Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sun 7th Jan 2007 19:28 UTC, submitted by arooaroo
Linux Long standing user of Arch Linux side-steps the typical OS-review template and takes a fresh look at several features of Arch Linux that make it an interesting and exciting distribution. Update: A recent interview with Judd Vinet, Arch's founder.
Permalink for comment 199623
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
Arch 0.8
by oxleyn on Mon 8th Jan 2007 20:52 UTC
Member since:

I've dabbled with Arch since version 0.7 and did manage to successfully get it installed and up and running on my old laptop.

However, I recently attempted to install and use version 0.8 on my newer laptop and it was a totally different kettle of fish. I had the Arch Wiki open for hours after I'd installed it (incidentally I find the installation process quick and simple) searching for what packages to install for my hardware and how to configure them. Even then I couldn't get X up and running with the Intel i810 driver.

I would love to say I was running it now but in the end I had to give up...perhaps only until some bright spark writes an Arch Linux/Dell Laitude D620 HOWTO. ;-)

That said, I did enjoy using 0.7 and I can honestly say I also found it responsive. It's certainly one of my favourite distros and deserves plenty of credit for being different.

PS - If anyone has a URL for alternative Arch ISOs for me to try out then please post them. Cheers!

Edited 2007-01-08 20:54

Reply Score: 1