Bang goes the Arch


Back when it came out first, I was quite interested in Archbang, but, when I found that installing drivers for my USB Wifi adapter would be a nightmare, it fizzled out of focus.

But ever since, the project has still been working away, and, due to some rather scary issues on Tecra with Ubuntu Maverick, I decided to give it a shot.

The install process was the same as any Arch system, and is easily followed. Once installed, and booted, straight away your given a working Openbox environment, with a generous helping of different applications, enough to satisfy most needs. After a little bit of tinkering, using the configs from my Maverick setup, I was left with this.


The speed is very good. It boots from Grub to a login in 23secs, from my 8GB CF card. The default install weighs in at about 2GB, and the desktop is snappy.

There are more applications than I really have time to talk about, so I’d encourage you to download the LiveCD, and give it a try 🙂


3 Responses to “Bang goes the Arch”

  1. 1 Forwardslash

    Glad to see you’re enjoying Arch! Using it has been the best learning experience for me WRT linux.

    BTW, do you play minecraft at all?

    • 2 evidex

      I can’t say I have, but I’ll give it a look. It looks vintage from a graphics point of view, but it seems interesting 🙂

      And yes, Arch is great. Things happen quite differently in Arch compared to Ubuntu, so it’s nice to find the differences.

      • 3 Forwardslash

        Yeah, I’ve gotten very use to doing things the Arch way now. I find I’m lost if I can’t configure something with a text file P:

        Have you ever thought of using a tiling WM for your laptop? I’m testing out ScrotWM ( at the moment. Nice light WM focused on keyboard control.

        Also note while Minecraft looks vintage, it is CPU intensive. But hella addicting.

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