Arch Linux

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  1. Swansen

    Swansen The Ninj

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    ArchWiki :: Arch Linux - ArchWiki

    I just stumbled upon it, but haven't heard of it before, anyone use it?? it looks pretty intriguing.
     
  2. donkey42

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    personally no i haven't used it, but, i'm still getting accustomed to Linux but i do have a bookmark under Linux distros for Arch Linux, so, i must have known about it

    BTW: i probably thought i'll try it later when i'm more comfortable with Linux, now, i'm unsure i'll ever be comfortable enough to even try Gentoo
     
  3. mip0

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    You'll get pretty much all the information you need about it at Distrowatch. It's minimalistic and has a good package manager called pacman (binary packages).
    - I've tried it once but gave up pretty soon - when you've installed it and rebooted you're at a full screen terminal, like 'singel user mode' and from there I guess you're suppose to build it by yourself (this is where I gave up).

    PS. I didn't give up entirely and am currently experimenting with it through Virtual Box.
     
  4. Anti-Trend

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    It's alright, though I found its core tools a bit clumsy. But all packages are built for i686 which is nice, and it's certainly not bloated.
     
  5. mip0

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    Debian vs Arch - what is the reason to not use Arch or Slackware when I bet most of you a-lot-of-posts-and-times-helpful guys could use them to get exacly what you want?
     
  6. Anti-Trend

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    Apt alone is a good enough reason, but of course the same question could be asked the other way: why bother with Arch when there's Deb? :)
     
  7. Swansen

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    small-ish repository (Arch)
     
  8. sabashuali

    sabashuali Ani Ma'amin

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    I second that. I have yet to see a more wholesome (offers and ease of use) package manager in my experience. GUI or CLI. + good support from the community even if some of the forum users (Debian forum, not HWF) can be a tad abrasive.... (RTFM etc...).
     
  9. mip0

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    ^^ So the reason is that you're just to lazy - I doubt that Deb is perfect for you.
    Why do you think apt is better than pacman?

    Are you sure it doesn't just seem small-ish since Arch don't 'split' thiere packages? An example is the -common and -dev versions in Debian.

    But Arch Linux is alone with pacman, right? Have you used it enough to rate it? It's said to be really good.
     
  10. sabashuali

    sabashuali Ani Ma'amin

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    That told you AT.... :chk: Why lazy? And what is wrong with a manager which looks after dependencies? You are looking at the empty half of the glass.... ;)
    WOW! Down boy! What do you mean by Arch is alone with pacman?
    Are you saying that deb is used by many distros? I wonder why.... and anyway it is used by distros which are really an off-shoot of Debian.

    I never said I used pacman. To be honest, I never heard of it, let alone rate it. If it is good for you, brilliant. It obviously makes sense to you and serves a purpose. Which is exactly why I use Debian and apt. AT made a comment that apt alone is a good reason to use Debian. I agreed. Never used Arch and therefore cannot compare the two..... AT, I would imagine, has a bit more experience. From what I know of him, I trust his judgement but not blindly. If I ever decide to give Arch a go, I will make my own mind..... And if you are still using Arch to access these forums, I promise to let you know how I get on... :cool:
     
  11. mip0

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    "lazy" because AT said "(...)why bother with Arch?". bother combined with - me assuming that - Debian not being perfect for AT would make him "lazy". But this is "lazy" with a smilie (the ^^-one) intended to imply that I was kidding although I did feel that "lazy" was a bit rash.

    "And what is wrong with a manager which looks after dependencies?"
    I'd say there's nothing wrong with it. When I asked "Why do you think apt is better than pacman?" I simple wanted AT's oppinion on why apt is (according to him) better than pacman. - I wasn't implying anything as I do not know enough about apt or pacman to be able to form my own oppinion.

    "What do you mean by Arch is alone with pacman?" I mean that, since the guy who created Arch also wrote pacman (it's package manager), maybe Arch Linux is the only distro that uses packman.

    "It obviously makes sense to you and serves a purpose."
    I did say that I am 'experimenting' with Arch but I have in fact never used pacman (yet).

    "AT made a comment that apt alone is a good reason to use Debian. I agreed."
    That would be: At made a comment that apt alone is a good reason to not use Arch or Slackware. (As AT's comment was in fact an answear to my question.)

    PS: "I never said I used pacman." Well I never said that you said that you have used pacman nor am I saying now that you have said that I said that you said that you used pacman. It is not so relevant and kinda off topic which would.. make this...

    :p
     

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