Arch Linux: Three Months In

So I am about three months in now using Arch Linux as my daily OS for my laptop which I use for study, and I must say I can’t see myself switching back to Windows anytime soon.

Now let’s put all the ‘Arch Linux Master Race’ to one side for now and talk about my thoughts on the OS.

The first install was fine, but the… I don’t want to say problems but I will anyway appear after the initial install. The issues I faced were things like finding a program to open images, finding a program to edit text, finding a program to open music and videos etc. Now sure being tech savvy helps as I know the programs I needed to make it work, and I think this is why Arch Linux is not for the average user, sure you can follow an install guide to get Arch running but can you see yourself setting up every individual file?

I prefer this route because it removes all the bloatware some other distros have because I don’t tend to use a lot of programs that those distros use, hence why Arch is good for me as it’s lightweight and speedy.

I’ve broken my build countless times, but have always been able to recover it with the installer by mounting my root partition and chrooting into it to undo my tinkering.

I still stand by the fact Arch is the best lightweight distro out there, but it takes a while to become comfortable with using it.

What are your thoughts on Arch? Hate it or love it let me know.

Post Author: Nicholas Wilkinson

I am a 3rd year Networking Major in my IT BIT degree. I have a passion for Cloud Computing and IOT devices.

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