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Arch Linux

Last Update: 2019-06-17 02:20 UTC


Arch Linux is an independently developed, x86_64-optimised Linux distribution targeted at competent Linux users. It uses 'pacman', its home-grown package manager, to provide updates to the latest software applications with full dependency tracking. Operating on a rolling release system, Arch can be installed from a CD image or via an FTP server. The default install provides a solid base that enables users to create a custom installation. In addition, the Arch Build System (ABS) provides a way to easily build new packages, modify the configuration of stock packages, and share these packages with other users via the Arch Linux user repository.

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Average visitor rating: 9.34/10 from 299 review(s).


Arch Linux Summary
Distribution Arch Linux
Home Page http://www.archlinux.org/
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 • 2012-11-02: Distribution Release: Arch Linux 2012.11.01
 • 2012-10-07: Distribution Release: Arch Linux 2012.10.06
 • 2012-09-08: Distribution Release: Arch Linux 2012.09.07
 • 2012-08-05: Distribution Release: Arch Linux 2012.08.04
 • 2012-07-22: Distribution Release: Arch Linux 2012.07.15
 • 2011-08-20: Distribution Release: Arch Linux 2011.08.19
 • 2010-05-18: Distribution Release: Arch Linux 2010.05
 • 2009-08-09: Distribution Release: Arch Linux 2009.08
 • 2009-02-17: Distribution Release: Arch Linux 2009.02
 • 2008-06-24: Distribution Release: Arch Linux 2008.06
 • 2008-04-16: Development Release: Arch Linux 2008.04 RC
 • 2007-10-07: Distribution Release: Arch Linux 2007.08-2
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 •2018-09-10 Arch team answers questions on Reddit
 •2018-07-10 AUR packages compromised
 •2017-11-08 Arch drops 32-bit x86
 •2017-01-24 Arch Linux phasing out 32-bit
 •2016-06-27 Updated screen may not reattach
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Feature current 2011.08.19 2010.05 2009.08 2009.02 2008.06
overlord
2007.08
dontpanic
0.8
voodoo
0.7
wombat
0.6
widget
0.5
nova
0.4
dragon
0.3
firefly
0.2
vega
0.1
homer
Feature
Release Date 2019-06-17 2011-08-19 2010-05-17 2009-08-09 2009-02-17 2008-06-24 2007-08-05 2007-04-01 2005-01-24 2004-03-01 2003-07-21 2002-12-18 2002-08-07 2002-04-17 2002-03-11 Release Date
End Of Life                               End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB)   1-659                           Image Size (MB)
Free Download PKG ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Installation
Default Desktop                               Default Desktop
Package Management Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Package Management
Release Model Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Release Model
Office Suite GOffice, Calligra, LibreOffice -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- KOffice KOffice KOffice     Office Suite
Processor Architecture x86_64 i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 i686 i686 i686 i686 i686 i686 i686 Processor Architecture
Init Software systemd SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV Init Software
Journaled File Systems Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ReiserFS ext3, ReiserFS ext3, ReiserFS ext3, ReiserFS ext3, ReiserFS Journaled File Systems
Multilingual                               Multilingual
Asian Language Support                               Asian Language Support
Full Package List current 2011.08.19 2010.05 2009.08 2009.02 2008.06 2007.08 0.8 0.7 0.6 0.5 0.4 0.3 0.2 0.1 Full Package List
Package current 2011.08.19 2010.05 2009.08 2009.02 2008.06
overlord
2007.08
dontpanic
0.8
voodoo
0.7
wombat
0.6
widget
0.5
nova
0.4
dragon
0.3
firefly
0.2
vega
0.1
homer
Package
abiword (3.0.2) 3.0.2 -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.4.6 2.2.3 2.0.3 1.9.1 1.0.2 1.0.2 -- -- abiword (3.0.2)
alsa-lib (1.1.9) 1.1.9 -- -- -- -- -- 1.0.14 1.0.13 1.0.8 1.0.2 0.9.4 0.9.0rc6 0.9.0rc2 -- -- alsa-lib (1.1.9)
ati-driver (18.30) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ati-driver (18.30)
bash (5.0) 5.0 4.2 4.1 4.0 3.2.48 3.2 3.2 3.2 3.0 2.05b 2.05b 2.05b 2.05b 2.05a 2.05a bash (5.0)
bind (9.15.0) 9.14.2 -- -- -- -- -- 9.4.1-P1 9.4.0 9.3.0 9.2.3 9.2.2 9.2.1 9.2.1 -- -- bind (9.15.0)
chromium (75.0.3770.90) 75.0.3770.90 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (75.0.3770.90)
cups (2.2.11) 2.2.11 -- -- -- -- -- 1.2.12 1.2.10 1.1.23 1.1.20 1.1.19 1.1.17 1.1.15 -- -- cups (2.2.11)
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.4.1 4.2.1-P1 -- -- -- -- 3.0.6 3.0.5 3.0.1 3.0pl2 3.0pl2 -- -- -- -- dhcp (4.4.1)
e2fsprogs (1.45.2) 1.45.2 1.41.14 1.41.11 1.41.8 1.41.4 1.40.8 1.40.2 1.39 1.35 1.35 1.33 1.32 1.27 1.27 1.25 e2fsprogs (1.45.2)
firefox (67.0.2) 67.0.2 -- -- -- -- -- 2.0.0.6 2.0.0.3 1.0 0.8 -- -- -- -- -- firefox (67.0.2)
freetype (2.10.0) 2.10.0 -- -- -- -- -- 2.3.5 2.3.1 2.1.9 2.1.7 2.1.4 2.0.9 2.0.9 -- -- freetype (2.10.0)
gcc (9.1.0) 8.3.0 -- 4.5.0 4.4.1 -- 4.3.1 4.2.1 4.1.2 3.4.3 3.3.3 3.3 3.2.1 2.95.3 2.95.3 2.95.3 gcc (9.1.0)
gimp (2.10.12) 2.10.12 -- -- -- -- -- 2.2.17 2.2.13 2.2.2 2.0pre3 1.2.5 1.2.3 1.2.3 -- -- gimp (2.10.12)
glibc (2.29) 2.29 2.14 2.11.1 2.10.1 2.9 2.8 2.6 2.5 2.3.4 2.3.2 2.3.2 2.3.1 2.2.5 2.2.5 2.2.5 glibc (2.29)
gnome-shell (3.32.2) 3.32.2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.32.2)
gnucash (3.5) 3.5 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (3.5)
gnumeric (1.12.45) 1.12.45 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnumeric (1.12.45)
grub (2.02) 2.02 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.95 0.94 0.93 -- -- -- -- grub (2.02)
gtk (3.24.8) 3.24.8 -- -- -- -- -- 2.10.13 2.10.11 2.6.1 2.2.4 2.2.2 2.0.9 -- -- -- gtk (3.24.8)
httpd (2.4.39) 2.4.39 -- -- -- -- -- 2.2.4 2.2.4 2.0.52 2.0.48 -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.39)
inkscape (0.92.4) 0.92.4 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (0.92.4)
k3b (19.04.2) 19.04.2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- k3b (19.04.2)
kmod (26) 26 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- kmod (26)
krita (4.2.1) 4.2.1                             krita (4.2.1)
libreoffice (6.2.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- libreoffice (6.2.4)
linux (5.1.10) 5.1.9 3.0.3 2.6.33.4 2.6.30.4 2.6.28.4 2.6.25.6 2.6.22.1 2.6.20.4 2.6.10 2.6.3 2.4.21 2.4.20 2.4.19 2.4.18i 2.4.18 linux (5.1.10)
Package current 2011.08.19 2010.05 2009.08 2009.02 2008.06
overlord
2007.08
dontpanic
0.8
voodoo
0.7
wombat
0.6
widget
0.5
nova
0.4
dragon
0.3
firefly
0.2
vega
0.1
homer
Package
lxpanel (0.10.0) 0.10.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- lxpanel (0.10.0)
mariadb (10.3.15) 10.3.15 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.3.15)
mate-desktop (1.22.0) 1.22.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.22.0)
mesa (19.1.0) 19.0.6 -- -- -- -- -- 6.5.2 6.5.2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mesa (19.1.0)
mysql (8.0.16) -- -- -- -- -- -- 5.0.45 5.0.37 4.1.9 4.0.18 4.0.13 3.23.54 3.23.51 -- -- mysql (8.0.16)
nautilus (3.32.1) 3.32.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.2.4 2.0.7 -- -- -- nautilus (3.32.1)
NVIDIA (430.26) 430.26 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (430.26)
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (12.0.1) 10.0.2u13 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (12.0.1)
openssh (8.0p1) 8.0p1 5.8p2 5.4p1 5.2p1 5.1p1 5.0p1 4.6p1 4.6p1 3.9p1 3.8p1 3.6.1p2 3.5p1 3.4p1 -- 3.1p1 openssh (8.0p1)
openssl (1.1.1c) 1.1.1c 1.0.0d 1.0.0 0.9.8k 0.9.8l 0.9.8h 0.9.8e 0.9.8e 0.9.7e 0.9.6l 0.9.6i 0.9.6h 0.9.6e -- 0.9.6c openssl (1.1.1c)
perl (5.30.0) 5.30.0 5.14.1 5.10.1 5.10.0 5.10.0 5.10.0 5.8.8 5.8.8 5.8.6 5.8.3 5.8.0 5.8.0 5.8.0 5.6.1 5.6.1 perl (5.30.0)
php (7.3.6) 7.3.6 -- -- -- -- -- 5.2.3 5.2.1 5.0.3 4.3.4 4.3.2 4.2.3 4.2.2 -- -- php (7.3.6)
plasma-desktop (5.16.0) 5.16.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.16.0)
postfix (3.4.5) 3.4.5 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.4.5)
postgresql (11.3) 11.3 -- -- -- -- -- 8.2.4 8.2.3 7.4.6 7.4.1 7.3.3 -- -- -- -- postgresql (11.3)
Python (3.7.3) 3.7.3 -- -- -- -- -- 2.5.1 2.5 2.4 2.3.3 2.2.3 2.2.2 2.2.1 -- -- Python (3.7.3)
qt (5.12.3) 5.12.3 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 3.3.3 3.3.0 3.1.2 3.1.1 3.0.5 -- -- qt (5.12.3)
samba (4.10.4) 4.10.4 -- -- -- -- -- 3.0.25b 3.0.24 3.0.10 3.0.2 2.2.8 2.2.7 2.2.5 -- -- samba (4.10.4)
systemd (242) 242 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (242)
thunderbird (60.7.1) 60.7.1 -- -- -- -- -- 2.0.0.6 1.5.0.10 1.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- thunderbird (60.7.1)
vim (8.1) 8.1 -- -- -- -- -- 7.1 7.0 6.3 6.2 6.2 6.1 6.1 6.1 6.0 vim (8.1)
vlc (3.0.7.1) 3.0.7.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- vlc (3.0.7.1)
xfdesktop (4.12.5) 4.13.4 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 3.8.18 4.0.3 3.8.18 3.8.18 -- -- -- xfdesktop (4.12.5)
xorg-server (1.20.5) 1.20.5 -- -- -- -- -- 1.2.0 1.2.0 (6.8.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- xorg-server (1.20.5)

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Version: current
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-06-09
Votes: 6


That's a distro that you actually know what you're doing with your system and if something goes wrong you are able to fix. Absolutely no long hardness. Different than you might think, everything do not break spontaneously. If you just updated a package and that one needs to update a configuration file, update it (this potentially can avoid lots of issues) and customize something if it's necessary.
Everything you need to know is already on the Arch Wiki. Almost every single thing has multiple ways to get done, from de easiest to the hardest.
All the hardness you can have is on installation and initial configuration of everything. Then, literally everything is so easy to get done and you don't need to depend to flatpak's, snap's and anything, because almost all the applications found on the arch repository is updated and not customized by default (there are exceptions because of compability/security reasons).
So... With this distro you avoid lots of problems, have everything updated, pretty stable and fast (if you configure correctly) and, in lots of cases, make the actual user like me just stop hopping to another distro for better features.
Long live, Arch Linux!


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Version: current
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-06-05
Votes: 2


Hello all!

This is THE best distro i've ever using, everything just work if know what u do.
I started using Mint, Ubuntu, Debian and several others but i just love this ARCH :)
Just now i use i3-wm cause it is lightweight and simple when u know again what u do.

Just give it a try and enjoy!


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Version: current
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-06-04
Votes: 3


I've been learning how to use and customize the xfce4 desktop from Debian and then were using so much slower Flatpak applications because of the very old ones from the repositories. Since i've learned a lot about Linux, I figured out it's time to learn and install Arch Linux. After some days of testing and learning, now I'm running it with xfce4 with exactly the same appearance I had on Debian and ALL the applications is from Arch Official Repositories and Arch User Repositories, with a way faster, compatible and easy operational system to use, no longer hardness.
Here's some tips:
-Uninstall applications using pacman -Rs instead of -R, in order for removing the dependencies that will not be userful from another applications;
-Create a line on /etc/fstab of every partition you have on your internal storange like it's recommended on Arch Wiki. If you need to use the HDD/SSD with this o.s. installed on another machine, maybe the fstab will be userful for booting properly. For example my ssd that have a single partition: /dev/sda1 / ext4 discard 0 1 ;
-Add your user to the group wheel and sudo (if sudo doesn't exists and you want to use sudo, create it);
-Enable the Multilib repository if you want 32 bit applications like steam;
-Compile and install an AUR package manager like yaourt if you want an application that isn't on official repository;
-Install the xorg (metapackage) and xterm in order to run some applications (even some games on steam require that).
Long live, Arch Linux. Because of you, I guess I'll never hop to another distro again.


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