Well, after avoiding it for a few years, I have decided to install the Arch GNU/Linux distribution on my Acer C710. At first glance, it was nice to just install the necessary packages and have a working system within 20 minutes. The downside to having everything up and running in 20 minutes is that I did not install the base packages that come with most distributions – such as a GUI terminal program (i.e.
gnome-terminal). That was OK since I still had my favorite tty – 3. I am going to miss the delta packages (DRPMS) from Fedora as I particularly enjoy saving bandwidth.
Installing Arch was pretty simple compared to Gentoo or Funtoo, but not as simple as Fedora or Ubuntu. In Ubuntu, you load a LiveDVD, click the install icon on the desktop and follow the prompts. In Arch, you are presented with a terminal and are not given much instruction. The basic steps are to partition your drive, create a filesystem, mount your root partition as
/mnt, run the package initializer, and chroot into the environment. In other words, it is as simple as:
fdisk /dev/sda mkfs.ext4 /dev/sda2 mount /dev/sda2 /mnt pacstrap /mnt base genfstab -p /mnt >> /mnt/etc/fstab arch-chroot /mnt echo wipplertop > /etc/hostname ln -sf /usr/share/zoneinfo/America/Los_Angeles /etc/localtime sed -i 's/^#en_US.UTF-8$/en_US.UTF-8/g' /etc/locale.gen locale-gen echo LANG=en_US.UTF-8 > /etc/locale.conf mkinitcpio -p linux passwd useradd -m andrew passwd andrew pacman -S grub os-prober grub-install --recheck /dev/sda grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg exit reboot