I've started filling in distro information for the [arch-linux] tag wiki

It would be nice to have a wiki entry for each distribution, and I'm keen to do some work.

But what details should we specify? My suggestion:

  • logo
  • website
  • forums / wiki
  • a section devoted to technical details
  • a link to wikipedia page on distro

Any other suggestions?

(as a sidenote, it would be cool if you guys fill out the other wiki tags.)

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    It's probably worth pointing out that you need 1500 reputation and to be either in the top 20 answerers for a given tag or to have at least 100 score in that tag before you can edit the tag wiki, which will unfortunately exclude most users – Michael Mrozek Oct 28 '10 at 19:38
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    for now yes, but everybody has a growing reputation. :D my idea is that this question serves as a guideline reference for editing the distro-tag wiki's. Which is why I want input on 'what details should we include' – Stefan Nov 2 '10 at 4:07

Compared with you've done, I don't think there needs to be that much vertical space devoted to the large logo, a large quote about philosophy (I'd prefer a short paragraph), and a large quote about history (again, a short paragraph seems right, beyond this there's Wikipedia). Instead I'd like to see more technical information or pointers for the non-expert, such as:

  • Direct access to documentation for people who write portable programs/scripts/documents, for instance:
    • List of software (packages, versions, …) (and popular third-party repositories if applicable)
    • Man pages
  • Common tasks with a one-line answer, for instance:
    • I want to install a program on a machine where I have root access, what command do I use? (pacman -S, apt-get install, …)
    • The main admin is on holiday and there's an Apache hole, how do I make sure the security updates are applied? (pacman -Syu, apt-get update; apt-get upgrade, …)

I've written a first draft of and . Maybe after things settle down we can try to reach a consensus on a template.

  • nice.... I have not been quite busy building my career lately... So I have not been too busy on this front. But I like your suggestions. As for the techinal details, won't those be represented by the list of question tagged with the distro. see – Stefan Jan 1 '11 at 19:03
  • @Stefan: I was thinking of a few common tasks, definitely limited to things that can be expressed in a one-line sentence. – Gilles 'SO- stop being evil' Jan 1 '11 at 20:37
  • mm. yes I see. And I like what you've done with debain and ubuntu. – Stefan Jan 2 '11 at 11:09

Well I think most of the information is available on Wikipedia. However, I'd love to have the answer to "Why should I choose / not choose this distribution?", as this information is kind of hard to gather.

  • those questions tend to be subjective, no? as for wikipedia, we can link to wikipedia as well :) – Stefan Nov 2 '10 at 4:03
  • you could start a community wiki, asking posters to list advantages and disadvantages of different distributions.... Think this would cover a few issues that are central to the NIX side of life. – Stefan Nov 2 '10 at 4:48
  • oh I would love to open a wiki like that, but wouldn't it be a "subjective" question? – phunehehe Nov 3 '10 at 5:38

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