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Arch article please...

Postby heiowge » Wed Aug 31, 2011 10:36 pm

I fancy delving into Arch Linux.

Is there any chance of a guide to install Arch to a graphical desktop? And maybe key commands to update and grab new packages?

Maybe Jonathan could look into it. I seem to remember the podcasts mentioning that it was his distro of choice these days...
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Postby ollie » Thu Sep 01, 2011 12:37 am

Arch Linux is really well documented with the Arch Wiki, Official Installation Guide and Unofficial Beginners Guide all available form the Arch Linux homepage - http://www.archlinux.org/.

You should also look at Sabayon - http://www.sabayon.org/ - which is bleeding edge Arch that just works out of the box :wink:
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Postby nelz » Thu Sep 01, 2011 7:57 am

Sabayon uses Gentoo, not Arch.
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Postby ollie » Thu Sep 01, 2011 9:45 am

nelz wrote:Sabayon uses Gentoo, not Arch.


Where did I get the idea it's based or Arch? :oops:
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Postby heiowge » Thu Sep 01, 2011 12:50 pm

I followed the guide as best I could, but it dumped me at a command line with no idea if I had installed the packages I needed to do much.

I'm not afraid of the command line, but I'm also not afraid to admit that I can't do much with it and could use some help. It's one of the reasons I want to start using Arch, so I can improve areas like this.
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Postby linuxlala » Fri Sep 02, 2011 10:01 am

hi heiowge,

I did a piece on Arch for LXF 145. It covered all the basic things you're looking for:
-pacman
-installing packages
-updating the system
-installing a graphical environment
and so on.

Arch really is a lot of fun and I'm sure you'll enjoy your time with it, if you're patient enough.

Cheers!

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Postby heiowge » Fri Sep 02, 2011 5:38 pm

Ta. I'll have a root round. I'm sure I've got a copy somewhere. I don't suppose you know what the cover was do you?

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Scratch that. it's this one, isn't it?

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Postby linuxlala » Fri Sep 02, 2011 6:12 pm

Yup, that's it!

But hey, if you're a subscriber, you could get the PDF right away:
http://www.linuxformat.com/archives?issue=145

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Postby heiowge » Fri Sep 02, 2011 6:34 pm

Love to subscribe. No bank account though. :cry:

If it helps, I haven't missed an issue since 100. :D
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Postby jarubyh » Sat Sep 03, 2011 1:37 am

I quite agree. As a Slackware user, it warms my heart when LXF covers, or even offhandedly mentions, the more geeky of the Linux distros, even though I understand that Mint or Fedora is more relevant to the community, I take the bones thrown to me.
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