I’ve been using Linux for close to 20 years now, ever since I had a programming class in college and I was too lazy to go to the lab, and instead learned to install an unix system at home so I could o my programming assignments.
The two first years or so I used Redhat Linux, but I soon switched to Debian after the debacle of upgrading from Redhat 5.1 to 6.0 (with the change of rpm format, if I remember correctly), and have been on a debian like system ever since. I spent some time dabbling in Ubuntu/Kubuntu for awhile, mostly because of the more up-to-date packing, but I soon came back because of the freedom of choosing my own packages (Ubuntu really expect whatever is in the live CD to always be there or the upgrade to the next version fails spectacularly).
I recently decided to try Arch Linux, slowly at first by installing it in a Virtualbox environment, but also moving slowly with my workstation. Part of the impetuous to move to Arch was to get a working KDE/Plasma 5 system working. I’ve been a KDE user since the beginning, and currently, KDE in Debian, even in Sid, is somewhat at a flux. Testing KDE in Arch seemed to hint at a more stable environment.
I was a little worried about moving to a non-debian distribution. Except for my brief start on Redhat, I’ve consistently kept myself on a debian-environment, and know the system well. I wasn’t too worried about the rolling release aspect, since I’ve been running in a Debian sid environment since forever. This, coupled with the fact that anytime I’ve been stuck or had a question about Linux, I had almost always ended up reading up on the subject in the arch wiki.
Arch Linux has really impressed me. Installation was somewhat of a pain, and I’m not sure I buy the idea that you know your system anymore by following a recipe any more than other people who just answers some installer questions.
- Rolling release means latest software
- The software is as the author(s) intended instead of the patch version distros like Debian and Redhat will give you
- Wiki is probably the best of breed when it comes to documentation
- Installation is unnecessary complicated and boilerplate
- Unlike Debian, the kernels are tagged with version number, so you can only install one at a time (might break stuff)
Overall, I really like it and have decided to test it out on a media server (mostly because I’m also testing out btrfs and need the latest version available).
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