Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 17th Sep 2011 00:19 UTC
Linux "Many Linux distributions have taken the path of easy GUI-based installation, in order to appeal to a broader mix of users. But not Arch Linux, which emphasises simplicity of technical complexity over general usability. Richard Hillesley explains."
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RE: Arch is way overrated
by Laurence on Sat 17th Sep 2011 09:17 UTC in reply to "Arch is way overrated"
Laurence
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I don't understand the hype about Arch. I used it for a few months and it wasn't really that incredible. The package manager (pacman) was awful. At the time, the main hype was that they built all their packages for i686, which was supposed to make your system moar faster, though to their credit I don't believe that the dev team was touting this themselves (though I could be wrong). Anyone who has ever rolled their own packages (or built Gentoo a few times) knows that's a bunch of malarkey.

If you want simplicity, why not just use Slackware? Slackbuilds.org works beautifully as a rough ports-equivalent (nevertheless, the various BSD ports systems are much better, obviously). The only objection I can think of is if you didn't want to install the full package set since Slackware packages don't do dependency resolution, but who can't afford 5 GB in 2011?

Agreed with the above poster about OpenBSD.


For me, it's the ease of system administration.
Everything is so logically laid out and well documented to boot. In fact, it's what I liked about Slackware too when I used to use it.

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