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Arch Linux: The Simple, Flexible (and Fast!) Distro

Aug 13, 2009, 06:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Christopher Smart)

"Many people don’t look outside of the top few distros that everyone knows, but there are so many great Linux distributions out there it’s always worth keeping your options open.

"While distributions usually stay true to their core philosophies (barring major internal restructure) they can drift and sway over time. A particular release just might not work right, or perhaps it simply no longer suits the user’s changing needs. There are many reasons for switching distros, especially as users become more familiar with Linux in general.

"Most distributions fill some kind of niche and appeal to only a small group, while others are actually very similar but make use of different core technologies. Some have a set of central core philosophies which define it uniquely, of which Arch Linux is one such distro. Pronounced like “archer” (and not “architecture”), the popular operating system was founded by Judd Vinet in 2002 with a focus on being lightweight and simple."

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