Published on Mar 9, 2013
Arch Linux is a community based Linux distribution that is known for its simplicity, extremely up-to-date software and strong documentation. Allan will talk about how the development of Arch Linux is organised and his role in maintaining the distribution. He will also discuss the role Arch Linux plays in the Linux ecosystem.
How to install Arch Linux, while keeping it simple
"Arch is more or less like building your own house on your own land. You own it, but you are also responsible for it. That makes things a bit tricky, you don't just move in, you have to build it first. As I said I always wanted to use Arch, but the only thing that was coming between me and Arch was installation.
If you are trying to install Arch on your system the Beginner’s Guide is an awesome resource, but there is so much information that it can be intimidating at times. If you are someone like me who wants to use Arch but is afraid of its official wiki, this article will help you. It's more or less a documentation of the steps I took to install Arch on my systems."
"Before you follow this tutorial, I would suggest that you also open the Beginner’s Guide and compare the steps I mentioned in this article with those in the wiki. The goal of this article is to make you comfortable with the Arch Wiki. Use my tutorial to understand the official guide.
So, let’s take a dive in the warm waters of Arch"
The installation of Bluestar Linux is a breath of fresh air for those who have wanted to give Arch Linux a try but had no desire to struggle through the challenge of setting up the system manually. Installing Bluestar is about as standard as installing any modern Linux distribution.
After over 7 years of using Linux Mint (first with GNOME 2 and then with MATE), today I installed Arch Linux and GNOME 3.
I decided to make the jump for a couple of reasons. Firstly, my laptop has been struggling performance-wise, so I thought a leaner and more customisable distro would help with that. Secondly, Arch Linux due to it’s ‘rolling release’ system is bleeding edge and always has the very latest software packages. With Linux Mint, it’s very hard to upgrade software packages to the latest version.
Video drivers were a piece of cake to install. I just followed the Arch wiki page and I think there was only about 3 steps involved. Last time I installed Mint, installing drivers was an absolute pain!
'With Linux Mint it's very hard to upgrade software packages to the latest version'
What's he on about? If you want latest version of an app/software and it won't upgrade just uninstall the bugger and install the new version. Sorted.
This seems to be a very common question here (moved from newbie questions). Frequently users new to linux cannot understand why the newer versions of their favourite program are available from the program's website, but the update never comes. If you are one of those people, this post is for you. There are two kinds of possible updates to an app, one which adds new features, and one that simply fixes a few problems with the app. Both are treated the same under windows, but completely different in Linux so I'll detail the methods below. This post assumes you know about repos, which are simply trusted online storage areas for all the apps you may wish to install: Mint has its own, but also uses Ubuntu's.
Take for example Gnome Commander. The version of Gnome Commander in the repositories of Linux Mint 16 is version 22.214.171.124 while the latest version of this program is 1.4.x. At https://git.gnome.org/browse/gnome-commander/plain/NEWS you see that there are a lot of improvements since the 126.96.36.199 version had been released. At https://download.gnome.org/sources/gnome-commander/1.4/gnome-commander-1.4.0.tar.xz you can download the latest version of Gnome Commander, but installing manually is rather tedious. You have to make sure that the needed additional modules and libraries have been installed, otherwise the ./configure command will report errors.
Why are the apps in Mint's repositories not updated to the latest versions and do they lag some versions behind?
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