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I wanted to step my game up. I began using linux 6 months ago with Ubuntu. Last week I bought a new computer and installed Slackware 14.0. I couldn't get my mouse to work with X, I couldn't configure my wireless network at the cli, My display wouldn't come back after sleep mode, I got frustrated searching through outdated and disorganized information. I almost went back to Ubuntu but decided to give Arch a try.
Arch is everything I was looking for. The installation is involved and hands on but the installation guide is clear and informative making it an interesting and enlightening experience. When system information is needed, the guide describes how to find the info, how to configure it, and then how to test it -- very useful. I had to spend about 10 hours setting up my applications but now I have a better understanding of how youtube works.
Arch documentation is great: It is centralized, current, comprehensive, well-organized, and thorough -- a valuable resource. Everything about the Arch project feels clean and solid.
Arch, with KDE, boots faster and is more responsive on my system than either Windows 7 or Slackware. I like the minimalist approach.
I highly recommend Arch for a less experienced user who has the time and desire to learn more about Linux and computing in general.