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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Laurence
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2007-03-26

Yeah, I just kind of assumed that for a distro whose users seem to prize its manual in a way similar to Gentoo, that reading the wiki and online manual would be enough. I was just kind of assuming that these manuals would give me all I needed to know--I wasn't really expecting to need to use the man pages for the basics of a critical part of the system (package management) when Arch's online instructions are so widely acclaimed. I plan on trying Arch again in a virtual machine sometime and I'll see if I can get farther this time.

It's all in the online manual and wiki's as well.

Besides, if you can't wrap your head around --help nor man (which, let's be honest, is be bare minimum you need to know when using the command line), then install a GUI front end:
https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Pacman_GUI_Frontends

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UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

It's all in the online manual and wiki's as well.

Besides, if you can't wrap your head around --help nor man (which, let's be honest, is be bare minimum you need to know when using the command line), then install a GUI front end:
https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Pacman_GUI_Frontends

Fair enough--thanks for the suggestions. ;)

I'm not trying to put down Arch, I really do appreciate its philosophy. I think it's just that I was coming at it from the wrong angle. Or something.

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Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26


I'm not trying to put down Arch, I really do appreciate its philosophy. I think it's just that I was coming at it from the wrong angle. Or something.

That's fair enough.

I've screwed up the simplest of processes countless times because attacking things from the wrong angle. Then, a month later, when I finally decide to fix my cock up, it works first time and I wonder what all the trouble was. hehehe

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