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#1 2010-10-13 18:35:58

Dusty
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Arch Linux Handbook 2.0

Hey all,

I'd like to announce the freshly minted Arch Linux Handbook 2.0, available from the estore here:

https://www.createspace.com/3482247

It should be showing up in Amazon stores within a few weeks, and you'll be able to order it from your favourite brick and mortar store after a month or two.

Nearly 400 copies of the first handbook were sold. This one is more up to date with a fancy cover, more pages, and prettier interior. The Arch Linux Handbook is simply a print edition of the Beginners' Guide, which has seen a few hundred revisions since the first edition went to print. So it was time for an update, and here it is!

I would like to extend a huge thank you to both Jules Pitsker (Misfit) and Branko Vukelic (foxbunny). Jules is the motivating force and primary maintainer behind the online Beginners' Guide. His tireless and thankless contributions have turned it into the exceptionally well-written and comprehensive document that it is. Branko is the best designer I know, both for print and web based materials. He did a terrific job on this handbook cover.

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#2 2010-10-13 19:26:57

awkwood
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Re: Arch Linux Handbook 2.0

Wow, I LOVE the new cover.
Don't think I'd take it to read on vacation though, those airport-security-types don't seem to have a sense of humour wink

OT:
    Dusty, I just learned about your Python book, that's really cool and something I've always aspired to do.
    Is anyone else in the Arch community a published author?

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#3 2010-10-13 19:34:27

ozar
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Re: Arch Linux Handbook 2.0

That cover is really nice and should definitely draw some attention!  smile


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#4 2010-10-13 20:47:34

toxygen
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Posts: 704

Re: Arch Linux Handbook 2.0

great, now people will definitely think linux users are terrorists hmm


"I know what you're thinking, 'cause right now I'm thinking the same thing. Actually, I've been thinking it ever since I got here:
Why oh why didn't I take the BLUE pill?"

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#5 2010-10-13 21:14:09

ctarwater
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Re: Arch Linux Handbook 2.0

That cover is funny as hell.


I'm married to an author.  This is shameless self-promotion.  www.backthatelfup.com

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#6 2010-10-13 23:28:56

anonymous_user
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Re: Arch Linux Handbook 2.0

Time to update my wishlist!

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#7 2010-10-14 00:47:35

foxbunny
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Re: Arch Linux Handbook 2.0

You can see the full-size by clicking on the thumbnail:

5006465254_dd6a0f04f8_m.jpg

Glad you like it guys.

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#8 2010-10-14 09:39:17

shak
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Registered: 2009-03-16
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Re: Arch Linux Handbook 2.0

haha great cover !

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#9 2010-10-14 10:00:19

Bahumat
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From: Muelheim, Germany
Registered: 2008-07-21
Posts: 48

Re: Arch Linux Handbook 2.0

Thanks for that! I will buy it. The cover from version 1.0 was ugly, but despite from that the content was useful! ;-)

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#10 2010-10-14 10:02:26

Pierre
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Re: Arch Linux Handbook 2.0

The cover is really nice. Any chance to render some wallpapers? :-)

Btw: The cover says one should use pacman -Sy to install new packages but it really should be pacman -Syu. -Sy is not really supported and has a great chance to break your system.

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#11 2010-10-14 10:46:29

evot
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Re: Arch Linux Handbook 2.0

Looking great.. cool

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#12 2010-10-14 11:01:01

linux-ka
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Registered: 2010-05-07
Posts: 232

Re: Arch Linux Handbook 2.0

pretty well done dude. but what makes it worth buying? I guess with this price it will find a new home in my library anyway. Is it a printed summary of the arch-wiki docs or does it contain some new content, maybe some tricks or specific instructions regarding "how-to xy" (e.g. server, mail, etc)?

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#13 2010-10-14 11:19:31

sand_man
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Registered: 2008-06-10
Posts: 2,164

Re: Arch Linux Handbook 2.0

I started clicking on the "older" button and started seeing some weird pictures of some fans and stuff and now I'm really confused...


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#14 2010-10-14 15:24:51

sitquietly
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Registered: 2010-07-12
Posts: 216

Re: Arch Linux Handbook 2.0

Thank you Dusty.  I appreciate your handbook, it played a role in converting me to ArchLinux.
It was important to me to see that there is printed documentation for any linux distro I use.
ArchLinux passed the test because of you. smile

I bought a copy of your first edition and reviewed it on Amazon.  As soon as the second edition
shows up on Amazon I'll buy a copy and give it another review.  I'm sure that I'll be able to say
that it is greatly enhanced and everyone should certainly own a copy.

Every Archer **should** own a copy hmm

In fact I have my copy [rummages through closet] right HERE and I did get it out recently when I
repartitioned my SSD and did a re-install with Arch-only. It's __handy__ big_smile

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#15 2010-10-16 01:21:17

drum
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Registered: 2007-04-06
Posts: 128

Re: Arch Linux Handbook 2.0

Thanks for the new handbook Dusty,
I've just ordered it.
Got the T-shirts too.
Love the "Arch is my bitch" one.
Now I'll be able to get rid of the notebook with about 20 pages of scribbled notes and commands
which I've had for 5 years.
Cheers big_smile


bebop lives

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#16 2010-10-16 10:11:07

foxbunny
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From: Serbia
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Re: Arch Linux Handbook 2.0

Pierre wrote:

The cover is really nice. Any chance to render some wallpapers? :-)

Btw: The cover says one should use pacman -Sy to install new packages but it really should be pacman -Syu. -Sy is not really supported and has a great chance to break your system.

I must have been living in a cave or something, cause I'm still using ``pacman -Sy``. What's the catch?

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#17 2010-10-16 10:14:32

foxbunny
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Re: Arch Linux Handbook 2.0

drum wrote:

Now I'll be able to get rid of the notebook with about 20 pages of scribbled notes and commands
which I've had for 5 years.
Cheers big_smile

Publish a book. wink

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#18 2010-10-16 10:16:17

foxbunny
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Re: Arch Linux Handbook 2.0

sand_man wrote:

I started clicking on the "older" button and started seeing some weird pictures of some fans and stuff and now I'm really confused...

That's my gallery. Of course there is miscellaneous crap in there. smile)) Or did you think Handbook cover is the only thing I do in my life?! big_smile

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#19 2010-10-16 12:10:34

Xyne
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Re: Arch Linux Handbook 2.0

I wouldn't want to have a beard and be carrying that book when going through customs. tongue

Next version: Arch Jihad - The unbeliever's guide to installing 72 fresh packages.

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#20 2010-10-16 12:25:33

madeye
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Registered: 2006-07-19
Posts: 331
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Re: Arch Linux Handbook 2.0

I never got round to ordering the first book. But this time... Just ordered it. Only now the hard part. I need to wait for it. wink
Thanks for the work put into this book. can't wait to take it to the next LUG meeting.


MadEye | Registered Linux user #167944 since 2000-02-28 | Homepage

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#21 2010-10-16 16:45:54

ZekeSulastin
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Re: Arch Linux Handbook 2.0

foxbunny wrote:

I must have been living in a cave or something, cause I'm still using ``pacman -Sy``. What's the catch?

Answer:

ArchWiki wrote:

Note: Do not refresh the package list when installing packages (i.e. pacman -Sy package_name); this can lead to dependency issues.[1] Upgrade explicitly first before installing new packages.

[1]: https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=89328

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#22 2010-10-16 18:14:34

foxbunny
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Re: Arch Linux Handbook 2.0

Xyne wrote:

Next version: Arch Jihad - The believer's guide to Arch Linux advocacy.

There, fixed that for ya. wink

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#23 2010-10-16 18:17:00

foxbunny
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Re: Arch Linux Handbook 2.0

ZekeSulastin wrote:
ArchWiki wrote:

Note: Do not refresh the package list when installing packages (i.e. pacman -Sy package_name); this can lead to dependency issues.[1] Upgrade explicitly first before installing new packages.

Thanks for that. Too late to fix it now, darnit.

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#24 2010-10-16 23:10:50

drum
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Re: Arch Linux Handbook 2.0

Foxbunny wrote
Publish a book. wink

If I could read my own writing.....:rolleyes


bebop lives

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#25 2010-10-16 23:25:10

infested999
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Re: Arch Linux Handbook 2.0

Hehe I was wondering why this didn't exist before, was about to make it if nobody else would do it. I used to print out a copy of the Beginner Guide and keep it on my desk for the fun of it big_smile

Now be honest, how much money do YOU earn when someone buys the book?

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