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  • hardikmehta 2:24 pm on March 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Switched to Archlinux 

    At last a new post after a long time !

    Lately, I was very busy with real life issues and concerns so could not find time to write.

    In spite of being a fan of debian [1], I decided to change my operating system. I was completely happy  with sidux [2] which is essentially debian sid with a pinch of spice, but wanted to try something new and different. I had heard a lot of good things about Archlinux [3]. First I decided to try it on a virtual machine and was impressed by the simplicity of the system. It is highly configurable and yet simple when it comes to configuring it to your taste.  For me the common thing is that sidux and Archlinux both are rolling distributions.  Arch claims to be optimized for i686, so at least theoretically it should be faster than sidux. Though,  I don’t have any benchmarks to support this. Debian has may be the highest number of binary packages available, but Arch has AUR [4] and ABS [5], so it becomes easy to compile a package from sources.

    Another reason, I switched to Arch was that I was experimenting with lightweight window managers like fluxbox, openbox, dwm, xmonad etc. The community at Archlinux provides a great support and knowledge base for them. In fact I got encouraged to try those window managers by browsing through the screenshot threads in the Archlinux forums. On the other hand, sidux officially  supports only Kde, and I somehow felt that the community at sidux discourages the use of alternatives to kde and also other lightweight applications.

    Although, it was not GUI based like sidux, the installation of Arch went rather smoothly. Archwiki [6] is an indispensable resource. I have a 4 years old Dell Inspiron 6000. The system seems to run smoothly. There are less daemons running compared to sidux, so the boot time is less. I have more or less the same setup as my sidux installation with openbox as main window manager and kde 4 as a fallback ! I am also maintaining my plasmoid plasma_pyweather [7], so I don’t want to get rid of kde altogether.

    I don’t know yet, if I will continue with Arch or go back to sidux again. I have realized that you need to read all the messages carefully when you upgrade the system with pacman, this was also true for sidux, but the forum with upgrade warning was a great help.  Anyway, I hope to post interesting things about my experience using Arch.

    Here some screenshots for those who want to see it to believe.

    Arch clean

    Arch dirty


    1. Debian GNU/Linux
    2. sidux
    3. Arch Linux
    4. Arch User Repository
    5. Arch Build System
    6. Arch Wiki
    7. A weather plasmoid in python

    • Med Berdai 7:32 pm on March 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hi fellow Archer 🙂

      I’ve been using it exclusively for almost 2 years now, it never failed me and I didn’t miss Debian at all. Arch Linux is absolutely one of best GNU/Linux distros out there.

      Now that I grown feed up of Arch Linux being so reliable I started messing with FreeBSD and LinuxFromScratch 🙂

      Happy hacking,


  • hardikmehta 6:25 pm on April 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: debian, , , sid, , x11, xserver-xorg   

    Successfully upgraded sidux with KDE4 and Xserver-Xorg 

    Last week, I could successfully upgrade(dist-upgrade in debian terms) sidux.

    This is very significant,  because I have been using sidux since its 2007-01 version and I have never reinstalled the system. The last week’s upgrade brought in new KDE 4 and also Xserver-Xorg.

    The upgrade  went smooth with the help of the how-to   posted by the sidux team. Kudos to them.

    Because of the new X-server upgrade, I had problems with tapping of my synaptics touchpad on my dell inspiron. Here is a general how-to posted on sidux site, which may apply to other systems with some changes.

    There was only a small issue with kmix which showed the wrong channel as default one, this is not at all a big deal considering the critical nature  of the upgrade. I may discover some other minor issues in the course of time, but they will surely be fixed.

    I use openbox as my main WM (Window Manager), but I also keep Kde installed as fallback DE (Desktop Environment) and to be honest, I was also curious about how the new Kde will be. As an eternal WM hopper I am constantly looking for something new :).

    Such upgrades are only possible with rolling distributions like debian and  hard work by the sidux team to integrate the changes as smoothly as possible. This cannot even be imagined with release based operating systems or linux distributions.

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