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Arch Linux vs Centos: What are the differences?

Arch Linux: A lightweight and flexible Linux distribution that tries to Keep It Simple. A lightweight and flexible Linux distribution that tries to Keep It Simple; Centos: The Community ENTerprise Operating System. The CentOS Project is a community-driven free software effort focused on delivering a robust open source ecosystem. For users, we offer a consistent manageable platform that suits a wide variety of deployments. For open source communities, we offer a solid, predictable base to build upon, along with extensive resources to build, test, release, and maintain their code.

Arch Linux and Centos can be primarily classified as "Operating Systems" tools.

MAK IT, RELEX Solutions, and Decision6 are some of the popular companies that use Centos, whereas Arch Linux is used by Decision6, IT-Partner-Berlin, and store2be GmbH. Centos has a broader approval, being mentioned in 352 company stacks & 304 developers stacks; compared to Arch Linux, which is listed in 5 company stacks and 32 developer stacks.

Decisions about Arch Linux and CentOS
Jerome/Zen Quah
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Global familiarity, free, widely used, and as a debian distro feels more comfortable when rapidly switching between local macOS and remote command lines.

CentOS does boast quite a few security/stability improvements, however as a RHEL-based distro, differs quite significantly in the command line and suffers from slightly less frequent package updates. (Could be a good or bad thing depending on your use-case and if it is public facing)

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Simon Aronsson
Developer Advocate at k6 / Load Impact · | 7 upvotes · 162.6K views

At the moment of the decision, my desktop was the primary place I did work. Due to this, I can't have it blow up on me while I work. While Arch is interesting and powerful, Ubuntu offers (at least for me) a lot more stability and lets me focus on other things than maintaining my own OS installation.

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Pros of Arch Linux
Pros of CentOS
  • 13
    Large Community
  • 11
    Package Manager
  • 10
    Customizable
  • 9
    Arch User Repository
  • 9
    Rolling Release
  • 8
    Bleeding Edge
  • 8
    Extensive Documentation
  • 6
    Arch Build System
  • 5
    X86_64 architecture supported
  • 2
    Can fix bugs yourself if you know how to
  • 14
    Stable
  • 7
    Free to use
  • 7
    Reliable
  • 5
    Good support
  • 4
    Has epel packages
  • 3
    Great Community
  • 2
    I've moved from gentoo to centos
  • 1
    好用

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Cons of Arch Linux
Cons of CentOS
  • 2
    Systemd only
  • 1
    Only X86_64 architecture is offically supported
  • 1
    No Guided Installation
  • 1
    System maintenance
  • 1
    Unstable
  • 1
    Comparatively fewer offically supported packages
  • 1
    Yum is a horrible package manager

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What is Arch Linux?

A lightweight and flexible Linux distribution that tries to Keep It Simple.

What is CentOS?

The CentOS Project is a community-driven free software effort focused on delivering a robust open source ecosystem. For users, we offer a consistent manageable platform that suits a wide variety of deployments. For open source communities, we offer a solid, predictable base to build upon, along with extensive resources to build, test, release, and maintain their code.

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What are some alternatives to Arch Linux and CentOS?
Ubuntu
Ubuntu is an ancient African word meaning ‘humanity to others’. It also means ‘I am what I am because of who we all are’. The Ubuntu operating system brings the spirit of Ubuntu to the world of computers.
Debian
Debian systems currently use the Linux kernel or the FreeBSD kernel. Linux is a piece of software started by Linus Torvalds and supported by thousands of programmers worldwide. FreeBSD is an operating system including a kernel and other software.
Kali Linux
It is a Debian-based Linux distribution aimed at advanced Penetration Testing and Security Auditing. It contains several hundred tools which are geared towards various information security tasks, such as Penetration Testing, Security research, Computer Forensics and Reverse Engineering.
Manjaro
It is an accessible, friendly, open-source Linux distribution and community. Based on Arch Linux, it provides all the benefits of cutting-edge software combined with a focus on getting started quickly, automated tools to require less manual intervention, and help readily available when needed.
Fedora
Fedora is a Linux-based operating system that provides users with access to the latest free and open source software, in a stable, secure and easy to manage form. Fedora is the largest of many free software creations of the Fedora Project. Because of its predominance, the word "Fedora" is often used interchangeably to mean both the Fedora Project and the Fedora operating system.
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