Arch Linux is an open source Linux operating system that allows users to customize it as they see fit, in order to create the ultimate Linux computing environment that they need for a specific task.
Allows you do anything you want
With Arch Linux you have the freedom to do just about anything. At first, you will download a simple, CD-size ISO image that provides a strong base for your future Linux system. Then, you will need to install the operating system and add as many packages as you want.
Supports 32-bit and 64-bit computers
It is a flexible, fast and lightweight Linux distribution that follows the KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) principle. Most of its “under the hood” parts are quite simple to understand and tweak. It is supported on both 64-bit and 32-bit architectures.
Follows a rolling-release model
The system follows a modern rolling-release model where all the packages are updated regularly, keeping your machines up-to-date at all times, without the need to download a new ISO image and upgrade.
You are in control of the final product
There are no default applications in Arch Linux! Because, as explained above, you are in control of what the final product is. You decide if you want Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome to be your default web browser, or Mozilla Thunderbird your default email client.
The ISO images provide users with the ability to boot the operating system that is currently installed on your computer, view if your hardware components are supported, test the Random Access Memory (RAM), reboot or power off the system.
Comes with its own package database
The distribution features its own package database, maintained by a small group of Linux developers trained to patch (where necessary) and deliver the latest versions of the most popular Linux applications and libraries.
The Arch User Repository
In addition, a comprehensive, community-operated package repository also exists, called AUR (Arch User Repository), where any Arch Linux user can contribute new packages or updated existing ones. Furthermore, the distribution supports third-party hosted software repositories.
A pioneer distribution
Arch Linux is a pioneer distribution. There are many Arch Linux-based operating systems out there, including the popular Manjaro, but none will offer the same level of control as the original version does. Though, one may want the simplicity of a Live CD with a complete desktop environment already installed.