In the previous article or random rumination, take your pick. I mentioned that I have used Gentoo for many years however, I decided that I had had enough of the time taken to compile large programs such as Chrome and LibreOffice in order to keep them updated. Especially when pre-compiled distributions do the same updating chores in a fraction of the time, minutes instead of hours.
So I went on a search for the Linux distribution which would match my needs. For a start, I did not want a timed release version. I wanted a rolling release which means I wouldn’t have to reformat and reload my operating system every six months. That immediately cut out ninety percent of the available Linux operating systems.
Of course, with a Debian based operating system, it is relatively easy to perform a rolling release type of upgrade but there is an increased risk of something breaking.
Secondly, I wanted something which was not bloated with unwanted and unneeded optional programs which take up my precious hard disk space. Finally, I wanted a good support infrastructure where I could find answers to any problems in a very short amount of time.
One thing I had noticed when using Gentoo was that a lot of the questions I had with that distribution were often answered on the Arch Linux forums. Digging deeper I found out that Arch Linux was very configurable, a rolling release and most definitely not targeted at, to politely put it, those types of people unfamiliar with Linux.
It turned out that Arch Linux is basically almost the same as Gentoo with a pre-compiled package management system. Sure it does not have a pretty graphical interface for the package management system but then neither did Gentoo. It was quick, it was customisable and it worked well.
Consequently, I have decided that Arch Linux is the current flavour of the year with me and so far I am extremely happy with it. Sure I have had problems, however, those problems have been solved in a very quick time and everything is just working fine and dandy for me.
I definitely think I will be sticking for Arch Linux in the foreseeable future as it is currently addressing the shortcomings I have experienced with Gentoo and has the support system I need to fix any problems that have shown their ugly heads.
What do you think of your distribution? Is it the perfect one for you? Are you on the lookout for a more powerful one? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.
Source: SANS ISC SecNewsFeed @ February 28, 2017 at 01:09PM