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Linux Distribution: Arch
Url: http://www.archlinux.org

 
Arch Linux is an i686-optimized linux distribution targeted at competent linux Arch Linux is a general purpose linux distribution that can be molded to do just about anything. It is fast, lightweight, flexible, and most of the parts under the hood are qui

About Arch
Arch Linux uses i686-optimized packages which gives us improved performance over some of our i386-optimized cousins. This means that Arch Linux will only run on a Pentium II processor or higher. We try to stay fairly bleeding edge, and typically have the latest stable versions of software.

Arch Linux uses the Pacman package manager, which couples a simple binary package format with an easy-to-use build system, allowing the users to easily manage and customize their packages, whether they be official Arch packages or the user's own homegrown ones. The repository system allows users to build and maintain their own custom package repositories, which encourages community growth and contribution.
Arch's official package set is fairly streamlined, but we supplement this with a larger, more complete "extra" repository that contains a lot of the stuff that never made it into our core package set. This repository is constantly growing with the help of packages submitted from our strong community.

Arch Linux does not provide any official support, but you will find a lot of helpful people on our IRC channel and on our user forums. Chances are that some other Archer has had the same problem/question as you and it's already been answered. Ask around!

Arch Linux uses a "rolling release" system which works like this: We have two versions of our core package set at any given time, Current and Release. The Current repository always contains the latest and greatest versions of packages. As soon as a package is updated it is part of the Current repository, so this is the one to follow if you want to stay very up to date. The Release repository follows the semi-regular snapshot releases and does not update until the next snapshot/iso has been released. For example, the Release repository will point to all packages on the 0.5 ISO until we release 0.6; then it will point to 0.6 packages until 0.7 is released. This is useful if you only want to update your system when a new release is available.

So, to sum up: Arch Linux is a workhorse distribution designed to fit the needs of the competent linux user. We strive to make it both powerful and easy to manage, making it an ideal distro for servers and workstations. Take it in any direction you like.

Releases:
2008-06-25 00:00:00.0 Arch Linux 2008.06 has been released    View
This release introduces many changes.
  • 'base' category is always installed
  • Use of UUIDs for persistent device naming
  • Availability of USB disk images alongside traditional ISOs
  • True live Arch installation environment
  • Inclusion of the beginner's guide from the wiki
  • Documentation updates
  • Includes the current stable kernel, 2.6.25.6
2008-04-16 00:00:00.0 Arch Linux 2008.04 RC is available    View
A new batch of install images is currently being uploaded to mirrors. The FTP images have been made available tonight, while the CORE images will be pushed tomorrow night in order to distribute the load. This marks the first release based on a true live Arch system. That is, what's on the images is just a plain old base installation which just happens to boot from a CD or a USB stick. The installer script itself is roughly the same as it has always been. The most noticeable change is the use of UUIDs instead of sdX/hdX entries by default.If you get the chance, please give the images a spin. By the way, the 'RC' status of these images should not be a turn-off if you're looking to install Arch; there's a very good chance they'll work just fine for you.
2007-08-06 00:00:00.0 Arch Linux 2007.08 has been released    View
It's done, final 2007.08 'Don't Panic ISOs' for i686 and x86_64 are ready. It's mostly a 2.6.22.x ISO with some fixes to last Linuxtag ISOs. Changelog to last Duke-Linuxtag2007 installation ISO: kernel 2.6.22.1 usage; update mkinitcpio for new 2.6.22 firewire layout; update hwdetect for new rtc_sys and firewire stuff; memory requirements bumped to 128MB; serial console support in install environment; USB Keyboard issues fixed; fixed quotation marks around CONSOLEFONT and CONSOLEMAP; fixed DHCP rc.conf entry; fixed not generating glibc locales. I would like to thank you all, who assisted in testing and of course finding/fixing bugs. Happy installing and have fun.
2007-05-23 00:00:00.0 Arch Linux 2007-05 has been released    View
It's done, final 2007.05 'Duke' ISO images for i686 and x86_64 are ready. Changelog to the last installation ISO image: Pacman 3; kernel 2.6.21.1. Setup changes: sound cards are now also ordered by hwdetect; rsync has been added to the installation environment; proxy support during FTP installation; selection to copy installation network setup to final installed system; selection about keeping package cache during CD/FTP installation....
2007-04-09 00:00:00.0 Arch Linux 0.8 has been out.    View
It's done - final 0.8 Voodoo ISOs for i686 and x86_64 are ready. Changelog: dropped install floppy support; switched from BusyBox to Archboot usage; updated packages (including Linux 2.6.20.4); installation on PATA and IDE possible (PATA is default now); USB devices should now work; usage of hwdetect and udev auto-detection during boot; added Memtest86+ to ISO; Pacman is included to allow installation of any other needed package in install environment; added Arch network support, including SSH, Telnet and Portmap services; added VPN support; added GRUB and LILO to install environment....
2006-12-19 00:00:00.0 Arch Linux 0.8 Alpha has been released    View
Short summary what happened and what still needs to be done: full mkinitcpio support; updated packages (including Linux 2.6.19.1); installation on PATA and IDE possible (PATA is default now); ide-legacy option included for old IDE subsystem; dropped install floppy support; switched from BusyBox to archboot usage; USB devices (keyboards, CD, DVD) should now work; usage of hwdetect and udev auto-detection during boot; added Memtest86+ to ISO; added installation support on CCISS devices.
2006-05-26 00:00:00.0 Arch Linux 0.7.2 has been released now    View

Arch Linux 0.7.2 has been released now for more information visithere.

 
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