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I hope the dock can be moved to the bottom and the application window can be made smaller so as to not take up the entire screen with a wall of icons.
Same here! I hate that the launcher just stays on the left side of the screen!

I think they want it like that so no one can say they are just trying to copy mac? But then there's Pear Linux. keep an eye on it....I think I might try it out, it looks good.


http://pearlinux.fr/
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If you like tinkering and have time to burn, you should try out Arch. You will have to work a little to get things set up, but it's totally worth it.

AFAIK, most distros add their own patches to upstream software, but Arch's packages are vanilla, so the end-user experience is as close as possible to upstream.

Be prepared for manual intervention though, since pacman isn't a run-and-forget package manager.
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If you like tinkering and have time to burn, you should try out Arch. You will have to work a little to get things set up, but it's totally worth it.

AFAIK, most distros add their own patches to upstream software, but Arch's packages are vanilla, so the end-user experience is as close as possible to upstream.

Be prepared for manual intervention though, since pacman isn't a run-and-forget package manager.

I'm still learning all the ropes for Linux and have been searching many places for how-too and tutorials. So far it's been great. Just searching for a good physical book or eBook that teaches terminal.
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If you like tinkering and have time to burn, you should try out Arch. You will have to work a little to get things set up, but it's totally worth it.
AFAIK, most distros add their own patches to upstream software, but Arch's packages are vanilla, so the end-user experience is as close as possible to upstream.
Be prepared for manual intervention though, since pacman isn't a run-and-forget package manager.
I'm still learning all the ropes for Linux and have been searching many places for how-too and tutorials. So far it's been great. Just searching for a good physical book or eBook that teaches terminal.

If you want to learn the terminal the arch is perfect as it has fantastic guides and just installs a minimal terminal by default so you pick stuff up on the way
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If you want to learn the terminal the arch is perfect as it has fantastic guides and just installs a minimal terminal by default so you pick stuff up on the way

It comes with a guide?
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If you want to learn the terminal the arch is perfect as it has fantastic guides and just installs a minimal terminal by default so you pick stuff up on the way
It comes with a guide?

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Main_Page
https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Beginners%27_Guide

And a million other guides made by blogs/users/etc. Tons on Youtube, Lifehacker, LinuxNews, etc, etc, etc.
Edited by Shrak - 4/21/12 at 10:16am
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I've found myself using the Arch wiki a fair bit but have found this book to be indispensable in guiding me through terminal commands in a linear fashion (it comes in .pdf too). I don't really see what the big deal is with Arch, it seems easier to purge what I don't need from Ubuntu than to install what I do need from scratch with Arch.
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Here's another one you could try -> http://tldp.org/LDP/Bash-Beginners-Guide/html/
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I've found myself using the Arch wiki a fair bit but have found this book to be indispensable in guiding me through terminal commands in a linear fashion (it comes in .pdf too). I don't really see what the big deal is with Arch, it seems easier to purge what I don't need from Ubuntu than to install what I do need from scratch with Arch.

Well that's you. For me, starting with a barebone distro is easier. Else I'd strip Ubuntu down so far it'd basically be Debian again by the time I was done.

I also enjoy the rolling release / bleeding edge of Arch. Contrary to popular belief, it doesn't break the system as much as people would like to think. I've ever only broken it once in my 3 years running but that was due to user error as pacman didn't change a certain file and it needed manual intervention ( was also in the update notes that I didn't bother reading at the time ). Other than that, everything stays up to date with no breaking or fatal errors.

For me;
arch base install + base-devel
dwm
mpd + mpc + ncmpcpp
firefox
rxvt-unicode
alsa
vim
xorg
feh
zsh
tmux
irssi
scrot
openssh/ssl
samba
midnight commander

and of course the misc dependencies for each

Pretty much all I need/want that isn't already installed by default, and literally takes all of 5 minutes to install everything. And for me to get down that far in any other distro like Ubuntu that gives you everything and more that I don't need, well, it would take a while. And while you could just leave everything installed and not use it, I'm a bit anal-retentive/ocd about my disk space ( I keep my root drive at around 2-2.5gb at most at any given time ). Also playing with Arch, you tend to realise you don't need a lot of stuff that installed by default in most distro's as well.
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