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I basically use my laptop as a guinea pig for OSs. I keep the Windows 7 partition that it came with (Asus has some nice customizations to it that save lots of battery and boot faster), but I constantly wipe my Linux partition with different distros.

I decided this time that I'd try out ArchBang! to install Arch Linux (again) and hopefully it would save some time and maybe be more useful for beginners that want to install Arch for the first time.

I was pretty disappointed overall. Essentially ArchBang is simply a live CD that has all the video drivers and OpenBox. Sure it actually did have a few nice things (pytyle), but they were only useful for a quick live CD experience. It also was only able to run Xorg using "safe-mode" and the vesa drivers (aka the most generic video drivers at run on anything), but the graphics situation on my laptop can be a little tricky, so no big deal on that.

The guy who created it must have created a system and then removed every single package that wasn't required to run the live disc (including some pretty essential stuff), but I suppose he was trying to keep the filesize small.
The experience was basically more of a mess than anything else, because while I thought it would quicken my install experience, I actually spent more time removing crap that was used to guarantee the live CD would run on as much hardware as default.

Also, IIRC the install was simply the Arch Linux install process, but inside of xterm instead of just directly on a terminal.

Overall, if you're looking to use ArchBang to speed up an install, I wouldn't recommend it. In fact, I would recommend it to install Arch at all, since you'll spend forever removing crap that you don't need (and may conflict with different things). It's somewhat useful for a rescue CD, but I've never required and Xorg server and half the other stuff that it comes with when I've needed a rescue CD. The only reason I could see someone using this is if they wanted to create a USB-persistent install of Arch that will work on lots of different PCs.
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I've never understood the Arch craze if I want a difficult install then gentoo just seems better. I never liked pacman, portage is really nice though.
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I've never understood the Arch craze if I want a difficult install then gentoo just seems better. I never liked pacman, portage is really nice though.
Neither is really difficult to install and Arch you can either use packages with pacman or a system similar to portage called ABS.

Essentially Arch can be Gentoo if you want it to be.
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