10 years of Arch Linux

Happy birthday Arch Linux!!!

Let me start with a quick joke that I saw on reddit:

Q:How do you know that somebody runs Arch?

A: They will tell you…

Now, let me tell you my Arch history.  I tried it for the fist time back in 2005 when somebody from university used it while teaching about operating systems. It didn’t stayed more than 1 hour on my computer because it didn’t had any GUI and I didn’t read anything about installation (go figure).  After using gentoo for about a year and getting angry for compiling 6 hours my system because I broke it, my good friend cippp, who used Arch and was a contributor, pushed me to start using Arch. This time I read the wiki before installing for about a week and since 2006 I’m a happy Arch user.

Here is a brief summary of my involvement with Arch Linux:

  • 2006-07-05 – registered on forums
  • 2009-04-04 – applied to became a TU because some packages that Allan had are not maintained anymore
  • 2009-04-18 -  I’m a TU now (17 yes, 0 no, 0 abstain)
  • 2009-07-03 – I launched Arch Linux Romania
  • 2009-10-31 – I was invited to became a developer by JGC because I maintained telepathy and empathy in community
  • 2009-11-04 FS#16922, first contribution as developer
  • 2010-01-21 -  firefox 3.6 was out and I’m the new Mozilla guy
  • 2010-03-09 – GNOME 2.30 was released and it was my first time doing GNOME. At that time i wasn’t prepared at all to be the new GNOME maintainer. Somebody screwed me over! :D
  • 2011-03-15 – resigned as TU
  • 2011-04-30 – GNOME 3.0 moves in extra. This was my biggest challenge ever and the most controversial move. We were the first distro to push the major version to users. I don’t want to remember the flames…

This are the moments that I’m most proud along with a lot of trolling in the #archlinux @ freenode channel :D

I’m glad that I’m a part of this community,  I saw it grow from being a hipster distribution to a mainstream one, I helped growing Arch.  What is really incredible how we managed to still keep the same principles as it were laid down by Judd. Is nice to hear from time to time that people really appreciate our work.


  1. masteryod says:

    We DO appreciate your work (all of you) very very much! :) Arch is amazing distribution! I’m so happy that I discover it couple years ago. I learned so much thanks to it (and thanks to amazing community). Happy birthday!

  2. x33a says:

    Loved the part about your first arch install :P

    Keep up the good work.

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  4. This is my post congratulating the Arch Linux!


    and this another post, talk about 5 reasons to use Arch


    I know it’s in portuguese, but I am from Brazil, I hope you enjoy it!

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