archibold: a zero hassle installerThe "Arch way" is to learn through the amazing documentation the same community created and keep updated through their wiki.
I am one of those that learned the hard way every single thing I needed, but I am also a very pragmatic and DRY person.
As example, there are subtle, problematic, not-always-clear "little gotchas" when you want to install an Operating System, such:
- how to correctly partition the HD?
- what is EFI boot loader and how can I customize it?
- how to create a graphical EFI compatible splash screen that actually works?
- what's the minimum amount of packages I need?
- how to login automatically?
- how to configure a full Desktop environment?
- how to install, remove, or search for new software?
- and what if the software is not officially supported?
- will the terminal open new tabs in the current folder?
... and a zero hassle managerOnce your PC will boot into GNOME, you can always open the terminal and type
$ archibold __________________ | | | archibold v0.3.0 | |__________________| usage: archibold [clean|update|upgrade] archibold [install|remove|search] package-name list of included AUR packages: acroread # Adobe Acrobat Reader broadcom-wl-dkms # Broadcom wifi dropbox # Dropbox client google-chrome-dev # Chrome dev channel spotify # music baby! sublime-text-nightly # Sublime 3These are most common tasks I could think of, but of course all usual functionalities and software provided by default will be available too.
You have the freedom to learn with the ability to start easy, reducing the learning curve to the minimum.
There are also few problem solving hints and everything else needed could be found in the Arch Linux forum or wiki: just please search before opening a thread, I can assure you 99% of the time the problem is well known and documented.
About CompatibilityRight now everything based on Intel works out of the box, but most laptops come with a Broadcom WiFi and Bluetooth that might require extra hassle to be installed. This is where
archibold install broadcom-wl-dkmsbecomes handy, you don't need to know everything about Dynamic Kernel Module Support the first time you boot your new Desktop environment, you have a ready-to-go solution and the ability, once your WiFi works, to surf all related must know things about it.
Enjoy and ...I hope you'll be bold enough to try it out at least in a spare laptop, Intel NUC, Mac Mini from 2010, MinnowBoard Max, Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro or Samsung serie 9 or any other tested device I could try and please bear in mind that archibold is suitable for every kind of user, not only nerds/gurus/developers, even non techy people can enjoy GNOME on Arch Linux, is that beautiful, that powerful, always updated, and finally easy to install and use for very basic tasks.
Let me know how that goes, but please read all installation infos in the archibold site.