith made in the interview is that he was worried about Linux getting more interdependent and intertwined. This worries me as well, as I don't want Linux to become the wipe-and-reload-once-a-year-to-clean-out-the-mystery-problems mess that Windows is. I'm keeping an eye on NetBSD and DragonflyBSD in case that happens ;)

Edited 2010-01-12 05:37 UTC

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