[arch-general] ArchBang and other derivates resemblance to Arch

Jelle van der Waa jelle at vdwaa.nl
Mon Feb 7 04:10:56 EST 2011

On Mon, 2011-02-07 at 09:51 +0100, Olivier Keun wrote: 
> On the forums, we see an increasing number of threads about ArchBang.
> Understandably so, since not only does it carry "Arch" in the name, it also
> uses the same styling [1], and supposedly users are told there to use the
> Arch wiki and forum for support.
> People are asking if ArchBang is an official Arch project [2], which it
> obviously isn't. ArchBang is more a one-click or no-config install which
> goes against the Arch philosophy. Also our Forum Etiquette states that
> community support is _only_ given for installations done from official Arch
> installation media [3].
> While ArchBang (and probably some other spin-off distros) are very similar
> and sometimes almost identical to Arch, they are _not_ Arch and in my
> opinion this should be made more clear to avoid any damage to the Arch
> project as a whole.
> What are your thoughts about this? I'm hoping to get an official reaction
> from our dev-team, so we can avoid some of the confusion that is present
> now.
> [1] http://archbang.org/
> [2] https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?pid=889066#p889066
> [3] https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Forum_Etiquette#How_to_Post

Not to harash or insult the guy from the forum post, but he seems like a
major newbie, in my opinion.

I think the ArchBang team talked with our devs / the overlord about the
archlogo and copyright stuff. 

But back on the discussion, my opinion would be that all confused users
on the archlinux forums should be directed to the archbang forums
without problems. Putting a banner somewhere would be a bit overreacting
Jelle van der Waa
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