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#926 2017-07-26 15:51:07

nomorewindows
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Re: The Official Unofficial 'Arch is Best' Thread

Was able to update a year old installation with a minimum of hitches about a month ago.  In the past this hasn't been the case, been too many changes to do it without a complete reinstall.


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#927 2017-07-26 18:38:48

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Re: The Official Unofficial 'Arch is Best' Thread

Arch the BEST, there I said it tongue


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#928 2017-07-28 04:00:02

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Re: The Official Unofficial 'Arch is Best' Thread

ugjka wrote:

Arch the BEST, there I said it tongue

Yep. I think we should chip in to advertise it as the BEST, but then I guess we'd have to hire lawyers, too. Bad idea, tex, bad idea.

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#929 2017-09-18 00:49:16

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Re: The Official Unofficial 'Arch is Best' Thread

What makes Arch the best for me is the extensity of the official Arch repositories, plus the fact that there's one unified sponsored user repository instead of a grand multitude of various "PPA" user repositories where only the protocol is sponsored.

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#930 2017-09-18 16:16:36

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Re: The Official Unofficial 'Arch is Best' Thread

Ran through several Ubuntu (kms) and Debian distros on my $400 laptop. Network, media, and other random problems across the board. Have been able to figure everything out via common sense with Arch and get it running 10X faster and better than any other distro. Yeah, installation takes a while, but idk why people make Arch out to be so hard to use. It is by far the most intuitive distro available for me. Arch for life! Also, the BlackArch repos are sick af. Got them slotted into my Arch without a hitch despite a simple mirror change.


git gud

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#931 2017-09-25 22:38:23

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Re: The Official Unofficial 'Arch is Best' Thread

Usually hate having to register for forums. Registered here to say Arch is awesome. This was reinforced when saw the question when registering to keep bots out. Much better than any other question or recaptcha.

Use Debian on headless servers. Great but don't wish to use Firefox ESR for the next two years and Sid truly is unstable (can't even shutdown LXQT on Sid without issues). Ubuntu is money centric, bloated, bad community (just read mailing lists or forums) and dislike installing PPA's every time want something up to date. Was initially hesitant to try Arch because didn't want to learn pacman and thought would miss out on things that need .deb files for. Pacman is easy. Almost like it more than apt. Anything that can be found in a .deb file can be found in the AUR and easily installed.

Arch is amazing (unless you are running a server in which case security mandates that Debian is the best). But Arch is really really neat, simplistic, and clean. So glad decided to finally join the Arch family.

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#932 2017-10-07 19:37:44

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Logged in as aparaatti Last visit: 2016-02-28 15:57:25

So installed arch again. I have been using debian testing which now is debian 9 for over a year I think. Wanted to test out gnome 3.26 and ended up installing arch. Everything is working really nicely! Laptop wakes from sleep without problems (nvidia), all my configs was really easy to move from debian, seems that this is a bit snappier (probably its all in the head) and now I'm wondering why I changed. Well it was stability, but think I have more robust environment now and think I'll put some packages to the don't update atomatically list, so off to read the wiki for that.

Feel like being back home smile

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#933 2017-10-07 19:42:17

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Re: The Official Unofficial 'Arch is Best' Thread

aparaatti wrote:

...and think I'll put some packages to the don't update atomatically list, so off to read the wiki for that.

Welcome home smile

Remember that by putting packages in your ignore list you are performing a partial upgrade, this means that you can't get support in the forums.
https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Sy … nsupported


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#934 2017-12-11 03:42:02

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Re: The Official Unofficial 'Arch is Best' Thread

Hiya Archers! I freaking love Arch Linux, and there are honestly so many things that I think are amazing about it, that I don't even know where to start...lol. Pretty much every day since I first finally got into Arch, I've discovered some new cool thing abou it. While all Linux distributions, and all OSes, have some cool things about them, from my experience Arch combines more of such nifty things into one cohesive and cohenent whole than any other version of Linux, or another other OS.

In no particular order, what makes Arch Linux the best OS for me:

*the huge amount of packages that are available, and the multitudinous ways that they can be installed and customized
*the fan-freaking-tastic, and very active, community, in all of its various expressions
*the stable rolling release model that Arch uses
*the phenomenal, and ridiculously fast package management system
*how easily it was for me to convert how I did things on Ubuntu to Arch, and conversely, to apply what I've learned in Arch to Ubuntu (even though I rarely use it any longer)
*that Arch is completely community-driven, allowing everyone to contribute in some way
*the strong adherence to simplicity, code elegance, and user-centric flexibility
*that newbies are supported, but not coddled, encouraging them to be self-sufficient, which builds a stronger community
*Lots of other things that I'm sure I forgot to mention, but that I love equally as much!

I am truly excited to use Arch and to be a part of the whole Arch framework/universe/multiverse/gestalt, and I look forward to being able to assist, help, and contribute in as many ways as I'm able, as soon as I can, and as often as possible.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for Arch!

Tydyn.

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#935 2017-12-12 19:49:21

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Re: The Official Unofficial 'Arch is Best' Thread

Since I'm complaining about Arch/Linux-in-general in another thread, lemme just pop in here and say how much I still do love Arch.  I'm not exactly a super-knowledgeable developer type; Arch is my first distro, and I only just started taking Linux seriously and learning about it ... like, last year? after a lifetime growing up using MS-DOS and Windows (my father worked for Microsoft back in the 90s).

The core principles of the "Arch Way" line up pretty much exactly with what I'm looking for in my own computing experience.  I absolutely love that I can have a really clean system that only contains things I wanted to put there and nothing else.  Like, it's MY computer, I should be in total control of what goes on inside it, and Arch gives me the tools to make that happen. 

I'm also in love with the Linux style of updating in place, and modular parts that don't require total system wipes to fix any boot issues, for instance.  Arch's package manager and build system is awesome, and when I've used other distros for this or that application, I keep finding myself going "yeah but pacman/abs does this way better".

Anyway it's friggin great and if I could only use Arch for everything, I would do it in a second.  This is silly but I like to carry around a bootable USB stick with the most recent archiso on it.  It's comforting, like, if a computer at work is frustrating me I can think, "yeah but I could have Arch on you in like an hour tops so don't mess with me, buddy".  lol

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#936 2017-12-20 00:47:50

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Re: The Official Unofficial 'Arch is Best' Thread

lol

Can take over with Arch USB Drive Slayer any time, DON'T PUSH ME, WORK COMPUTER!

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#937 2018-01-04 19:31:13

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Re: The Official Unofficial 'Arch is Best' Thread

(I know, we are all geeks and care moreabout cool code than other squishy stuff, but this being a new year and all:)

I'd like to express my gratitude for the community here. Not only are there are great many extremely competent technologists here, creating a distro that's a joy to use, but they are also very willing to lend a hand and explain things in small words to people with questions.

This is wonderful, and Thank You To All.

Cheers,



Johannes.

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#938 2018-01-04 19:51:43

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Re: The Official Unofficial 'Arch is Best' Thread

Thanks jernst, merging with the Arch is the best thread.


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#939 2018-03-06 21:09:28

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Re: The Official Unofficial 'Arch is Best' Thread

Hi guys

Just wanted to say how much I appreciate everyone who works on this distro. I first installed arch properly about 12 years ago on a very old machine with having very little working knowledge of linux. I had tried a few other distros and ran Zen Linux for 6 months, ubuntu for a couple of months, Kubuntu for a year, and opensuse for a few months, but never felt comfortable with any of them and if something broke, i just reinstalled.

After installing arch for the first time all those years ago, i posted loads of issues in this forum and generally got great help and advice to solve all the issues I came across, and got that old rig running great. It wasnt pretty, but it functioned brilliantly. When that machine finally kicked the bucket, I stupidly got a netbook, and dual booted windows XP and cheated and put ArchBang on it. I had run Arch for about 2 years at that point and didnt feel I had the time to go through all the setup of a full arch linux os from scratch. I know its not technically Arch, but it was very close and I soon got a proper laptop and again went with ArchBang for the same reason... laziness. Well, after really enjoying ArchBang for about 8 years, something wasnt running right, and instead of fix it, I thought why not reinstall, but go with proper Arch Linux...... and wow.... even though I have kinda been running Arch for 12 years, I have just fallen in love with it again!!

It has only taken me 2 days to get to a system well more advanced than I had bothered to sort out with ArchBang previously. I came up against a lot issues getting things working, but everything was in google and the forum already and I am just blown away by how everything sets up, works, looks, feels and is in this system. Knowing how long I kept a single install of Arch Bang running, this system is going to be running for years easily... and because I configured it all myself this time round, I know where everything is and how to fix it!

Thanks Arch Team.... keep up the good work!


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#940 2018-03-06 21:22:37

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Re: The Official Unofficial 'Arch is Best' Thread

Thanks ninjaprawn, merging with the Arch is Best thread

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#941 2018-04-15 01:29:15

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This is my fist topic to Arch. It's my first input at all.

Haven't u even imagined what u've created here. I really want to contribute to this forum. 24/7.

Flower Power!

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#942 2018-04-15 02:49:46

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Re: The Official Unofficial 'Arch is Best' Thread

Merging with the official Arch is the Best thread...


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#943 2018-06-04 00:08:18

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After a 'practice' run of installing arch in a kvm I decided I would install it on my main (semi-beefy) laptop. Long story short, best distro i've ever tried!

Somewhat ironically, arch has been the most stable plasma 5 experience i've ever had! I was on KDE Neon for a (relatively) long time and just got tired of having to re-fix grub (known kde neon issue). Tried a lot of distros with KDE and none of them even compare to how seamlessly my desktop environment works now on arch! Kubuntu was prob the worst imo..

I don't understand why so many ppl try to make it seem like arch is SOOO difficult to install. I mean, yeah.. one does need to be familiar with the CLI but imo it's really not that bad at all. pacman is really interesting too.. I'm looking forward to learning more about what is possible with pacman.

I <3 Arch!

Also, I thought it was really cool how the forum registration page goes about filtering out bots. pure genius!

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#944 2018-06-04 00:55:15

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Re: The Official Unofficial 'Arch is Best' Thread

bashM0nk3y wrote:

I don't understand why so many ppl try to make it seem like arch is SOOO difficult to install.

You need to read a document and apply steps manually. There is no guided meditation of any kind. You open the door and you step inside. You're on your own. Don't forget to breath.

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#945 2018-07-03 21:10:20

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I know it isn't much, but I felt the need to say thank you to anyone who helps the community and or develops \ maintains Arch Linux and I mean that from the bottom of my heart.

I've registered with the site in 2016, which is about the time when I started to use Arch and it's been one hell of a learning curve for me.
I'm using Arch Linux as my primary O.S; A couple of months later from when I registered and the story behind it is kind of funny as Windows was being an ass.

It was about the time that Microsoft announced a beta to Windows 8 and you could "update" freely to try it out and so I did.
My Windows login screen appeared. I logged in, screen went black for a couple of seconds and ... the next screen I got was the login screen.
So a potential "fix" to this issue was trying safe mode. However one of the new 'features' of Windows was that it was able to "automatically" repair itself (it sure as hell didn't repair that f%$kup).
Oh boy, did this backfire on me. To enter safe mode I needed to a battery pull from a running system (using a notebook), really; There was no other way!

I've looked up was to retrieve my data and stumbled onto Linux, Ubuntu specifically (pen drive installation). I've used the distro to retrieve my data and reinstall Windows but this time with a dual boot including Ubuntu just incase.
After switching over so now and then (talking months), I began to irritate the Unity interface; I mean, it's good but customization was and still is, mediocre at best. I mean how hard could it be to add shortcuts to a desktop? Multi monitor support back then was still at is imphasy with Optimus.
But I liked Ubuntu, it was customizable .... until I bricked it by installing multiple desktop environments and was unable to fix it.
So I needed a reinstall, this time of a distro of my choosing. So I was looking at desktop environments, but some cases using a specific distro you kind-off where bound to the environment they provided you.

This is when I stumbled upon Arch, kinda like: "Install your own distro". Intriguing. Reading the wiki for installing Arch, eventually ended up with 'archfi' after installing it on other systems.
From reading the wiki, I've learned much. A couple of months ago, nVidia released a new driver which didn't support my own. I was able to figure as much by diagnosing the issue (xorg.0.log) to see my card was not supported so I needed to install a fixed-in-time release instead (390xx)
Sure for most of the issues I've had I ended up on the Wiki, but that fact that it's so elaborate is astounding. Mostly any issue can be resolved by reading it but sometimes I needed to look on external sources.

Arch has been my primary operating system since and I don't regret it. in fact, life is more peaceful without Windows as I remember reinstalling Windows again and again because it became slow or showed signs that it was infected.
This installation of Arch is still from the same day; "Filesystem created: Thu Jan  7 12:29:40 2016" and has performed as well as its been from day 1.

So, again. Thank you to all who help and maintain this community.

I would have donated except that my financial situation does not allow me to.
That being said, it will change in the future. But it might be a nice idea to sell overpriced t-shirts or other appliances like mugs, etc from an official shop.

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#946 2018-07-03 21:14:07

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Re: The Official Unofficial 'Arch is Best' Thread

You can contribute to Arch in lots of ways other than donating cash. See https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Getting_involved


Merging with the Official Arch is the Best thread...


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#947 2018-07-11 20:46:06

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Re: The Official Unofficial 'Arch is Best' Thread

I used gentoo for about ten years daily and finally made the switch to arch a few days ago.

my opinion:
documentation is much better with arch
overlays are better than AUR
no compile time and sane defaults favors arch

so in my opinion: arch is the best distro out there.
(but parts of my heart still beats for gentoo though)

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#948 2018-07-21 19:49:28

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I've probably posted in this thread before but can't remember...I have been the consummate distro hopper for as long as I can remember (> 10 years). Sick of it. Found Arch a long time ago (5 years or more) and figured out it is lean, mean, fast and lets me tweak while remaining relatively stable. For some reason, I get this wild hair every time there is a minor issue with Arch (eg, lvm2-monitor bug) and I think "I need something enterprise ready that never breaks". This is a load of cr*p for my use case and I never see this until it's too late and am caught up in the vicious hop cycle again, like a dog that can't find the right place to lay down in his bed.

So where do I end up? Arch of course. After trying in rapid succession, all major distros (sadly, I am not kidding, last night was 4), I realize that no matter how "big" the organization is that runs them, they all have bugs and problems, some show stoppers, at least for me. Most distros hate my video hardware for some reason and this causes no end of frustration. For example: with the following display managers, I cannot run the Nvidia driver: lightdm, GDM, SDDM. The only display manager that actually works for me, in ANY distro with the Nvidia driver is LXDM. With the Nouveau driver, Arch is the ONLY distro (besides Arch derivatives which I don't like) that automatically recognizes my hardware and configures the correct resolution. None of the other "big" distros work worth a cr*p in recognizing my hardware and setting the resolution correctly. It's 2018, Xorg doesn't need a config - get it together "other" distros...

That wasn't a troubleshoot request, just a rant.

Arch is also the best KDE experience I have ever had, at least for me anyway. I recently switched from Gnome because I got so frustrated with the never ending crashes and bugs. Long time KDE users are probably laughing at me right now but it's been rock solid so far. Using Nouveau by the way.

Rant over, back on Arch, need to find a 12 step program for staying here...


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#949 2018-07-22 19:32:17

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Re: The Official Unofficial 'Arch is Best' Thread

Rant over, back on Arch, need to find a 12 step program for staying here...

Arch Anonymous? hey, that could be the name of another distro wink

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#950 2018-07-22 20:23:38

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Re: The Official Unofficial 'Arch is Best' Thread

WFV wrote:

Rant over, back on Arch, need to find a 12 step program for staying here...

Arch Anonymous? hey, that could be the name of another distro wink

On and on anon?


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