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OSNews: A Week in the Life of an Arch Linux Newbie

Jan 31, 2005, 11:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andrew Roberts)

" ArchLinux quotes itself as being 'an i686-optimized linux distribution targeted at competent linux users.' Part of its philosophy is that by not providing you with lots of configuration utilities, you are forced to 'learn the ropes' and you will benefit from the additional knowledge acquired. A sensible approach you may think, and is fine for experienced and/or fearless techies. You know that this isn't going to be the distro to recommend to your mother! But, I wouldn't say ArchLinux is elitist as some readers may fear. Sure, you will be frowned upon (to put it mildly) if you ask questions in the forums that are blatantly answered in the main documentation. However, expecting users to actually edit the appropriate config files manually isn't a bad thing in my opinion..."

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