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Help a Debianista feel at home with Arch

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Ok, I just finished downloading Arch 0.7.1. Tomorrow (it's too late here) I'm going to install it on my "test" machine. This will be the first time in ages I haven't used Debian or a derivative, or a Red Hat distro (RHEL or FC). So, anyone familiar with Arch have any tips for a noob like me? Any good docs or websites I should know about?

Wish me luck!

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Well, although I used Arch for a few months last year and then again since recently this year I don't yet consider myself an arch guru and tbuitenh would probably have more to tell you.

Everything on www.archlinux.org should be of help, especially forums and their wiki. Also, you might want to join the #archlinux channel on irc.freenode.net . People there tend to be pretty helpful.

Aside from that I can tell you the installation is a bit more demanding that debian and ubuntu as it needs you to modify some configuration files manually. The good news about that is that in most cases the default setup in those files works and for any changes that you may need to make they're well commented. If you don't get everything the first time (at installation that is) it can be fixed by editing later.

Another thing about Arch installer is that it doesn't give you a set sequence of steps. It just gives you a menu and recommends that you follow the menu steps in the order as they're shown. Also, when you enter the mount points setup and select partitions to use as "/" "/home" and "/boot" (and whatever else you'll want) when you come back at the partition list it doesn't list those changes even though it remembers them and will do them once you proceed. That's one thing I would like to seem improvements with although I don't mind it that much.

And of course, partitions have to be made in cfdisk before they can be used by the installer Eye

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Thanks! What a backwards way to have an installer.

Anyway, I'll post back with my results tomorrow. Thanks again for the tips!

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"dotmil" wrote:

Thanks! What a backwards way to have an installer.

Anyway, I'll post back with my results tomorrow. Thanks again for the tips!

Hehe.. well I think we don't even need to call it an installer. It is just a setup program that makes it clear this distro isn't for newbs. Smiling But you're not a newbie so I imagine you wont have much problems there...

Anyway, good luck!

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"libervisco" wrote:
"dotmil" wrote:

Thanks! What a backwards way to have an installer.

Anyway, I'll post back with my results tomorrow. Thanks again for the tips!

Hehe.. well I think we don't even need to call it an installer. It is just a setup program that makes it clear this distro isn't for newbs. Smiling But you're not a newbie so I imagine you wont have much problems there...

Anyway, good luck!

Well I've done a few Slackware installs over the years, but I am a newbie when it comes to this! I've been spolied with the Debian tools over the years too, so we'll see how this works out!

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Arch is very easy to install. Since you have used Slackware you will not have any problems.

This will update your system once you get it running:
pacman -Syu

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Thanks again to everyone. I didn't want you to think I had forgotten about this. I just haven't had the time to really do this install yet; too many other things going on lately...sigh.

But, I will get to it soon, and once I do you can bet I'll be back with questions. Laughing out loud

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