Today’s Featured Distribution – Ark Linux (Revisited)

As you can see from the Linux Family Tree, Ark Linux is a main branch distribution (with a little inbreeding from cousin Redhat) that’s been around since 2003.

I ran Ark as an experimental on my system a couple times in the past few years. I was always impressed with it. It’s simple. It’s not bloated or overloaded with fluff. It’s a working man’s (or woman’s) Linux. For those of you concerned about these things, Ark is a 100% FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) distribution.

The Ark Linux team is a small group of dedicated souls working to keep the distribution viable and as pure to their goals as possible. I’ve noticed that there have been inconsistencies with updates and upgrades over the past year or so. There is still an active presence, so I know Ark is alive and well. It’s just that I’ve become used to some of the more “commercial” distributions that update and upgrade every time their lead devs change underwear. Ark’s foundation is solid. They may not need to do as the others do in this regard.

You can download current and older versions of Ark from Oregon State University’s server (osuosl.org). The information you need to download is on Ark’s download page.

You’ll find Ark familiar and easy to use. It comes with KDE as the default desktop environment. It uses the familiar RPM and Apt as package managers. Most of your favorite Linux apps and tools will run fine on Ark. Their repos have the standard fare found in most distributions’ repositories.

Give Ark Linux a try, folks. You might find something here you really like. I did.

Until next time… learn something, and have FUN doing it!

~Eric

Note: This article originally appeared on my Nocturnal Slacker/Lockergnome blog (now defunct).

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4 Comments on “Today’s Featured Distribution – Ark Linux (Revisited)”

  1. Wow this was good although I have never heard of this distro before

  2. betetc says:

    Ark’s download page –> Server not found

    • Yes, I noticed this the other day. As we know from the recent Slackware.com outtage, a server down today does not necessarily mean that the distribution is down also. I’m sure the Ark folks are just having some server or hosting issues. They’ll be back… I hope, anyway. Ark is a really nice distribution.

      Regards, and thanks for the alert. :)

      ~Eric


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