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My Arch Linux Experiment (Part 1)

Sep 03, 2009, 14:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeremy LaCroix)

[ Thanks to J LaCroix for this link. ]

"I’m hoping that Kubuntu 9.10 changes my opinion when it’s released, but that doesn’t appear to be happening judging by the Alphas. While I’m waiting to find out if Kubuntu can return to its former glory, I decided to give Arch Linux a try. It’s been recommended to me by many of my readers. Can a spoiled Kubuntu user survive in the land of Arch?

"Initially, I decided to review Arch Linux and give it a score just as I do everything else. However, Arch Linux isn’t like most distributions. From what I’ve read, you basically install it once, and upgrade forever. You don’t have to wait for the next version to get all the new packages and features, they come in as soon as they’re released. So, how do you review something that’s always changing? I don’t think you really can, or at least not fairly. If I did, the version you install would have already changed enough to make my review invalid so I decided to write about my experiences the distro instead.

"The mission is simple. I decided to see if I can duplicate my existing Kubuntu set up into Arch Linux. Kubuntu itself benefits from the extremely large Ubuntu package database, so that in itself would be a feat. Still, a rolling release cycle seems very tantalizing to me. Imagine installing a Linux distro and never having to wait for the next version to benefit from all the new goodies. It sounded too good to be true."

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