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heiowge
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2011 11:36 pm    Post subject: Arch article please... Reply with quote

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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PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2011 1:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2011 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sabayon uses Gentoo, not Arch.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2011 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

nelz wrote:
Sabayon uses Gentoo, not Arch.


Where did I get the idea it's based or Arch? Embarassed
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2011 1:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2011 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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!

Shashank
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2011 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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?

***edit***

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


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2011 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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

Cheers!
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2011 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Love to subscribe. No bank account though. Crying or Very sad

If it helps, I haven't missed an issue since 100. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2011 2:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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