Arch Linux vs Ubuntu: which one to choose?

Arch Linux and Ubuntu are two major Linux distros that both get a lot of attention, have dedicated fan bases, and are core distributions used for other systems that are derived from them… But, the way they do them. things is quite different, and some users might find one more to their liking than the other.

It’s no secret that anyone has followed the previous articles I wrote on Ghacks, that I love Arch Linux and its derivatives… But, that doesn’t mean that Ubuntu and Ubuntu based systems are something that I don’t use. I actually have multiple Ubuntu systems running as of this writing, and no Arch based system. I’m using Ubuntu as my server distribution right now, on three different servers. I love the APT system for package management, and find Ubuntu stable and secure, with a huge community of support for any issues I might face.

Arch Linux

Arch Linux was first released on March 11, 2002 and was created to be a minimalist distribution. Arch follows the KISS principle, or “Keep It Simple, Stupid,” which is a principle used to describe the practice of keeping things as simple and less complex as possible. However, that doesn’t always translate into having your hand or having tools that do everything for you, specifically referring to Linux systems and the way things are done or managed.

Unlike most common distributions, Arch Linux by default does not have a graphical installation process for example, but is installed by command line only. Arch Linux also does not, by default, come with a bloatware overload, which would defeat its minimalist design, so users expected their system to be tailored to their own needs. and only have the apps they really want to install. Arch is still mostly binary package based unlike other heavy CLI systems like Gentoo which are more source based, but a system known as the Arch Build System exists and is designed for building sources for those who prefer to take this route. Arch does not come with any standard desktop environment by default, with each user choosing what to install for themselves.

Arch Linux is a continuous release model, which means there aren’t any major releases or giant system-wide updates and version numbers that most people would pay attention to. All that needs to be done is a regular update of the package and they will have the latest version of Arch Linux and all of its packages. Arch Linux also aims to have very minimal distribution specific package updates, so you won’t find so many examples of things that don’t work well together or with your system when trying to customize things, because you don’t have to worry about distribution the maintainers change things or customize packages or applications to fit the system. Arch could be seen, from a conversational point of view, as a very simple and generic system, in the best possible way, opting for user customization to extreme levels rather than adding a host of predefined tools and tools. layers of abstraction.


Ubuntu is the first foray into the Linux world for many people around the world. It’s been known as one of the most commonly used and user-friendly distros, by many, for over a decade. Ubuntu is based on Debian, which is known for its rock-solid stability and its excellent Advanced Packaging Tool (APT) package manager which has a number of well-known front-end graphics and forks.

Ubuntu, unlike Arch, has a regular release cycle with new releases every six months and Long Term Support (LTS) releases every two years. Ubuntu comes with a very easy to use graphical installer and many built-in point-and-click graphical management tools to make system management, updates, setting changes and the like very easy for users to navigate. less experienced. Ubuntu is owned and developed by Canonical, a private IT company, with a community of other developers working alongside them, so there is some backing and financial backing. There are many “flavors” of Ubuntu that each come with their own default desktop environment, such as Kubuntu (KDE) or Xubuntu (XFCE), with the standard Ubuntu version using GNOME. Every version of Ubuntu, no matter what flavor you choose, comes with an abundance of preinstalled packages and apps, providing users with a variety of media players and tools, office apps, and more, without having to. install them manually.

Arch Linux? Ubuntu? Which one to use?

Really, there are very few or rare scenarios where one system would be better than another, however, some might say that Ubuntu does an excellent server setup as well as a desktop or home system, due to its Regular release cycle and LTS versions, whereas Arch is a better home system than the server, due to the nature of continuous release models with their somewhat low but existing risk of package breakage. However, for the average user, either system will serve quite well, and more comes down to convenience. For users who are not yet comfortable with using a terminal, Ubuntu might be the best choice as the system can be managed without ever having to enter a CLI; whereas Arch expects the user to have some level of experience with a command line. However, Arch is minimalist while Ubuntu is loaded with a lot of tools and apps that some users might consider bloated. So ultimately it depends on comfort level and experience.

And you? Which do you prefer, and why? Let us know in the comments!


Arch Linux vs. Ubuntu

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Arch Linux vs. Ubuntu

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A general comparison between Arch Linux and Ubuntu.


Mike Turcotte-McCusker


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