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Arch article please...

PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2011 10:36 pm
by heiowge
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...

PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2011 12:37 am
by ollie
Arch Linux is really well documented with the Arch Wiki, Official Installation Guide and Unofficial Beginners Guide all available form the Arch Linux homepage -

You should also look at Sabayon - - which is bleeding edge Arch that just works out of the box :wink:

PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2011 7:57 am
by nelz
Sabayon uses Gentoo, not Arch.

PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2011 9:45 am
by ollie
nelz wrote:Sabayon uses Gentoo, not Arch.

Where did I get the idea it's based or Arch? :oops:

PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2011 12:50 pm
by heiowge
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.

PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2011 10:01 am
by linuxlala
hi heiowge,

I did a piece on Arch for LXF 145. It covered all the basic things you're looking for:
-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.



PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2011 5:38 pm
by heiowge
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?


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


PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2011 6:12 pm
by linuxlala
Yup, that's it!

But hey, if you're a subscriber, you could get the PDF right away:


PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2011 6:34 pm
by heiowge
Love to subscribe. No bank account though. :cry:

If it helps, I haven't missed an issue since 100. :D

PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2011 1:37 am
by jarubyh
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.