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Stable packages

add something like 'By default Arch uses stable packages as released by upstream.' to the end of Frequently_asked_questions#Is_Arch_Linux_a_stable_distribution.3F_Will_I_get_frequent_breakage.3F

Ubone (talk) 11:14, 18 April 2018 (UTC)

== Can I switch from i686 to x86_64 without reinstalling? ==

The section - "Can I switch from i686 to x86_64 without reinstalling?" was removed today.

with a reason that Arch no more provides i686.

But I believe that, that's the exact reason, the section should be kept.

So that people who are still on 32bit Arch can migrate to 64bit without losing data.

-- Amish (talk) 15:51, 2 August 2018 (UTC)

While I get your point, Arch i686 had a 9 months depreciation period for people either change distros, upgrade to 64 bit Arch or start using a community port. The depreciation period ended in November 2017, and we are now another 9 more months further. We are talking about systems, which have not been maintained since November 2017 (any pacman -S command does not work on these systems since then). For comparison, when pacman got hook support, users were required to update within two months [1], before upgrades would be unsupported. I do not think we need to have that information on the FAQ anymore, this question should not be asked frequently :-).
Aimilius (talk) 16:01, 2 August 2018 (UTC)
Upgrading pacman and upgrading whole system (as if brand new) is completely different. Upgrading pacman didn't require much planning. But in this case it needs careful planning. 9 months is sufficient or not? I do not know (I havent been in this situation).
I am not objecting the removal but I am just leaving this on talk page for discussion. I am ok with removal if there is noone objecting.
-- Amish (talk) 16:38, 2 August 2018 (UTC)
I am just providing some more extensive rationale for the removal :-). My point was that the target audience is very small, if not non-existent at this point, and that upgrades after a depreciation period (whether 2 months or 9 months) are unsupported by Arch (references to Arch32 in some other pages were even removed). If people object to the removal, we can undo it of course.
Aimilius (talk) 16:53, 2 August 2018 (UTC)
Closing as sufficient time has passed and noone has objected the removal.
-- Amish (talk) 08:42, 5 October 2018 (UTC)

Why would I not want to use Arch?

I would like to add to this a hint about the existence of Arch Linux 32 and Parabola GNU/Linux in the relevant paragraphs.

Anybody who has a reaction to this?--Egils (talk) 12:42, 4 October 2018 (UTC)

I wanted to write that we should not advertise other distributions, but then I saw Frequently asked questions#Does Arch support ARM CPUs? :/ -- nl6720 (talk) 12:45, 4 October 2018 (UTC)
I added a new section: Does Arch follow the The GNU Free System Distribution Guidelines (GNU FSDG)?--Egils (talk) 08:17, 5 October 2018 (UTC)
You really should wait more than 1 day before advertising different distributions that have no relevance to Arch.
The next guy would then add a question "does Arch have an installer" and link to Antergos or such. In other words, the article is about Arch Linux, not distributions based on Arch Linux for which we have a different article. -- Alad (talk) 08:23, 5 October 2018 (UTC)