ArchLinux Install

Gimme a chance
I’ve not finished it yet!

OK,
so the first thing we need is some typical British stuff ‘Tea & Biscuits’, drink
beer if you like but you’ll only get drunk and end up spoiling the experience.


Next
you’ll need a blank CD to burn the iso which can be downloaded from here:http://www.archlinux.org/download
Once you’ve downloaded the version you want (I have ArchLinux-i686-0.8-Voodoo)
and burnt the iso to CD we are ready to rock. Now before I go any further this
is not an official install HOWTO if anything it is a record of what I did to get
mine installed and working.
For the official install please go to: http://www.archlinux.org/static/docs/arch-installguide.txt
Also an excellent install guide which is way better than mine http://abhay-techzone.blogspot.com

Before
we get all excited and rush off to install GUI, KDE and other packages lets
throw ourselves a bit of a lifeline by getting on the Internet.

Can you get on
the net? lets try;

#root@myhost~ ping http://www.yahoo.co.uk

Any good? if you don’t get any
packets back then you will need to configure your network for *dhcp* if you do
get packets back you can ignore this bit and move on to the Links section but
for now lets pretend you need to configure dhcp.

# root@myhost~ cd /etc
# root@myhost~ vi rc.conf

scroll down to the network section where is says “etho=192..xxx.xxx.x.xx” move the cursor to inside the quote marks and press the *i* key (i=insert) delete the IP address and type dhcp so it looks like this etho “dhcp” pres the Esc key (Escape) then shift+: (shift & colon keys) type wq (Write & Quit) it should look like this :wqGood now do;
#root@myhost~ /etc/rc.d/network restartThat should get you up and running via dhcp and hopefully able to get on the
Internet now lets install two vital communication/information tools.

linksFirst
lets install *Links* this is a cool easy to use text based browser. With this we
will be able to browse websites and get some help from either Google or the
ArchLinux wiki from a terminal seeing as we have no GUI for the minute, so again as root we do;



#root@myhost~ pacman -S limksThe format for
using links is; #normaluser@myhost~ links www.archlinux.org I would suggest you only use links as a normal user rather
than root use the arrow keys to move around when you finished press the Q key
(quit).


Next
we’ll install irssi this is my personal favourite IRC chat program seeing as its
terminal based its ideal for our purposes.

As root do;

#root@myhost~ pacman -S irssiFollow the howto for irssi and set up your preferred channels such as #archlinux

Now we are able to get some help from the Interenet, friends and hopefully the
archlinux irc community.


I installed on my Dell Latitude CPx J which is a PIII 600, 256MB, 30GB HDD, DVD-RW,
Snd. I switched on and got to the bit about Formatting the hard drive (You
should be able to at least get that far) now this is where I had some problems
but that may have been my fault. I chose the Auto-Prepare option
but it failed.

<Need to finish>

On a Toshiba Tecra M2 the installation went OK but the graphics was awful, not
being the clever clogs I thought I was I turned the the ArchLinx wiki where I
came across this awesome little tool hwd. I’ve shamelessly nicked the text from
the wiki but I doubt anyone will mind. The display is now perfect so now I have
another “Get me out of this mess” feature in my toolbox.

Hooray! zmd removed

fireworks4Thank goodness for that openSUSE 10.3 Alpha4 is released and zmd has been removed the announcement was made on the openSUSE mailing list. For me zmd has always been horrible, it seemed to work fine for the first month or so on my 10.2 installation but now it takes a good 30 minutes or longer to finish any update or installation that I make.

I’ve reverted to using plain old YOU (Yast Online Update) for my updates but to be honest I was so fed up with it that at the moment my ‘notifier’ is currently showing 26 updates to be installed.

There’s some fantastic new features coming such as InstLux which apparently allows you to install Linux from Windows plus support for the Sony PS3 (Planned for Alpha5) I’ve no plans to download and install any of the Alpha versions I’ll wait for the full release, I’m planning on gutting my box anyway so that will be a good time to do a fresh install.