The Arch Way

You love tinkering with your computer. You’ve tried Ubuntu and Fedora, and they’re good, but you feel something is not quite right. Maybe you don’t like all those daemons loading on boot, or maybe you want to build your Linux desktop stack just how you want it? Perhaps you’re completely new to Linux and want to learn exactly what makes a Linux workstation tick? It’s time for you to try Arch Linux. Arch Linux is often called the binary Gentoo—an appropriate description. Arch gives you a full but simple command-line base to build on, but unlike Gentoo, Arch uses i686 or x86_64 optimized binary packages instead of source code.

This will not be a step-by-step guide on getting an Arch Linux desktop up and running. You can find that on Arch’s fabulous wiki. Instead I’ll share with you what separates Arch from other Linux distributions and what makes Arch one of the best distributions for a personal workstation.

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