UPDATE 06/27/2020: Am reclaiming Media Library space by deleting old pics.

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Part 1: How to install Arch Linux

This Linux newbie decided to kick some DosArch arse over the July Fourth weekend, here in the Good Ol’ USA, and my feets are a tad sore today – i.e. my typing will be even slower than usual w/o my toes helping. Not sure how many ways there are to install DosArch, but I tried at least 4 this weekend, and only one was easy enough to make any sense (and it only required one attempt!) for this overrated Distro. At least one way reminded me of my ‘DOS Days’ – word dos/Dos showed up a few times and some commands seemed to be the same as DOS had. Durn! Just tried to install Gparted and it froze – had to shutdown and boot into BionicPup, in order to format a USB I was using to save screenshots (it got corrupted during one of the installation tests). Just weird that it’s asking me to “Choose optional dependencies”?! Never had that happen before and I have installed Gparted over a 100 times…then it starts “Checking inter-conflicts” (again) and freezes. Anyway, this is the newest install and I haven’t updated anything, so will forget Gparted and any other apps until system gets updated.

Had attempted to install Arch Linux soon after starting this blog (about 6 months ago), but was shocked to see a prompt blinking back at me after the DVD booted up…blinking whilst it expected me to type something in before it could do anything other than blink. Threw the DVD away and swore to never try it again. Well, I’m doing some retesting of Distros and for some reason Arch Linux popped up. That ‘Blinking’ is the same thing DOS did to me back around 1992, but it’s now 2019, so what’s with ‘Da Blinking’?!? Spent two days trying to master the installation before reaching any success, and today was the third day. There was no easy ‘Live’ version to do, as it seemed to just blink before ever reaching a Graphical DE and I never saw an “Install” icon – i.e. you either install it or it just blinks. Thusly, it won’t get the ‘Ace’ the Laptop hardware test. Even the Arch Linux Home page is basically non-Graphical and made up mainly of ‘Command Prompt Speak’. If you’re a Masochist then I suggest trying the Arch Linux Installation guide first:

 

If that’s a “live environment” wait until you see some layout examples:

 

BTW, those “two days trying to master the installation” were 36-hour days, and a mixture of the Arch Linux Installation guide method plus at least two other methods – mostly all failures, as in probably a 95++% failure rate. Why 36-hour days? Have you ever tried a sudo shred, just because you were looking for other options? I thought the shred took a long time on a test 160GB HDD, using the ‘Rose’ Linux test computer with its 16GB’s of memory, but ‘Ace’ the Laptop has half that memory and took longer doing a 32GB USB!? BTW, I stopped the process after the first pass:

 

That actually helped on one of the installation methods I was using. Here’s another method I used – How to install Arch Linux [Complete Guide] with a “dos” pic and one of my notes @ bottom (in blockquotes).

 

two partitions, one for Arch Linux and one to act as swap space. To begin, use fdisk to list all available drives:
# fdisk -l (is small L)

Here’s another method – How to Install Arch Linux [Step by Step Guide] – with just some notes I took in blockquotes:

lsblk – shows disks
fdisk /dev/sda
Type “n” for a new partition. Type in “p” for a primary partition and select the partition number.
The First sector is automatically selected and you just need to press Enter. For Last sector, type the size you want to allocate for this partition.
Create two more partitions similarly for home and swap, and press ‘w‘ to save the changes and exit.
We will use mkfs for root and home partition and mkswap for creating swap space. We are formatting our disk with ext4 filesystem.
mkfs.ext4 /dev/sda1
mkfs.ext4 /dev/sda3
mkswap /dev/sda2
swapon /dev/sda2
Lets mount these filesystems to root and home
mount /dev/sda1 /mnt
mkdir /mnt/home
mount /dev/sda3 /mnt/home

gpart format an boot flag

Command prompt:
1) mount /dev/sda1 /mnt … (Check how your devices are labeled!)
2) pacstrap /mnt base

Like I said, it was 36-hour days. Oh, here’s another method that actually worked after only a few tries – archfi:

Just a simple bash script wizard to install Arch Linux after you have booted on the official Arch Linux install media.

With this script, you can install Arch Linux with two simple terminal commands.

This wizard is made to install minimum packages (Base, bootloader and optionally archdi).

At the end of this wizard, you can install or launch archdi (Arch Linux Desktop Install) to install and configure desktop packages.

You can watch my videos to see how to use it here.

Had forgot that one…there was another one sorta like that, but have lost the link and notes – that makes it at least 5 methods before finding the one that worked on the first try. Naturally, I found the Zen Installer after spending two 36-hour days, and am delighted that I even found it!

The Zen Installer provides a full graphical (point and click) environment for installing Arch Linux. It provides support for installing multiple desktop environments, AUR support, and all of the power and flexiblity of Arch Linux with the ease of a graphical installer. Available Desktops include Gnome, KDE, Mate, XFCE, and LXDE.

The iso will boot the live environment, and then download the most current stable version of the installer after you’re connected to the internet. So, you will always get the newest installer with updated features!

Here’s a helpful link on Installing Arch Linux Using Revenge Graphical Installer … they have lots of pics and info there.

OK…here are some screenshots of the my Zen Installer DosArch install:

 

Gnome DE…lots of other DE choices, but Gnome is now my favorite…

 

Apps and dock/panel…

 

Here’s some earlier attempts that took place during the two 36-hour days…

 

Another shot of Ubuntu and Arch testing…

 

Here’s some testing of Gparted test HDD partitioning…

 

That’s enough … I’ll go and check out DosArch. May do an update or a “Part 2” in a day or two…