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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I Love Arch
by ido50 on Tue 12th Jan 2010 18:22 UTC
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I used to be an exclusive Debian user, until I got sick of some of Debian's flaws and decided to try Arch. I've been using it ever since on my home pc (which is actually an Alienware m17x notebook), on my Asus Eee PC, and on all my VPSs (four).

I disagree with the guy who wrote Arch gives dependency hell a new meaning. First of all, dependencies were one of the most annoying things that made me move off Debian. Arch's package management system (pacman) is way, way better, and the AUR is a fantastic platform.

Not only does Arch have many, many binary packages, you can find most linux applications in the AUR and easily install them from source. True, at times you'd find some packages in the AUR with an outdated or even broken build script, but these are mostly not the massively used apps out there. Wine is kind of an annoying exception, I tried to install it once on my x64 machine with bad results, but I really don't need it.

Plus, I've always tried to build packages in Debian and found it almost an impossible process. Building packages in Arch by yourself is easy.

Besides the great package system, I also really like how Arch made configuration easy. Not only the system's configuration, but also package configurations. Just installing a simple. lightweight web server like lighttpd on Debian can have you trying to find out what the hell all those configuration files are for. Arch, on the other hand, usually comes with one easy to understand and modify conf file for every app, with great default values.

Performance is also great, and I love that fact that I am not forced to install an outrages list of applications the come with every desktop environment, or even entirely create my own setup (on my Eee, for example, I have a very lightweight setup).

Anyway, the thing about linux distributions is that every user can find the distribution that is most comfortable for them. I hate Ubuntu. I really do. I tried it a few times, had no idea how they managed to take Debian's already flawed package system and make it even worse. At least in my opinion. I do appreciate, though, the extensive documentation the project has written for various applications, problems, scenarios, etc. They did a great job there.

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