Arch Linux ARM

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Arch Linux
Arch Linux ARM logo.svg
DeveloperKevin Mihelich, Adam Barton and team[1]
OS familyLinux (Unix-like)
Latest release(Rolling release)
Update methodPacman
Package managerPacman
PlatformsARM
LicenseFree software (GPLv2 )[2]
Official websitearchlinuxarm.org Edit this at Wikidata

Arch Linux ARM is a port of Arch Linux for ARM processors.[3][4][5] Its design philosophy is "simplicity and full control to the end user,"[6] and like its parent operating system Arch Linux, aims to be very Unix-like.[7] This goal of minimalism and complete user control, however, can make Arch Linux difficult for Linux beginners as it requires more knowledge of and responsibility for the operating system.[8][9]

History and development[edit]

Arch Linux ARM is based on Arch Linux, which is a minimalist Linux distribution first released on March 11, 2002.[10] The idea of making a single, official port of Arch Linux for devices with ARM processors was born from members of the Arch Linux PlugApps and ArchMobile development teams,[11] notably Mike Staszel, who went on to found the Arch Linux ARM project.[12]

Kevin Mihelich is currently Arch Linux ARM's primary developer.[13] Arch Linux ARM is community-developed, with software development and user support provided fully by volunteer effort and donations.[14] Also, unlike other community-supported operating systems such as Ubuntu, Arch Linux ARM has a relatively small user base, making user participation in development especially important.[15]

Arch Linux ARM has a rolling release cycle, i.e. new software is packaged as it is released.[16] This "bleeding edge" release cycle of small, frequent package updates differs from release cycles of Linux distributions such as Debian, which focus on large, scheduled releases of packages proven to be stable.[17][18]

Supported processors[edit]

Unlike Arch Linux, which is aimed at x86-64 CPUs, Arch Linux ARM supports low- and high-end ARM CPUs.

At the low end, there is support for ARMv5 platforms like plug computers and OXNAS-based ARMv6 Pogoplugs, although support for ARMv5 and ARMv6 will be dropped at the start of February 2022 owing to low usage.[19] Arch Linux ARM also supports many single-board computers such as the Raspberry Pi.[20][21]

At the higher end, there is support for:

Arch Linux ARM can run on any device that supports ARMv5te, ARMv6h, ARMv7 or ARMv8 instruction sets,[24] including the 64-bit ARMv8 instruction set of the Raspberry Pi 3 and 4.[25]

For a list of officially supported platforms, see archlinuxarm.org's Platforms page. For a list of unofficial, community-supported devices, see archlinuxarm.org's Community-Supported Devices forum.

Reception[edit]

Arch Linux ARM has gained popularity as a lightweight Linux distribution, and in 2014 was growing in popularity among single-board computer hobbyists.[26][27] Arch Linux ARM is also known for having good community support.[28]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Team". archlinuxarm.org. Archived from the original on 2014-12-07. Retrieved 2014-12-11.
  2. ^ "Arch Linux ARM FAQ". archlinuxarm.org. Archived from the original on 2012-05-29. Retrieved 2014-12-13.
  3. ^ "Arch Linux ARM". archlinuxarm.org.
  4. ^ git repository for arch linux arm
  5. ^ linux-arm news
  6. ^ "Arch Linux ARM". Retrieved 2014-12-13.
  7. ^ "FAQ". archlinuxarm.org. Archived from the original on 2012-05-29. Retrieved 2014-12-13.
  8. ^ "ARCH LINUX ARM AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD". raspberrypi.org. Retrieved 2014-12-13.
  9. ^ "Arch Linux ARM". archlinuxarm.org. Retrieved 2014-12-14.
  10. ^ "History of Arch Linux". wiki.archlinux.org. Retrieved 2014-12-13.
  11. ^ "Arch Linux BBS [ARM] Arch Linux ARM: A new unified effort from PlugApps & ArchMobile". bbs.archlinux.org. Retrieved 2014-12-13.
  12. ^ "Team". archlinuxarm.org. Archived from the original on 2014-12-07. Retrieved 2014-12-11.
  13. ^ "Team". archlinuxarm.org. Archived from the original on 2014-12-07. Retrieved 2014-12-11.
  14. ^ "Donate". archlinuxarm.org. Archived from the original on 2014-11-26. Retrieved 2014-12-11.
  15. ^ "Arch compared to other distributions". wiki.archlinux.org. Retrieved 2014-12-13.
  16. ^ "Arch Linux ARM". Retrieved 2014-12-13.
  17. ^ "Arch compared to other distributions". Retrieved 2014-12-14.
  18. ^ "A survey of ARM operating systems". viaspringboard.com. Retrieved 2014-12-14.
  19. ^ "End of life for v5/v6, changes for v7". archlinuxarm.org. Retrieved 2022-01-16.
  20. ^ "ARCH LINUX ARM AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD". raspberrypi.org. Retrieved 2014-12-14.
  21. ^ "Raspberry Pi". archlinuxarm.org. Retrieved 2014-12-14.
  22. ^ "BeagleBoard". archlinuxarm.org. Retrieved 2014-12-14.
  23. ^ Larabel, Michael (January 13, 2012). "Arch-ing ARM: Running Arch Linux On The NVIDIA Tegra 2". Phoronix. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
  24. ^ Kanasoot, Michael (June 27, 2013). "Supporting the Arch Linux ARM Development Team with Komodo IDE". ActiveState. Retrieved July 1, 2013.
  25. ^ "Arch Linux ARM Downloads". Arch Linux ARM. Retrieved 2020-04-15.
  26. ^ "6 Excellent Lightweight Linux Distros for x86 and ARM". linux.com. Retrieved 2014-12-14.
  27. ^ "A survey of ARM operating systems". viaspringboard.com. Retrieved 2014-12-14.
  28. ^ "4 Fine Linux ARM Distros". linux.com. Retrieved 2014-12-14.

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