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Arch Linux (/ɑːrtʃ/) is an independently developed, x86-64 general-purpose Linux distribution that strives to provide the latest stable versions of most software by following a rolling-release model. The default installation is a minimal base system, configured by the user to only add what is purposely required.
|Developer||Levente Polyak (lead developer)|
|OS family||Linux (Unix-like)|
|Initial release||11 March 2002; 21 years ago (2002-03-11)|
|Marketing target||General purpose|
|Update method||Rolling release|
|Package manager||pacman, libalpm (back-end), Arch Build System|
|Kernel type||Monolithic (Linux kernel)|
|Influenced by||CRUX, BSD|
|Command-line interface (Zsh as the default shell in Live CD or Live USB and Bash as the default shell after installation)|
|License||Free software (GNU GPL and other licenses)|
Pacman, a package manager written specifically for Arch Linux, is used to install, remove and update software packages.
Arch Linux uses a rolling release model, meaning there are no "major releases" of completely new versions of the system; a regular system update is all that is needed to obtain the latest Arch software; the installation images released every month by the Arch team are simply up-to-date snapshots of the main system components.
Arch Linux has comprehensive documentation, consisting of a community-run wiki known as the ArchWiki.