The "keep it simple" philosophy of Arch Linux really shines through in all aspects of this distribution. It lets the user control the system and doesn't do anything unless told to. It has the speed and convenience of binary with the power of source and is very flexible when it comes to optional dependencies. Being a rolling release, the packages are also reasonably up-to-date. Other than the problem with the Intel video driver, I have not had any issues with the quality of the packages. Still, I have to wonder how well a smaller distribution like this can provide overall stability. Perhaps time will tell. It also remains to be seen how well Pacman will perform after installing and removing thousands of packages. Certainly, Arch Linux isn't for everybody, no distribution is, but it sure is plenty of fun and you learn a lot. If you're the kind of person who likes to fiddle and tweak your system, then definitely give it a shot. Once you have your system up and running the way you want, it's very easy to maintain and it feels great. If you've been tempted to try it out, there is a Wiki page listing how it compares to others. As for my dream distribution, Arch Linux comes pretty darn close."
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Hugo Doria schrieb am Montag 19 Januar 2009 um 14:26:
http://distrowatch.com/weekly.php?issue=20090119#feature If you're the kind of person who likes to fiddle and tweak your system, then definitely give it a shot.
Funny, I am not.
Once you have your system up and running the way you want, it's very easy to maintain and it feels great.
That's the point! It is easy to maintain! Especially easy to extend via PKGBUILDs.
Thanks for your work, -- Maik