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Arch Linux November 2012 edition

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Arch 11-2012

There aren’t any fundamental changes compared to the previous release, as this version brings mostly minor bug fixes, cleanups and package updates of course.

Gnome is the obvious choice for those of you who want a modern, beautiful and fast desktop environment to fit your new cool and always up-to-date distribution, but unfortunately Gnome is not installed by default in Arch, and the whole installation process is frightening and somewhat repulsive for many people out there. Thankfully, scripts like this one are available to make things easier helping you install and configure Arch Linux faster and easier than ever!

Boo hoo I am still afraid of that scripts and stuff. Can I have the rolling power of Arch with Gnome pre-installed?

Yes you can!


Bridge Linux

The first alternative Arch-based choice is Bridge Linux. It comes in many flavors that also include Gnome in 32 and 64 bit, and also some pre-installed applications. Bridge Linux latest version came out this summer and the people behind it are working on a new release that will be ready very soon.

Bridge Linux


Manjaro Linux

Manjaro Linux is a desktop-oriented, user-friendly distribution based on Arch Linux. Some of its more pronounced features include an intuitive installation process, automatic hardware detection, special Bash scripts for managing graphics drivers, and extra desktop configuration options. One of Manjaro’s three flavors is Gnome and is available in version 0.8 in 32 and 64 bit.

Manjaro Linux


Parabola Linux

Parabola is an effort aiming to provide a free-as-in-freedom Arch Linux optimized for the i686 and x86-64 architectures. Parabola GNU/Linux is listed by the Free Software Foundation (FSF) as a fully free software distribution. Latest release came out last month and is available for both 32 and 64 bit architectures.

Parabola Linux


KahelOS

KahelOS desktop edition comes with pre-configured GNOME as the default desktop environment, GNOME Office productivity suite, Epiphany web browser, GIMP image manipulation program, and other popular GTK+ and GNOME applications. Like Arch Linux, KahelOS maintains a rolling-release model of updating software packages using its parent’s repositories. The distribution comes in the form of a live DVD which includes a graphical installation program.

KahelOS


 
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  • http://twitter.com/varemenos Adonis K (Vαяēмēиøš)

    Installing ArchLinux from scratch without the need of scripts is what makes it so awesome, you learn about stuff that you would normally wouldn’t have the chance to do. ArchLinux was my 2nd distro (well obviously ubuntu was first, but ArchLinux was the distro that made me love linux based distros).
    Personally i would suggest everyone to make a virtual machine and keep trying to install it until they manage to do (and then try it in a real partition).

    • alex285

      On the other hand, isn’t very easy (or very interesting) to make partitions in a dual (or more) box, with Logical Drives, SSDs, grub etc etc :)

  • Helmuth Saatkamp

    Wow this site is amazing! Can’t believe you cited my script also :D

    • alex285

      Basically I was trying to make a step by step screencasting how to install Gnome in Arch with your script. But pacman in VirtualBox couldn’t update. So I couldn’t try it. But I’ll give a second shot :)