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Arch Linux

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Arch Linux is a rolling release distribution of GNU/Linux focusing on minimalism, simplicity, and elegance. Arch is often used by advanced users in light of its relatively difficult installation process. Arch is a distribution favored by the /g/ community for ricing.

If you're looking for some troubleshooting with Arch, go take a look at the ArchWiki and/or Arch Linux Forums. They're very useful.

Why Use Arch Linux?

  • Minimalist installation process
  • Near-complete customization
  • Excellent package management
  • Offers bleeding-edge software; always up to date (hence, rolling-release)
  • The very complete Arch User Repository; every package you want is highly likely to be either in the official repositories or in the AUR
  • Godlike wiki

Disadvantages to Using Arch Linux

In addition to the advantages of using Arch Linux, there are also a number of costs, including:

  • Offering bleeding-edge software can cause stability issues
  • When Arch Linux breaks, it is often difficult or time-consuming to repair
  • A minimalist installation process can often confuse new users
  • Smaller community than other distributions, for example, Ubuntu
  • Software in the AUR isn't always to be trusted to be safe or up to date


Arch installation is a fully command-line process. If you can't into command-line, you won't into Arch. See lesser distros such as Manjaro or Archbang for an automated install.

The Arch Linux website supplies ISO files that the user may burn to a disk, or use on a USB flash drive to install. In the past, Arch has offered a graphical interface throughout the installation, however, no longer does. For beginners, it is recommended to use the Arch Install Scripts Arch Beginners Guide which helps to provide an easier a well documented and easy to follow installation process. For average or advanced-level users, a Wiki page is offered on the Arch Wiki that describes the install process from scratch.

Package Management

pacman is the package manager for Arch. This uses the repos specified in /etc/pacman.conf.

Yaourt is one of many pacman wrappers that manages packages from the Arch User Repository. Beware, this software is not maintained by the distro maintainers.


Parabola GNU/Linux-libre is an FSF-endorsed Arch derivative whose repositories only contain free software.

ArchBang is a preconfigured Arch Linux derivative that runs the Openbox window manager.

Manjaro is an XFCE/KDE Arch based distro. It simplifies a lot of the usual installation of Arch Linux.

Chakra Linux is a fully KDE distro. It was based on Arch, but pacman is the only thing left now, since they have their own repository, and build their own packages. Semi-rolling release.