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Arch Linux

Last Update: 2018-01-16 02:20 UTC


Arch Linux is an independently developed, i686- and 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.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 14 (635), 6 months: 13 (574), 3 months: 14 (581), 4 weeks: 14 (564), 1 week: 17 (621)

Average visitor rating: 9.29/10 from 164 review(s).


Arch Linux Summary
Distribution Arch Linux
Home Page http://www.archlinux.org/
Mailing Lists http://www.archlinux.org/mailman/listinfo
User Forums http://bbs.archlinux.org/
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Documentation http://wiki.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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 •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 2018-01-16 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 i686, 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 (1.1.5) 1.1.5 -- -- -- -- -- 1.0.14 1.0.13 1.0.8 1.0.2 0.9.4 0.9.0rc6 0.9.0rc2 -- -- alsa-lib (1.1.5)
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ati-driver (16.40)
bash (4.4.12) 4.4 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 (4.4.12)
bind (9.11.2) 9.11.2 -- -- -- -- -- 9.4.1-P1 9.4.0 9.3.0 9.2.3 9.2.2 9.2.1 9.2.1 -- -- bind (9.11.2)
chromium (63.0.3239.132) 63.0.3239.132 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (63.0.3239.132)
cups (2.2.6) 2.2.6 -- -- -- -- -- 1.2.12 1.2.10 1.1.23 1.1.20 1.1.19 1.1.17 1.1.15 -- -- cups (2.2.6)
dhcp (4.3.6) 4.3.6 4.2.1-P1 -- -- -- -- 3.0.6 3.0.5 3.0.1 3.0pl2 3.0pl2 -- -- -- -- dhcp (4.3.6)
e2fsprogs (1.43.8) 1.43.8 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 (1.43.8)
firefox (57.0.4) 57.0.4 -- -- -- -- -- 2.0.0.6 2.0.0.3 1.0 0.8 -- -- -- -- -- firefox (57.0.4)
freetype (2.9) 2.9 -- -- -- -- -- 2.3.5 2.3.1 2.1.9 2.1.7 2.1.4 2.0.9 2.0.9 -- -- freetype (2.9)
gcc (7.2.0) 7.2.1+20171224 -- 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 (7.2.0)
gimp (2.8.22) 2.8.22 -- -- -- -- -- 2.2.17 2.2.13 2.2.2 2.0pre3 1.2.5 1.2.3 1.2.3 -- -- gimp (2.8.22)
glibc (2.26) 2.26 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 (2.26)
gnome-shell (3.26.2) 3.26.2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.26.2)
gnucash (2.6.19) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (2.6.19)
gnumeric (1.12.38) 1.12.37 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnumeric (1.12.38)
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+ (3.22.26) 3.22.26+47+g3a1a7135a2 -- -- -- -- -- 2.10.13 2.10.11 2.6.1 2.2.4 2.2.2 2.0.9 -- -- -- gtk+ (3.22.26)
httpd (2.4.29) 2.4.29 -- -- -- -- -- 2.2.4 2.2.4 2.0.52 2.0.48 -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.29)
inkscape (0.92.2) 0.92.2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (0.92.2)
k3b (17.12.1) 17.12.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- k3b (17.12.1)
kmod (25) 24 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- kmod (25)
libgnome (2.32.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.2.2 2.0.5 -- -- -- libgnome (2.32.1)
libreoffice (5.4.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- libreoffice (5.4.4)
linux (4.14.13) 4.14.13 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 (4.14.13)
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
lxde-common (0.99.2) 0.99.2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- lxde-common (0.99.2)
mariadb (10.2.12) 10.1.30 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.2.12)
mate-desktop (1.18.0) 1.18.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.18.0)
mesa (17.3.2) 17.3.2 -- -- -- -- -- 6.5.2 6.5.2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mesa (17.3.2)
mysql (5.7.21) -- -- -- -- -- -- 5.0.45 5.0.37 4.1.9 4.0.18 4.0.13 3.23.54 3.23.51 -- -- mysql (5.7.21)
nautilus (3.26.2) 3.26.2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.2.4 2.0.7 -- -- -- nautilus (3.26.2)
NVIDIA (387.22) 387.34 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (387.22)
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (8u151) 8u144 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (8u151)
openssh (7.6p1) 7.6p1 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 (7.6p1)
openssl (1.1.0g) 1.1.0g 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 (1.1.0g)
perl (5.26.1) 5.26.1 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 (5.26.1)
php (7.2.1) 7.2.1 -- -- -- -- -- 5.2.3 5.2.1 5.0.3 4.3.4 4.3.2 4.2.3 4.2.2 -- -- php (7.2.1)
plasma-desktop (5.11.5) 5.11.5 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.11.5)
postfix (3.2.4) 3.2.4 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.2.4)
postgresql (10.1) 10.1 -- -- -- -- -- 8.2.4 8.2.3 7.4.6 7.4.1 7.3.3 -- -- -- -- postgresql (10.1)
Python (3.6.4) 3.6.4 -- -- -- -- -- 2.5.1 2.5 2.4 2.3.3 2.2.3 2.2.2 2.2.1 -- -- Python (3.6.4)
qt (5.10.0) 5.10.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 3.3.3 3.3.0 3.1.2 3.1.1 3.0.5 -- -- qt (5.10.0)
samba (4.7.4) 4.7.4 -- -- -- -- -- 3.0.25b 3.0.24 3.0.10 3.0.2 2.2.8 2.2.7 2.2.5 -- -- samba (4.7.4)
systemd (236) 236 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (236)
thunderbird (52.5.2) 52.5.2 -- -- -- -- -- 2.0.0.6 1.5.0.10 1.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- thunderbird (52.5.2)
vim (8.0) 8.0 -- -- -- -- -- 7.1 7.0 6.3 6.2 6.2 6.1 6.1 6.1 6.0 vim (8.0)
vlc (2.2.8) 2.2.8 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- vlc (2.2.8)
xfdesktop (4.12.4) 4.12.4 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 3.8.18 4.0.3 3.8.18 3.8.18 -- -- -- xfdesktop (4.12.4)
xorg-server (1.19.6) 1.19.6 -- -- -- -- -- 1.2.0 1.2.0 (6.8.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- xorg-server (1.19.6)

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Version: current
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-01-14
Votes: 2


- Distro rolling 10
- pacman best of the best 10
- Packages + aur is more than suficient 10
- Wiki best of the best 10
- lightweight and flexible Linux distribution that tries to Keep It Simple 10

Im in Arch since 2002, for me is the best distro, but need to be patient, and is not a distro for all people.

Best regards


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Version: current
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-01-13
Votes: 0


I don't know what people are blabbing on about "stability issues". I have an Nvidia GPU and a very recent AMD Cpu and have had 0 problem. I've been running Arch since 2013 and have had 0 driver issues! The only issues I've ever had is with some breakage in programs like Steam or Krita but those are easy to fix!

Arch has a large enough community and dev team to provide stable & up to date packages.

pacman is simple and fast and so is everything else. Extremely easy to install when you use Antergos (which I did use on my new pc) but I do kind of miss the cli way of installing.


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Version: current
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-01-12
Votes: 1


Absolutely amaxing wiki with very knowledgeable communities on the forums and other sites. It does what you want and gets out of the way while keeping everything up to date. Creating your own install script lets me setup my system in ~4-5 minutes from first boot depending on internet.


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