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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Arch is a Mix Bag
by Cheikh on Sat 17th Sep 2011 18:39 UTC
Cheikh
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2009-04-12

I have been using Arch Linux since before the release of Wombat. Recently I got a new HP system and try to install arch on it to use for my primary desktop the installation would succeed but the system would not boot, because the installation process was BROKEN which Arch themselves admitted with their latest release note "http://www.archlinux.org/news/20110819-installation-media/". The problem I see with Arch is that they tend to push packages out of the door too quick and if you stay back and avoid pacman -Syu you may end up with a broken system the day you do pacman -Syu. Their IRC used to be very good but now they tend to be very unfriendly which is unfortunate. What I mean by the packages go out of the door too early is that for example when you do pacman Syu and watch a package being updated the next day you do pacman Syu the same packages will be downloaded again the next day the same will happen. This gives the user a hint that the first previous 4/5 build was not up to standard and please note this has nothing to do with the upstream patch of the package.
I wish the package will transit in testing for a little longer, and the guys in IRC to look at a problem before starting the pointing finger game.

Regards,

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