My linux journey - new route?

I've been a Debian users for years. But now, I'm somewhere else..
Ive started using linux not that long time ago. My first daily-used distro was, as is popular amongst noobs, Ubuntu (8.04). It wasnt a complete unknown territory for me, since my father used linux for many years, and weve had a Macintosh at home, so I was pretty used to alternative operating systems. It was compact, trouble-free, fast, nice lookin and stable. But since then, many things have changed. When developers at Canonical started to have brilliant ideas, I knew that Ill have to look somewhere else. Ive tried many other distros, like Mandriva, OpenSuse, Fedora, but my boat has sailed to a harbor called Debian. And it has been there for many years, very succesfuly. Debian testing was alpha-omega in my linux world, and I have learned many skills during that period. But, some weird bugs have risen in the past few months (like 100% CPU drain when using certaing applications, ALSA not working properly with my dual sound cards, etc.) so Ive started my boat once again. Ubuntu is no longer an option to me, Mint is really big and I wanted something that I can build myself to fit my needs (no pulseaudio, awesome wm, etc.). So Ive tried Archlinux.

Ive first encountered Arch many years ago. But it was, at the time, too complicated for me to use (even to install). A few months ago, Ive got into it. The installation is rather complex, but if you follow the instruction on Archwiki, its quite easy. And, I have to say, compared to DebianWiki, where the articles are really old and not helpfull at all (understand not applicable to current debian), Archwiki is really perfect. I mean, it might be the most complex, easy-to-read and helpful wiki outhere (also GentooWiki is close). After the installation, youll be welcomed by systemd and its incredibile booting speed. Its about 3 seconds on my system using a classic HDD. Package management is maintained by pacman. Its syntax is not that nice as apt and, tab isnt working to complete the package names, but these are minor problems. Its fast, reliable and solid. And thats all that matters. nVidia drivers are easily installed throu pacman, and so is everything else. But this is due to a new udev version. Also, compared to debian-testing, the packages are really up-to-date. I mean really really. New kernel goes to repository a few days after it has been released. And all is rock stable. The only thing Ive encountered as a quite a problem is no nice, simple GUI package management tool (or maybe I havent discovered it yet) and a fact that theres no apt-get autoremove - a automated package cleaning solution. And also, systemd is really fast, but it comes with a chunk of controversy, especially amongst kernel developers, where the guys from systemd project are sending buggy code. And that, in my opinion, is a big deal. Im not ungrateful, but sending buggy code and sayin just make some hack is arsehole behaviour. Also, the systemd-networkd isnt what you call complete for a serious networking, so it has to be replaced by a different network manager.If you have a nVidia card, youll need to install ttf-dejavu, otherwise fonts will look messy. But there are still some sites, where its really ugly. And also, quite weird is that mounted filesystems are only accesible by root (maybe its normal anywhere but in debian).
Another thing is different network interface naming. Instead of wlan0 it is wlp5s4 (in my case). But again, Archlinux insnt for begginers, and to be honest, Ive struggled at the start, but it has given me a valuable lectures about linux. And that is great.

All in all, I have to conclude, that Archlinux is one hell of a good distro. Im confident that it will be a parking spot for my boat for a couple of years...

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Posted by qwerty on Apr, 9th 2014 @ 19:49

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