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Archlinux installation notes


Introduction

I switched to Arch Linux, a totally new distribution for me, and these are some tips I had to perform in order the make things work.

Installation

The installation guide page is quite clear. It's a step by step set of instruction an intermediate Linux user may blindly follow.
The only thing I missed is the syntax of "/etc/vconsole.conf", in order to get my french keyboard considered. Instead of having it on another page, I'd rather it would be in this page.

Pidgin

At work we need Pidgin with the support of Sametime. I had to recompile it from ABS, and compile the "meanwhile" utilities from AUR.
The Pidgin wiki page misses the indication that libpurple-meanwhile has to be installed with meanwhile.

Modem

I choosed to have my network managed with NetworkManager.
As described on the guide, the installation instructions miss the step to enable the NetworkManager service at boot.
I had my EVDO ZTE Modem unrecognized until the service was started.
There is also a problem with the version of NetworkManager I installed: when you connect to a secured WiFi network, it doesn prompt for the key. I had to enter it manually by configuring the connection.

Conclusion

For the moment, I just used it for a week. That is not enough to get a decent conclusion. Let's see within 3 months.

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