Got my new lappy, installed Win7 on it, but I always seem to have a hankering to play around with Linux.
I had Mint for a few days, tried PCLinuxOS, was going to try one or two more as well, but then I remembered Arch. Build my own system however I want it? Sounded interesting. Start from the command line? Sounded frightening
I'm here to tell you that it isn't so bad. I read the Unofficial Beginner's Guide, and that walks you through it pretty well. Booting up to a command line with basically nothing installed is an interesting experience though, I haven't dealt with that since the DOS days, and I never had a strictly DOS computer.
I got the X server set up though, got some programs installed using pacman, also set up yaourt for the AUR. KDE4 is what I'm using right now as I did not find Gnome3 to be helpful in the slightest. I was thinking of using something smaller like Openbox or LXDE, but I figured KDE4 has eye-candy and more features, so I would give it a go. So far I like it.
Haven't ran into too many problems. Only thing that I haven't been able to solve yet is after booting up, wicd asks for my password to connect to my wireless network. It connects no problem, but after typing in my password is throws up a wicd cannot connect to the d-bus error. I've seen some similar problems, but haven't figured out how to fix it yet. Funny thing is it doesn't actually seem like there is an error, since the wireless does connect.
Anyone else have experience with Arch?