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Should you move to Arch Linux?

Jan 19, 2011, 22:04 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Samuel Painter)

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"Suppose that you have been using GNU/Linux for a number of months now. You had previously been using Windows or Mac OS X, but heard about the freedom, openness, and performance inherent to open source operating systems. More likely than not, you picked up an Ubuntu live CD (or one of numerous other new-user friendly distributions) and gave it a test run. If your case is anything like mine was, you found that this operating system ran faster off of a CD than your current operating system ran while installed! So you decided to install this "Linux" thing and worked through whatever bugs or trouble you may have encountered. That was it, you were sold!

"Now with a free and open system you were not just an end user for a large monopolistic cooperation, you were a member of the thriving Free Software/Open Source Community. With documentation and supportive communities abounding, the possibilities seemed endless. Were you confused at first when you couldn't play flash videos from YouTube or your mp3 music collection wouldn't play? If so, it probably did not take you long to find a how-to article, or a wiki page explaining how to fix your media woes. A quick trip to your distribution's package manager was probably all that was needed to get things working."

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