Appears to have a good philosophy. In reality it's over-limited to the point of making life convenient for the developers at the expense of inconveniencing the users.
2012-08-14 - Are We Removing What Defines Arch Linux? by Allan
2012-08-21 - Archlinux is moving to systemd - tomegun's response.
2012-08-14 - (arch-dev-public) Migration to systemd
- text spills off the screen
- bad structure and formatting
- shit-for-brains install guide
should just have a 'setup' user that runs /arch/setup on login, or have that mentioned in the fucking login message!
- but noo.. not modifying things is part of their philosophy.
repartition for a separate /boot
- and to fix hdd alignment / cfdisk
- installed devel, did not change any of the default apps to be installed
Boots into a worthless rescue system with no hint on how to install the rest of the system. Fail. Very Gentoo.
2010-11-10 - 2010.5 ∞
- Gorgeous CD bootup menu
- Properly shows [BUSY] and [DONE] for items as it boots up - and in colour. Very nice. Of course I want that stuff on the left side and not the right. I've only seen one distro that does that and I can't even remember what that is.
- High resolution textmode by default.
- Why force the user to type paths to launch the installer/etc? Just make a symlink to the installer and a .sh to the manual right in the
Slackware-esque textmode installer
- Not a GUI LiveCD. =(
- Numlock/console is off by default
- Fucking console beeps
- The packages list is all grouped into one list.
- Editing the mirrorlist has no help within it. I'm not sure what the consequences of uncommenting multiple items would be. Do I need to manually sort them for my preference?
- I can opt to not install a bootloader! Yay!
- I skipped the bootloader install because I wanted to install LILO, but then I realised that I don't have easy access to my instructions and they would be different with this setup anyways. That's when I learned that there's no simple way to install just the bootloader under Arch. I had to go through the whole installer. Ugh. Yes I could use GRUB directly, but honestly people.. fuck that.
- I want LILO!
- After my second software installation, it bailed on mounting
/mnt/dev.. I had to reboot and retry, which worked.
- Ooh, it let me edit the GRUB config, very nice. It added Windows into the boot menu too. 1280x1024 works!
- Installed, booted up.. now what? I found some help on the wiki. This is a bit hilarious since a person is dropped to a console with a barely-functional system and even installing a browser is a bit non-obvious. Yep, Arch isn't made to be easy.
pacmanis the commandline package manager.
/etc/pacman.conf- turns out I didn't need to bother with this-
/etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist- but python does not exist!
sh pacman -Syy pacman -S curl pacman -Syu pacman -S xorg
lspci- find my chipset, then run
- This motherboard has a crappy
ATI 4S880 - radeon HD4200
xf86-video-vesawill work as a default. It turns out to be a dependency, so it's included.
pacman -S xf86-input-keyboard xf86-input-mouse
startxworked with no configuration or any of this keyboard/mouse stuff. But when X is running, I cannot see the raw console anymore.
pacman -S openbox obconf
- I miss being able to download 4 packages at once (and from different mirrors) the way Unity Linux's
- Firefox is unusually slow starting up! Probably because of my shoddy video driver selection. X is also slow to start up.
- I couldn't really exit X. The control-alt-backspace stuff was removed by default. Why, I have no clue.
xtermlooks good with truetype fonts, set to tiny. Right-controlclick to get the menu.
Pacman GUI Frontends has a link to shaman, which is a 404.
- FIXME - link an archive: shaman.iskrembilen.com/
Wow, no official GUI frontend?! FAIL.
2009-04-19 - core-2009.02 (in VirtualBox) ∞
in VirtualBox 2.2.0 r45846
- Nice auto-prepare feature.
- The install isn't so automated. I have to 'continue' after a while, and choose my editor and such.
- The install is very very lengthy under VirtualBox.
- I don't know what I did to make it rebuild the initcpio images. =/
- It's nice, and shows a configuration file to edit before doing the install. Hey, this configuration file looks almost human. Nice.
- Rebooted into it. Seemed to work except I had no users. Sigh. Booting back into the LiveCD.
- The installer couldn't help me, so I mounted my finished partition, chrooted into it and set root and a user. I hope I guessed the proper groups to use.
- No X to begin with, and I could barely figure out package management. Needed to get into the website for help.
Turns out that networking didn't get installed. Sigh.
- Udev wasn't installed?
2009-04-16 - core-2009.02 ∞
I like Arch Linux. It gives me happy feelings knowing it exists.
I wanted to install it and check it out.
- Their website doesn't explain the difference between the different downloads. Thanks guys.
- Nice bootup.
- Installing requires a swap partition, no problem.. I have a craptastic 8MB one just for situations like this.
- No description for packages. Very Slackware.
- Mediocre Slackware-esque installer. Not surprising. Not a big deal either.
- Installer has some text-wrapping issues. =/
Uh, it made me set up my own fstab?! That's strange.
- I chose sda1.
- It installed to sda1.
- It succeeded.
- I rebooted into sda1.
I got Pardus.
No, seriously. I didn't misunderstand the installer one bit. I didn't choose some other partition to install to or boot into. The Arch installer took a long time and did lots of stuff. It was finished, and said I could reboot. It installed.
Maybe I need to take a break from playing with distributions.
Or maybe I need to sacrifice a chicken or an albino goat or something.