"By nature, Arch Linux is barebones. It is optimized for i686
and x86-64 architecture chips, and official and community
repositories offer the full range of applications you'd expect from
any of the "larger" distributions. Of course, the idea behind Arch
is that you choose the included applications, development and
desktop environments, daemons and services.
"Arch does a very respectable job making this simple. I opted
for a network install of an i686 image via flash drive on my AMD
Athlon X2 desktop. I chose this method for a few reasons: Arch
recommends network installs to save time updating after the fact,
64-bit operating systems aren't without quirks (nor is booting some
32-bits on 64-bit systems), and a flash drive was handy.
"Downloading the network install image and getting it on to my
USB drive was straightforward, and the initial boot was uneventful
(save the not unexpected need for adding 'noapic' to the kernel
line in GRUB). Indeed, the common installation guide and efficient
approach to the installer made it seem, in many ways, less
confusing (if not quite as visually appealing) than some graphical
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