Arch Linux Elitism

It's been said that Arch Linux users are elitist. This mostly stems from Arch's keep core simple principle, and an expectation that users should do some research and checking before posting support requests in their forum. (And really, is that too much to ask?)

Now Arch isn't Ubuntu or openSUSE which are designed for beginner Linux users; instead, Arch is designed for intermediate to advanced users, or those who are willing to learn Linux. As such, there is a lot less hand-holding for new Arch users, which can be interpreted as elitist or pretentious.

I don't personally feel that Arch is elitist, but judging from this comment in the Arch forum I can see why people would think their elitist:

...And about the notion that dumbing-down the installer would bring more users, then we for sure do not need those kinda users which such a change would bring, and we in fact allready have much to many of them imho!

Although that's just the opinion of one person, it does reflect on how people perceive the project.

(And here's the screenshot of the comment.)

Comments

Kel's picture

I'm a linux ubuntu user and I love it. Don't see a 'need' for the Arch at all. Most people thing I'm an elitist for even USING Lunux over other OS's so I really can't say I've heard that Arch is more elistist than the rest of us linux users...

LPMP GORONTALO | Matoduwolo's picture

I was a beginner in learning Linux and I get the enlightenment of science here is very useful for me to better knowledge about Linux. thanks.

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LPMP GORONTALO | Matoduwolo

Peter's picture

I am still learning the OS linux and I find it easier to use already than windows. And I never thought there are lots of options with Linux as well. Such a big change to change OS but I am getting used to it and start recommending Linux to my friends too

David Hughes's picture

Personally, I find that the way Arch Linux operates is a lot more transparent and easy to understand than the likes of Ubuntu. It was some eighteen months ago that I first installed Ubuntu on my laptop - I took to it fairly well, but I did find that the 'official' Ubuntu documentation was a bit sparse: you're only told how to do the relatively straightforward things. Which is fine, unless you want to customize your system in ways that the writers of the documentation haven't foreseen. (Of course, you realise after a while that the tendency with Linux is that you learn from the community as much as from the documentation.)

One of the things that I love about Arch Linux is the comprehensiveness of the documentation available in the Arch Linux Wiki. It seemed very daunting at first: the idea of starting from a system without a GUI installed was somewhat terrifying. But: following the detailed instructions, I overcame my fear of using the command line - I learned a lot about what the various text configuration files do, and so on. I feel like I've learned a lot that I wouldn't have learned had I stuck with Ubuntu.

Authority Hybrid Bonus's picture

I think it is a real shame that people would rather use their time to post forum comments than help other members of the Arch community, you are right that it is a small minority that give the whole community an elitist tag.

Thanks

Max Perez's picture

Arch might be something that I should look into since I do have multiple machines running linux.

Max Perez's picture

ok Where can I download the ISO for Arch?