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Trying Arch Install Scripts

Latest Arch Linux announcement mentioned that AIF (Arch Installation Framework) is no longer included. And this installation method is replaced with Arch Install Scripts. Users who are willing to install Arch Linux need to follow the guide. So, I just tried the installation of this latest Arch Linux with the VirtualBox.

If you follow the guide accordingly, everything should be fine. But without the basic Linux knowledge, it is really a hell (I think so).

The next thing is the requirement of internet connection. The Arch Linux installation CD provides only the network installation. For any laptop that does not have a Linux compatible wireless device hardware, I cannot imagine how to install the driver, without network cable and wireless connection. Because even the core and core-devel packages are installed from network connection. How do we build the package even we have the source?

One of the steps that I am not familiar is bootloader installation. This is because I was using older version of grub (grub-legacy). But current Arch Linux provides two solution, grub2 or syslinux. To have a dual boot with Windows, some configurations are needed.

Another part that I am not familiar is the systemd. This is because previously, mkinitcpio was using udev. However, udev is replaced with systemd. Now, systemd uses the configuration files such as /etc/locale.conf, /etc/hostname, /etc/timezone. These configuration previously were all set in /etc/rc.conf.

Actually, the Arch Way is really good. The Arch Install Scripts: pacstrap and genfstab are working well. The only thing I consider is the problem of network installation as I mentioned above. Maybe, I might choose Archbang over Arch Linux for the installation.

About Allen Choong

A cognitive science student, a programmer, a philosopher, a Catholic.

3 responses »

  1. i move to arch last year, and actually i think that the installation was quite easy and reachable for intermediate users who are at ease with wikis and community forums. Right now, i think the installation might be a mess despite the VERY good archlinux wiki. Some users can be reticent in trying arch because sometimes the wiki is confusing.. But, installing arch that way, you learn a lot about the system. I think it is a good path, but some help will be welcome!

    • Yes, I like the Arch Way also. It simplifies a lot of things and helps me to learn a lot of things about Linux. But the problem I consider is the net installation. Because some of the notebook does not have compatible wireless network device and ethernet cable is not available in some cases. Example is broadcom wireless device.
      As a result, compilation of the broadcom-wl from AUR is needed. Because it is net installation, there is no gcc or related compiler. Therefore, compilation broadcom-wl needs to be done in other computer.
      Then, the next problem will be loading the broadcom-wl module. I haven’t try this, but I think it is done as the following steps. After booting into the live media, then need to install broadcom-wl package from a mounted device. Then only modprobe the driver. Finally, installation can only be started.

      • that is my case. i have a hp compaq as my laptop and it has the wireless device broadcom. Lucky me, i have ethernet device and it should not be a problem to install arch. However, in my desktop pc install arch, is a headache, and with some hours following the wiki, i still can’t install. that’s why a walkthrough more simplified in the wiki will be good

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