Arch Linux celling points

Steve Holmes steve at
Fri Nov 19 10:43:21 EST 2010

Well, when I ran Debian Unstable, I did run into some situations where
stuff broke.  But With Arch using the same concept, one would think
that possible.  But The fact that Arch sticks to more tested/stable
versions of given packages, this has been much less.  I ran into a
couple times where something didn't quite work or update but I
reported the incident and the fix came back within a day each time.
Contrast this with what many corporate customers demand; they don't
want any changes so they end up with some old ancient distro like
Centos or Redhat corporate edition.

Yes, you're right; the Arch wiki is an excellent resource for

For networking, my Arch machine is just hard wired so I don't really
know much about how wireless stuff works with Arch Linux.  I have a
laptop which can use wireless but Arch won't boot on it; it has too
little memory to run anything over Slackware 12.0 <sigh>.

On Thu, Nov 18, 2010 at 11:01:20AM -0700, Keith Hinton wrote:
> Steve, I was curious what you meant recently when you said: "What surprises
> me about it is it resembles Debian Unstable but yet mostly production
> versions of applications are used and it very rarely breaks."
> I believe you use Arch yourself, why should that surprise you?
> Also, the Arch Linux wiki has a lot of documentation that is well-written if
> you ask me.
> Arch has an installation process that I find to be a lot easier in most
> cases than other installations.
> I mean..the number of steps to installing Gentoo is far more than Arch, if
> you ask me.
> I also like how Arch doesn't cause a lot of stuff you don't need running
> even on the LiveCD environment. So many LiveCDs I find are running ssh, and
> a billion of other services that you don't even require in a live
> environment. The other big point I'd like to make is that not only do other
> services run on most CDs I've tested, but so many of them try to
> automatically probe for Eth0 and activate it. I don't like that. In my case,
> I couldn't have that happening in any case because I use a wireless network
> over here. While I find Ethernet a more simpol technology in general with
> Linux or anything else as a dhcpcd eth0 is required the number of connected
> cables poses an issue.
> What about yourself?
> As for handeling wireless on my laptop when I'm in a hurry I store all my
> configuration settings in a network profile for that particular network.
> Regards, --Keith
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