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Arch Linux vs FreeBSD: 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; FreeBSD: An operating system used to power modern servers, desktops, and embedded platforms. An operating system for a variety of platforms which focuses on features, speed, and stability. It is derived from BSD, the version of UNIX® developed at the University of California, Berkeley. It is developed and maintained by a large community.

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

FreeBSD is an open source tool with 4.37K GitHub stars and 1.72K GitHub forks. Here's a link to FreeBSD's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, Arch Linux has a broader approval, being mentioned in 5 company stacks & 32 developers stacks; compared to FreeBSD, which is listed in 12 company stacks and 11 developer stacks.

Decisions about Arch Linux and FreeBSD
Simon Aronsson
Developer Advocate at k6 / Load Impact · | 7 upvotes · 212K 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 FreeBSD
  • 15
    Large Community
  • 13
    Package Manager
  • 11
    Customizable
  • 10
    Arch User Repository
  • 10
    Rolling Release
  • 9
    Bleeding Edge
  • 8
    Extensive Documentation
  • 7
    Arch Build System
  • 6
    X86_64 architecture supported
  • 3
    Can fix bugs yourself if you know how to
  • 6
    Excellent as Server
  • 5
    Very Stable
  • 4
    Helpful community
  • 2
    Extremely simple updates and compiles of kernel and use
  • 2
    Ports and packages system is mature and well-supported
  • 2
    Free to use
  • 1
    Easy to install
  • 1
    Supported by major cloud platforms

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Cons of Arch Linux
Cons of FreeBSD
  • 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
    Slower to adopt non-server hardware than Linux
  • 1
    Poor support for laptops, especially wireless cards

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What is Arch Linux?

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

What is FreeBSD?

An operating system for a variety of platforms which focuses on features, speed, and stability. It is derived from BSD, the version of UNIX® developed at the University of California, Berkeley. It is developed and maintained by a large community.

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What are some alternatives to Arch Linux and FreeBSD?
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.
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.
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.
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