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Arch Linux

About Arch

Arch Linux aims at producing a lightweight and flexible distribution that "... tries to Keep It Simple".  However, this does not mean that the distribution caters for all types of users, as it is aimed primarily at more experienced Linux users.

It uses a BSD-style init framework and is largely based around binary packages.  These packages are installed, upgraded and removed by the Pacman package manager.

Advantages of the distribution
  • i686-optimized
  • pacman: 'System Upgrade' is ONE command: "pacman -Suy"
  • pacman: Dependency-control, no X/GUI needed
  • ABS: the package-building function need only be done once - building another version of a package is extremely easy
  • ABS: you can build all the packages on your machine with one command
  • fully up-to-date packages at your request, and fully customizable
  • less than 20 minutes to create a fully functional system

Arch 2007.08-2 Key Facts

Judd Vinet
Free to download
7 October 2007
Installation Media:
CD (1), FTP server
Architectures supported:
Intel IA-64, AMD64
Package Management:
Pacman - an independent package manager
Official Website:

GNOME 2.20.0
XOrg 7.2
Xfce 4.4.1
OpenOffice 2.3.0
Evolution 2.12.0
Gimp 2.2.17
Python 2.5.1
Apache 2.2.6
PostgreSQL 8.2.4
GNU Compiler Collection 4.2.2


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TriedIT, polishlinux, tuxmachines, Skatox (Spanish)
USALUG, CactusWax, Open Addict, OSNews, NewsForge,, LinuxUser (German), ABC Linuxu (Czech),

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Other Official Websites
ArchLinux Forums, ArchWiki, Arch Linux Bugs, Mailing Lists
Archlinux Newsletter, The Big Arch Linux Interview
ArchStats, Archie, Arch Linux PPC Porting projectArch Free BooksArch Linux Translation ProjectHWD

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