18 August 2014

Few days with Arch Linux

Over a year ago I wrote a post called Ubuntu Fail. My opinion has changed a lot since then, I have totally stopped using Windows on any of my computers as my primary OS. My three desktops and one NUC run some form of Ubuntu 14.04 without any issues. I boot into Windows only when I want to play some game.

My laptop, which is my primary machine, was running Ubuntu till last month (July 2014) then one kernel update broke the sound driver. I fixed it buy updating the kernel manually to the latest version, which was 3.15.*, but then I realized why not install a distro which always gets updated to the latest kernel, libs and drivers without all this manual effort. I started looking for such a distro, I read a few posts talking about Fedora and Arch Linux. I'd installed Arch Linux on my Raspberry Pi long back and I was impressed with its performance then, it seemed faster than Raspbian, the official distro for RPi. I also liked Arch wiki.

So I decided to replace my Ubuntu GNOME 14.04 with Arch. I backed up all my data and installed basic Arch, did the basic configuration, everything just worked fine. I went with my usual choice for DM i.e. GNOME 3, no issues there too. Although it took 2 days in setting up, but it was fun.

It's been 3 weeks since the Arch installation and I haven't had any major issues. My system is more stable and faster than the previous Ubuntu installation, and that fuzzy touchpad issue which I described in my Ubuntu Fail post is not there in Arch.

I don't think I'm going back to Windows anytime soon.