Because it is the most important damn distro available.
Well, it is a bleeding edge distro, first in line to test all the latest updates to the linux operating system.
This results in new bugs being detected early here, which ensures that the rest of the linux ecosystem
benefit by inheriting "better working" updates.
I use it for embedded applications because of its ease of customisation.
You can create your own local repository with a version you are happy with, and away you go.
Thank you very very much to all the maintainers of ArchLinux.
ps. This ramble was inspired by reading one too many comments around the net asking what the point of ArchLinux is if it breaks sometimes after an update.
Merged from "Why Archlinux?" - Trilby
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Debian ->Dead maintainers
Ubuntu ->No any unity + slow apt as a cow
Fedora ->Eat my 8GB disk
openSUSE ->Bad packaging + many user repository
Gentoo ->Wastes time
Slackware ->What's that?
Arch->Bleeding edge, pacman is the best(no,AUR is best:-), FAST.
Arch's bads ->No trigger hook, so few patches causes error.
availability of binary packages rules.
last week i rebuilt my entire system.
it's really cool when one can quickly install build deps from binary packages and quickly remove them when the build is finished.
very useful, time- & CPU-cycles-saving option.
— love is the law, love under wheel, — said aleister crowley and typed in his terminal:
usermod -a -G wheel love
Because Arch Linux wiki always showed up in google when i was trying to maintain my debian unstable.
Well not only that, but that how it started.
Clean and Simple
- Rolling release
- UbuntuGnome gave me issues where I couldn't move windows around and the focus was all messed up. Didn't want to wait for 3.14 when they are just catching up to 3.12 soon. Could only find the issue as marked resolved for the small group of people having this issue for 3.10 even though it wasn't.
- Clear cut information. Very little community drama because of the rules set in place.
- I'm Canadian so using a Canadians project is pretty cool.
- Nothing is wrapped in absolute mystery. With other distros I found a lot user information where it was X + Y + something?? = result where on Arch I get forced into X + Y + SOMETHING NEW TO LEARN = result + understanding. Most recently this was surround on pulseaudio devices.
- It's faster than anything else I've used except for maybe back when I was doing Gentoo Stage 1 installs but we all know why we don't use Gentoo.
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- I'm Canadian so using a Canadians project is pretty cool.
Arch is canadian? I didn't know that. That makes two canadian OSs I've used: OpenBSD and Arch.
Judd Vinet, a Canadian programmer and occasional guitarist, began developing Arch Linux in early 2001
Booting with apg Openrc, NOT systemd.
Automounting : not needed, i prefer pmount
Aur helpers : makepkg + my own local repo === rarely need them
I bought a loptop last year and I could not install the OS ( Sabayon ) I use then. I decided to install Arch because I heard alot about it from forums, and I always found Arch wiki links in google when I search, so it was in my OS list to install.
I installed Arch, I thought I would install another OS in another week. And a year passed without installing again, without having a serious problem.
I bought SSD last week, and installed Arch again. I choose Arch because:
1- Arch has a wonderful wiki;
2- Upto date documents
3- Rolling Release
4- Active forums ( I dont post a lot, but I read a lot ) )
5- Upto date packages ( especially kde packages get update very soon)
6- the AUR
Lightning fast package manager
Great support from the wiki and forums
Lightweight and non-restrictive for customisation
I've also learnt a lot more about Linux in general by using Arch than any other distro.
Very good documentation
best gnome-shell support
best kde support
i love it...
I'm changing distros like socks. I usually get bored when it works perfectly for some time, so i go for a new one. I installed Arch this weekend and before it i had Fedora for about a month (and before it Lubuntu, Archbang, ... ). Let's see how long it stays this time
I always use Openbox window manager with tint menu so it's only a matter of copying configuration files and wallpaper to make them all look alike. Also uninstalling whatever desktop environment was there initially is kind of trivial for me.
Simple, i chose arch because of Ubuntu lol
Id been on Ubuntu for a few years, and while at first, little bugs just made me think, oh well, thats the price for using linux. Then with an upgrade to a uefi board, i could no longer shutdown, id have to manually power off, other wise the system would power off, then power back on. Then 14.04 happened, I couldnt be bothered uninstalling, and going back to 13.04, so I thought I'd give something else a go, I tired mint, just Ubuntu with a different theme, then I tried Debian, couldnt even get it to install, then I tried arch, got it installed, got it set up, and decided to give it a couple weeks. 6 months later, here I am, still on arch, just deleted my old Ubuntu partition tonight for another storage drive.
Tu ne cede malis sed contra audentior ito!
I've gone from computer illiterate to semi-literate ( is that a word?):)
1. The Arch Way!
3. pacman is simply amazing. (before I moved to Arch, about a year ago, I used Debian) apt-get is silly, compared to pacman...
4. rolling release
UNIX is basically a simple operating system, but you have to be a genius to understand the simplicity.
I chose Arch many years ago for one simple reason. Control.
1. Its simple, yet complex
2. Allows me to essentially build my own linux distribution
3. No bloat
4. Rolling release
5. The documentation is amazing (thanks wiki editors!)
The only thing I don't like about Arch (this is the worst place to be saying this too) is that the community seems to have a lot more of the elitist type, or just generally ruder people compared to the other distributions I have used. I know that is not all of you though
syn_ @ irc.freenode.net
generally ruder people compared to the other distributions I have used.
Make sure you report the punks by using the "Report" button.
If we don't keep the hooligans at bay, we'll soon see these forums overrun by systemd proponents and *shudder* EMACS fanatics.
I chose Arch because a professor of mine uses it as his main OS. I stayed with it for rolling release, minimalism, and user-centrism: I don't think I can use an OS that doesn't incorporate these.
As far as:
generally ruder people compared to the other distributions I have used. I know that is not all of you though
I lurk on these forums quite a bit. While people can be blunt, I personally find that much more helpful than anything else I've found. The quality of the wiki entitles this bluntness. Urging users to properly troubleshoot before posting in the forum is a huge plus-it has helped to make this forum the highest quality linux OS forum on the web in my opinion.
There might be a few bad seed rude individuals, but for the most part I see power users bluntly pointing new users in the right direction.
"We may say most aptly, that the Analytical Engine weaves algebraical patterns just as the Jacquard-loom weaves flowers and leaves." - Ada Lovelace
1 - Rolling Release
2 - Tier 1 Packages, no package inheritance from upstream (Debian > Ubuntu > Elementary OS)
3 - Tried Arch a second time to see if I could get Pantheon Shell running, Stayed for a heavily modded Gnome Shell that looks like Pantheon.
4 - Arch is one of the last sanctuaries of the Internet where people are still smart, since the dawn of Facebook & Myspace less intelligent people have cluttered the Internet up, Arch users often are technically skilled and worthy of learning from.
1. Minimalism is key, Arch gives me this minimalism while allowing me to build the whole foundation from the ground up.
2. The Arch Way is just plain beautiful.
3. The AUR and package builds.
4. Kickass logo.
5. Kickass wiki
6. Kickass IRC
7. Overall just a kickass distribution
I came across an article over at lifehacker on installing Arch Linux. Thought it was quite difficult, I decided not to try it. At that time I was using Ubuntu as my second OS. After using Ubuntu for about a year or so, I came across that article again. Decided to give Arch Linux a go. First, I installed it on my secondary desktop. The install process went flawlessly thanks to excellent Lifehacker guide and Arch Beginner's Guide. I, then, installed it on my laptop, and have been using it since as my primary OS.