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    ubuntu and arch dual boot

    I currently have ubuntu 12.10 installed with seperate home partition, and i would like to install arch linux.

    would it be best to load the ubuntu livecd and then use gparted to shrink the home partition and make 2 new partitions and then install arch it.

    last time i tried to install arch i got confused the text based partition manager and installing and somehow managed to put the home partition in the main partition so it was one drive not seperate home partition. i also couldn't get my lirc remote to work with systemd

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    Re: ubuntu and arch dual boot

    Quote Originally Posted by terry_gardener View Post
    would it be best to load the ubuntu livecd and then use gparted to shrink the home partition and make 2 new partitions and then install arch it.
    Yes, that is what I would do. You might have to create a logical partition as you are only allowed 4 primary partition on a drive using the old dos partitioning scheme.
    Besides Arch you could also have a look at Manjaro which is based on Arch and my current OS of choice, they are very close to releasing v0.8.5 and the RC versions can be found here http://sourceforge.net/projects/manj...ild/0.8.5-rc2/

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    Quote Originally Posted by mips View Post
    Yes, that is what I would do. You might have to create a logical partition as you are only allowed 4 primary partition on a drive using the old dos partitioning scheme.
    Besides Arch you could also have a look at Manjaro which is based on Arch and my current OS of choice, they are very close to releasing v0.8.5 and the RC versions can be found here http://sourceforge.net/projects/manj...ild/0.8.5-rc2/
    what is the difference between manjaro and arch linux.

    i like the arch thing of being a rolling release and having the latest software.

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    Quote Originally Posted by terry_gardener View Post
    what is the difference between manjaro and arch linux.

    i like the arch thing of being a rolling release and having the latest software.
    Manjaro is based on Arch but they have their own repos. What they do is take the Arch stable repos and move them to Manjaro testing repos, test them and when satisfied as really stable and no issues move them to Manjaro stable repos. So you will find the Manjaro stable repos to lag behind Arch stable repos. The Manjaro updates are not as frequent & furious as with Arch due to this. The manjaro updates could be like 2 weeks behind Arch (unless it's security related) which in the greater scheme of things is not that much. It's still a rolling release distro. You can pick any of their flavours, xfce, cinnamon, kde, openbox or you can use the netinstall image and build your own system like you would with Arch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mips View Post
    You can pick any of their flavours, xfce, cinnamon, kde, openbox or you can use the netinstall image and build your own system like you would with Arch.
    do they do a gnome version

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    Re: ubuntu and arch dual boot

    Quote Originally Posted by terry_gardener View Post
    do they do a gnome version
    Not that I know of but there is talk of it. Gnome 3.7 is in the repos if you wanna install it. 3.8 has not made it to stable for arch or manjaro yet as far as i'm aware.

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    Re: ubuntu and arch dual boot

    i have installed the majaro net iso and installed gnome (comes with 3.6.2) it installs abit like arch to be honest i just have to try and get the remote control working (lirc)

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    i have got the lirc remote working

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    Re: ubuntu and arch dual boot

    Quote Originally Posted by terry_gardener View Post
    i have installed the majaro net iso and installed gnome (comes with 3.6.2) it installs abit like arch to be honest...
    That's because it's basically Arch, the ncurses installer is slightly modified from the Arch one though.

    Did you use the 0.8.4 version or 0.8.5 RC?

    If you want Gnome 3.8 I think it's available via the unstable repos but I'm not sure about that and could be wrong, either way it should arrive soon.

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    i installed using the 0.8.4 and then did the standard update.
    i will wait for the gnome 3.8
    i even got the lirc remote to work with systemd which is more than last time i tried arch.

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