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Arch Linux!

Posted 05-04-2009 at 08:55 AM by chexmix
Updated 06-17-2009 at 12:20 PM by chexmix

K. Mandla, archon of the wonderful blog Motho ke motho ka botho suggested, when I inquired for help installing CRUX, that I try installing Arch Linux first & use some of Arch's system-querying stuff to help with the kernel configuration stage of the CRUX installation.

And so, I wiped the partition that was causing me headaches and re-created it, and installed grub via Arch since lilo just didn't seem to be able to handle two Linux installations.

Installing Arch was easy enough, though getting it working to my liking was a bit more labor intensive. I don't mind this one bit, except when the instructions are vague (certain passages in the man pages for pacman need a bit of re-writing, I think).

One thing I've noticed lately is that it seems less and less necessary to handroll one's X configuration. I got so used to running xf86setup or xorgsetup that I could probably just about do it with my eyes shut ... but now ...

... with this installation, it is possible to get X working without bothering with xorgconfig or xorgcfg or anything like that. All one does is make sure the hal daemon is running and ... execute 'startx'.

This worked well for me, but I now have a screen with a resolution such that text is very, very tiny. So I guess I now have to handroll an xorg.conf file anyway. In a way I guess I'd rather have done that to begin with if I was going to wind up having to do it at the end. Less confusing, I think.
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