Arch Linux
Arch Linux is a Linux-based operating system which is meant for i686 and x86-64 computers. It is basically free and open source software and supports community involvement. Arch Linux is designed to achieve elegance, simplicity, code correctness and minimalism. Arch Linux is designed on the principle of binary packages.

These packages are targeted for i686 and x86-64 microprocessors to assist performance on modern hardware. Arch Linux uses rolling release models that obtain up to date snapshots of the main system components. Arch Linux users can create packages compatible with pacman using the Arch Build System.

Arch Linux can be installed from a CD or USB. The installer has shell script using dialog for interaction with the user. Customization of the operating system is done manually while installing repositories packages from online. Arch Linux is generally involving than other operating systems.

The packages that are released are managed through Pacman package manager which handles installation, upgrades and removal of upgrades. The packages of arch Linux are obtained from Arch Linux package tree and are compiled with i686 or x86-64 architectures.

The repositories that are in existence today include the following: the core, extra, community and multilib. There are also some testing repositories in existence which include: testing repositories which has with packages for core and extra, community-testing, with packages for community and finally multilib-testing, with packages for multilib.

Until the release of version 4.0.0 in 2011 Arch Linux's package manager lacked support for signed packages but from that day 51% of packages in the repositories are signed.

New versions of Arch Linux are provided daily and unlike Ubuntu and Fedora it does not has release dates and uses rolling release system to avail the new packages. Arch Linux releases are simply snapshots of the current set of packages, sometimes with revised installation software. This means that it does not matter when Arch was released as updates can be installed later.

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