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#1 2006-09-03 15:27:05

rikardo
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Arch Linux @ Sony Vaio

Hi!

I have a Sony Vaio with a Intel Core Duo processor. I've never used a linux contribution before (exept Ubuntu), and now I searching after a lightweight and not too "userfriendly" interfaced OS.

What can you say about using this rather than any other linux?

With best regards!
Rikard

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#2 2006-09-03 15:50:19

elasticdog
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Re: Arch Linux @ Sony Vaio

With that modern of a processor you should be fine.  If everything was working under Ubuntu, you might want to take a look at a few key files (like <code>/etc/X11/xorg.conf</code>) and possibly see which drivers your machine will require, but I'd say you should be able to get everything working...with a little hard work.  Arch doesn't hold your hand nearly as much as Ubuntu does, but I'd say if you're looking to learn, you've found the right place to be!

(note: I came from Ubuntu as well over a year ago)

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#3 2006-09-03 17:58:32

zen_guerrilla
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Re: Arch Linux @ Sony Vaio

I have a Vaio VGN-FE21M running AL without problems (besides no webcamera and Fn keys).

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#4 2006-09-04 07:52:25

rikardo
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Re: Arch Linux @ Sony Vaio

That sounds great!

Have to say that I'am not so "hardcore" at Linux command line, so it would be very good if I could find some tutorials about Linux and Arch itself.

With best regards!
Rikard

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#5 2006-09-04 09:40:51

zen_guerrilla
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Re: Arch Linux @ Sony Vaio

Installing Linux (any distro) on laptops is not exactly like a walk in the park; it takes lots of tinkering. If you are a novice (sounds better than n00b smile) in Linux I'd suggest to stick with Ubuntu -- which sets everything up automatically -- for a painless experience. On the other hand, if you want to get your hands dirty and learn a few things in the process, go ahead and install AL.

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#6 2006-09-04 14:29:25

rikardo
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Re: Arch Linux @ Sony Vaio

I really should like to get my hand dirty big_smile, install and configure a whole production of a (Arch) Linux version and Gnome with that.

But what I need to know is were I can put my hands on some tutorials that descibes howto, what I need and about it.

With best regards!
Rikard

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#7 2006-09-04 15:24:00

elasticdog
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Re: Arch Linux @ Sony Vaio

Arch Installation Guide - A good place to start
Arch Wiki - A good place for everything else big_smile

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#8 2006-09-04 17:43:35

rikardo
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Re: Arch Linux @ Sony Vaio

That is really good, thanks very much!

But I still have one problem, I also want to install GNOME I've searched very much @ GNOME's homepage under download can't find any package that is related to the actual install/configuration of it (if it isn't the "Live CD"?).

With best regards!
Rikard

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#9 2006-09-04 19:25:01

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Re: Arch Linux @ Sony Vaio

# pacman -S gnome

That should get you going...it will download the entire GNOME group and all the required dependencies.  Look on the wiki for information on how to properly configure Xorg and you'll be set.

You might want to read pacman's man page to learn more about how to download/install/manage your software on Arch:

$ man pacman

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#10 2006-09-05 05:52:48

rikardo
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Re: Arch Linux @ Sony Vaio

Thank you very much for the information you gave me, it will help me alot! If I get any further problems (that I can't solve) I will perhaps write a new post.

Thanks alot!

With best regards!
Rikard

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#11 2006-09-07 03:40:55

Global Havok
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Re: Arch Linux @ Sony Vaio

If you want your FN keys to work, look into fsfn.

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#12 2006-09-07 04:37:35

Snowman
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Re: Arch Linux @ Sony Vaio

# pacman -S gnome

will only install the basic gnome desktop. If you also want the full gnome desktop (i.e. the gnome apps):

# pacman -S gnome-extra

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#13 2006-09-07 10:05:48

zen_guerrilla
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Re: Arch Linux @ Sony Vaio

Global Havok wrote:

If you want your FN keys to work, look into fsfn.

Unfortunately newer VAIOs (like my FE21M) don't work with fsfn.

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#14 2006-11-05 19:27:17

mandos
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Re: Arch Linux @ Sony Vaio

I have booted arch again (after 2 months that I had to use windows because of work)
and trying to resetup my vaio (vgn-b3vp)
I have a wiki entry that explains how to control brightness but I've never managed to make the Fn keys to work

in Ubuntu everything works, and there's also a nice GUI every time I change something
is there a way to find out the drivers used in Ubuntu?

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