One week with Arch Linux

I have now been using Arch for one whole week, during this week, I have been experimenting with it and discovering new things.

My initial thoughts are that Arch is right for me, it has no frills, it has no intention of being an annoying, newbie oriented, hindering, clunky, non-configurable distro. I am currently happy with my selection of fluxbox, its minimal, although requires some configuring to get right, even after a whole week, I have barely started getting it to the point where I am happy, but at least it doesn’t feel half-configured still, it’s just not the way I want it yet.

Pacman, I like Pacman, its quicker than apt and uses fewer resources, it does seem to have connection problems frequently, although that could be blamed on my net connection, which is currently behaving like a 5-year-old on drugs (i.e. Its frustrating, annoying and constantly making me want to stab something). One thing switching to Arch has done is made me rethink just about all my default application choices, with the exception of screen, irssi and bash, all of which I will probably never swap out.

Installing Arch is not nearly as hard as many people think, it is as easy as an Ubuntu install until you get to configuring graphics and sound, which caused me to become stuck, but I soon figured it out thanks to the awesome arch users on irc. One thing I can recommend to anyone who is thinking of trying Arch is to read the Arch wiki! The Arch wiki is hands down some of the best documentation I have ever used. Not only is it great quality, it’s also extremely comprehensive and provides more than just an installation guide.

The Arch repositories also contain everything you will ever need, they are just as big as Ubuntu’s repositories and they contain much more recent software.

Overall, I am loving Arch, it is a great distro and I plan on using it for a long time to come.


I just read Mark Shuttleworth’s blog post about the release of Ubuntu 10.10 in my feed reader, I am just blown away by what he said in that post, and I too feel the need to express my thank’s to all the people I worked alongside while I was busy coding, writing, and fixing bug’s.

Two people who have been very helpful to me this cycle are Didier Roche and Rick Spencer, who have helped me to understand so much more about Ubuntu and Ubuntu Development. I also thoroughly enjoyed Robbie Williamson’s 10.10 announcement post about Ubuntu and the meaning of life.

Unfortunately, due to my parent’s being anti-technology and not liking the fact that I like using computer’s, they have forbidden me from going to UDS-N, but I am determined to make it to a UDS eventually!

Enjoy Ubuntu 10.10, it is surely the greatest Ubuntu release to date!

Cool Happening’s

So much great stuff has been going on lately, the last few weeks have been really awesome. First of all the awesome Daniel Holbach convinced me to run a session during Ubuntu App Developer Week (which is coming up at the end of this month), which I have decided will be a showcase on Pytask. I also just obtained Ubuntu Membership last week, which I am really happy about.

On top of all that, I also joined the Ubuntu Youth team, took over lead of the Ubuntu Developer Manual from Rick Spencer (who has been helping me out with Pytask) and joined the BugSquad.

On a completely unrelated note, I am currently in the process of choosing parts for my new computer which I should be getting soon, currently all I have is a half decent Pentium 4 from 2003, thanks to a few people from my LoCo for helping me choose some of the parts.