[Novalug] any archlinux users?
novalug at bohme.org
Sat Oct 25 07:33:39 EDT 2008
Brandon Saxe wrote:
> I've read about archlinux lately and it seems really interesting with
> it's rolling release methodology.
> Does anybody on the list use arch and have any comments?
Very positive overall. I run Arch on home/work destops, MythTV box,
laptops, SliceHost instance and an EeePC (with all GUIs being XFCE), and
have for a couple of years at least. The community is excellent; the
Arch Way is one of unintrusive simplicity. A baseline Arch install is a
very minimal running system, giving you ultimate flexibility in choices
of GUIs and such.
Package updates tend to happen almost shockingly fast in Arch - IIRC the
2.6.27 kernel took just under 2 weeks to go from release on kernel.org
to its appearance in Arch's core. The package manager (pacman -
humorously enough) tends toward the slightly austere but is everything
I've ever needed it to be.
The only caveat is that the rolling release cycle can be a double-edged
sword - you must be ready to either keep reasonably current or only do
your package updates in large batches periodically. It's not uncommon
for a package installation to pull in a base library that suddenly
breaks random other things until you update all dependent packages.
Thus I tend to be careful about timing updates to work machine and
SliceHost instance - places where spending a bit of time tweaking
configs and such need to be planned.
Basically, if you're comfortable with some lightweight config file
tweaking and are OK with spending at least a little time getting your
noggin around how various pieces fit together, I'd heartily recommend Arch.
For me? I'm happy that I don't have to periodically stop everything in
the world for a full-on distro or OS upgrade - and haven't in years.
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