Author Topic: Arch Linux = how to feel like a newbie again  (Read 2546 times)

Offline Rotten Johnny

Arch Linux = how to feel like a newbie again
« on: June 16, 2014, 10:43:19 PM »
So after over a decade of running Linux and watching Ubuntu turn in to the distro that everyone hates I've been playing with Arch for a little while.  It's quick as hell and robust, but yowsers can it be a ballache to get installed if you're new to getting things done the Arch way.  The end result is worth the pain, though I'm pretty sure I could have done better things with a long weekend.  If you ever need help installing Arch on a motherboard with UEFI firmware give me a shout - I'll never forget what I've learned and nobody should have to go through this elimination process again.
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Re: Arch Linux = how to feel like a newbie again
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2014, 07:53:32 AM »
^^^ I'll just let you battle and then clone what you've done  ;D
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Re: Arch Linux = how to feel like a newbie again
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2014, 08:43:22 AM »
It's a pleasure.  :dop:

Offline Rotten Johnny

Re: Arch Linux = how to feel like a newbie again
« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2014, 09:28:48 AM »
Yeah, right. Time you start posting a few howto's so I can have my weekends back.

It's a pleasure.  :dop:
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Re: Arch Linux = how to feel like a newbie again
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2014, 09:33:19 AM »
Yeah, right. Time you start posting a few howto's so I can have my weekends back.

No, I suffered like a fool with the first buggy releases for the wands. Now it's time for someone else to experience what I did.  :ROFLMAO:

Offline Rotten Johnny

Re: Arch Linux = how to feel like a newbie again
« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2014, 09:43:52 AM »
That's just another way of saying you don't know how :whistler:

Pretty purist in its approach isn't it - have had to unlearn some bad habits and also realise that the Arch forum isn't necessarily always the source of truth and insight. I reckon I learned more about the innards of Linux in the last month than I did in the last 10 years.

No, I suffered like a fool with the first buggy releases for the wands. Now it's time for someone else to experience what I did.  :ROFLMAO:
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Re: Arch Linux = how to feel like a newbie again
« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2014, 10:10:48 AM »
That's just another way of saying you don't know how :whistler:

Pretty purist in its approach isn't it - have had to unlearn some bad habits and also realise that the Arch forum isn't necessarily always the source of truth and insight. I reckon I learned more about the innards of Linux in the last month than I did in the last 10 years.

Exactly my experience when I first started working with Arch. I almost gave up it pissed me off so much, and their online community isn't exactly friendly.

Offline ingenieus

Re: Arch Linux = how to feel like a newbie again
« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2014, 10:47:01 AM »
So after over a decade of running Linux and watching Ubuntu turn in to the distro that everyone hates ...

I am using Ubuntu, but with a KDE desktop. It works for me.  :giggle:

Offline Rotten Johnny

Re: Arch Linux = how to feel like a newbie again
« Reply #8 on: June 17, 2014, 10:53:52 AM »
^^^ that's because you've become used to bloatware and buggy software. The latest release of Ubuntu server was shipped with memory leaks.
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Offline Abu

Re: Arch Linux = how to feel like a newbie again
« Reply #9 on: June 17, 2014, 01:30:13 PM »
My ubuntu server outputs to my avr/projector. I've gotten used to rebooting the box BEFORE trying to watch anything if it's been standing a while.  Very irritating but I don't think Ill have your patience to go the Arch route.

Offline LourensC

Re: Arch Linux = how to feel like a newbie again
« Reply #10 on: June 17, 2014, 03:34:28 PM »
Welcome!  :clap: I've been running Arch on and of for years now.  For those that want to try it but are a bit wary of the installation, you can always try  ArchBang(http://wiki.archbang.org ). It installs much easier but the results are about the same.
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Offline Rotten Johnny

Re: Arch Linux = how to feel like a newbie again
« Reply #11 on: June 17, 2014, 04:59:10 PM »
My ubuntu server outputs to my avr/projector. I've gotten used to rebooting the box BEFORE trying to watch anything if it's been standing a while.  Very irritating but I don't think Ill have your patience to go the Arch route.
Only reason it took me so damned long was because I'd never tried to install Linux on a board with UEFI firmware before.  Turns out my install image was faulty so I had to rebuilt it using the manual method.  After that it was mostly plain sailing.
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Offline Rotten Johnny

Re: Arch Linux = how to feel like a newbie again
« Reply #12 on: June 17, 2014, 05:04:18 PM »
Welcome!  :clap: I've been running Arch on and of for years now.  For those that want to try it but are a bit wary of the installation, you can always try  ArchBang(http://wiki.archbang.org ). It installs much easier but the results are about the same.

Thx, my installs are headless - server only.  When my raid arrays are fully restored and functional I'll replace Lubuntu with Arch and a suitable window manager.
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Re: Arch Linux = how to feel like a newbie again
« Reply #13 on: July 26, 2014, 08:42:24 AM »
Did any of you managed to get wifi working on the wandboard with Arch?
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Offline Rotten Johnny

Re: Arch Linux = how to feel like a newbie again
« Reply #14 on: July 26, 2014, 09:00:42 AM »
^^^ just download Triode's SqueezeArch build - there's a thread under Linux subforum on the slimdevices forum.
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