Arch Linux

I wanted to have a closer look into Arch Linux and so I downloaded the x86-64 netinstall image from I created a virtual machine and started by using the .iso image as boot device. The installation was pretty smoth, no surprises for a Linux user.

Excellent Beginners Guide:

Update your packages

Issue a complete package mirror refresh and upgrade all packages:

pacman -Syy
pacman -Syu  # which is equivalent to: pacman --sync --refresh --sysupgrade

Install X

Now we will install the base Xorg packages using pacman. This is the first step in building a GUI.

pacman -S xorg-server xorg-xinit xorg-utils xorg-server-utils mesa

Install an X test environment:

pacman -S xorg-twm xorg-xclock xterm

Install dbus (you should add dbus to DAEMONS in /etc/rc.conf):

pacman -S dbus

Test X:


An alternative way:

# Install LXDE:
pacman -S lxde xorg-xinit xf86-video-fbdev
# Run LXDE:
xinit /usr/bin/lxsession