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Arch uses two tiers of mirrors; the first, Tier 1, syncs directly from archlinux.org every hour. Tier 2 mirrors sync from Tier 1. Synching from archlinux.org directly is prohibited. This ensures that bandwidth charges are equitably distributed amongst the various mirrors and that people in diverse geographic locations are not penalized with slow downloads ...


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A Linux distribution such as Arch isn't really a single piece of software; instead, it's a collection of many different programs by many different authors. The maintainers of each distribution select what software to include and compile it, configure it all to work well together, and then bundle it as an operating system (this process is called packaging, ...


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Mirrors in this case refers to alternate web addresses hosting the same information so you can download what you want (packages) from the fastest one.



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