Arch Linux

Arch Linux
Arch Linux logo.svg
DeveloperLevente Polyak and others[a]
OS familyUnix-like
Working stateCurrent
Source modelOpen source
Initial release11 March 2002 (2002-03-11)
Latest releaseRolling release / installation medium 2020.09.01[1]
Repository Edit this at Wikidata
Marketing targetGeneral purpose
Package managerpacman, libalpm (back-end)[2]
Kernel typeMonolithic (Linux)
Default user interfaceCommand-line interface (Bash)
LicenseFree software (GNU GPL and other licenses)[3]
Official Edit this at Wikidata

Arch Linux (/ɑːr/)[4] is a Linux distribution for computers with x86-64 processors.[5] Arch Linux adheres to five principles: simplicity, modernity, pragmatism, user centrality, and versatility. In practice, this means the project attempts to have minimal distribution-specific changes, minimal breakage with updates, pragmatic over ideological design choices and user-friendliness.[6]

A package manager written specifically for Arch Linux, Pacman, is used to install, remove and update software packages.[7] 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.[8]

Arch Linux has comprehensive documentation, which consists of a community wiki known as the ArchWiki.[9][10][11]
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  1. ^ "Arch Linux - Releases". Archived from the original on 4 December 2015. Retrieved 5 August 2020.
  2. ^ "Pacman Home Page". Retrieved 9 May 2020.
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  4. ^ Aaron Griffin (24 August 2005). "Pronnounciation [sic] of our beloved distribution's name". Archived from the original on 12 February 2012. Retrieved 19 October 2009.
  5. ^ "About". Arch Linux. Archived from the original on 2 January 2017. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
  6. ^ "Arch Linux Principles". ArchWiki. 16 September 2019. Archived from the original on 11 November 2019. Retrieved 13 November 2019.
  7. ^ "Pacman Home Page". Archived from the original on 26 February 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2019.
  8. ^ Ivan Jelic (10 March 2010). "Rolling with Arch Linux". Archived from the original on 20 October 2011. Retrieved 30 September 2011.
  9. ^ Smith, Jesse (21 December 2015). "Arch Linux - Feature Story". Archived from the original on 12 September 2018. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  10. ^ Linton, Susan (17 July 2015). "Debian Project Lead: Snappy and Mir Bad Ideas". OStatic. Archived from the original on 4 February 2017. Retrieved 4 February 2017. One of the first questions wondered if McGovern was jealous of anything from any other distro. To that he answered Arch's wiki calling it "an absolutely amazing resource" that he himself uses.
  11. ^ "The Arch Way | Linux Journal". Archived from the original on 30 October 2019. Retrieved 30 October 2019.

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