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    Re: My Arch Linux Expericence...

    Quote Originally Posted by yozef
    It's good to hear the install is going good for you.

    I'm going to do my install when I get home from work.

    Gentoo is simply awesome!
    HOLD EVERYTHING !

    so I got home from work, hugged my beautiful wife, we made dinner togther and lets just say life is good

    Now while my wife is in the shower I sat down to install Gentoo.

    but I noticed some ISO icon on my XPsp2 desktop...there is one I hadn't burned to CD yet.

    So since I sort of collect and test Linux Distros...I figured I should burn it.

    Then after the burn I was labeling it and noticed that it is a live CD so I figured what the heck...I'll give it a spin...


    well............this Distro is knock-your-socks-off-and-make-your-toes-curl Awesome!

    dyne:bolic 2.0 (code named: "DHORUBA")
    http://www.dynebolic.org/index.php?show=available

    dyne:bolic is shaped on the needs of media activists, artists and creatives as a practical tool for multimedia production: you can manipulate and broadcast both sound and video with tools to record, edit, encode and stream, having automatically recognized most device and peripherals: audio, video, TV, network cards, firewire, usb and more; all using only free software!

    I'm using it now as I write this message.

    I may have to triple-boot: XPsp2/Gentoo/dyne : bolic

    anyway I'm going to continue checking this out...
    Last edited by RAV TUX; June 12th, 2006 at 02:46 AM.

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    Re: My Arch Linux Expericence...

    I agree Gentoo is awesome. My Broadcom wifi card even worked in the Live cd and it is working now. I am still learning the basics though and upgrading everything. The gentoo wiki can really solve all of your problems. Compiling everything from source is a great idea and I really like it.

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    Re: My Arch Linux Expericence...

    Quote Originally Posted by xXx 0wn3d xXx
    Yesterday, I decided to install Archlinux. Ranked number 20 at distrowatch, Arch is optimized for i686 (Pentium 2+) processors and uses the pacman package manager. It is like Gentoo, because it compiles all packages from source. So here is how I thought Arch Linux was.

    Installation:
    Installing Arch Linux is very difficult. There is no graphical or even ncurses install at all. Everything is text based. I partitioned my HDD to make room, and then I proceded to install the base system. While X packages and such are on the cd you must install the base system first and then install x and gnome later. I found a great guide here that was very useful.

    Booting up:
    When you boot Arch, there is no splash screen, making you think: "Great I messed it up." There is no splash in Arch because it aims to be simple, cutting-edge, and fast. Boot was very fast too. My computer started in about 25-30 seconds (from just after grub to a fully usable desktop) because Arch compiles everything from source, optimizing it for your system. It was great having something so fast.

    Installing software:
    Installing something from source is as easy as running "pacman -S program." Arch uses the pacman package manager and it was great. It was fast, simple, and it gets the job done. In seconds the program I wanted was installed and ready to use.


    Arch is very nice but it is very difficult to setup. I couldn't get my wireless working with ndiswrapper, due to a problem in the Arch kernel. On top of that, Arch did not detect my USB devices such as my PSP and Ipod.

    Overall:
    Arch is great but it is still getting there. It's really great but a little complex and difficult to use. My rating of Archlinux is 8/10. Now, I am getting ready to try Gentoo.
    its not really complex or difficult, because that is how its made. when things are made to be simple and they arent simple, that would be difficult.

    by the way, theres no graphical installer, nor will there ever be.
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    Re: My Arch Linux Expericence...

    Quote Originally Posted by xXx 0wn3d xXx
    I agree Gentoo is awesome. My Broadcom wifi card even worked in the Live cd and it is working now. I am still learning the basics though and upgrading everything. The gentoo wiki can really solve all of your problems. Compiling everything from source is a great idea and I really like it.
    if you'r impressed with Gentoo, prepare to be blown away with

    dyne:bolic 2.0
    http://www.dynebolic.org/index.php?show=available

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    My flirtation with Arch linux seems to have come full circle. I loved the speed and simplicity of it, but for whatever reason I couldn't get certain nitpicking little things to work just right.

    For example, I have an ancient Linksys WPC11 wireless card that uses the Prism2 chipset -- it installs under Ubuntu just fine, but under Arch it just sat and blinked at me. After a day or two of wrangling, I decided I could get (more or less) the same effect by installing an Ubuntu server (which configured my wirless for me ... sigh) and building up an XFCE desktop around it.

    I know there are some things Ubuntu handles for me, and I appreciate that. I'm still a n00b, so there are just some things that I need help with. One day I'll go back to Arch, and maybe find more to love about it. But for now, I'm an unashamed Ubuntunut.

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    Arrow Re: My Arch Linux Expericence...

    I'm downloading StartCom MultiMedia Edition 5-ML-5.0.5 (Kessem), it seems like a pretty sweet distro.

    http://www.startcom.org/?lang=en&app=15


    June 12, 2006: Probably one of the largest and most complete Linux distribution ever released to the public, the new StartCom MultiMedia Edition release ML-5.0.5 offers out of the box capabilities, unheard yet of an operating system.

    Designed as a multi media workstation with music studio and advanced video editing applications, it certainly also provides the desktop user with the most applications for the day to day use. More than that, multiple choices are offered, being it the integrated desktops and its tools, the various office applications and sound-video tools.

    Read the full press release or download it from here...

    Bugs should be reported to StartCom Bugzilla, for question you might find answers at the StartCom Forum. Screenshots are here.

    Have Fun!

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    Re: My Arch Linux Expericence...

    i think i might give arch a try again sometime soon. my last experience left a good bit to be desired since i couldn't get my eth0 working correctly. but when it didn't work in dapper, i got a new one. i think arch had a newer kernel, which was what caused the problem in dapper.

    anyways, arch seems really cool, and i want to give it an honest shot now that i'm just using openbox anyways.

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    Re: My Arch Linux Expericence...

    Arch Linux is a great distro, I'm currently running it alongside with Kubuntu, and I like what I see.
    I don't agree with the OP though with the hardness of installing though, if you have read the docs on the website, and know what you're doing, you shouldn't have too hard time.

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    Re: My Arch Linux Expericence...

    Quote Originally Posted by maagimies
    Arch Linux is a great distro, I'm currently running it alongside with Kubuntu, and I like what I see.
    I don't agree with the OP though with the hardness of installing though, if you have read the docs on the website, and know what you're doing, you shouldn't have too hard time.

    Before I installed it I read so many guides and stuff, thinking it was gonna be super cryptic and that I would basically be guessing my way through. Turns out, with a guide it really isn't hard at all.

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    Re: My Arch Linux Expericence...

    Arch is great.. and yeah it's not that hard to install/use really. I'd been using Ubuntu for about a month before I switched to Arch and didn't have any problems.

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