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Arch Linux

Rolling release distribution of Linux

Arch Linux (usually just called Arch) is a Linux-based operating system for 32-bit and 64-bit computers.[4] It mostly has free software included with it,[5] and supports community involvement.[6]

Arch Linux
DeveloperAaron Griffin and team[1]
OS familyUnix-like
Working stateCurrent
Source modelOpen source
Initial releaseMarch 11, 2002; 17 years ago (2002-03-11)
Latest release(Rolling release) / Installation medium 2015.08.01[2]
Marketing targetPower-users
Update methodPacman
Package managerPacman
Platformsi686, x86-64
Kernel typeMonolithic (Linux)
Default user interfaceBash
LicenseFree software licenses
(mainly GPL)[3]

Arch Linux focuses on elegance, code correctness, minimalism, and simplicity, and to use it, the user needs to have a motive to learn about it.[7] A package manager made only for Arch Linux named "pacman" can be used to install, remove and update packages of software on the computer.


  1. Aaron Griffin, Lead Developer at ArchLinux
  2. "Arch Linux Downloads". Retrieved 2015-08-16.
  3. Licenses,, 2011-09-24, retrieved 2011-10-02
  4. "Arch Linux - About". Retrieved 2011-09-27.
  5. "Explaining Why We Don't Endorse Other Systems". Retrieved 2011-09-28.
  6. "Arch Linux". Retrieved 2011-09-28.
  7. "The Arch Way". 2009-10-09. Retrieved 2013-03-18.