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    Ubuntu vs. Arch

    Ubuntu vs. Arch - what do you like about each, and which do you prefer?

    Ubuntu got me started on Linux, and I value its stability (well, most of the time ) and ease of use. Believe it or not, I also like Unity. Quite apart from that, I love the community spirit that surrounds it. However, I recently discovered Arch, and having installed it on an old laptop for test purposes, I find myself liking it more and more. Although it is a lot more work to set up, I like the total control that it gives you over your system (apart from the fact that I enjoy tinkering around anyway). And though the forum may not be quite as friendly as this one, the Arch wiki is absolute first class for documentation. I don't think I'll switch my main system over all that soon, but I was just wondering what others here think about Arch and Ubuntu in comparison?

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    The only major difference apart from repo's is Arch being truly bleeding edge and really isn't as friendly as Ubuntu is to users like me, who originally come from Windows and like to expect minimum amount of maintenance. Of course, there are exceptions.
    Tbh, my experience has been similar to yours. Arch has never moved out of my VM and Ubuntu is something which gets first preference whenever I'm thinking about ''Always Working OS''

    It's like picking between modest housewife and demanding gf. I like them both!
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    Re: Ubuntu vs. Arch

    Ubuntu development is based upon a completely different philosophy than the philosophy that Arch development is based upon. There really can be no comparison. They are as different as chalk and cheese. We should value all Free and Open Source Software projects whether we use them or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by veddox View Post
    Ubuntu vs. Arch - what do you like about each, and which do you prefer?

    ... I like the total control that it gives you over your system...
    I began using Linux back before package managers and dependency resolvers came along. That really put you in control, whether you wanted to be, or not.

    Then there was the pleasure of writing your own init scripts.

    I've used Arch and think it's a fine project. Control is a trade off, though. Sometimes picking and pitting the cherries before you make and bake the pie is a bit too much control.

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    Re: Ubuntu vs. Arch

    Arch is like a Ferrari, Ubuntu is like a Toyota. Arch is fun, exciting, but at least in my experience breaks a lot and requires a lot more maintainence. Part of this is regularly checking the forums to check about upgrades etc. Ubuntu, particularly the LTS, are great if your desiring a really rock stable system such as a server. I have both distros installed on different computers, however each computer serves a different purpose. I usually use Arch as my daily driver on my personal computer, however my file server is all Ubuntu. I don't believe I personally would run a server that required maximum up time with Arch, although I'm sure others have. Arch is awesome for cutting edge packages. These distros really serve different purposes. I think they are both quite excellent

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    Re: Ubuntu vs. Arch

    Quote Originally Posted by LastDino View Post
    It's like picking between modest housewife and demanding gf. I like them both!
    I hope neither are reading your postings!
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    Re: Ubuntu vs. Arch

    This takes me back to the time when just about every day you'd get a post from someone praising Arch Linux.
    Please, people, remember to BACKUP before you install that new system. Same if you're upgrading.

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    Re: Ubuntu vs. Arch

    Quote Originally Posted by veddox View Post
    Ubuntu vs. Arch - what do you like about each, and which do you prefer?
    I run them both. They're just very different in so many ways. I definitely do updates in Arch much more often than with Ubuntu LTS, and I check Arch's main page and forums all the time. Haven't run into any serious breakage problems with Arch; seems that you just have to stay on top of things.

    I would not try to choose either one over the other. I'd say the same thing about Debian Stable vs. Arch. For me, the best approach is to have both and take advantage of what each has to offer.

    The Arch wiki, pacman, and being able to install only what you want, those are the things I like most about Arch. As for Ubuntu LTS and Debian Stable, I feel like I can install 'em and set 'em up and they're fine for a few years, I don't have to worry about anything. Good documentation with Ubuntu and Debian, too.

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    Re: Ubuntu vs. Arch

    Quote Originally Posted by Irihapeti View Post
    This takes me back to the time when just about every day you'd get a post from someone praising Arch Linux.
    This has been covered so many times before, moved to Recurring.

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    Ubuntu Vs. Arch

    By default i use Arch linux for my desktop, fast,lightweight,ease of use.. Ubuntu has always been more of a Server/OS for me, i like the ease of use but the GUI is to much to handle for my older machines to run..

    What do you guys prefer?

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