guys, this stuff is harder then Dos... I cant figure out how to make a user name at the beginning, or password, it would even let me type that, whats going on here?
if you reply, talk in simple windows or maybe Dos terms, i AM all newbie at Linux...
Thanks so much!
if this is your first distro you will have a very hard time of it if you don't do some reading.
I am not your friend
i did read that, where do i type that, in a .txt file, a special command, special way of typing my username... what?
I would recommend reading this doc.
http://www.tldp.org/LDP/intro-linux/htm … linux.html
The section sarah is refering you to is the command you need to enter at the command prompt for root (# or c:/> in windows). After you install Arch and boot into it you should get a login prompt. Login as root and enter those commands.
login: root #passwd (type a new password for root) # useradd -m -s /bin/bash johndoe # passwd johndoe
now it wont let me type a password?!
i type root and passwd, and it asks me to type my new Unix password, but my keyboard will do nothing but let me press enter!
its visual security. nothing more
like Egil.B said passwd doesn't display what you type on the screen. Though it is taking the keystrokes.
k, lol, what now? all it showed me was when i last logged in, hopefully signifing that i am now logged in.
that's a good sign...create a new user and set the password with the commands from my previous post. And begin reading. Update your system, get a list of applications you want to use and pick a desktop environment that you like and install them.
NOTE: You will want to create a new user because root is like Administrator in Windows only more dangerous (err powerful). It is HIGHLY recommend to create an everyday user with limited rights.
How do i Update and all that stuff?
It's all in the readme
http://www.archlinux.org/docs/en/guide/ … 0000000000
This explains pacman, the programme used for updating and installing software
Ideally you should read the whole thing a couple of times over.
pacman -S pacman
that should get you up to date.
so, do i have to go online and get updates of packages and stuff to use pacman, cause right now i cant go online at all with that computer..
Yes, you have to be online in order to perform an update.
so, remember, im new, do i have to be online with the actual linux system?
I dont really know how to look at the current directory, i am doing the ls /home/.... thing, it does nothing?
Pacman is really to complex, how to i get the files upgraded if i dont know how to get the new files on the drive(partition) at all?
please speak my language, i cant decern --sync and -u/--u yet, theres to many commands for the same action?!
all i want is a working GUI, i wonder if someone would be will to go through it with me step-by-step? Z_baldwin@hotmail.com
honestly, the best advice we can give you is to start reading through the documentation already provided. There are guides on this site that go through step by step instructions on how to set things up. A great place to start is the Arch documentation that has already been linked to in previous posts.
Also take a look at the Arch wiki with lots of helpful links http://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?t=2250
Hopefully, you don't take this post the wrong way. There are a lot of smart people on these forums who are more then willing to help you out if you get stuck. But YOU need to put in some time reading documentation and learning the basics. We don't have the time nor do we want to hold your hand through the installation.
I was thinking about getting Fedora or Redhat, but they take way to long to install, and, i figure i would have learned alot more this way, but now i realize that maybe i should atleast start out with something easy.
I am going to be getting redhat soon i will try that, but i hope i still learn somethings for when i want to expand and stuff. :?