Arch Linux, a lightweight and flexible Linux® distribution that tries to Keep It Simple.
The design approach focuses on "simplicity", elegance, code correctness and minimalism. Able to run on machines with a Pentium 2 and 128mb+ of memory, optimised to run on modern computers and the option to resurrect older machines.
The slim default install provides only a base GNU/Linux environment, including the GNU toolchain, the Linux kernel, a few extra modules and libraries, and the bash shell. Further system customization and expansion (adding additional software such as a window manager, desktop environment, etc.) must be done manually, installing packages downloaded from online repositories. Arch is therefore generally considered relatively involved to install, in comparison to other operating systems.
All packages are managed using the Pacman package manager. Pacman handles package installation, upgrades, removal and downgrades, and features automatic dependency resolution. The packages for Arch Linux are obtained from the Arch Linux package tree and are optimized for either i686 or x86-64 architectures. Arch Linux is primarily based on binary packages in the tar.gz format for installation speed.
Number of disks: 1 (CD)
Version : 2012.05 (32-Bit)
Release date: 02/05/2012