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.

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