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I decided to post a little introduction to myself here: Ask me who I was last March, and I would have had WinBloze 7 Beta on my main computer and would have been part of Micro$uck's test project for WinBloze 7 and would have been excited about it. However, that changed as soon as my network adapter changed and the new one worked with Linux. As soon as I tested the new adapter with Mint (I'd say about a year ago, in July 2009) I began to really value Linux for what it is.

However, I knew about Linux long before that. I started with gOS 2, which was my first distro. I had tried it back in about February 2008. I first learned about Linux back in mid-2007, from an article in PCMag that spanned several pages. I had quite a hard time back then, and Ubuntu Hardy was no different than gOS.

So then what took me so long from knowing about Linux to finally becoming an active user? My house was nothing but Wi-Fi. My mother set a secure wireless network up back then, and I couldn't connect to it because my adapter (Linksys WUSB54GSC) wasn't recognized by Linux. I had the patience to continue.

Then, in June 2008, my family got hit by the economic collapse here in the USA: The mortgage on my old house doubled and my family had to leave because of the rate increase. So, we were stuck in a hotel room until my family and I could end up in a new house. That Christmas, I wanted a netbook, and got my wish (the one I'm typing on, an Acer Aspire One AOA110-1545). It came with Linux preinstalled, and I liked it all around.

From then to June 2009, I still had WinBloze on my desktop, as Linux still didn't work with my wireless network adapter. Then, in June 2009 as I said, I got a new wireless network adapter, and in July decided to test it with Linux Mint 7. It worked, even from the Live CD! Now,

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I'm beginning to lose faith in Arch due to the lack of help here on LQ

Posted 10-25-2010 at 09:21 PM by Kenny_Strawn

Here it goes: I posted this thread some time ago and have renamed it a few times since then. I did get help getting Arch to boot (and turns out I had to re-build the initrd). However, that is not enough.

I can get to a twm session -- by typing 'startx' at the shell. But trying to start GNOME (or GDM) -- both of which I have installed, returns an error that a DBus configuration file isn't found -- when I have DBus installed too.

After I got the system to boot, I still posted replies to the thread saying that I wasn't done yet -- but after the boot issues all I got was views of the thread, no replies except by me.

I now am questioning whether Arch Linux is worthy of using if the people here are so unhelpful about it.
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    If I don't get help within the next 24 hours I just might as well create a new partition table on the external drive and reformat it, as I am getting no help trying to get GNOME to load at startup.
    Posted 10-25-2010 at 11:07 PM by Kenny_Strawn Kenny_Strawn is offline
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    Try one of there:

    Their forums (their OWN forums, not those here on LQ)
    Their wiki
    Their IRC channel
    Their bugzilla
    I believe they have a mailing list as well.
    Posted 10-26-2010 at 12:37 AM by Dralnu Dralnu is offline
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    Arch's wiki is one of the most helpful Linux wikis out there, and their forums and IRC channels always have people willing to help.
    I think your problem is that you expect people to go out of their way to help you while you sit back and wait; if you have a problem then YOU have to make the effort to find someone who can help you.
    Posted 10-26-2010 at 12:58 PM by easuter easuter is offline
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    Okay, thanks. I will try Arch's forums -- if the Mods aren't like those on Ubuntu Forums. Personally, my issue is that Mods, if they become too strict, make me go away.
    Posted 10-26-2010 at 06:04 PM by Kenny_Strawn Kenny_Strawn is offline
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    Posted a thread there:

    Hopefully, it will get answered.
    Posted 10-26-2010 at 08:37 PM by Kenny_Strawn Kenny_Strawn is offline
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    recently started using Arch

    Fortunately, my experience with Arch Linux is really positive. I have been unable to install Arch in one go, but therefore I only have myself to blame. Must admit, I nearly gave up, but now I am really glad I have persisted and succeeded. The reasons Arch didn't install in one go are my limited experience with computers (and Linux) and my impatience. I have installed arch on an Asus Eee and an Asus notebook with a complicated type-number.
    All I have left to do is some fine-tuning: getting the approriate drivers for mouse, WLAN and maybe monitor. I do enjoy "being in control" and getting a better understanding of what is going on (in the computer).

    As for getting help, I have found the Beginners' Guide at'_Guide very helpful. In future I'll be using it as a reference and as bookmarks-folder to indepth explanations on e.g. networking.

    Thanks to those who have provided the Beginners' Guide.
    Posted 11-12-2010 at 01:00 PM by LoadMeisterGeneral LoadMeisterGeneral is offline


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