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#6076 2017-09-19 00:22:46

Texbrew
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Re: The Official Hello Everyone Thread

Hi Mich. Welcome aboard. As a long time Debian user myself, I predict you are going to have a lot of fun with Arch.

As long as I have a say in the matter, I don't think I will ever be without either Debian or Arch.

Enjoy!

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#6077 2017-09-20 21:41:47

rolotomassi
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Re: The Official Hello Everyone Thread

Hello community.

Installed arch a couple weeks ago. I had dual-booted my windows with Ubuntu a while back but that was crap and windows sucks even worse so I just wiped my whole disk and put Arch on it! Now I have my mac (naturally as I currently code in nodejs) and my not-so-bad laptop.

So far I'm happy and it's what I expected - steep learning curve. It's been fun learning more about how computers work. (The joy when I configured my system correctly and got a Gnome running!!!)

Anyway, plan to use arch for some nodejs, maybe some C/C++ stuff if I think of something to build in it, learning more about bash scripting and networks and servers.

Shweeet

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#6078 2017-09-21 15:34:27

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Hello everyone! smile

I am from Chile and I am new to Arch Linux. I like free software and everything that is open source, I try to follow this philosophy in the day to day and expand my knowledge to everyone who is interested.
I hope this is the right place to ask for and deliver help, I hope I can make good friends too, why not.

Greetings to all lovers of this great distribution and Linux! big_smile

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#6079 2017-09-21 18:54:02

Texbrew
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Re: The Official Hello Everyone Thread

rolotomassi and manicho, welcome to one of the world's best kept secrets. Enjoy the ride.

tex

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#6080 2017-09-23 17:39:00

ASimpleMeow
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Hello everyone,

Have always been a Windows user but I think it time for me to a get real OS big_smile and I gotta it's awesome!
You feel completely in control something that was lacking in Windows.


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#6081 2017-09-24 16:05:42

Maien_
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Hello there.

Been using Windows since 95.
Been using Debian for the last 7 years at work (I'm a vfx artist).
Been playing with several distros on my PC over the last 10 years (Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, ..) but nothing serious.

I just bought an XPS13 9360 and as it's going to be a laptop for work mainly (scripting and softwares development), I decided to convert it to a dual boot.
At first I thought Win10/Ubuntu, but then I remembered of Arch Linux and the total control I like to have over everything I make.

So here I am, even though I have some linux knowledge, I'm still pretty low on the learning curve ;-)

Cheers

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#6082 2017-09-24 20:48:37

mcku
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Hi. I had started with zx spectrum smile

Recently switched away from an 2014 Mac Pro to ASUS ROG laptop. Then I have discovered Arch Linux and the way it delivers the Linux OS. The documentation was very well organized, which I like as much as the distribution.

I am from Istanbul, Turkey. Hope we have all have peaceful times.

mcku

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#6083 2017-09-25 13:03:31

ionicbonding
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Re: The Official Hello Everyone Thread

Hello everyone. I've tried a few distros out there, all ok. Read alot about Arch, so thought, stuff it, why not?
I've got an HP Stream, and decided to wipe Windows, since HP stream is a low power system and, though Windows 10 is excellent (my opinion ofcs), it's too slow for this weedy little laptop.

After considerable efforts (especially as i's a wifi only laptop and eMMC SSD ), skipping quite a few bits out here and there, I finally (somehow) managed to get a system up and running, with xfce.

"It's  alive!".

Whew!! So I have an intel celeron fanless 14 inch laptop that has 2gb ram and 32gb SSD; after setting up the boot sector, swap, base install, Xorg, xfce and firefox, I've got 25gb free space.

A good test? watch a youtube video. Pass. Not bad at all.

Now that I've done the install once, I plan to do it two or three more times to fill in loads of the missing bits, and learn a bit more: should be much quicker than 5 hours.

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#6084 2017-09-26 16:13:10

Texbrew
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Re: The Official Hello Everyone Thread

Welcome all new members. We are paying attention to you.

ionicbonding wrote:

After considerable efforts (especially as i's a wifi only laptop and eMMC SSD ), skipping quite a few bits out here and there, I finally (somehow) managed to get a system up and running, with xfce... ...Now that I've done the install once, I plan to do it two or three more times to fill in loads of the missing bits, and learn a bit more: should be much quicker than 5 hours.

It is no minor feat to install with wifi only, I've been there. If you mean to install two or three more times on the same machine, I don't think that is necessary. Generally speaking, you should be able to "fill in the missing bits" without re-installing. Five hours is pretty good, in my opinion. Either way, have fun with it.

tex

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#6085 2017-09-27 09:18:07

ionicbonding
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Texbrew wrote:

Welcome all new members. We are paying attention to you.

ionicbonding wrote:

After considerable efforts (especially as i's a wifi only laptop and eMMC SSD ), skipping quite a few bits out here and there, I finally (somehow) managed to get a system up and running, with xfce... ...Now that I've done the install once, I plan to do it two or three more times to fill in loads of the missing bits, and learn a bit more: should be much quicker than 5 hours.

It is no minor feat to install with wifi only, I've been there. If you mean to install two or three more times on the same machine, I don't think that is necessary. Generally speaking, you should be able to "fill in the missing bits" without re-installing. Five hours is pretty good, in my opinion. Either way, have fun with it.

tex


Cheers Tex, fortunately the HP Stream is relatively modern uefi laptop, with broadcom wifi. The documentation was quite tricky to read / interprete, but after trying various things for half an hour, ultimately it came down to just TWO commands to start my wifi.   "wifi-menu -o", which creates the profile: you get a dialog to pick the network ( command scans for all networks automatically, pick the required one and enter password), then I think I did "netctl start myprofilename" ( come to think of it, I'm not even sure I needed to do "netctl start": I'm wondering if wifi-menu -o did it all for me). "netctl" by itself is a good command, it lists all options (netctl start stop list , and so forth)

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#6086 2017-09-28 19:20:18

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Evening all,

Hi! I'm one of the aged new recruits to Linux. I have messed, as a user, and on a very surface level on and off for over 15 years. My background is in desktop support for Windows systems. But after using 10 for over a year I got pissed off with it and decide that I would move over permanently to Linux. I tried Ubuntu, Mint, OBRevenge OS and that led me to Arch, which is now my distro of choice.

Am looking forward to taking part in this forum.

Cheers all

Craigrostan

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Aye well maybe we'll redeem ourselves one day.

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#6087 2017-09-29 14:51:36

Texbrew
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Re: The Official Hello Everyone Thread

craigrostan, Welcome aboard. Enjoy Arch life. Hope to hear more from you.

ionicbonding, Though I don't remember all the fine details, I once installed Arch on a laptop which had a broken ethernet port. Yes, I was able to connect to wifi by using wifi-menu while running the install media. After booting into the new Arch install, I had no wifi. Thankfully, I had the presence of mind to reboot the install media, chroot into the freshly installed path, then install the needed wifi tools. I chose connman for its small footprint (does not require a huge load of dependencies). As I said, I don't remember all the details, but I do remember the sense of accomplishment for having succeeded in getting Arch up and running on that machine.

That, and your only 5 hour install are the reasons why I felt compelled to comment on your "Hello" post.

tex

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#6088 2017-09-29 18:56:41

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Hello good people. 

I am an electronic music composer currently running a low-latency kernel fitted Xubuntu. 
Because I primarily use my favorite Windows 32-bit VST instruments and effects still, I use 32-bit WINE-staging. 
For the Digital Audio Workstation, I currently use 32-bit Windows Reaper. 

However, I am gradually learning more about the Linux audio softwares and how to run them. 
I'm currently struggling a bit with Carla because my system is 64-bit , but the proof of concept is impressive. 

I like the rolling-release idea, so I'm about to install Manjaro Linux which is related to Arch. 

One nice thing I can say about Arch is that the Arch documentation is top notch. 
I found a lot of solutions to Ubuntu Studio problems or lack of info for PulseAudio or whatnot on the Arch webpages. 

Arch is probably too difficult for me to learn yet, but I will eventually end up here probably. 
I like Arch's sophistication in terms of philosphy and how the documentation is so effective. 

If Manjaro works out, I will possibly drop Xubuntu gradually after dual booting. 
I like experimenting with different distros for digital audio composing and sharing the results with my online musician friends. 
Linux really impresses me and makes me happy. 

Thanks for reading this. 
Peace be with you.


music i composed in linux:  https://hearthis.at/daggit-gr/

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#6089 2017-09-30 03:38:08

GJohn
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Hello guys! smile

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#6090 2017-09-30 23:07:39

HellfireOmega
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Heya everyone, long time windows user slowly being converted between windows getting worse and a friend being a heavy Arch user. First linux distro I've used, and jesus is the learning curve steep. Had to type out the answer to the signup question since I still haven't figured out how to copy paste yet... worse yet by the fact the keyboard layout is different for i3 and I've not gotten that sorted yet....

But hey I hope to learn a lot here!

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#6091 2017-10-02 09:32:20

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Hello everyone! I haven't been posting on here in a while and I am happy to see that a lot of the same people are here. I've been away and busy with school and existential doubt. I've been shitposting on various corners of the internet excessively lately so I've decided to come somewhere more wholesome for a while to clear my head.

Did I miss anything interesting? Why is jwr an anarchist? Is karol still around?


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#6092 2017-10-02 12:22:34

ionicbonding
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Re: The Official Hello Everyone Thread

Texbrew wrote:

That, and your only 5 hour install are the reasons why I felt compelled to comment on your "Hello" post.

tex

Cheers pal  ;-)

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#6093 2017-10-02 20:38:03

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Hello everyone!

I've recently joined the Arch community after starting to realize how much I enjoy this operating system. So I feel that it is time to share a bit of my story with whoever can hang about reading this...

For some time now I wanted to find a suitable Windows alternative for an everyday average user, and I've been trying Linux on and off for about a year. Never really felt comfortable with the many distributions out there but then I tried Arch. Since the first minute of using it I felt that this one was for me.

I was trying everything on virtualbox and then I thought that it was time to install it on a real PC.

I have this "old" PC (a dual core E6450) in addition to a more recent one that I use for gaming. and I thought that that one was ideal to set up Arch in.

And so I did! After some configuration and learning I got it to work beautifully. I got so excited with it that I got some more RAM for it and a 120GB SSD, despite the interface on the board being only a SATA2. I also found a used E8600 chip for €15 on the internet.

After the small update, this 11 year old PC is much faster than the other more recent one running windows! And so much better for almost everything that I do! I'm now using it for my daily everythings and enjoying it so much more! It's amazing watching it load the OS in just 5 seconds. The PC takes a lot longer to POST than to load Arch!!!

I just wanted to share a bit of my starting experiences with Arch. I also wanted to express my thanks to the community, for keeping such an awesome wiki and forum support, and to YOU if you're still reading this smile

I already learned a lot just by installing Arch, a I hope to learn a great deal more.

Cheers

PS: I'm stuck with Windows on the other computer because I do like to game, but I'm already planning a dual-boot solution for it.

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#6094 2017-10-03 13:49:34

maxxon
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Hi, I'm just interested in working with Linux as I've not touched it in about a decade.  Tried several others, but getting a GUI to run with a minimal system was not easy if not just impossible with some of the minimalist flavours out there.  I'm hoping that ArchLinux will be different.  Seems to have fairly to very good docs.  Just got to do a lot of reading. smile

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#6095 2017-10-03 16:16:33

Pulec
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Hi all,

I am using Arch (I pronounce it like "ARCHitect" not like "ARCHie", stone me!) since 2013 or so.
At first, I only read about it in Reddit, especially in /r/unixporn, since all that i3, bspwm and whatnot seemed SO COOL.
But more importantly, the whole idea of doing important stuff in a DIY way without reinventing wheels was great, especially since spent years with Windows and trying to understand how it's built and works (big waste of time).

At first I didn't knew ****, luckily I had some online friend who used Arch, so I booted up archiso, started sshd, port forwarded it and looked how my friend is installing.
Since I only saw stuff without too deep explanation I didn't get much but at least I saw its not nuclear science.

Then I needed something small and fast on a netbook with first gen Atom processor, Samsung NC10 and Arch was a great choice.
Back then there was a huge beginner's guide on the wiki describing everything (I am still not sure where it went or if it was just split) and from then I keep learning, wikis are a great resource.

Since last summer I started to think how to spread this simplicity combined with coding simple stuff using python and I was lucky enough I taught few dozens of people (and few students) this year basics of coding + some intro to Arch.
Teaching is so fun for me that I offered a lecture for Arch Classroom, which starts tomorrow!


IRC: pulec

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#6096 2017-10-03 22:20:03

Texbrew
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Posts: 523

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blaq, Welcome aboard. There's nothing wrong with your choice of Manjaro. As you may already know, any questions about Manjaro should be directed to the Manjaro forum. As to whether Arch is too difficult for you, you are the best judge of that, but I doubt that's true. If you can read and follow directions, there's a very high probability you can install Arch succesfully. Put another way, if I can do it, you can do it. I suggest that you try it in a virtual machine such as VirtualBox.

GJohn, hello to you.

HellfireOmega, yes, the learning curve is steep, but that's part of the great fun! There are lots of easy to learn linux distros out there to choose from, but none of the many different ones I have tried can compare to Arch - my opinion. Kudos to you for choosing Arch as your first linux distro.

life_enjoyer, Welcome back. Interesting questions about jwr and karol. I don't know why jwr calls himself an anarchist, but I bet it wouldn't be too difficult to find out. He has a website, but I don't remember the url. Edit: I just read a jwr post, and I think I get it. He's an arch ist, or anarchist. If I'm wrong, someone please throw me a clue.

I checked karol's user profile page, last post was in mid July.

unnilquadium, Welcome. It's amazing fun to breath new life into old hardware using linux, isn't it? It's the reason I first installed linux in early 2011. It wasn't Arch, and it took me a while to get here, first installing Arch in a VM about October, 2014. Your 5 second boot time in an 11 year old PC is nothing short of amazing, even after your hardware upgrades.

maxxon, Welcome. While you didn't detail just how minimal your system is, Arch is highly customizable. You install what you want and no more. If you want a GUI, I guess OpenBox loosely fits the description, though I think Desktop Environment is more accurate. Very light weight, but the trade off is a lot of user configuration is required. To me, it's worth the time spent in order to get a very light weight and fast operating system.

Pulec, it's good to hear from you. If I understand correctly, your friend installed Arch on your machine over ssh? If so, that's a pretty good friend. I know I won't be able to attend your Arch Classroom tomorrow, but cheers to you for presenting it.

Edited to include guesswork about jwr.

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#6097 2017-10-04 11:46:23

svnset
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Hey pulec. I know you from the irc. Welcome to the forums and keep up the good python teaching. smile


After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes,
it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art. - Chopin

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#6098 2017-10-04 13:54:07

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HellfireOmega wrote:

Heya everyone, long time windows user slowly being converted between windows getting worse and a friend being a heavy Arch user. First linux distro I've used, and jesus is the learning curve steep. Had to type out the answer to the signup question since I still haven't figured out how to copy paste yet... worse yet by the fact the keyboard layout is different for i3 and I've not gotten that sorted yet....

But hey I hope to learn a lot here!

You've been lucky. I had to type manually the answer from my smartphone (which actually is my only available network gateway) because during the installation i made a mess with grub.

BTW, hello everyone!

The first Linux os I tried was Ubuntu 8.10. I loved how a Linux os could be so ready to use without being too much user-friendly, at least nothing like a windows os back then. That was the time of windows xp, vista was out but i barely knew of it, just because some friends got new laptops running it. My pc was a 256MB of ram, and ubuntu wasn't lightweight enough, so, by suggestion, i ended up with "Linux Puppy", one of the most lightweight debian based distro.

I ran arch linux 6 years ago for the first time, on the same old desktop pc. I wasn't ready for the DIY approach, plus i wasn't really willing to learn anything, so i practically ruined the os and came back to linux puppy, at least until that desktop survived. Next time i bought a desktop, windows 7 was rocking his way and windows 8 was about to be released. Practically my linux experience ended there.

My laptop changed everything. After i've been using this "2-years-old-brand-new-laptop" just for everyday activities, with windows 8.1 as main os, i decided it was the time to seriously start learning.

It's been two weeks since I came back to arch (not before being disappointed by how much new ubuntu releases are bloated) and I'm starting to became more confident with it, the satisfaction of having an os running perfectly "almost" from scratch is something everyone should try. I'm looking forward to learn, learn, learn; then share, help and contribute.

Thanks for reading this! I wish you a good Arch Linux experience, if not (or in both cases), see you in the forums big_smile

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#6099 2017-10-04 21:15:16

Texbrew
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Posts: 523

Re: The Official Hello Everyone Thread

Hello lo1, and welcome. Some of the things you mentioned in your post bring back memories from my own linux journey, such as running distros on a low spec PC, one of which was Puppy Linux - I no longer have that machine, but I still have Puppy Linux on CD and my saved settings on a thumb drive. Flirted with Ubuntu very briefly in the beginning, over six years ago. Where we differ is that I never stopped using linux, and after a couple of years I ditched Windows forever.

I wish you well as you learn and use Arch Linux.

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#6100 2017-10-04 22:14:18

HellfireOmega
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lo1 wrote:
HellfireOmega wrote:

Heya everyone, long time windows user slowly being converted between windows getting worse and a friend being a heavy Arch user. First linux distro I've used, and jesus is the learning curve steep. Had to type out the answer to the signup question since I still haven't figured out how to copy paste yet... worse yet by the fact the keyboard layout is different for i3 and I've not gotten that sorted yet....

But hey I hope to learn a lot here!

You've been lucky. I had to type manually the answer from my smartphone (which actually is my only available network gateway) because during the installation i made a mess with grub.

This is the second time I've installed Arch, the first time I fucked up grub too and just gave up on joining the forum and asked reddit instead lol

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