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Old 03-03-2006, 10:15 AM   #1
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Potentially new Arch user

Let me preface my post with a little bit of backstory. I am a 10-year IT veteran who's cut his teeth and career in the Novell/Win 3.x/95/2000/XP world both as a hardware tech and network admin. I'm quite frankly sick of what I see as lack of responsiveness to user concerns re: Windows, not to mention ridiculous aspects like forced upgrades and installation of packages nobody wants (can you say IE?) The biggest beef I have is that there's no longer direct command-line control over the hardware. So it's time for me to say buh-bye to Windows and move on to linux. (Not to mention that it may be a good career move to learn it as well).

Sooo....that leads me here. I've got exactly ZERO experience in UNIX or Linux. I have two systems at home: One is a Celeron 2GHz Dell 2400 I intend to configure as a server/firewall and the other is a hand-built a64 3000 1.8 GHz system that I want to use as a workstation. I've been looking for a distro and I came upon the quizzes in pljvaldez's signature. According to said quizzes, Arch seems to be the best distro for me.

I want fast. I want minimal OS interference so I have maximum room on my hard drives. I really want a system customized to my needs, without any of the stuff I don't need. On the desktop system, I intend to run Fluxbox with maybe a word processor and spreadsheet as well as firefox and thunderbird (or some other mail app). As far as software goes, that's it, really.

I briefly attempted an Arch install, but balked at setting up my config files and what-not. The documentation on Arch's web page seems a little...light. Are there any resources out there to help me with a first-time Arch install? I don't want to use a graphical installer. I want to really LEARN linux. So, any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated!
Old 03-03-2006, 11:57 AM   #2
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Besides the installation guide, two other webpages come to mind that are invaluable to maximizing your Arch experience: Arch Forum and ArchWiki.
For Linux related stuff in general, I can recommend Linux: Rute User's Guide and Exposition and The Linux Documentation Project. And of course ;-)
Hope that helps.
Old 03-03-2006, 12:15 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply! I'm going to set up a test system here at work just using a CD to see how it goes.

Old 03-04-2006, 07:09 AM   #4
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I got a good 'first time install' link:

I used it for my first installs. It really gives you a good introduction to arch

Have fun.

Sincerely, Jorgen
Old 03-13-2006, 07:12 PM   #5
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I installed Arch with 3 months of experience in Linux and am using it since then. I have to say that i love it!! You will not get dissapointed.

I noticed you own an Athlon 64, so i would suggest to install Arch64 instead of the official i686 one. However, i never tried it.


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