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Simon Aronsson
Developer Advocate at k6 / Load Impact · | 7 upvotes · 186.4K 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 Void Linux
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    Large Community
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    Package Manager
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    Rolling Release
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    Arch User Repository
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    Bleeding Edge
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    Extensive Documentation
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    Arch Build System
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    X86_64 architecture supported
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    Can fix bugs yourself if you know how to
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    No systemd
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    Wayland friendly
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    Musl supporting

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Cons of Arch Linux
Cons of Void Linux
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    Systemd only
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    Only X86_64 architecture is offically supported
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    No Guided Installation
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    System maintenance
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    Comparatively fewer offically supported packages
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    What is Arch Linux?

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

    What is Void Linux?

    It is a general purpose operating system, based on the monolithic Linux® kernel. Its package system allows you to quickly install, update and remove software; software is provided in binary packages or can be built directly from sources with the help of the XBPS source packages collection.

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