Linked by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on Tue 11th Aug 2009 00:47 UTC
Linux Hot off the compilation press, Arch Linux comes to its full 2009.08 grandeur with a myriad of new and updated features, including exciting new additions to be utilized in the AIF (Arch Linux Installation Framework) and more, detailed within.
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Arch is great...
by UltraZelda64 on Wed 12th Aug 2009 22:24 UTC
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2006-12-05

...but it's just a bit too much manual setup for me, and I never did grasp its package management system enough to be able to use it well (I was lucky to be able to install anything with it at all). pacman seemed to be nicely done from what I read, except its commands were cryptic and made no sense to me. Arch's main system config file was really cool though, (what was it, rc.conf?). And with the introduction of KDE4, my originally-neutral opinion on rolling releases weighed down more on the negative side.

Anyway, with that said, Arch does seem to be a great distro. It's just not for me. In fact, if the package management commands made more sense, I'd probably give it another shot, as that really was one of my biggest complaints.

Edited 2009-08-12 22:25 UTC

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RE: Arch is great...
by lemur2 on Thu 13th Aug 2009 13:16 in reply to "Arch is great..."
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2007-02-17

...but it's just a bit too much manual setup for me, and I never did grasp its package management system enough to be able to use it well (I was lucky to be able to install anything with it at all). pacman seemed to be nicely done from what I read, except its commands were cryptic and made no sense to me. Arch's main system config file was really cool though, (what was it, rc.conf?). And with the introduction of KDE4, my originally-neutral opinion on rolling releases weighed down more on the negative side.

Anyway, with that said, Arch does seem to be a great distro. It's just not for me. In fact, if the package management commands made more sense, I'd probably give it another shot, as that really was one of my biggest complaints.


KDE 4.3 is great on Arch, what's the problem?

As for pacman on the command line ... yes it is a strange one. You need to know: (1) search
bash-4.0# pacman -Ss k3b
kdemod-playground/kdemod-playground-k3b-svn 1009369-1 (kdemod-playground kdemod-uninstall)
K3b - The CD Kreator
kdemod-playground/kdemod-playground-k3b-svn-debug 1009369-1 (kdemod-debug)
K3b - The CD Kreator (debug symbols)
extra/emovix 0.9.0-4
Create Movix-CD's (also emovix plugin for k3b)
extra/k3b 1.66.0alpha2-2
Feature-rich and easy to handle CD burning application
bash-4.0#


... and then install (press the up arrow, and remove the small s)
bash-4.0# pacman -S k3b
resolving dependencies...
looking for inter-conflicts...

Targets (2): libsamplerate-0.1.7-1 k3b-1.66.0alpha2-2

Total Download Size: 8.09 MB
Total Installed Size: 15.24 MB

Proceed with installation? [Y/n]
:: Retrieving packages from extra...
libsamplerate-0.1.7... 2.6M 43.8K/s 00:01:00 [##################################] 100%
k3b-1.66.0alpha2-2-i686 5.5M 47.5K/s 00:01:59 [##################################] 100%
checking package integrity...
(2/2) checking for file conflicts [##################################] 100%
(1/2) installing libsamplerate [##################################] 100%
(2/2) installing k3b [##################################] 100%
Optional dependencies for k3b
dvd+rw-tools: for dvd burning support
vcdimager: for vcd burning support
transcode: for advanced mpeg conversion support
emovix: for bootable multimedia cd/dvd support
bash-4.0#


Update is "pacman -Sy"
Upgrade is "pacman -Syu".

Remove a package would be "pacman -R k3b".

Cryptic, I grant you, but it works.

Edited 2009-08-13 13:21 UTC

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