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Arch Linux (or Arch) is a great Linux distribution intended to be lightweight and simple. The design approach of the development team focuses on simplicity, elegance, code correctness and minimalism.

It is binary-based, unlike source-based distros (see gentoo, which is used by l33t hax0rs who think that compiling everything for a 1% performance gain is worth their time).

It is loved among knowledgeable linux users for features such as the 'pacman' package manager and the AUR (Arch User-Community Repository) which contains PKGBUILD scripts which simplify building packages not in the main repositories from source.
Arch User: What's up, gentoo user? I just finished installing Arch Linux, it took about 20 minutes.

Gentoo User: I'm just recompiling my kernel for an estimated 1% performance increase on this AMD K6. I expect it to be done in about 2 weeks. I can't wait!
by emergearchlinux December 07, 2009
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A GNU/Linux distro for insecure teenagers who desperately need to prove to themselves that they're l33t. Arch users (archtards) are firm believers in The Archtard Way, which dictates that editing configuration files by force is the path to l33tness (see gentoo), even if all they're doing is directly following instructions from the Arch wiki.

Having installed Arch, one of the first rites of passage for the Archtard is to visit the Ubuntu forums and irc channels. Archtards love Ubuntu, because it's one of the few communities where they feel they can assert their l33tness without being laughed at. They like to offer insightlful solutions such as "u should install arch if u really want to learn linux", or to point out how n00b the Ubuntu distro is, even though they were using Ubuntu last week.
(clueless ubuntu user) how do i add myself to the plugdev group?
(ex-ubuntu user, now archtard) dude, I don't know, you should install arch linux.

Archtard quandary:
(archtard) Can u suggest any services I can disable to optimizize my system some more? I want to get rid of some bloatware so KDE runs faster.

Typical conversation between archtards:
(archtard #1) fluxbox > gnome
(archtard #2) fvwm > fluxbox
... and so on.
by alandente December 01, 2009
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