Arch Linux

Arch Linux is a popular, flexible Linux distribution. {Operating Systems}

It's a rolling release distribution; it always tries to use the newest available version of packages and linux kernel, but does not provide an easy way to revert to previous versions of software.

The AUR, or Arch User Repositories, provide probably the widest selection of packages available from any Linux distribution. Being able to

Arch is a great learning tool - it'll show you how to poke around a Linux system to change whatever you'd like, and it'll let you shoot yourself in the foot as much as you want. This is incredibly frustrating, but fixing the litany of problems that arise from configuration mishaps, broken packages, and backwards-incompatible updates will teach you so much about navigating a Linux system (or - at least - show you how to help debug system issues).

I use NixOS now, which provides a declarative programming language for configuring Linux systems rather than maintaining a scattered state of configuration across the system (as most Linux distributions do). But I don't at all regret dropping a Windows partition and forcing myself to use Arch for day-to-day work.

Derivatives

[Archcraft] looks like a decent way to start. Reminds me of [Manjaro] - it's less painless to burn the ISO than Arch itself but still gets you the AUR and absolute trust in the user that Arch is known for.

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