I have been using Arch Linux as the working environment for nearly
2 years. Generally speaking, the experience is very good, and I want to recommend it for more people, especially software engineers.
Because I am a developer, one SSH client is mostly enough, and fascinating desktop doesn’t appeal to me. Since
Arch Linux is “rolling release” mode, it means I can always get the newest kernel and software packages (one “
pacman -Syu” command will refresh the whole system), and my favorite thing is to make use of the newest functions provided by compiler and kernel . On the contrary, one pain point of distributions whose mode are “point release” is sometimes you need to compile the vanilla kernel yourself if you want to try some up-to-date features (E.g., use
RHEL 7) .
The package management system is another killer feature. For instance, I used to try to develop
OpenMP program using
clang. Not similar as
clangrequires additional package:
# pacman -S clang ...... Optional dependencies for clang openmp: OpenMP support in clang with -fopenmp python2: for scan-view and git-clang-format ......
The prompt not only shows me that I need to install
openmp package, but also requires “
-fopenmp” option to compile
OpenMP program. This is very humanized. I tried to enable
OpenMP feature of
clang on some other OSs, and the process is not as smooth as
Last but not least, Arch Linux community is friendly, I can always get help from other enthusiastic guys.
For me as a programmer, what I need is just a stable Operating System which can always provide latest software toolchains to meet my requirements, and I don’t want to spend much time to tweak it.
Arch Linux seems fulfill these demands perfectly. If you have simple requirement as me, why not give it a shot?