Ever since I was exposed to the Linux community, I was inevitably faced with all the talk and jokes about Arch Linux. It gave me the impression that Arch is an advanced user type of distro, a distro more difficult to use, maybe unnecessarily difficult, for people who enjoy self-torture for the purpose of looking like hacker man! And don't get me wrong, that is slightly appealing, but I discovered this was not really true. Arch is very noob friendly!
Now, I should clarify that Arch is still a minimal install distro. So this means that you will likely not have a very usable OS out of the box right after install. But to me, a noob isn't necessarily someone who doesn't want to learn, it's someone who doesn't know and lacks in knowledge; someone who's new. IF YOU WANT SOMETHING READY TO USE OUT OF THE BOX AFTER INSTALL, ARCH IS NOT FOR YOU. And I would not recommend it if it is your very first distro. But Arch is certainly for you if you are not exactly a Linux expert, but have some experience in it. There are a few things that Arch does very well to be noob friendly:
The Arch Wiki is VERY GOOD. The Arch wiki does not only have info on how to install and setup arch, it had information on so many things! It has info on how to secure your system, info on so many desktop environments and how to set them up, and even how to start gaming or emulating consoles, and all kinds of popular Linux software. Arch wiki is extremely well written, and will be more than enough for you. Ignore any other source unless it is not in arch wiki.
The community support is very good. It might not seem so because of some of the memes and the snobby "Arch btw, you're dumb for using Ubuntu" crowd, but the community is very helpful and willing to support. There is a common misconception that you will have a hard time finding support for anything other than Ubuntu, but most support questions that you find for Ubuntu online will work for arch. This isn't to say that I didn't find enough support that was arch specific (even though it'd probably work outside of arch).
Pacman (the package manager) is very easy to use and noob-friendly, and it is very fast.
When you build your system from a minimal install, you'll gain a lot of understanding of how it all works, and you'll become better and troubleshooting. Imo, arch is much easier to troubleshoot than Ubuntu. Ubuntu is loaded with things you don't know are there, whereas with arch, you built it from the ground up, you know much
Hi, I am a Ph.D. Student and I am a Fedora user for my whole linux time (But I tried Manjaro and Debian for a very little time and read some reviews about it), since it is between Debian (Stability) and Arch (Rolling release). And I have a friend who is an Arch Linux user and we hang out a lot after the end of quarantine. While we hang out I noticed the speed, simplicity, control and how resourceful and lightweight Arch Linux is and because he always boast how good it is. I also noticed how fast is pacman and how vast is AUR, it is very easy to install application in Arch Linux
$ pacman -S <app name>
and for application which is not in official repo (correct me if I'm wrong, I just had a little peak on how he used it)
$ git clone <app url> $ cd <app folder> $ makepkg -S
compared to Fedora which has a little "more" complex method in installing app and have a little more thing like update fedora 33 before installing the app. I also noticed that Arch is very minimal compared to bloated Fedora. So we had a little discussion about Arch and there's some question I forgot to ask him. So here they are.
I use Fedora because I can and want to update only every 9 months and only needs a little maintenance. He said that Arch Linux has more extensive maintenance and needs to be updated more often than most of the distros. So
(1.) How long I can hold the updates of Arch Linux, and how much maintenance it needs? He said I can use the LTS version of linux, but did not give any more details.
(2.) How stable is Arch Linux, it seems like he always broke his system since he always tweak and configure many things.
(3.) How do you consider your system as "broken" in Arch Linux? I consider broken as not system not booting and system getting corrupted, so my definition of stable is usable system with no too much or bunch of errors when
journalctl -p 3 -xb
(4.) If I will install Arch Linux do I need to decrypt my Fedora encryption? my fedora setup encrypted my home drive, so do I need to decrypt it first before installing Arch? I never had that much experience in Linux since I settled at Fedora after trying and reading feedbacks about Manjaro and Debian for a day.
If so, does your job involve Linux specifically?
I recently installed a copy of vanilla Arch Linux using a QEMU virtual machine in Pop. It took me about an hour to do, and was reasonably difficult. However, after installing Xorg and Plasma, it felt balls slow (expected) but didn't look all too good. That was probably due to it running below 1080p (Should I use Xfce?). Now, my actual question is whether or not I should go through the process of installing vanilla Arch or install Manjaro when I inevitably want to leave Pop (It's great, but I like the rolling release concept of Arch and it's advantages with gaming). Do I gain much from installing pure Arch? Should I just use Manjaro? Should these be obvious?
k bye (and thanks)
edit: I think I'll go with vanilla Arch. I'm a fan of minimalism and installing it on bare metal should probably be easier than on a VM. In case that doesn't work, I'll go EndeavorOS (then Manjaro). Thank you everyone for commenting, I learned a lot today. Shout out to the Wiki, LearnLinuxTV, ChrisTitusTech, and you guys!
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I installed arch today on my first try and it was successful , im so happy and i have never felt so good . not to brag but i have learnt many things regarding linux today .Building one feels so good like laying out the partitions myself nd doing many other conf stuff Arch wiki is so great. I hope I'll learn more stuff on the way
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Dear Arch community,
Friendly Gentoo user here. Just thought I’d come and share my story briefly.
A few years ago I decided to buy an underpowered machine, forcing me to use various distros of GNU/Linux until finally gaining enough confidence and inspiration by other Arch users to take the journey myself.
Eventually, this experience led to an opportunity to work in IT with the help of a good friend. My dream of working as a programmer and infrastructure engineer finally came true last year.
It hasn’t been easy but I wanted to at least come and extend my gratitude to you, the community, and Arch. I truly believe that without you it wouldn’t have been possible.
Thank you sincerely!
I’m sure there are plenty of Arch users out there with a similar story or motivation to work in IT someday too. Inspiration fuels inspiration. Don’t forget those that help you get there and Godspeed!