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Arch is a text based installer and there are no GUI configuration tools by default. I heartily recommend reading through the Arch Beginner's Guide and having it handy during the ...
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    Arch is a text based installer and there are no GUI configuration tools by default. I heartily recommend reading through the Arch Beginner's Guide and having it handy during the install.

    Once you get comfortable with it, though, I find it's easy to maintain. But there is definitely an initial investment of time to learn the ropes.

    It's suited fine for old machines - assuming the processor is i686, which most are, even in older machines. Outside of the base system, you choose what to install, so it can be as heavy or light as you like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yopered View Post
    Right. All I do is start Synaptic and it gives me the whole list, all 1814 packages. I'm just a bit intimidated by that number. This is why I haven't tried to upgrade my current Linux. Is there perhaps a more concise list somewhere?
    A good deal of those are going to be dependencies and core programs that will be in the base install of your system. THe thing to do is redirect the list into a text file, and use that to to install.

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