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But that ain't a easy ride ;)

After a lot of failed attempts, I have now installed archlinux and typing this from a arch box. Yay! The urge to install archlinux came after reading through the blog posts of my friend gautham, here, and here. I have tried to install thrice before this successful attempt, in each I was left struck at different steps. On my last attempt, I have installed the base system, but only came to know that I should have a huge bandwidth to download all the packages to install. That time I was using the BSNL 1.5 GB plan :( So dropped that idea altogether.

After ever since changing to airtel unlimited plan, was planning to install Arch and now I HAVE DONE :D. And the installation ride was awesome fun! I have activated GPRS in my mobile and opened the archwiki beginners guide in it's browser :P So keeping that in hand I followed step-by-step and successfully installed arch+GNOME. Then gautham suggested to chuck the desktop environments and go for a window manager based setup. So installed fluxbox :D

So my PC now has this:

  • Basic Arch setup

  • Fluxbox window manager

  • Idesk for managing the Desktop

  • feh for image viewer

  • VLC :)

  • Firefox 3.6

  • nautilus file manager, with --no-desktop option (rox is too rusty!) ;-)

  • of course Conky!

That's it! Installing all these and configuring them is really a superb experience. I have learned and learning a lot. But I seriously doubt whether I would have this time and patience to build and configure this whole system, when something is going to b0rk :)

EDIT 1: Made this install yet slicker :P

  • Fluxbox -> OpenBox(Boy I love this!)
  • GDM -> SLIM (Sexy!)
  • nautilus -> Thunar (How did I left this earlier?)
  • DeadBeef for audio

And here is a screenshot too,


Published at : Saturday Jul,31 2010 at 16:12 | Tags : distros, archlinux, | Comments
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