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[News] A Look at Arch Linux, antiX, and SimplyMEPIS

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Testing out Arch Linux

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| Arch installation is done through a text installer, but is quite simple. 
| Installation is quick because there’s not much software to install. The base 
| installation only has core libraries and binaries. There’s not even X. You’ll 
| only get a console prompt, vi and not much more. And this is great, because 
| you can customize it the way you like it and install only what you want. And 
| if you want X, just issue "pacman -S xorg".     
| It’s not for everyone, but long-time Linux users that like to fiddle with 
| their system will probably like Arch.  


Revisiting antiX and SimplyMEPIS

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| Yesterday I made it a point to spend some time with both antiX and 
| SimplyMEPIS. There were no package updates in SimplyMEPIS at all; it is rock 
| stable. There were only a few package updates to antiX, which is based on 
| Debian Testing. Both of them ran very smoothly and cleanly. No wonder I keep 
| them among my trilogy of systems!    



A visit with Arch


Arch User Magazine Issue 2


Arch Linux - a distro collector’s pick

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| Having a ten years experience of using various Linux distributions I can say
| with all responsibility, that Arch Linux is one of the most complete Linux
| desktops I ever used. Moreover, if you care about expanding your computer
| knowledge, and you’re ambitious, it is just what you need.


Linux Review 11: Arch Linux

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| After 11 successful looks at Linux, I think I may have found my favorite...
| Arch Linux is a Linux distribution striving to Keep it simple. My opinions on
| this? Its great. Arch is lightweight and you can do anything in relation to
| Desktop Managers and configuration. I installed it on my Eee PC 904HA, and
| had similar results to Fedora. Sound from the headphone output is full of
| static, but I think that might be a hardware problem. Wireless basically
| worked out of box. Even with the core install, essentials to a laptop
| configuration were working. I went from there, installing and configuring
| X.org, GDM, Gnome, XFCE, and getting programs like Firefox, Pidgin, and
| OpenOffice.org. What I got out of doing this all by hand was a fast, slim
| system with only the essentials.
| [...]
| Arch is a nice Linux distribution. It is lightweight and fast. It works
| great, once you have it configured properly. It gives you flexibility. You
| only download things you need. I have to say, with all of these things
| together in one distribution, it is my favorite. I have to give it a 5/5. I
| think this will be my distribution of choice for a while. Until something
| similar to arch comes along with a better mixture of performance and
| features, Arch will be my favorite. For now, I will stop distribution hopping
| and stay with Arch.


Distro Review - Arch Linux 2009.02

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| After many broken promises and much procrastination, I finally made it onto
| Arch Linux and that’s where I’ve been for the past couple of weeks now. I had
| a failed attempt at Arch last year when my hard drive died; not Arch’s fault
| in any way, but since then I haven’t really had a chance to get back to it.
| It’s a distro a lot of people tell me about. The Arch fans are always really
| passionate and enthusiastic in describing it to me; so I figured it was high
| time I found out for myself what all this fuss was about…

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