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    Arch Linux is awesome!

    I had heard a lot about Arch but never tried it until the other day. Holy crap! It's everything you could want in a lightweight distro!

    As far as level of technical know-how, it's somewhere between Gentoo and Slackware. You don't have to build the system from the ground up and compile every single thing like Gentoo, but you use Nano to configure networks, startup daemons, all that kind of stuff. This is my favorite way of configuring my system, and Arch encourages it.

    The curses-based installer is brilliant. It's the best installer for any system I have ever used, whether GUI, command-line, or curses-based. It's advanced enough to let you fine-tune your system, but simple enough to get a command-line system going in about 15 minutes (that's how long it took me first install).

    Pacman is great, the repositories have most of what you could want. It works well and resolves dependencies just fine.

    Overall, Arch gets my thumbs up! If there are any Arch devs here, I want to thank you!

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    Re: Arch Linux is awesome!

    Another satisfied customer.
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    Re: Arch Linux is awesome!

    Welcome to the club!

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    Re: Arch Linux is awesome!

    about time
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    Re: Arch Linux is awesome!

    Let's see how many of these kind of posts we get

    Seriously, I don't understand why Arch doesn't get more popular. It's the best you can get out of Linux.

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    Re: Arch Linux is awesome!

    Quote Originally Posted by lespaul_rentals View Post
    ... but you use Nano to configure networks, startup daemons, all that kind of stuff.
    ... or vi(m), of course.


    Quote Originally Posted by lespaul_rentals View Post
    This is my favorite way of configuring my system, and Arch encourages it.
    The first time I read The Arch Way I knew Arch was the distro for me.

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    Re: Arch Linux is awesome!

    I never heard of Arch before...

    Can I ask - is this something I could install on a really, really old computer with about 128meg of memory ? I need something ultra slim for a friend's computer but also as robust as ubuntu. I'd rather not have to dig out an old copy of Windows 98 !!!

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    Re: Arch Linux is awesome!

    Arch is great for old computers, try using a WM or XFCE to make the most of your 128M.

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    I <3 arch.


    Its what i use from now onwards.




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    Re: Arch Linux is awesome!

    Quote Originally Posted by Alex_Fingers View Post
    I never heard of Arch before...

    Can I ask - is this something I could install on a really, really old computer with about 128meg of memory ? I need something ultra slim for a friend's computer but also as robust as ubuntu. I'd rather not have to dig out an old copy of Windows 98 !!!
    For Ubuntu, depending on the exact specs, you might try this:

    http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/minimal#barebones

    ... or Arch, of course.

    I seem to remember reading that the latest Arch ftp installer requires 160 MB RAM for the installation. If you go that route, I recommend you double-check the required RAM. There is also the core iso (which will give you all of the essentials on the CD).

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