Arch Linux

Since I’m not really enjoying the path Canonical is headed with Ubuntu I was somewhat forced to consider moving to another distribution. I considered OpenSUSE since I had it installed inside a VM and I had really enjoyed it and Tumbleweed would probably give me all I need in terms of package freshness. I also considered going back to Gentoo but I don’t think I’d have it in me to sit and wait for the compile times every single time I wanted to install or update something. In the end my curiosity got the best of me and I decided see to what all the fuss about Arch Linux is about.

I’ve been using it for roughly little more than a month now and I couldn’t be happier. It took some time to get used to it, there’s always a learning curve when changing from distribution to distribution but in this case the curve was gentle enough. It’s publicized as being a somewhat non user friendly distribution but in the end all you have to learn will help you later on. You’ll find yourself being able to fix problems instead of just reinstalling everything just because you don’t even know where to begin with a fix.

Pacman is quite probably the best package manager I’ve used and I’m throwing emerge into the equation. I’m yet to need any sort of software installed that I haven’t found on the Arch User Repository (AUR) and though you should really learn to install AUR packages by hand first, tools like Pacaur and Yaourt turn it into an automated process.

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