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[News] Arch Linux Impressions; Mandriva Gains KDE 4.4 Beta 2

  • Subject: [News] Arch Linux Impressions; Mandriva Gains KDE 4.4 Beta 2
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 01 Jan 2010 14:24:33 +0000
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Getting Started with Arch Linux

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| Itâs hard to come up with an opinion about 
| Arch, since Arch is what you make of it. I 
| like that it gives so much control to the 
| user when it comes to system 
| configuration, but at times it feels like 
| a little too much control. There are a few 
| things that make you think âcome on, does 
| this HAVE to be manual?â but the 
| developers are clearly just trying to 
| follow the Arch philosophy of giving the 
| user all the control. In particular, it 
| would be nice to have tools like hwd and 
| aurbuild as part of the system, or at 
| least available for installation through 
| pacman. That may happen at some point as 
| packages in AUR have a chance to be worked 
| into the community repo eventually. 
| Overall I think I like Arch and pacman, 
| and I can see how it would make a great 
| choice for systems that should be kept 
| fast and clean.


Noteworthy changes 21 december â 31 december 2009

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| In spite of the holiday season, lots of 
| new packages continue to trickle in 
| Mandriva Cooker. Amongst the many updates, 
| here is an overview of some important 
| changes:
|     * GNOME is now updated toversion 
|     2.29.4: The most important changes are 
|     in Nautilus. In preparation of GNOME 
|     3.0, where Nautilus will purely be a 
|     file browser and wonât provide the 
|     desktop anymore, the file management 
|     part has been improved a lot. Upstream 
|     is now using browser mode by default 
|     (this was already the case in 
|     Mandriva) and made several UI 
|     improvements for it. The developers 
|     have added now an optional split view 
|     like Midnight Commander. Another 
|     useful change is that itâs now 
|     possible in GNOME to configure a 
|     background per monitor on a multi-
|     monitor setup in GNOME. Also worth 
|     mentioning is the fast progress the 
|     Tracker document search engine is 
|     making since some time. I would 
|     recommend removing Beagle from your 
|     Cooker system, and switching to 
|     Tracker instead. Then by clicking on 
|     the Search button in Nautilusâ 
|     toolbar, you can easily search your 
|     files.
|     * KDE has been updated to the latest 
|     beta, which is version 4.4 beta 2.



Arch Linux 2009.8 Installation Visualization â VirtualBox

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| Hereâs another visual walkthrough of an
| installation. This time of Arch Linux Core
| (Core has all the base packages on CD and you
| have the option for a network, or cd
| install), which is typically for the more
| advanced Linux users.
| Iâm not going to commentate per screenshot
| because well, itâd take me FOREVER. Iâll do a
| few though, and hope I donât get carried
| away.

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