Arch Linux: Only the Hardcore Need Apply

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In search of a different distro (term of endearment for Linux distributions) to try, I decided to try installing probably one of the harder distros to install, Arch Linux over the weekend.

Arch Linux is a bit different than most Linux distributions out there. For example, it doesn’t have a default graphical interface. It boots directly into a Linux command prompt from the CD. You get into the install by typing in: /arch/setup in the command prompt. This brings you to a text-based installer that will walk you through the setup. Once you are to the point of selecting packages, you can select a graphical interface if you are using the netinstall image. The netinstall image is just a very small Linux system that is just enough to get the installer and networking running. The rest of the packages will be downloaded and installed by the installer. They also have a larger core install cd of arch that you can download instead, but I recommend the netinstall image as it’s the only install I noticed that will let you select a graphical environment at the start.

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