In today’s post in my prep for my yearly weekend at the Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE) I’m going to cover the subject of Arch Linux.
I’m going to have to admit to a little bias on this one. I’ve never really cared for Arch Linux. I gave it a try when I used to listen to a popular Linux podcast I liked called the Linux Link Tech Show. They loved this Linux distribution and I felt exactly the opposite. I discussed in an earlier blog post what a package manager is. Well, this one uses one called pacman. I can not show how much I don’t like this package manager. I had to struggle with a media system I had hooked to my computer that I absolutely loved. Mythtv (well actually a MythTV variant call Linhes). Don’t get me wrong. I really liked that system a lot HOWEVER, whenever I tried to go deep into the guts and update stuff it would either make it crash or break. I hated that. I had to backup often. I ended up just not trying to add features to it because I was scared to touch it. I’m not one to be scared of touching any technology.
All that said, I decided to give Arch a try again and force my sour feelings to the back. Spoiler alert: I still don’t like it. First I realized that it only runs on a certain specific types of processors. Ok, I can live with that. Then I got the bootcd and was very disappointed. It wasn’t a Live CD where I could just throw it in and run it. Wait, let me correct that. It wasn’t a Live CD I could get a graphical interface from. I seriously thought the thing crashed when I got a command prompt. Not only did I get a command prompt but it had system log stuff showing up on the prompt so I had to hit enter again to get a real prompt.
Distrowatch.com is where I go to keep up on what’s new with Linux distributions and they have it labelled as a distro for advanced Linux enthusiasts. I think that’s serious peer pressure to make you like it more. I live on the command line but I just don’t care for this one too much. I’d love for it to be simpler and if others can make it so I would love to hear it or why they like it.