A Review of Arch Linux

The Arch Linux is not often considered as distribution appropriate for writing a review. This is because of it's rolling nature. Arch does not provide any point releases. Instead, they update their installation media in a regular time period with latest packages available from upstream.

However, latest issue of distrowatch weekly news letter features a review of Arch Linux. This review concludes that Arch is not suitable for users who prefer to have a stable distribution, and does not care about using a little old packages.

Arch Linux is a project I do not talk about a lot. Part of the reason for that is due to the fact Arch is a pure rolling release distribution and, in essence, the project does not really have releases. The developers simply push out regular snapshots of the installation media. This tends to keep Arch Linux out of the news. Another reason I tend not to talk about, or review, Arch Linux often is because the distribution has a rather long and mostly manual installation process. But I will come back to that point in a bit.

Despite not talking about Arch much, I do acknowledge the project has a dedicated following and the Arch developers make some interesting choices when it comes to the design of the operating system. With that in mind, I would like to conclude this year's series of reviews with a look at the Arch Linux project.  

Read complete review in distrowatch's weekly news letter.

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