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DistroWatch.com: Arch Linux

Arch Linux

Last Update: 2017-12-14 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 (653), 6 months: 14 (574), 3 months: 15 (579), 4 weeks: 17 (570), 1 week: 18 (548)

Average visitor rating: 9.32/10 from 151 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/
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation http://wiki.archlinux.org/
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Download Mirrors http://www.archlinux.org/download/LinuxTracker.org
Bug Tracker http://bugs.archlinux.org/
Related Websites Planet ArchArch for Raspberry PiWikipediaArch BrazilArch ChileArch DenmarkArch FranceArch GermanyArch HungaryArch ItalyArch RussiaArch SpainArch Turkey
Reviews 2016: Keith Curtis
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2011: Guillermo Garron
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2009: It's A Binary WorldDistroWatchAdventures in Open SourcePolishlinux
2008: Guia do PC (Portuguese) • DistroWatchOStaticBlogspotWordpress
2007: Blogspot
0.8: PolishlinuxPro-Linux (German) • Skatox (Spanish) • Tuxmachines
0.7: USALUGWordpressOSNewsLinMagazine (Hebrew) • Linux Magazine (PDF) • LinuxUser (German) • ABC Linuxu (Czech) • OSNewsLWNOSNews
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 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
 • More Arch releases...

  Headlines:
 •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
 • More Arch headlines...

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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 2017-12-14 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 (63.0.3239.84) 63.0.3239.84 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (63.0.3239.84)
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 (1.43.7) 1.43.7 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 (1.43.7)
firefox (57.0.2) 57.0.2 -- -- -- -- -- 2.0.0.6 2.0.0.3 1.0 0.8 -- -- -- -- -- firefox (57.0.2)
freetype (2.8.1) 2.8.1 -- -- -- -- -- 2.3.5 2.3.1 2.1.9 2.1.7 2.1.4 2.0.9 2.0.9 -- -- freetype (2.8.1)
gcc (7.2.0) 7.2.1 -- 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 (2.6.18-1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (2.6.18-1)
gnumeric (1.12.37) 1.12.37 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnumeric (1.12.37)
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 (17.08.3) 17.08.3 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- k3b (17.08.3)
kmod (24) 24 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- kmod (24)
libgnome (2.32.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.2.2 2.0.5 -- -- -- libgnome (2.32.1)
libreoffice (5.4.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- libreoffice (5.4.3)
linux (4.14.6) 4.14.5 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 (4.14.6)
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 (10.2.11) 10.1.29 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.2.11)
mate-desktop (1.18.0) 1.18.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.18.0)
mesa (17.3.0) 17.2.6 -- -- -- -- -- 6.5.2 6.5.2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mesa (17.3.0)
mysql (5.7.20) -- -- -- -- -- -- 5.0.45 5.0.37 4.1.9 4.0.18 4.0.13 3.23.54 3.23.51 -- -- mysql (5.7.20)
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 (7.2.0) 7.2.0 -- -- -- -- -- 5.2.3 5.2.1 5.0.3 4.3.4 4.3.2 4.2.3 4.2.2 -- -- php (7.2.0)
plasma-desktop (5.11.4) 5.11.4 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.11.4)
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 (3.6.3) 3.6.3 -- -- -- -- -- 2.5.1 2.5 2.4 2.3.3 2.2.3 2.2.2 2.2.1 -- -- Python (3.6.3)
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 (4.7.3) 4.7.3 -- -- -- -- -- 3.0.25b 3.0.24 3.0.10 3.0.2 2.2.8 2.2.7 2.2.5 -- -- samba (4.7.3)
systemd (236) 235 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (236)
thunderbird (52.5.0) 52.5.0 -- -- -- -- -- 2.0.0.6 1.5.0.10 1.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- thunderbird (52.5.0)
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) 2.2.7 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 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 (1.19.5) 1.19.5 -- -- -- -- -- 1.2.0 1.2.0 (6.8.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- xorg-server (1.19.5)

Reader Ratings
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Average rating
9.3
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Version: current
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-12-12
Votes: 0


Great if you want to learn more about Linux, if you are an experienced user that wants to tweak everything to your liking or if you want the fastest Linux there is with almost every software title packaged up by someone in the Arch User Repository.

Not so great if you are a new Linux user that just wants everything to work out of the box and if you expect GUIs to set up and install everything.


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Version: current
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-12-08
Votes: 4


Arch Linux is the perfect distro to build your own clean, lean system, handpicking the packages that you want.

The official package repositories provide cutting edge software and updates are smooth and fast. In the very rare event of an update breaking the system, the solution is always provided on the Arch Linux website.

Any package not included in the official repositories is found in AUR.

The Wiki is comprehensive and is a great learning resource.

I have switched between most of the major distros before trying Arch Linux some eight years ago. Arch Linux has been my choice since then, on my laptops and a raspberry pi.


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Version: current
Rating: 1
Date: 2017-12-08
Votes: 2


Using very standard hardware and latest drivers. Arch has broken the Qt framework 4 times in 1 month so that means KDE AND Krita as well as everything else broke for me, all from a stupid update!

This is simply not acceptable. Rolling release/bleeding edge should not mean lack of stability. Gentoo, Void and Solus have tought me that.

I have yet to find a "power user" distro that has ANY advantages over something user friendly.


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