Ohayou gozaimasu, dear readers. Hello and welcome to a half-woke rant about another rant I just had the questionable pleasure to read over at Karmi’s blog. This one here:
Okay, first I gotta explain my modus operandi here: Normally I woulda just made some snide remarks about Karmi’s negativity and biased pov in the comments … but he scrapped the comments function from his blog. 😦 Same as the reblog function. 😮 Well, it’s Karmi’s blog, he can do whatever tickles his fancy with it. Buuuuut, to me this looks like a mild form of censorship, spreading some ultra radical pro- and antiganda without giving people a chance to comment, object, or correct his writings.
From where do we know this kind of one-way comunication? Guess I’ve seen similar in humankind’s recent history, you not? Anyhoo, may I urge y’all, particularly the Linux fraggles amongst you, to read and devour Karmi’s carefully made article. He really put a lot of effort into it, looks like. And I guess he can’t do anything against me copypasting some passages and screenshots from his blog, no?
Some of the things he states are just flatout proven wrong, illogical, and very confusingly worded for n00bs and ESLers. So let’s have a closer look at Karmi’s tour de force article:
First stumbling block is already in he title: You can’t set up Arch vs Namib. Factually, after installation Namib is 100% (not 98% not 99% but 100%) compatible with Arch! That’s what sets it apart and makes it so much more adorable than Manjaro.
Right in the beginning, when Karmi refers to DOSArch, he really means vanilla Arch, the purest form or ArchLinux distros. Kinda derogatory term. Yes, we know Arch in its standard vanilla state is a hot mess for when you’re a n00b or just don’t bother with fucking around. But it’s not as bad as MS-DOS.
DosArch ain’t fast enough to be on an SSD
Hello? Arch is plenty speedy and benefits greatly from running on a speedy drive. same as every other OS, Linux-based or otherwise.
DosArch is the only Linux Distro that’s ever given me problems with Gparted.
Can’t say anything about that, never tried vanilla Arch. All I can say Gparted comes preinstalled with Manjaro, the former Antergos, Namib and Endeavour OS, a rather sparsely equipped distro I’m testing right now. No problems.
I couldn’t even get app’s onto the panel bar…Mate seems very basic and limited when it comes to customization
May I show you something quickly?
Even on Gaga, which stands in for MiniMax right now, I had no problems whatsoever to pull the icons down into the panel as starters. That way I don’t need a Mac-like dock and save resources and screen real estate. One of the main reaons why I’m such a big Mate fan. Of course Mate’s customization options are poor compared with KDE Plasma but it has everything I need and is nice and clearly structured … unlike Xfce.
I have to go into BIOS and change boot order (F12 Boot Manager wouldn’t show up for whatever reason?!) in order to boot either Arch or Namib. So much for “It’s super easy peasy” in an “Install alongside” scenario.
Firstly it IS super duper easypeasy, as I’m going to prove farther down, secondly I never wrote about “Install alongside” scenarios. That’s important to know: Install alongside, aka Dual Boot, is a testosterone-filled, geeky way of doing things and compromising perfectly fine shit without any need. Guess why I keep not one but 3 spare computers around for testing, if I wanted to go the risky – obviously manly – route of setting my Linux world up just to see it burn?
One OS per computer! Not two, not three. One, and one only!
Here’s the “Manual Partitioning” as the only option being offered during installation:
I can assure you, Karmi, that in Calamares installer all the 3 or 4 options appear anytime, no matter which distro I wanna install. Looksie:
Made this snapshot right nownow, a minute ago, of OrcNet, my very bad and weak and rather uncooperative Acer netbook. As clearly visible from the fugly wallpaper it’s during the installation of Namib Arch (Mate DE). All the usual options are there. As I suggested to Karmi more than once, I suspect there might be something wrong with his hardware. It’s unfair, however, to blame his personal shit on some Linux distro or fellow Linux lovers.
Oh … do you see what I see? 😮 First line of text in Karmi’s screenshot says BIOS while on my Acer we’re in EFI. I hope you are aware that modern Linuxes can handle that fashionable UEFI shit without any problems, are you?
Hubby had the same problem, couldn’t get anything but stupid Kubuntu installed on his laptop. Until I asked him to try it with UEFI settings and then he was able to install all sorts of Linuxes without any problem. Happy hippo ever since!
I’m leaning towards thinking that the Calamares installer is just buggie with some Distros and/or newer hardware.
Here Karmi leaves the realm of reason completely! We’re talking about fuxn Arch here, Karmi, the most recent and up to date Linux distro you’ll ever gonna see! Even during installation, so before the initial update, we’re already on Linux kernel 5.xx. I wonder why you think Ubuntu would recognize newer hardware than Arch.
Went with the zen-Linux-Kernel this time…seems to have gone smoother, i.e. the 5.2.3-zen1-1-zen in above pic.
Ya, guess that’s roundabout right. Let’s check with Orca:
My “Toy OS” might lack the professional boringness of a rock-hardened Debian but at least it’s always on the latest possible hardware detection.
5.2.3-1-1! It’s the latest fashion for Linux hipsters, straight from the Linux catwalks. Received mine just yesterday or today … Anyway, we’re in perfect sync. =^.^=
Okay, I guess all Karmi needs to do now is switching from BIOS to UEFI, which I guess is the smarter move now anyway. Is BIOS even still developed? And then see if he still has problems with his hardware. But in the end he got it right; after all the complicated geeky stuff and detours he did, Karmi ended up with the long-awaited happy screen: