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DistroWatch.com: Arch Linux

Arch Linux

Last Update: 2017-05-26 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: 12 (724), 6 months: 13 (732), 3 months: 14 (718), 4 weeks: 13 (722), 1 week: 17 (661)

Average visitor rating: 9.52/10 from 62 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
2015: DistroWatchKeith CurtisLWN
2011: Guillermo Garron
2010: ITworldLWN
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
0.5: OSNewsOSNews
0.3: OSNews
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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:
 •2017-01-24 Arch Linux phasing out 32-bit
 •2016-06-27 Updated screen may not reattach
 • More Arch headlines...

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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
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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 (1.1.4) 1.1.4 -- -- -- -- -- 1.0.14 1.0.13 1.0.8 1.0.2 0.9.4 0.9.0rc6 0.9.0rc2 -- -- alsa-lib (1.1.4)
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ati-driver (16.40)
bash (4.4) 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)
bind (9.11.1) 9.11.1 -- -- -- -- -- 9.4.1-P1 9.4.0 9.3.0 9.2.3 9.2.2 9.2.1 9.2.1 -- -- bind (9.11.1)
chromium (58.0.3029.110) 58.0.3029.110 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (58.0.3029.110)
cups (2.2.3) 2.2.3 -- -- -- -- -- 1.2.12 1.2.10 1.1.23 1.1.20 1.1.19 1.1.17 1.1.15 -- -- cups (2.2.3)
dhcp (4.3.5) 4.3.5 4.2.1-P1 -- -- -- -- 3.0.6 3.0.5 3.0.1 3.0pl2 3.0pl2 -- -- -- -- dhcp (4.3.5)
e2fsprogs (1.43.4) 1.43.4 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 (1.43.4)
firefox (53.0.3) 53.0.3 -- -- -- -- -- 2.0.0.6 2.0.0.3 1.0 0.8 -- -- -- -- -- firefox (53.0.3)
freetype (2.8) 2.8 -- -- -- -- -- 2.3.5 2.3.1 2.1.9 2.1.7 2.1.4 2.0.9 2.0.9 -- -- freetype (2.8)
gcc (7.1.0) 6.3.1 -- 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 (7.1.0)
gimp (2.8.22) 2.8.20 -- -- -- -- -- 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 (2.25) 2.25 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 (2.25)
gnome-shell (3.24.2) 3.24.2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.24.2)
gnucash (2.6.16) 2.6.16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (2.6.16)
gnumeric (1.12.34) 1.12.34 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnumeric (1.12.34)
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+ (3.22.15) 3.22.15 -- -- -- -- -- 2.10.13 2.10.11 2.6.1 2.2.4 2.2.2 2.0.9 -- -- -- gtk+ (3.22.15)
httpd (2.4.25) 2.4.25 -- -- -- -- -- 2.2.4 2.2.4 2.0.52 2.0.48 -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.25)
inkscape (0.92.1) 0.92.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (0.92.1)
k3b (17.04.1) 17.04.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- k3b (17.04.1)
kmod (24) 24 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- kmod (24)
libgnome (2.32.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.2.2 2.0.5 -- -- -- libgnome (2.32.1)
libreoffice (5.3.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- libreoffice (5.3.3)
linux (4.11.3) 4.11.2 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 (4.11.3)
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 (10.2.6) 10.1.23 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.2.6)
mate-desktop (1.18.0) 1.18.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.18.0)
mesa (17.1.1) 17.1.0 -- -- -- -- -- 6.5.2 6.5.2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mesa (17.1.1)
mysql (5.7.18) -- -- -- -- -- -- 5.0.45 5.0.37 4.1.9 4.0.18 4.0.13 3.23.54 3.23.51 -- -- mysql (5.7.18)
nautilus (3.24.1) 3.24.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.2.4 2.0.7 -- -- -- nautilus (3.24.1)
NVIDIA (381.22) 381.22 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (381.22)
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (8u131) 8u121 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (8u131)
openssh (7.5p1) 7.5p1 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 (7.5p1)
openssl (1.1.0f) 1.1.0e 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 (1.1.0f)
perl (5.24.1) 5.24.1 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 (5.24.1)
php (7.1.5) 7.1.5 -- -- -- -- -- 5.2.3 5.2.1 5.0.3 4.3.4 4.3.2 4.2.3 4.2.2 -- -- php (7.1.5)
plasma-desktop (5.9.5) 5.9.5 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.9.5)
postfix (3.2.0) 3.2.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.2.0)
postgresql (9.6.3) 9.6.3 -- -- -- -- -- 8.2.4 8.2.3 7.4.6 7.4.1 7.3.3 -- -- -- -- postgresql (9.6.3)
Python (3.6.1) 3.6.1 -- -- -- -- -- 2.5.1 2.5 2.4 2.3.3 2.2.3 2.2.2 2.2.1 -- -- Python (3.6.1)
qt (5.8.0) 5.8.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 3.3.3 3.3.0 3.1.2 3.1.1 3.0.5 -- -- qt (5.8.0)
samba (4.6.4) 4.5.8 -- -- -- -- -- 3.0.25b 3.0.24 3.0.10 3.0.2 2.2.8 2.2.7 2.2.5 -- -- samba (4.6.4)
systemd (233) 232 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (233)
thunderbird (52.1.1) 52.1.1 -- -- -- -- -- 2.0.0.6 1.5.0.10 1.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- thunderbird (52.1.1)
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 (2.2.6) 2.2.5.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- vlc (2.2.6)
xfdesktop (4.12.3) 4.12.3 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 3.8.18 4.0.3 3.8.18 3.8.18 -- -- -- xfdesktop (4.12.3)
xorg-server (1.19.3) 1.19.3 -- -- -- -- -- 1.2.0 1.2.0 (6.8.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- xorg-server (1.19.3)

Reader Ratings
Reader supplied reviews for Arch Linux

Average rating
9.5
from 62 review(s)



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Version: current
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-05-25
Votes: 0


Awesome! This on hits the sweet-spot between "current" and "bleading-edge". I love it.


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Version: current
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-05-22
Votes: 3


I'm another user whose distro hopping days stopped with Arch. The big secret is it's actually more stable long term, easier to maintain, and responds to fixes more cleanly than the sometimes heavily patched release upgrade distros. I never sweat the updates or worry about breakage. Any regressions are always tiny things that don't affect my workflow, or if it's an annoyance, it's so easy to just downgrade the package and wait a day or two for the fixed version to appear in the repos. On the whole it's a very easy tradeoff. You get the newest software with all the bugfixes and new features without almost any downside. Much better than a "stable" distro with all the bugs and lack of features frozen in for years. I used to believe the myths about Arch being unstable, but my original install just keeps going -- 8 years -- and still humming along.

Pros:
Stability
Ease
Unmatched package availability
Archwiki documentation
Good advice in the forums
Cutting edge

Cons:
Installing the "Arch way" more involved (but there are excellent ways to cheat)
(hard time thinking of more cons)


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Version: current
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-05-22
Votes: 2


Proud to be an Arch user. It's the non-turning-back point in my Linux history.


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