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OSNews: Ark Linux H20: Simple and (Nearly) Complete

Mar 26, 2003, 08:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Adam Scheinberg)

"ArkLinux 1.0-0.alpha6.0 features a new installer akin to Lindows in that it's only a few clicks to a working system. These 'four click installs' are dead easy--just about anyone could understand them. The only catch is that there are no real expert options. For those of us who know what we're doing, even a little bit, we're still forced to choose from the few options presented. There was an option to resize a partition, but having already blocked off an area of my hard drive, I was able to choose an option to use all free space. Installation is quick and simple and GRUB detected my XP installation without a problem. The complaint I have is that it labelled my NTFS drives 'Windows NT/2000/XP' and placed then in the GRUB boot menu. There doesn't appear to be an obvious way to edit the GRUB boot menu, so I had to manually su up to root and edit /etc/grub/grub.conf. I am confident that most users could not pull this off, so on my wishlist, I'll add a GRUB editor. That said, install is a breeze.

"Click for a larger view On boot you are greeted by KDE 3.1. There is no login. You are a normal user, 'arklinux,' with a blank password and the root password is also blank, so a simple 'su' or 'sudo' and the comment line brings you to a root prompt. This method could be compared to the LindowOS run-as-root method..."

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