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[News] Interview with Leader of Absolute Linux, Newbie Review of Arch

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Interview with Paul Sherman, Absolute Linux lead developer

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| Slackware Linux, the oldest surviving Linux distribution, is the parent of 
| many Linux projects that exist today. Absolute Linux is one such 
| distribution, customised for ease of use and speed. It comes with many 
| everyday applications, but just one "fast, stay-out-of-your-way desktop," all 
| while remaining compatible with official Slackware packages. Absolute Linux 
| 12.2.1 was released last week.     


A Weekend With Arch

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| Within a few months of beginning with Linux, it became obvious that I was one 
| of those who have severe difficulties settling on a distribution. This 
| situation presents some unique challenges, but generally, I've found there 
| are more benefits than drawbacks. While I may have favorites, or be more 
| familiar with some distributions than others, they all offer a little 
| something different.     
| A few months ago, I wrote about Gentoo. It's been one of my favorites, as 
| it's a learning experience and exceedingly stable when it's been successfully 
| configured. A few commenters suggested Arch Linux as an alternative.  



Arch Linux; Mean, Lean, Fast and Bleeding Edge

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| I’ll be using Arch for a while, and probably longer th[a]n a while; its the
| best distro I ever used .


Checking out the Neighbors, part III

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| Puppy Linux impressed me with the extra effort put into explaining the
| configuration dialogs, and offering some choices right off the LiveCD (like
| XVesa or Xorg and jwm or fvwm95). There are a lot of HOW-TOs and other
| helpful write-ups on the forums. I was quite surprised at how large the
| forums there were - I would not have thought Puppy Linux had that large a
| community.
| Regretably, I had to give up on Puppy because of the screen problems. It
| really bugs me it doesn’t show up in the screenshots. I also threw in the
| Ubuntu 8.10 LiveCD just to make sure it wasn’t some sort of continuing
| problem (it wasn’t).


Arch Of The Penguins

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| THERE are those Linux distributions which will install in a coffee break,
| with little intervention required from the user.
| And there are those which demand plentiful reading beforehand, a thorough
| knowledge of one's hardware and a calm, clear mind.
| Arch Linux 2008 falls into the latter category – and I love it.
| I have been using Linux for more than a decade now but have only recently got
| around to trying Arch.
| Arch is “a lightweight and flexible Linux distribution that tries to Keep It
| Simple”, according to the website, but new Linux users take note: “Simple” is
| not the same as “Easy”.


A Simple Arch Review

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| In the end, I found I was perfectly happy to sacrifice a little of Debian’s
| legendary stability for Arch’s speed. But like all Linux distributions, Arch
| isn’t the right choice for everyone. I won’t tell you if you should be using
| Arch, but if you like what you’ve heard and don’t mind going a little deeper
| into Linux and seeing how it works, then perhaps Arch is the one for you.


Progress with Arch Linux

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| It has been several weeks since I started playing with Arch Linux. I’ve two
| of my three systems running under this distro and figured it was worth
| posting at least a short blurb on my impressions and experience…
| [...]
| In short: so far, so good. At some point, unless I step into a massive hole
| somewhere along the lines, I will probably move my last (and primary) box
| over to Arch.


Arch Linux for the DIY Linux user

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| Arch Linux is a distro designed for users who like to be in control of what
| apps are installed on their systems. Unlike other distros with similar
| objectives, Arch doesn't sacrifice ease of use completely. It uses BSD-style
| init scripts, which eases configuration tasks, and a dependency-resolving
| package manager that helps keep the system updated. All in all, Arch is a
| nice distro for users who wish to learn about Linux and mold their Linux
| systems without breaking into a sweat.


Arch Linux 2008.06: Overlord

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| Arch is simple. It’s not easy at first, but it’s simple…and “simple” has the
| knack of becoming “easy” when you’re used to it. After the install, you end
| up with a system that has everything you want it to have, but nothing more.
| That means it’s light-weight, and fast, and unique, and very easy to
| maintain. After the initial hours of configuration, there’s not much left to
| be done. Upgrade the system every day. Sit back. Relax. Enjoy. I know I will.



Arch Linux: Popular KISS distro [page 2]

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| How many developers are behind Arch? Do you see this number increase in the
| future?
| According to this page we have 27 developers. Everyone does different things.
| While I do see our numbers increasing in the future, I think that will only
| come after fully figuring out what everyone's job is, and what holes we have
| to plug.  


Arch Linux on OLPC XO-1

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| This is the part where I eat my own words. I didn’t think it possible, but it
| works. The Geode is an i586, and logic says that a system tuned to the 686 —
| which regularly resisted all efforts to run or even boot on K6-series
| machines for me — seems quite happy to plunk along on my XO-1. See for
| yourself.    


Arch Linux - Is this really a geek's distro?

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| Arch Linux is not at all a geek's distribution as I have not found any
| installation, configuring problems. All it takes is you have to make use of  
| the well documented wiki and user forums. Arch may not be suitable for the
| first time Linux user but if you had already installed and used a Linux
| variant then I highly recommend trying arch.  


Arch 2007.08-2 Review

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| Acrh Linux is lean, wicked and it allows all types to possibilities. It
| allows the user to custom tailor the distribution as per his/her taste. It
| has a great package manager. A package manager that is being used by lot of
| other distributions like frugalware, archie and faun. But I am unable the
| gauze the advantages pacman provides over apt-get.    


Distros Don’t Drive Development

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| Lots of press and people focus on Linux distributions when they check out
| what happens in Linux land. This and that distro come in new releases and
| they offer this and that brand new feature. This is also true of the many
| linux podcasts. They give credit to distros for new things that pop up.  


Arch Linux Review

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| I happen to believe that Arch is an excellent flavor of Linux that hasn't got
| the share of publicity and attention if deserves from the community yet.
| [...]
| As I've said before I am a rather old Linux user, so I didn't expect to get
| easily impressed from a distro. Well guess what, I am! Arch is an excellent
| distribution I'd recommend to just about everyone that likes to get his hands
| dirty and has at least some experience in Linux.  
| It keeps the simple methodology that Slackware has but presents it in a more
| easy, decent way. It is not a distro for absolute beginners, it does not
| promise a dozen features "out of the box" but once you get it rolling you'll
| be rewarded with an amazing distro. Trust me you'll love "the Arch way"!  


Review: Arch Linux 0.8 Voodoo x86_64

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| I liked Arch Linux and I felt right at home using it. Like Slackware
| and Debian it gives you a solid foundation and you can add whatever you
| like to the system.


ArchLinux -- smooth and cuddly

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| Arch is gaining new users and good reviews every day. Let's find out why
| this is happening.


Review: Arch64, Archlinux for 64bit processors

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| I highly recommend Arch64. If you are looking for a great 64bit system
| and don't mind getting your hands dirty, this is the system for you. You
| only need a fast connection and some time. Pacman is the best package
| manager out there. ABS gives you freedom to create your own packages
| or customize packages for your machine.


Arch Linux 0.7.2 (Gimmick) Review

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| I have finally found a distribution that fits all of my needs and
| won't hold my hand. Editing files is simple and educational as you
| learn how the system works. For the speed, stability, and the
| simplicity this distribution offers, it is no wonder that Arch is
| quickly becoming home for most power users as well as users who are
| willing to learn Linux.


Watching the Evolution of Arch Linux

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| In closing, I would like to applaud the Arch Linux developer team for
| their efforts. They've done a great job so far and of course, they still
| have a long way in front of them too.
| If you like a speedy Linux, easy to learn and operate and you don't
| afraid of the command line, give Arch Linux a shot today. Its main
| ISO with X support is just 500 MBs (and then you built it from there
| adding more packages as you go along).

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