What is the typical size of EndeavourOS (Arch) updates?

This is for someone on a metered Internet. I’d like to know the size of updates downloaded assuming you do ‘pacman -Syu’ every week or so. And how does it compare with a fixed release distro like Mint/Ubuntu?
Is there a big difference between KDE and Gnome?

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It depends on the week in question but typically in the GB’s

Assuming the same software installed, it will be materially lower on Mint/Ubuntu. If you use the LTS versions, much lower over time.

KDE is probably slightly higher on Arch-based distros but I don’t think it is substantive compared to the total download amount.

Honestly, if minimizing bandwidth is your top priority, a fixed release distro is probably better than a rolling distro.


Thank you.

That’s what I was thinking too, didn’t know just how big a difference it was. But a few hundred MB seems normal every update from my usage, I just haven’t used any Debian based distro for a long time.

The suggestion of an LTS distro is a good one. Probably minimizes tech support as well - another thing to consider with Arch for someone else. My goal was I’d just ssh into their pc for any fizes/updates but its probably not going to be enough all the time.

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I’d be on a debian based distro if I had metered internet for sure.

Check out:

Mx Linux
Spiral Linux

I’d also wait like 2 more weeks since the next Debian stable release should be June 10, so everything will be updated across the board very soon.


I’d never heard of Solydxk or Spiral or Sparky, there are so many distros !!

I’ve been looking at Debian LTS based distros. Peppermint OS also seems like a decent option. And yes, I am waiting for Bookworm, but don’t know how long the downstream distros will take to update?

Spiral - Linux, faster than a snail : that tagline may be enough to sell me :slight_smile:

Spiral is a recent find by me, I’m thinking it’s my next test distro on the Thinkpad for a while.

My buddy @Stagger_Lee has had nothing but good things to say about Solydxk for as long as I’ve known him. I think he’s got a 5+ year install of it going.

Rapidly approaching the 9 year mark, actually. Updated-in-place to each new version of Debian, never reinstalled. Never a problem.

EDIT - correction: it’s rapidly approaching the 10-year mark; it’ll be 10 years old in September.


If I am not mistaken, SparkyLinux is built on the testing branch of Debian so you will be looking at a higher rate of updates.

Edit: looks like they have both a Stable and a (semi-) Rolling editions: https://sparkylinux.org/download/

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