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..."