Ok... well as soon as I saw Arch Linux, that was it - I had dumped Ms. Windows for Ubuntu, and now I dumped Ubuntu for Arch Linux. I didn't want to be alone during the transition from Ubuntu to Mrs. Arch so I dated her sister, Archbang during the transition. I am having relationship problems though.
I only dated Archbang for a week before I got a date with Arch Linux, and during that time I never met their brother. At first my date with Arch Linux went great - installation and configuration went smoothly. Until I met her brother, or more like I was supposed to meet her brother, but he never showed up.
I don't know if Mr. Pacman was jealous or what, but he did not seem to like me at all. When installing Arch Linux, I had to pick a Local Host. The wiki said that just meant to name your computer, so I named it zachary. I also put zachary into the other place it goes later on, I forget what it was called but something like etc/config. or something (it was the place where the wiki said I would need to put the Local Host again). Later on, when I tried to check that I configured the computer correctly, it refused to ping to google. So, like the instructions said, I went back to check my config to make sure I did it right. I am not sure about everything, but I did not see anything that looked wrong. I tried again - still failed. Then I tried pinging to zachary. Well, after that, the computer began downloading something 64 kb at a time. I let it go on for about 250 lines, but I did not see anything in the instructions that said I should let it do this so I aborted the action. Every time I tried to use pacman I got an error message. Do I need to be connected online to do this? I was using an installation cd that I got from eBay to install Archlinux. I do not know if the computer was connected to the internet (wireless) during this time.
I did not get a command terminal (like I thought I saw on youtube). Instead it was just a black screen with white type. I tried for about 2 hours with no luck. No matter what I tried, it seemed to fail to download the packages - and I was unable to get xorg to get a GUI. So I said bye to Arch Linux.
I reinstalled ArchBang without any glitches. It has a GUI that I can use easily, but I am having problems with ArchBang too. For one, I havent been able to get pacman to work on that either! Another problem I have with ArchBang, is that when I put a Cd in the computer, I can not find the cd anywhere on Archbang! There does not seem to be any "My Computer" and the CD does not appear on the desktop. I searched all the files to no avail. Then I manually went through the files - still no luck. I tried rebooting the computer - nope. I should probably mention that this was not the Arch Linux installation cd. It was actually a tutorial CD that came with the Arch Linux CD that I hoped could help me with pacman.
One last thing, if you are still reading my jibberish, is it really even worth it for me to install Arch Linux i.e. is it in any way really better than ArchBang. I know Arch Linux is more configurable than ArchBang and I have heard Archbang referred to as a "bloated Arch Linux", but is there any way that Arch Linux is actually really superior to ArchBang. That is a vague question, and I know there is no real answer whether one distro is better than another (matter of need/preference) so let me rephrase the question: What can you do with Arch Linux that you can't do with Archbang, and why do people choose Arch Linux rather than ArchBang?
Right now I have a cd with arch linux on it and a usb with archbang on it so I can use either one. However, if Arch Linux is not really any better than ArchBang, then there is no sense in going through the trouble of trying to install Arch Linux again. Regardless, I still need to figure out how to use pacman.
Thanks in advance for any help. I know there is a lot here, and I may have been ambiguous in places so let me know if you need clarification of anything. Thanks again.