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[–] BWandstuffs 0 points 10 points (+10|-0) ago 

I started with Linux Mint about a year ago, but I've been using Arch exclusively for about the past 8 or so months.

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[–] Al3s 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Arch is life, Arch is love.

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[–] pointincase 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

How have you liked arch? I thought about trying it but I don't know how I would survive without the ease of .deb repositories and synaptic.

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[–] BWandstuffs 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Personally, it was a small headache to start with, probably because I was still a pretty big Linux noob to start with, but it's become so easy to manage outside of a few isolated cases I doubt I'd ever use something else for my personal computers (server-wise, I'd never use it because of the inherit nature of rolling-release). Using a front-end to pacman like yaourt also has helped immensely with the fact I can just go "ooh, that looks fun!" like the sl command, then just doing a yaourt -Sa sl and then finding out it's in the [community] repository. The command yaourt -Syau has also become ingrained into my mind much like sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade would on a debian based system.

The AUR is also really fucking good at its job at being a community repository as well; Microsoft's Visual Studio was in the AUR 15 minutes after it was released on linux for a recent example.

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[–] DZPt 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Just straight Arch or a derivative? Manjaro seemed interesting.

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[–] BWandstuffs 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Straight Arch, this is a really easy step-by-step guide on getting an arch system running with i3. It could do a fair few things better, but it's much more to the point than the beginner's guide on the wiki.

If you follow the first guide I suggest:

  • use bootctl instead of gummiboot. They're basically the same thing, with bootctl basically being gummiboot being implemented into systemd. instead of doing pacman -S gummiboot && gummiboot install, you can just do bootctl install.

  • use cfdisk instead of gdisk, it's another implementation that's easier for new people to grasp in my opinion. If you do use gdisk, the code for swap is 8200.

  • do a tiny bit of looking around in terms of what you want to use for a DE/WM. i3 is a great first WM, but not a lot of people are used to window managers.

  • you can make a much smaller boot partition, just make you you format it correctly.

  • It is not a good idea to do the echo he said to do into the /etc/sudoers file. use visudo and manually edit the file. I also highly recommend not doing the no password for root access either. Just uncomment the line that lets the wheel group use sudo. Use 'i' to enter the text input mode, and esc then :wq to write and quit.