The Arch Linux 2020.02.01 installation media has been released today and it’s now available for download as the latest and most up-to-date snapshot of the Arch Linux operating system.
Packed with all the software updates and security patches released through the official repositories during January 2020, this new Arch Linux snapshot is here to provide users with an up-to-date installation medium that doesn’t require them to download a bunch of updates after installation.
Every month, the Arch Linux project releases a new ISO image that includes the most recent packages and security fixes. But because Arch Linux uses a rolling release model, which means that users install the operating system once and receive updates forever, existing users don’t have to download the new ISO.
Therefore, Arch Linux 2020.02.01 is here only for those who want to deploy the popular operating system on new computers or those who decided to reinstall, without having to spend their precious time downloading hundreds of updates after the installation.
Despite the fact that Linux kernel 5.5 is out for a week now, it hasn’t yet landed in Arch Linux’s stable repositories as the maintainers are still testing it and are probably waiting for the first point release, Linux kernel 5.5.1, to hit the streets before upgrading from Linux kernel 5.4. As such, Arch Linux 2020.02.01 ships with Linux kernel 5.4.15.
If you’re using Arch Linux on your personal computer, you can get all these updates by running the command below in a terminal emulator. Don’t forget to reboot your machine after installing all available updates and remember to always keep your OS and apps updated.
sudo pacman -Syu