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 Commented Oct 28, 2010 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
    Commented Nov 2, 2010 at 4:07

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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
    Commented Jan 1, 2011 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. Commented Jan 1, 2011 at 20:37
  • mm. yes I see. And I like what you've done with debain and ubuntu.
    – Stefan
    Commented Jan 2, 2011 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
    Commented Nov 2, 2010 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
    Commented Nov 2, 2010 at 4:48
  • oh I would love to open a wiki like that, but wouldn't it be a "subjective" question?
    – phunehehe
    Commented Nov 3, 2010 at 5:38

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