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#1201 2020-05-07 21:34:53

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

I'll add my vote.
I've been using it for about a month now with KDE-Plasma as the DE, initially presuming from what I've read elsewhere that it would be an unstable bumpy ride. Nothing could be further from the truth. I'm sure it depends on the hardware, but on my old Dell Latitude E6430, it has been rock solid, reliable, and fast. I do routine backups (Timeshift snapshots on a separate flash drive), as well as have the LTS kernel available just in case.

I've also read elsewhere about people getting their nose out of joint from supposedly curt RTFM-type responses from this forum. From my small amount of surfing this forum, it seems to me that the help given here has been very generous, knowledgeable, and many times underappreciated. Usually all that is needed is just a nudge towards the right place on the wiki.

Huge thanks to all who have made this distribution (and the wiki) what it is! smile

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#1202 2020-05-08 14:15:22

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

piperdan wrote:

I've also read elsewhere about people getting their nose out of joint from supposedly curt RTFM-type responses from this forum. From my small amount of surfing this forum, it seems to me that the help given here has been very generous, knowledgeable, and many times underappreciated. Usually all that is needed is just a nudge towards the right place on the wiki.

To be honest I do see these kind of answers on the forum here, but this is only because the author is rude, does not follow instructions, uses an Arch derivative, or other reasons like this big_smile

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#1203 2020-05-08 21:03:13

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Re: The Official Unofficial 'Arch is Best' Thread

Arch is not the best. It's just a platform for user to excel. And that's great.


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Everyone has problems. Animals have problems. And buildings. And cats, and trees.
Problems are your friends. Treat them well.

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#1204 2020-05-09 20:59:07

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

Joined the Arch community a few days ago and here are my two cents. It has been a fantastic learning experience, and I would recommend it to anyone with an inquisitive mind. The Wiki is exceptional and I hope to contribute to it one day! Finally, the Arch Linux Principles are a great read, and whenever people on forums ask generic questions like "should I use Arch?" they should be referred there.

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#1205 2020-05-24 11:01:26

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

I've been using Arch since 2006 and random distributions before than since 1998. Arch is pretty much the most "logically" built distribution I've used and the easiest to maintain and patch.

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#1206 2020-05-24 14:35:23

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

I received some extra money and thought I would buy a new PC. But my 11 year old i5 with a 5 1/2 year old Arch Linux installation is doing so well, I cannot get my head around all the effort it would take to reproduce all of my functionality. I just hope my old PC doesn't break.

Arch is best.

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#1207 2020-05-24 14:44:06

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

You could just transfer the hard drive, or clone it. smile

The only things you'd need to do to get it working on the new PC are ensuring the bootloader still operates -- if the old PC used BIOS, and the new PC uses UEFI, this might be a concern -- and sort out additional packages for hardware devices which are not provided by the kernel + linux-firmware e.g. wifi drivers if you have broadcom wifi, or GPU drivers if you're using nvidia.


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#1208 2020-05-24 20:18:39

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

ratcheer wrote:

I received some extra money and thought I would buy a new PC. But my 11 year old i5 with a 5 1/2 year old Arch Linux installation is doing so well, I cannot get my head around all the effort it would take to reproduce all of my functionality. I just hope my old PC doesn't break.

Arch is best.

I went through that late 2016. Just clone the disks, regenerate the initramfs images, and boot as normal.

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#1209 2020-05-25 12:48:56

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

Ok, thank you @eschwartz and @hussam. I know that will work, but I guess I was thinking more about a fresh installation to clean years of widely varied activities out, then recovering the configurations of the things I still use. E.g., tens of fonts that have been installed trying to get things to look right, only to never be used, again. Old data files. False steps, etc, etc.

Your way is probably best. Then just try to do a methodical cleanup.

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#1210 2020-05-25 12:50:56

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Re: The Official Unofficial 'Arch is Best' Thread

A new machine shouldn't be the only reason / excuse to tidy up everything you just mentioned.

When my house gets to be quite a mess, I don't burn it down and buy a new one (though sometimes the mess is sufficient to be tempting).

The metaphor is imperfect, of course, though I think it makes the point.  I reality, the equivalent of the new home has already been purchased, and the question is whether to buy all new furniture because the existing furniture has some dog hair on it.  Buy a lint brush instead.  Now that's a more directly applicable metaphor ... but not quite as impactful.

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#1211 2020-06-04 21:39:14

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

I've been using Arch as my only operating system since... 2008? 2009?  Can't remember.  Arch makes it fun to use a computer again.  The last time I felt that way was on an AT&T 3B1.  The main reasons "Arch is the best" for me personally are KISS, Pragmatism, and the Wiki.  I don't like it when someone's ideals prevent me from using wifi without jumping through hoops, etc., and I've never been on the forums until now because the wiki answered all my questions.  But I am extremely bored with the pandemic keeping me home and thought I'd finally join the community.  Just want to say thanks keep up the great work!

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#1212 2020-06-08 18:15:12

cick0
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Re: The Official Unofficial 'Arch is Best' Thread

I just wanted to say that this is the best mf wiki I've seen so far.
It was painless to follow the installation instructions and get the full GUI system up and running, to match my previous system but without all the extras. It is a great source of information and now I tend to consult it for any background information or software analysis.
This is my second day of using Arch and I'm in love with the wiki. I've installed Arch once in a vm yesterday and today on a live system. Very painless. I appreciate this approach much more, with enough clear documentation available as a guide and no semi-useless GUIs that try to do the job for the user.
Anyways, I don't want to go deep right now. Just wanted to thank all the contributors publicly.

Oh, and why is there no EUR donation option? I'll search for this and/or ask separately.

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#1213 2020-07-13 02:34:14

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

I'm pretty new to Linux (used Ubuntu for a month and switched to Arch Linux four days ago) and I would just like to thank the writers of the wiki and the managers of the forums for their work. Because of the extensive documentation and easy to find answers, I have been able to have a very easy time setting up Arch Linux and i3.

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