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So you want to try Arch Linux but don't know where to start... *****

Apr 24 2011 04:52 AM | DJD in Linux
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So you want to try Arch Linux but don't know where to start..
Well fear no more i have a few useful pages to share with you.

The first thing you need to know is that Arch Linux isn't for everyone, it follows the K.I.S.S(Keep It Simple Stupid) principal.
This means that you basically need to configure and install a whole lot of things that come pre- configured/installed in distributions like Ubuntu, Fedora, Mint, etc.
And no this isn't through a nice GUI(Graphical User Interface) its through the CLI(Command Line Interface), so if you are scared of the CLI you should stop reading and stick to the easier distributions.

The nice thing about K.I.S.S is, that it allows you to install what you need and nothing more, so your system won't be cluttered with a shit load of packages you don't need or want.
Also once you're done installing Arch to your liking you feel like you have accomplished something, instead of that empty feeling you get when you install a distribution that comes preconfigured.
And if something breaks it can be easily fixed, because you know where to look. If you can't figure out the problem yourself, Arch has a huge community that is happy to help you out.

Lets get to the point, here are a few useful pages you need:

Arch Linux Homepage
Hardware compatibility list (To check if all your hardware is supported)
Download page (I suggest you use the Net install if you have a fast connection)
Arch Linux Wiki
Official Arch Linux Install Guide
Arch Linux Forums

Make sure you read these pages before diving in!!

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