My adventures with Arch Linux

After a lot of distro hopping, I have finally decided to settle down with Arch on me Asus Aspire 4730Z and Ubuntu 10.04 on my girl’s Compaq CQ40-317TU.

I was always looking for a simple and elegant distro which will give me freedom to fine-tune my system and at the same time be easy too. Arch, seem to be the only option for me.

Folks, I have tried following Linux distros and found Arch Linux tops them all.

1. Arch Linux

2. Red Hat Linux 9

3. Mandrake Linux 9 (my first linux distro, I found it on a CHIP CD back in 2001)

4. Slackware Linux from 9 till 12.1

5. Fedora from 1 to 12 (tried all of them)

6. SuSE 7.2, OpenSuSE 10.1, 10.2, 11.0

7. Debian (Sarge, Etch, Lenny, Squeeze) — too old to be used on my notebook, my desktop runs it fine though.

8. Sidux (Simply superb, if you like KDE)

9. And finally, Ubuntu…:-) had been using this distro from 8.04 till 10.04.

To a new user, Arch may not be easy to install and set up. It is slightly different from other famous distros out here. Unlike most of them, Arch is a rolling distro. I quote from Arch Linux page “Arch Linux is an independently developed i686/x86-64 community distribution, based on a rolling-release model and targeted at competent GNU/Linux users which offers large binary repositories and excellent package management as well as a ports-like packaging system. Development focuses on a balance of minimalism, elegance, code correctness and modernity. Version 0.1 (Homer) was released March 11, 2002.”
You do not have to perform a distro-upgrade or install a new version every time there’s a new stuff released.

I am providing a step by step guide for a new user who has never tried Arch Linux before. Note: This is for users who has some understanding of Linux system and wants to try out ArchLinux for a change.

Caution: If you are impatient and want to get up and running quickly, I suggest you do not install Arch and settle down for a more “newbie-friendly” distro like Ubuntu.

Those guys at Canonical and the entire Ubuntu community have done excellent work by making a distro that is easy to setup and use.

Setting up Arch Linux _does_ take sometime and it has its own learning curve. But if you are patient enough to learn and install it side by side, nothing beats it.

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