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#101 2011-08-18 03:00:55

s3kt0r
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Re: why you choose ArchLinux?

1) arch way
2) wiki
3) pacman
4) AUR

after all this time using it, i'm 100% sure it's also rock stable. if you need a little change to a more bleeding-edge approach, there you go, testing and community-testing repos smile

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#102 2011-08-18 06:28:44

PSW
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Registered: 2011-06-15
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Re: why you choose ArchLinux?

Because the long compile times on Gentoo make it far too annoying for home use.

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#103 2011-08-19 16:53:48

jschwartzbeck
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Re: why you choose ArchLinux?

After working in a windows shop for 3 years I wanted to get away from IIS and all the server GUI configurations.  I'm now working for myself and get to choose my technology stack so linux was the obvious OS choice for my clients and servers.  For my pretty newish development machine I first loaded debian, then ubuntu, then fedora 15.  Had small problems and annoyances with each.  Two days ago I installed arch and after tweaking the hell out of it, it's like driving a manual transmission.  Ubuntu and Fedora were like automatics - you get in, step on the gas and it just goes, but there's bling everywhere, and I'd rather drive a barebones lotus than a tricked out mercedes.  They've explained it all very well in the arch way and I'm definitely a do it yourselfer.

So my list:
1) Well designed and intuitive configuration / pacman
2) Bleeding edge, rolling release
3) Minimal, bloat free
4) Incredible wiki

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#104 2011-08-23 14:26:16

acclinux
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Re: why you choose ArchLinux?

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#105 2011-08-23 19:56:20

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Re: why you choose ArchLinux?

1) Install just what I need/want no bloat
2) Documentation is the BEST for any distro, really it is
3) Community is very friendly and knows what they are talking about (also devs are always hanging at forums helping people)
4) Its just fast and bleeding edge

Last edited by 655321 (2011-10-12 06:07:37)


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#106 2011-09-09 19:21:10

rant
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Registered: 2008-10-22
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Re: why you choose ArchLinux?

655321 wrote:

1) Install just what I need/want no bloat
2) Documentation is the BEST for any distro, really it is
3) Community is very friendly and knows what they are talking about (also devs are always hanging at forums helping people)

Totally agree.  Great docs, great community, great distro.

I also prefer building UP from a simple foundation, rather than trying to strip down from a bloated mess--which is common for many distros, and can turn into a nightmare because of sloppy or over-eager dependencies.  There are distros that can have you up and running faster, but if you include the time and effort it takes to do post-install customization and clean-up, I think Arch is much less of a headache.

Also, IMO, the Linux communities desktop-envy has been raging out of control for years now, long past the point where there was a need for it, and resulting in insanity like Unity.

Arch just makes me happier than other distros.  wink

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#107 2011-09-14 19:29:04

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Re: why you choose ArchLinux?

Tried Fedora and Ubuntu, after reading the Arch wiki i realized that i learned more during 5-6 hours reading and trying than in 3 years on previous distros.

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#108 2011-09-15 15:14:18

WilleoSoeurs
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Registered: 2011-08-06
Posts: 53

Re: why you choose ArchLinux?

1. Pacman

2. Flexibility

3. Minimal + Lightweight

4. Rolling release + Bleeding Edge

5. AUR

big_smile After flipping through the Unofficial guide , it makes me wanna challenge Arch Linux and I gave it a try

And now I end up to be an end user

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#109 2011-10-02 04:12:46

ScionicSpectre
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Registered: 2011-06-25
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Re: why you choose ArchLinux?

I don't like to have 1) Old software or 2) horrible software availability. And after looking at Arch, it became quite evident that all the other popular distros lacked a lot of packages I'd grown to love. Arch is the only distribution that allows me to get up-to-date versions of the applications I love without getting a massive headache in the process.

Its appeal to minimalism, control, and flexibility are just bonuses to that, but I could probably do just fine without them.

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#110 2011-10-02 14:42:26

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Re: why you choose ArchLinux?

I originally tried arch because I wanted something stripped-down and fast for my netbook.

I quickly realized how awesome the rolling release and "the Arch Way" are.  Now Arch is on everything.  I'm kinda liking Debian Testing also.  I like the fact that Debain doesn't force you to configure everything from scratch, though it allows you to if you want, and apt is also great.  Arch wins in almost everything else.  AUR is great, rc.conf is great, bleeding edge is great, wiki is super great...  Arch also seems to be more Unixy.  I seems to be the most 'Unix-like' of any Linux distro.  This is a good thing, I think, and one of the main reasons I want to try FreeBSD, but there doesn't seem to be many good options for wireless config, and that's a must for me.

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#111 2011-10-11 19:01:57

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Re: why you choose ArchLinux?

The first time i installed Arch, during installation of packages, i sincerely believed that i 'm no way going to use arch becoz its is one of the toughest OS install i 've eve tried and hated it for those many options and such a PIA and i never had to read wikis to install any OS before.
    but for all the struggles i encountered to have the OS running , i could not easily remove arch, my mind wouldnt let me do it.it is a hard earned OS installation and i couldnt just trash it.
the installation became precious and i dont want to install OS every six months like in fedora or ubuntu.
started using it and my love for arch started growing... i dont think i am getting off of it anytime soon.


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#112 2011-10-11 20:30:00

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Re: why you choose ArchLinux?

Because it was made just for me big_smile.  Well, probably not, but it sure seems that way.

Last edited by Permezae (2011-10-14 10:27:09)

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#113 2011-10-16 00:46:03

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Re: why you choose ArchLinux?

I use Arch because I've always wanted to build a reliable system to suit my particular needs, I come from Ubuntu and I got tired of the release cycle and all the apps and packages that I don't use... Once I learned about Arch, I gave it a try and I've never been happier smile



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#114 2011-10-16 03:04:52

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Registered: 2011-03-24
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Re: why you choose ArchLinux?

• Arch Linux is nice.
• Their Wiki is bar none. 
• Choose your flavor.
• Get only what you want.
• Cutting edge.

The only problem I'm finding with Linux is a lack of acceptability in the general consumer market. Linux on servers is accepted as a dominant figure. Heck my servers sport CentOS. If more people used it on their desktop or laptops, it would be targeted by more commercial developers such as gaming companies. I think one problem that has long plagued Linux is that there are numerous projects. That gives it an edge. I think anyone logically can see where that can be a problem too. It would be nice to see everyone teaming together with far less similar projects increasing the underlying quality. Ease of use is another factor. The Ubuntu project in my opinion has gone the wrong direction by using bloat. My cousin is in the field with a special team few ever know of. His job requires it to work at all times. He said out of his own mouth that he hates computers because they consume too much of his time or won't work. My recommendation, don't hate me for this, was a beefed mac. Why? It is time consuming getting a Linux desktop to work as an amateur unless you're lucky enough to buy one pre-configured. As a minority in consumer desktop or laptop market, you're not guaranteed the software you need is there. Someone needs to make it happen in the community to be bring together resources... rethink it through... build higher quality operating systems as well as the software ran on them. I'm not hating on Linux nor the fans (I am one). As an entrepreneur I see possibility and I speak it openly.

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#115 2011-10-20 03:43:43

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Re: why you choose ArchLinux?

carolinabranden wrote:

The Ubuntu project in my opinion has gone the wrong direction by using bloat.

A certain level of bloat is required to reach the market segment that Ubunut is going for.  I don't care to run the system much myself, but I support what they are doing.

Last edited by ninjaaron (2011-10-20 03:44:45)

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#116 2011-10-26 14:34:43

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Registered: 2008-12-18
Posts: 109

Re: why you choose ArchLinux?

s3kt0r wrote:

1) arch way
2) wiki
3) pacman
4) AUR

after all this time using it, i'm 100% sure it's also rock stable. if you need a little change to a more bleeding-edge approach, there you go, testing and community-testing repos smile

I chose Arch because of this as well!

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#117 2011-10-26 22:53:33

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Re: why you choose ArchLinux?

the question is: "what defines usability?"

kiss! ...stupid

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#118 2011-10-27 07:41:18

Victor Miasnikov
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Registered: 2011-09-07
Posts: 8

Re: why you choose ArchLinux?

1)
> Rolling release

This first reason ( in time order :-) ) why i'm start learn Arch Linux

Goal: enviroment a-la WSUS

z)
Because use Arch Linux _always_ leads to success: for example using Linux as guest with 1Gb LanCard and SCSI in Hyper-V enviroment

Why? Short answer is "arch way" , i.e.:

> rc.conf is great

Yes

> wiki is super great...

Yes *2

> community

Yes ^3

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#119 2011-10-27 11:11:23

Reki
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Registered: 2011-10-27
Posts: 59

Re: why you choose ArchLinux?

A lot of reasons, namely:

1. Rolling-release
2. KISS
3. The Arch Way
4. ArchWiki
5. Bleeding-edge
6. Minimal, which is exactly what I want on my system.
7. Helps me learn the internal workings of Linux.

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#120 2011-10-27 15:37:34

thibdb13
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From: Mechelen - Belgium
Registered: 2005-10-11
Posts: 107

Re: why you choose ArchLinux?

tinhtruong wrote:
s3kt0r wrote:

1) arch way
2) wiki
3) pacman
4) AUR

after all this time using it, i'm 100% sure it's also rock stable. if you need a little change to a more bleeding-edge approach, there you go, testing and community-testing repos smile

I chose Arch because of this as well!

Mee too!

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#121 2011-10-27 17:49:34

lijpbasin
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Registered: 2011-08-09
Posts: 28

Re: why you choose ArchLinux?

I think three types of useful software:
1. Those providing all the features needed by all the users
2. Those meets the needs of everyone, no more, no less
3. Those offering a minimal set of necessary features, and a platform allowing the users to take responsibilities for their own needs
I don't like the first type and the second type does not exist
That's why I choose Arch Linux

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#122 2011-10-27 18:24:28

Parmazae
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From: Kentucky, USA
Registered: 2011-10-10
Posts: 30

Re: why you choose ArchLinux?

I choose it because:

  • In all my years of experience with Linux, it simply performs better than another other distribution I've tried (and I've tried all the major ones, including audio-centric ones) with music recording software: Jack, Ardour, Hydrogen, JAMin, etc.

  • Pacman.  I adore the package management in Arch.

  • Lack of branding in packages.  Probably not important to a lot of people, but I really like how the packages are mostly how they came from the developers without a bunch of customizations and branding.


Thanks,
Parmazae

archlinux x86_64

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#123 2011-10-28 09:41:09

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Registered: 2011-01-29
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Re: why you choose ArchLinux?

Parmazae wrote:

Lack of branding in packages.  Probably not important to a lot of people, but I really like how the packages are mostly how they came from the developers without a bunch of customizations and branding.

never thought of it - i totally agree!

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#124 2011-10-30 09:11:04

Halt
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Registered: 2011-10-25
Posts: 7

Re: why you choose ArchLinux?

I chose Arch Linux because I've tried a number of different distros. Red Hat, Ubuntu, SuSE. I think a few others as well. They just never kept me into them, never teaching me anything. Kinda like windows, you can't use it and expect to learn a whole lot, because it does everything for you.

My friend told me about Arch and I failed at installing it because i didn't read the wiki's that was like a long time ago. Well I start back at it about a week ago, and I can get a system up without help.

It's lightweight, fast, and its exactly what I want and nothing more!

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#125 2011-10-30 09:16:14

hadrons123
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Registered: 2011-10-07
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Re: why you choose ArchLinux?

Halt wrote:

I chose Arch Linux because I've tried a number of different distros. Red Hat, Ubuntu, SuSE. I think a few others as well. They just never kept me into them, never teaching me anything. Kinda like windows, you can't use it and expect to learn a whole lot, because it does everything for you.

maybe after using arch for a while it will feel the same as redhat etc,and you have the risk of ending up in LFS some day.



Halt wrote:

It's lightweight, fast, and its exactly what I want and nothing more!

what people desire can change very easily.

but anyways learning is a good thing whereever you go!


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