Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 17th Sep 2011 00:19 UTC
Linux "Many Linux distributions have taken the path of easy GUI-based installation, in order to appeal to a broader mix of users. But not Arch Linux, which emphasises simplicity of technical complexity over general usability. Richard Hillesley explains."
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UltraZelda64
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2006-12-05

Arch seems great in so many ways... fast and simple like Slackware, fast package manager with dependency checking, a system-wide configuration file. I've tried to use it several times in the past, but I always fail when it comes time to use the package manager and start installing a desktop environment and/or updating the system. I can use Debian's, Zenwalk's and even Slackware's package management systems fine, and with a bit of reading I could easily learn most of the others. But Arch... I just can't figure it out, with its cryptic switches. Sy? Su? Syu? Whatever. I give up on it.

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phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

Uhm, if you read the man page, you'll note there are long options like --sync --refresh and --sysupgrade.

When in doubt, use the man page!

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UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

Uhm, if you read the man page, you'll note there are long options like --sync --refresh and --sysupgrade.

When in doubt, use the man page!

I read various articles on the distro and IIRC even the Arch manual/wiki, with no luck, and I don't remember seeing anything about long options. If I do try the distro again in the future though, I'll keep that in mind. Thanks.

Edited 2011-09-18 05:54 UTC

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