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Arch Linux 2012.11.01
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2 21894 11-12-2013
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100% of reviewers None indicated 9.0

Description: "The latest snapshot of our install and rescue media can be found on our download page. The 2012.11.01 ISO image mainly contains minor bug fixes, cleanups and new packages compared to the previous one: first media with Linux kernel 3.6; copytoram=n can be used to not copy the image to RAM on network boot - this is probably unreliable but an option for systems with very low memory; cowfile_size boot parameter mainly for persistent COW on VFAT, see the README file for details."
Keywords: kernel-3.6 updates bug-fixes

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Old 11-22-2012, 09:37 AM   #1
Registered: Jul 2012
Distribution: Arch
Posts: 59

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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9

Pros: fast, flexible, well documented, well supported
Cons: installation takes more time

I wanted to step my game up. I began using linux 6 months ago with Ubuntu. Last week I bought a new computer and installed Slackware 14.0. I couldn't get my mouse to work with X, I couldn't configure my wireless network at the cli, My display wouldn't come back after sleep mode, I got frustrated searching through outdated and disorganized information. I almost went back to Ubuntu but decided to give Arch a try.

Arch is everything I was looking for. The installation is involved and hands on but the installation guide is clear and informative making it an interesting and enlightening experience. When system information is needed, the guide describes how to find the info, how to configure it, and then how to test it -- very useful. I had to spend about 10 hours setting up my applications but now I have a better understanding of how youtube works.

Arch documentation is great: It is centralized, current, comprehensive, well-organized, and thorough -- a valuable resource. Everything about the Arch project feels clean and solid.

Arch, with KDE, boots faster and is more responsive on my system than either Windows 7 or Slackware. I like the minimalist approach.

I highly recommend Arch for a less experienced user who has the time and desire to learn more about Linux and computing in general.
Old 11-12-2013, 04:07 PM   #2
Registered: Aug 2013
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Pros: Rolling release, bleeding edge features, good community
Cons: Hard to install, intermediate linux level required

I was on Debian 8 years ago, then tried Ubuntu, then Fedora, then Ubuntu, then Debian, then Arch.

Arch is the distribution I was looking for. Quite stable, yet aiming for the latest features Linux can offer. The rolling release system is a delight, there is no freeze time where nothing changes. The drawbacks is that sometime your Linux can be broken. You'll need to fix it yourself or wait for the next update in the next few days.

It's definitely not simple to install, and I'm not sure it's really useful not to have an installer, but it's definitely a good distribution.


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