Arch linux HOWTO

Posted on February 15, 2010


[10-29-2011: These instructions are definitely out-of-date as a number of packages have changed.]

[8-28-2011: These instructions may be severely out of date since Arch has released a new install image.]

I received my new 1.8″ zif hard drive and as promised, I decided to try out Arch. I started with a base Arch system (including “base-devel”) and then used the script here. A number of customizations were necessary to get Arch to run well on an AAO (such as the custom kernel26-one-dev, and setting some kernel options in grub). And rather than using thegreenblob‘s choice of slim for login manager, I prefer an older gdm (it works well with Crunchbang linux’s logout script).

The system I have now runs better than any other OS I’ve tried on my AAO — I may switch all my computers to Arch if this proves to be stable.

I’ve put all my customizations into a modified version of the script here. It borrows heavily from Crunchbang linux although I use thunar rather than pcmanfm and I’ve dropped a number of apps that I don’t find useful. I also have some optional SSD optimizations if your AAO has one. I’ve tried the script out on a VB virtual machine so I believe it works — give it a spin. When doing your base install, do not create a user — the install script will take care of that. Please comment if you have any questions or if you find any problems with my install script. I will make changes as necessary.

To run the script, log in as root and then type:

Answer whatever questions the script asks and if all goes well, you will have a working openbox system on your AAO.

Of course, you use my script at your own risk — I take no responsibility if it hoses your system.

The keyboard shortcuts are:

Alt+F2 – Run Dialog
Super+space – Main Menu
Super+t – terminal
Super+f – file manager
Super+e – editor
Super+w – web browser
Super+c – mail client
Super+g – graphics editor
Super+l – lock screen
Super+v – volume control
Super+x – logout

where “Super” means the Windows key if you have one.

Note: With a few small edits to the script, it should work on more or less any system. Most notably, you should add xf86-video-[your graphics chipset] and comment out the lines pertaining to the installation of kernel-one-dev.

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