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Arch Linux
DeveloperLevente Polyak (lead developer)[1]
OS familyLinux (Unix-like)
Working stateCurrent
Source modelOpen-source
Initial release11 March 2002; 21 years ago (2002-03-11)
Latest release2024.02.01 [2] / 27 days ago
Repositorygitlab.archlinux.org github.com/archlinux
Marketing targetGeneral purpose
Update methodRolling release
Package managerpacman, libalpm (back-end),[3] Arch build system
Platforms
  • x86-64
  • i686 (unofficial)[a]
  • ARM (unofficial)[b]
  • PowerPC (unofficial)[c]
  • RISC-V (unofficial)[d]
Kernel typeMonolithic (Linux kernel)
UserlandGNU
InfluencedEndeavourOS, Manjaro, Garuda Linux, Artix Linux, Antergos
Influenced byCRUX, BSD
Default
user interface
Command-line interface (Zsh as the default shell in Live CD or Live USB and Bash as the default shell after installation)
LicenseFree software (GNU GPL and other licenses)[7]
Official websitearchlinux.org Edit this at Wikidata

Arch Linux (/ɑːr/)[8][9] is an independently developed, x86-64 general-purpose Linux distribution that strives to provide the latest stable versions of most software by following a rolling-release model. The default installation is a minimal base system, configured by the user to only add what is purposely required.[10]

Pacman, a package manager written specifically for Arch Linux, is used to install, remove and update software packages.[11]

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.[12]

Arch Linux has comprehensive documentation, consisting of a community-run wiki known as the ArchWiki.[13][14][15]

  1. ^ "Arch Linux - News: The Future of the Arch Linux Project Leader". archlinux.org. Archived from the original on 25 February 2022. Retrieved 22 November 2021.
  2. ^ "Arch Linux - Downloads". Archived from the original on 1 February 2024. Retrieved 1 February 2024.
  3. ^ "Pacman Home Page". www.archlinux.org. Archived from the original on 26 February 2011. Retrieved 9 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Arch Linux 32". Arch Linux 32. Archived from the original on 26 January 2021. Retrieved 19 June 2021.
  5. ^ "ArchPOWER". Arch POWER. Archived from the original on 11 January 2023. Retrieved 31 May 2022.
  6. ^ "Arch Linux RISC-V". Arch Linux RISC-V. Archived from the original on 24 May 2022. Retrieved 31 May 2022.
  7. ^ * "Copyright". Pacman Home Page. Archived from the original on 26 February 2011. Retrieved 30 July 2020. Pacman is [...] and is licensed through the GNU General Public License, version 2 or later.
    • "COPYING". arch-install-scripts repository. Archived from the original on 29 April 2021. Retrieved 30 July 2020.
    • "About mkinitcpio". Archived from the original on 28 April 2021. Retrieved 30 July 2020.
  8. ^ Aaron Griffin (24 August 2005). "Pronnounciation [sic] of our beloved distribution's name". Osdir.com. Archived from the original on 12 February 2012. Retrieved 19 October 2009.
  9. ^ "Arch terminology - ArchWiki". Arch Linux Wiki. Archived from the original on 3 October 2022. Retrieved 3 October 2022. Officially, the 'Arch' in "Arch Linux" is pronounced /ɑːr/ as in an "archer"/bowman, or "arch-nemesis", and not as in "ark" or "archangel".
  10. ^ "Arch Linux Wiki homepage". wiki.archlinux.org. Archived from the original on 26 April 2022. Retrieved 6 July 2022.
  11. ^ "Pacman Home Page". www.archlinux.org. Archived from the original on 26 February 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2019.
  12. ^ Ivan Jelic (10 March 2010). "Rolling with Arch Linux". LWN.net. Archived from the original on 20 October 2011. Retrieved 30 September 2011.
  13. ^ Smith, Jesse (21 December 2015). "Arch Linux - Feature Story". Archived from the original on 12 September 2018. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ "The Arch Way | Linux Journal". www.linuxjournal.com. Archived from the original on 30 October 2019. Retrieved 30 October 2019.


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