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Arch Linux vs Debian: What are the differences?

Arch Linux: A lightweight and flexible Linux distribution that tries to Keep It Simple. A lightweight and flexible Linux distribution that tries to Keep It Simple; Debian: The Universal Operating System. Debian systems currently use the Linux kernel or the FreeBSD kernel. Linux is a piece of software started by Linus Torvalds and supported by thousands of programmers worldwide. FreeBSD is an operating system including a kernel and other software.

Arch Linux and Debian can be categorized as "Operating Systems" tools.

Zomato, esa, and Webedia are some of the popular companies that use Debian, whereas Arch Linux is used by Decision6, IT-Partner-Berlin, and store2be GmbH. Debian has a broader approval, being mentioned in 387 company stacks & 390 developers stacks; compared to Arch Linux, which is listed in 5 company stacks and 32 developer stacks.

Decisions about Arch Linux and Debian
Simon Aronsson
Developer Advocate at k6 / Load Impact · | 7 upvotes · 186.4K views

At the moment of the decision, my desktop was the primary place I did work. Due to this, I can't have it blow up on me while I work. While Arch is interesting and powerful, Ubuntu offers (at least for me) a lot more stability and lets me focus on other things than maintaining my own OS installation.

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Pros of Arch Linux
Pros of Debian
  • 14
    Large Community
  • 13
    Package Manager
  • 11
    Customizable
  • 10
    Rolling Release
  • 10
    Arch User Repository
  • 9
    Bleeding Edge
  • 8
    Extensive Documentation
  • 7
    Arch Build System
  • 6
    X86_64 architecture supported
  • 3
    Can fix bugs yourself if you know how to
  • 51
    Massively supported
  • 47
    Stable
  • 18
    Reliable
  • 7
    Turnkey linux use it
  • 7
    Aptitude
  • 6
    Customizable
  • 6
    It is free
  • 4
    Works on all architectures

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Cons of Arch Linux
Cons of Debian
  • 2
    Systemd only
  • 1
    Only X86_64 architecture is offically supported
  • 1
    No Guided Installation
  • 1
    System maintenance
  • 1
    Unstable
  • 1
    Comparatively fewer offically supported packages
  • 9
    Old versions of software
  • 2
    Can be difficult to set up on vanilla Debian

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What is Arch Linux?

A lightweight and flexible Linux distribution that tries to Keep It Simple.

What is Debian?

Debian systems currently use the Linux kernel or the FreeBSD kernel. Linux is a piece of software started by Linus Torvalds and supported by thousands of programmers worldwide. FreeBSD is an operating system including a kernel and other software.

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What are some alternatives to Arch Linux and Debian?
Ubuntu
Ubuntu is an ancient African word meaning ‘humanity to others’. It also means ‘I am what I am because of who we all are’. The Ubuntu operating system brings the spirit of Ubuntu to the world of computers.
Kali Linux
It is a Debian-based Linux distribution aimed at advanced Penetration Testing and Security Auditing. It contains several hundred tools which are geared towards various information security tasks, such as Penetration Testing, Security research, Computer Forensics and Reverse Engineering.
CentOS
The CentOS Project is a community-driven free software effort focused on delivering a robust open source ecosystem. For users, we offer a consistent manageable platform that suits a wide variety of deployments. For open source communities, we offer a solid, predictable base to build upon, along with extensive resources to build, test, release, and maintain their code.
Manjaro
It is an accessible, friendly, open-source Linux distribution and community. Based on Arch Linux, it provides all the benefits of cutting-edge software combined with a focus on getting started quickly, automated tools to require less manual intervention, and help readily available when needed.
Fedora
Fedora is a Linux-based operating system that provides users with access to the latest free and open source software, in a stable, secure and easy to manage form. Fedora is the largest of many free software creations of the Fedora Project. Because of its predominance, the word "Fedora" is often used interchangeably to mean both the Fedora Project and the Fedora operating system.
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