Mhm. 😉 And you’ll have to let me, haha. I mean, ok, you can always click away and surf some better more wholesome shit. The internet is full with lots of really good infotainment, if I were you I wouldn’t necessarily waste my time on this crazy zealot’s Linuxpropagandablog.
Unfortunately I am the crazy zealot and this Linuxpropagandablog is mine. So I’m just gonna indulge in some Linux-specific and very fringy topic now. This will probably be too radical even for the handful fellow Linuxers among my readers. But as you have no powers to stop me, here we gooooooo… 😉
I guess I know which distro most of you are using: Linux Mint. Right?
Cool. Not much wrong with Mint. I recommend it wholeheartedly and I even guess it treats most of you quite fine and makes you happy little hippopotamuses. Exactly as it’s supposed to be. You are a happy dingdong, so don’t change a thing.
Only, hmmmm, maybe you already found out why your editrix calls Mint a boring distro sometimes. Again nothing wrong with that, when it comes to operating systems boring is good, boring is what we want. In the end we’re working in and with our software, not the operating system. You won’t type The Novel of the 21st Century in your OS but in some office product, you build SL models in blender, not in the OS, you watch vids in VLC, not in the OS, and you surf in Firefuk or Chromium, not in your operating system.
We expect our OS to kinda disappear from our screens, be there when we need it but don’t draw any unnecessary attention to it. Yes, I see it the same way. Still, there is something nagging at me every time I work on Mint. It’s hard to define, more like a gut feeling than a real point against Mint. It’s a general feeling of discontent. And maybe it only hits ArchLinux users, since we Archies claim to have found the holy grail. So every other distribution can never really satisfy us the same way our Arch does.
So, two hearts are beating in my chest now: The harmonic side of me wants to protect you from evil and see you all being happy hippos. The stuntgirl and experimentator in me feels it’s her missionary duty to tell you about more alternatives, the need to let you know that your cuddly sweet Minty goodness isn’t the end of the road, the pinnacle. Not at all!
It can be better! You could have it better. Not by superduper much, technically, but as I said, a whole lot better for your sanity and your gut!
Easy peasy, lemon squeezy, by installing a nice and lofty Arch distro. And no fear, Arch has become so much more friendly in the last couple years. Depending on your chosen distro – and providing you won’t install pure vanilla ArchLinux – this shouldn’t give you more problems than your Minty. And that was super easy, no?
Okay, after this long introduction I’m gonna say it straight out in the open:
Do yourself a favour and install Namib GNU/Linux!
As always please consider using a spare computer, not your main (production) machine, or at least backup all your data, before installing Namib and scrubbing your HDD/SSD off Mint!
Ok, ready? Then let’s do it.
Of course you can chose any of the six versions Namib supplies us withb on its download page. Orca recommends Mate but hey, different strokes for different folks. And this writeup isn’t meant to be a comparison between various desktops but just a brief introduction into Arch, respectively Namib GNU/Linux, and why I prefer it over the famous and supposedly super sexy Manjaro.
Namib “only” offers 6 desktops. Only, LOL. Not many Linux distros are coming with such a rich collection right out of the box. Well, Manjaro has even more but some of them (my fave Mate) aren’t well-integrated and often a bit problematic. Manjaro is also far removed from upsteam Arch, they holding back updates for aroud two weeks and having their own repositories. Namib is 100% compatible and doesn’t deal with compromises.
No problem because contrary to Manjaro updates on Namib won’t break your computer. I can promise, you will be save and in good hands! And even if a update doesn’t go smoothly but breaks up, it won’t crash your machine. Just ignore the update, check the forum or contact frederic2ec himself and let your fellow Namibians know about the problem. Or, even better, check the Arch forum. Yes, I know that’s some geeky shit and I usually don’t do anything but only try to find out if the borked update is already discussed and someone is working on the solution, let the update simmer for a couple days. The problem should be solved quickly. Just try the update regularly and some day it will go through. 😉
So, some other mostly wrong prejudices against ArchLinux, as all the wannabe experts are claiming aren’t a problem at all:
- Yes, you can operate and live in ArchLinux without ever using the terminal
- Your life in Linux is mainly determined by the desktop environment of your choice. Like Cinnamon in Mint? You’ll like it the same in Arch.
- Maybe you have noticed that many operatiosn are easier and smoother done in terminal than in a GUI. Hey, Arch’s command structure and language is pretty good and powerful. The handful commands you “got to know” you’ll have memorized very quickly. But as I said, there is no need if you don’t want. If I wanted to operate Ubuntu/Mint in terminal I’d have to learn the most needed commands too.
- Yes, ArchLinux is a geekfest, That’s why we don’t use it but make use of Manjaro and Namib and similar distros which try to make it all easy for us. And mostly succeed.
Talking about the terminal:
See that? pacman is the Paket Manager in terminal. Its graphical brother is called pamac and is a bit more clunky. Both are working 100% fine. But as you can see it only needs one simple command to install all kinds of shit you wanna have: pacman -S followed by the app you wanna install … and Bob’s your uncle.
If you can’t find any special exotic software, just type: trizen, followed by the application name. trizen is the handler for the Arch User Repository, AUR, the world’s most gigantic and geeky collection of all kinda shitty, goofy, cool, super software. If any program is available for Linux at all, you’ll find it in the AUR!
So, and with that we know already the most important command line. And if we wanna get rid of a software we just type: sudo pacman -Rs +application name. R probably stands for remove. It’s easy, eh? The rest you can easily find in Arch’s superduper Wiki. 🙂
And hey, you think this is more complicated than trying to do the same task in any other distro? No, it’s not. I’d say the only difference is that nobody has made a Arch distro for bloddy n00bs yet. I bet they will do it soon. 🙂
So, friends, no fear. Just do it!