10 Facts About Arch Linux


Pacman, a package manager written specifically for Arch Linux, is used to install, remove and update software packages.

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Arch Linux uses a rolling release model, meaning there are no "major releases" of completely new versions of the system; a regular system update is all that is needed to obtain the latest Arch software; the installation images released every month by the Arch team are simply up-to-date snapshots of the main system components.

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Arch Linux has comprehensive documentation, consisting of a community-run wiki known as the ArchWiki.

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In March 2021, Arch Linux developers were thinking of porting Arch Linux packages to x86_64-v3.

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Arch Linux repositories contain both libre and nonfree software, and the default Arch Linux kernel contains nonfree proprietary blobs, hence the distribution is not endorsed by the GNU project.

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Arch Linux Build System is a ports-like source packaging system that compiles source tarballs into binary packages, which are installed via Pacman.

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The Arch Linux Build System provides a directory tree of shell scripts, called PKGBUILDs, that enable any and all official Arch Linux packages to be customized and compiled.

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The Arch Linux Build System makepkg tool can be used to create custom pkg.

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However, this comes at the cost of executing PKGBUILDs not validated by a trusted person; as a result, Arch Linux developers have stated that the utilities for automatic finding, downloading and executing of PKGBUILDs will never be included in the official repositories.

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Current Arch Linux logo was designed by Thayer Williams in 2007 as part of a contest to replace the previous logo.

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