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DistroWatch.com: Arch Linux

Arch Linux

Last Update: 2017-08-23 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: 13 (694), 6 months: 15 (661), 3 months: 13 (602), 4 weeks: 13 (601), 1 week: 16 (549)

Average visitor rating: 9.58/10 from 102 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/
Screenshots DistroWatch Gallery
Screencasts
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
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
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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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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 2017-08-23 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 Upstart 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) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 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) -- -- -- -- -- -- 1.0.14 1.0.13 1.0.8 1.0.2 0.9.4 0.9.0rc6 0.9.0rc2 -- -- alsa-lib (1.1.4.1)
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ati-driver (16.40)
bash (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 (9.11.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- 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 (60.0.3112.101) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (60.0.3112.101)
cups (2.2.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- 1.2.12 1.2.10 1.1.23 1.1.20 1.1.19 1.1.17 1.1.15 -- -- cups (2.2.4)
dhcp (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 (1.43.5) -- 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 (1.43.5)
firefox (55.0.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.0.0.6 2.0.0.3 1.0 0.8 -- -- -- -- -- firefox (55.0.2)
freetype (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 (7.2.0) -- -- 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) -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.2.17 2.2.13 2.2.2 2.0pre3 1.2.5 1.2.3 1.2.3 -- -- gimp (2.8.22)
glibc (2.26) -- 2.14 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 (3.24.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.24.3)
gnucash (2.6.17) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (2.6.17)
gnumeric (1.12.35) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnumeric (1.12.35)
grub (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+ (3.22.19) -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.10.13 2.10.11 2.6.1 2.2.4 2.2.2 2.0.9 -- -- -- gtk+ (3.22.19)
httpd (2.4.27) -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.2.4 2.2.4 2.0.52 2.0.48 -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.27)
inkscape (0.92.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (0.92.2)
k3b (17.08.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- k3b (17.08.0)
kmod (24) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- kmod (24)
libgnome (2.32.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.2.2 2.0.5 -- -- -- libgnome (2.32.1)
libreoffice (5.4.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- libreoffice (5.4.0)
linux (4.12.8) -- 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 (4.12.8)
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) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- lxde-common (0.99.2)
mariadb (10.2.8) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.2.8)
mate-desktop (1.18.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.18.0)
mesa (17.1.7) -- -- -- -- -- -- 6.5.2 6.5.2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mesa (17.1.7)
mysql (5.7.19) -- -- -- -- -- -- 5.0.45 5.0.37 4.1.9 4.0.18 4.0.13 3.23.54 3.23.51 -- -- mysql (5.7.19)
nautilus (3.24.2.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.2.4 2.0.7 -- -- -- nautilus (3.24.2.1)
NVIDIA (384.69) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (384.69)
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (8u144) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (8u144)
openssh (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) -- 1.0.0d 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 (5.26.0) -- 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 (5.26.0)
php (7.1.8) -- -- -- -- -- -- 5.2.3 5.2.1 5.0.3 4.3.4 4.3.2 4.2.3 4.2.2 -- -- php (7.1.8)
plasma-desktop (5.10.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.10.5)
postfix (3.2.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.2.2)
postgresql (9.6.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- 8.2.4 8.2.3 7.4.6 7.4.1 7.3.3 -- -- -- -- postgresql (9.6.4)
Python (3.6.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.5.1 2.5 2.4 2.3.3 2.2.3 2.2.2 2.2.1 -- -- Python (3.6.2)
qt (5.9.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 3.3.3 3.3.0 3.1.2 3.1.1 3.0.5 -- -- qt (5.9.1)
samba (4.6.7) -- -- -- -- -- -- 3.0.25b 3.0.24 3.0.10 3.0.2 2.2.8 2.2.7 2.2.5 -- -- samba (4.6.7)
systemd (234) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (234)
thunderbird (52.3.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.0.0.6 1.5.0.10 1.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- thunderbird (52.3.0)
vim (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) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- vlc (2.2.6)
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 3.8.18 4.0.3 3.8.18 3.8.18 -- -- -- xfdesktop (4.12.4)
xorg-server (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
9.6
from 102 review(s)



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Version: current
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-08-20
Votes: 3


Outstanding operating system! it is great that it uses the latest software so you don't have to be jealous from a review that someone made of an update which makes you really want it. The Wikis are amazing, and they are easy, yet descriptive. It's easier then you think, so easy that an 11 year old (me) can install it, and now I don't even need the wiki anymore, because it has taught me a ton over the years of Linux user, and probably the biggest reason why I know how to Linux a lot. They are descriptive and sometimes on other distributions I WILL use their wiki instead of a forum and/or the distributions guide. What is also great about it is that it gives you absolute choice, there is no recommended desktop that is preselected, but there is also about no desktop user applications (most Desktop Enviroments [DE] are separated into the DE itself and the DE's preferred set of applications, aka the suite). Even if you are sort of new to Linux, you should always slap it on a VM or hitchhiker computer, and learn from the wiki, and there it will teach you about everything you need to Linux in the future, instead of just one-by-one typing the commands, which makes it boring, like not listening to a teacher in a school. If you want a full stock Linux experience, Give it a try, It is just like if Linux Torvalds made a distribution called "Linux OS". whilst it seems hard, its very fun and it puts the word freedom in Linux at its best. I am no fanboy, it just works! So what are you waiting for? try it out for yourself!

also if you want a slightly filled-in experience of Arch, that is only special because it's based on arch and uses its amazing package manager pacman, try Manjaro...


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Version: current
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-08-17
Votes: 2


Desde que escolhi como minha distro principal e única não quis mais deixar. O Arch linux é simplesmente a melhor distribuição. Seu gerenciador de pacotes é excelente e simples de usar, Super funcional. Em combinação com XFCE fica super poderoso. O AUR é fenomenal, temho tudo e mais um pouco, instalo o que preciso, emfim você instala o sistema, instala sua interface preferida, instala seus pacotes de softwares preferidos e gerencie com seu pacman. Reinstalação eu nem sem mais o que é isso.


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Version: current
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-08-08
Votes: 6


Even if it is my daily distribution since early 2009, I won't give it a 10. Perfection is not in our world. I really love it.

Pacman is a great package manager, AUR is full of everything you might need, even if you can find in the same time the worse and the best.

Arch is user friendly... But it is just very selective about its users ;)


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