Despite recognising the benefits of a major easy-to-use Linux distribution like Ubuntu, which without question is a great OS, people know they often lack the speed of their not-so-easy-to-use counterparts like Gentoo or, in my case, Arch.
Earlier in my Linux life there I had like almost any experienced user a Gentoo period. Setting flags, compiling, speed and Portage in general made you feel leet. But after some year or two and multiple set up Linux boxes I began to wonder if this is really the way to go and if the stability and speed are worth all the pain of waiting some hours for some greater graphical applications to compile – I came to the conclusion it wasn’t.
I decided to give Debian a shot (which is still running on my home server by the way) and stuck with it some time. Setting up a working system was just a piece cake. There is this saying that even a chicken could install Debian if you just put enough grain onto the enter key. Funny enough, it’s kind of true.
Debian’s flaw in my opinion was or rather is the very conservative package policy. Sure, it might be awesome for a working place and really kinky for servers but I still missed something for my desktop usage.
The con is that the usability comes hand in hand with a lack of simplicity and foremost speed.
So I decided it was time to move on a look for another distro for my main box.
And I found Arch.
Arch is a i686 optimised binary distro, the base installation uses up about 80MB of disk space, and it has no graphical configuration tools, still easy to configure as every important rc is located in /etc .