Lately I’m a bit lazy with the dawn patrol and spend almost 100% of my online time watching stupid YouTube videos. So I browse all the thousands of bookmarks which make my daily patrol rather sporadically and look only at a handful. So I missed an article by good old friend Jack M. Germain, about Namib GNU/Linux, no less! 😮
But today I finally stumbled upon the article in the Linux Insider of February 13. Might I ask everyone of you good peoples to please read it and … no, I won’t ask you to install it right away. In all its simplicity it’s still an Arch Linux, and only kinda n00bworthy. 😉
Still, please have a sympathetical look at this:
Of course Jack made the same mistake we all made and thinks Namib is developed and maintained in Tokelau/NZ. Orcablog readers know more, we know it’s made in FrankoCanada by frederic2ec and his crew. But we forgive Jack for his slip. Apart from that his review and conclusion is very on point. Not only about Namib but about ArchLinux altogether:
B00m! There you have it, all you Ubuntu and Debian and RedHat and Slack and whatnotLinux fans: Arch is better! Now certified. Because the internet says so!
And what he has to say about Namib is absolutely congruent with my own experience:
Surprisingly very user-friendly as well as compatible with older computers, Namib also is very stable.
Got that? User-friendly and very stable. Let me add speedy to the mix and we’re almost there. 🙂
Namib is a fully functional OS out of the box. The rolling releases give you cutting-edge software with ease-of-use and accessibility.
No worries, I know that too many updates can be a bit distracting … but as always in Linux you decide when and what you wanna update. So an available update is no reason to stop what you’re doing right then and there.
Now Namib Linux takes the simplicity goal a big step closer to install-and-go simple.
Install and go. Sounds good … and surprisingly it is good in practice too.
Two things help Namib part simplify the path to using Arch. One is the live session setup with Calamares installer. The other is the MATE desktop.
Why are Jack and Orca such fans of that oldfashioned, out-of-date Mate desktop?
The MATE desktop has the appearance of classic Windows 7.
Two hearts are beating in my narrow chest. Honestly. I’m sooo fukn close to recommend Namib GNU/Linux as a beginner’s system. Of course it can’t be. It mustn’t be. It would be highly irresponsible to send absolute n00bs into hellfire by telling them to install Arch on their poor old granny’s computer. OTOH would it, really? See, Namib comes with Manjaro’s Calamares Installer, in so far it’s as easy to install as Mint. And with the nice Win7-ish desktop of Mate it’s as easy to operate as well.
But Namib ain’t Windows 7 and it ain’t a fukn *buntu fork like Mint but is a highly nervous Arch racehorse. Yes, it is. Indeed you need to have a modicum of knowledge of Linux and know some Arch command lines, since as an Arch user you want to use the Terminal to install your softwares and control the system. Of course you can do everything with graphical interfaces, like you’re used to from Windows, but as an elite Linuxer (which you become automatically by using Arch) it’s a question of honour and of elegance to do most of the stuff in Terminal. 😉
Again: This ain’t fukn *buntu!