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i have a vaio (damn old)..... it came with winXP.... i got archlinux from the net .... installed it with proper procedure (as given @ its official site)......it is installed successfully , the but the damn problem here is , when the machine is started , it asks for "my host login:"
im supposed to enter"root"
then the pswd,
by default none,
by doing this all i get is nothing.......
i mean thers no desktop ,im just logged into archlinux with "root"
is there no desktop for this os ????
Arch doesn't come with Xorg or a DE/WM by default. You'll have to install one yourself. The wiki has excellent guides on how to install Xorg, as well as a desktop environment such as GNOME, KDE, and Xfce, among many others.
EDIT: Actually, the first thing you'll want to do is create a normal user*. Running any Linux system as root all the time is generally considered bad practice (it creates security vulnerabilities, as well as not protecting you from dumb mistakes ).
* - See man useradd for more info, or Google it, whichever is easier/faster for you. An example would be:
useradd -md /home/joeuser -e 2012-12-21 joeuser
…to create a user named "joeuser" whose home directory is /home/joeuser (creating it if it doesn't exist), which expires at Armageddon.
Or for people who just want to install Linux with minimal effort and then get on with using their computer.
Actually, it is incredible that so many users DON'T want just that.
But there are different linux'es for different people and situations/needs.
Arch is very nice in that it lets you start out with a minimal base system, and build on that what you need.
I also agree that it is a VERY nice choice for learning Linux, but for someone that obviously don't care about how the system works, it might not be ideal!
Seriously, after reading this post I start to wonder if this is only a joke from threadstarter's point. If not, try to think before you write, and read before you ask.
I think you should go with Ubuntu if you want a 'boot and go' kind of system. Even OpenSuse and Fedora will be too high tech...