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Arch Linux

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Arch Linux (/ɑːr/)[7][8] 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.[9]

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Arch Linux
DeveloperLevente Polyak (lead developer)[1]
OS familyLinux (Unix-like)
Working stateCurrent
Source modelOpen-source
Initial release11 March 2002; 21 years ago (2002-03-11)
Marketing targetGeneral purpose
Update methodRolling release
Package managerpacman, libalpm (back-end),[2] Arch Build System
Kernel typeMonolithic (Linux kernel)
InfluencedEndeavourOS, Manjaro
Influenced byCRUX, BSD
user interface
Command-line interface (Zsh as the default shell in Live CD or Live USB and Bash as the default shell after installation)
LicenseFree software (GNU GPL and other licenses)[6]
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Pacman, a package manager written specifically for Arch Linux, is used to install, remove and update software packages.[10]

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.[11]

Arch Linux has comprehensive documentation, consisting of a community-run wiki known as the ArchWiki.[12][13][14]