Talk:Arch compared to other distributions

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x86_64 or amd64

"Arch supports i686 and x86_64 while Gentoo officially supports x86, {...}, amd64, {...}, and itanium architectures." x86_64 is the same thing as amd64, is it not?

Yes, though Arch typically uses 'x86_64' and Gentoo typically uses 'amd64' to describe the architecture. I'm not sure if it's more right to leave the article the way it is or to change it to use the Arch/Intel naming convention.TheCycoONE 14:31, 4 June 2010 (EDT)
Should be 'x86_64' or 'x86-64'? Either way, it should be consistent accross the page...
-- Lahwaacz (talk) 17:17, 2 June 2013 (UTC)
Back in 2000 AMD released its original specification (of its own design) for the 64-bit implementation of the x86 instruction set. x86-64 I would argue is most right, simply because it is generic (not tied to a brand), descriptive (64 bit implementation of x86 instructions, easy enough), and the oldest known name for the specification. Regardless of what Gentoo calls it, I believe we should name it x86_64 for consistency with how we name things and all of the clarity reasons I just described. Ndt (talk) 06:12, 22 June 2013 (UTC)
I've changed both "x86-64" and "amd64" into "x86_64". Closing. -- Lahwaacz (talk) 06:31, 11 September 2013 (UTC)

Frugalware fundamentally different?

Arch is a fundamentally different system, being installed as a minimal base environment and expanded with pacman according to the user's choices and needs. Frugalware is installed from a DVD, with default software choices and desktop environment chosen for the user already.

I am pretty sure that some time ago I installed Frugalware from a CD (250 MB or so) and got a minimal base environment that I expanded with Pacman according to my choices and needs. --Markus00000 16:23, 1 November 2011 (EDT)

Style consistency

Some distro use bullet points while others do not. Make all of the bullet will make this page more consistency. -- Fengchao (talk) 00:45, 8 June 2012 (UTC)

Mandriva -> Mageia?

Should we compare Arch to Mandriva or to Mageia? The latter is more popular and is has been inclued in Top Ten Distributions Distrowatch list in place of Mandriva. -- Karol (talk) 00:38, 19 October 2012 (UTC)

The *BSDs

...along with a similar init framework...

I'm no expert on *BSDs, but weren't initscripts similar to *BSDs' init system? Now we have systemd...

i386

[Moved from the main article. -- Kynikos (talk) 02:14, 8 June 2013 (UTC)]

Has not Linus deprecated i386 from the kernel now? --Gm5729