Everything seems to run just slightly better now that I’m in Arch. It might because I’m not using the old fragmented filesystem, it might be because I’m using XFS instead of Ext3, it might be.. a number of reasons; but Opera certainly doesn’t seem to have as many issues as it used to have and Compiz runs beautifully now (it had some minor slowdown under Ubuntu for some reason). Also, the nvidia drivers provided by Arch’s repos don’t have the WHITE-ALL-OVER-YOUR-GAMES,-IT’S-LIKE-YOUR-COMPUTER-SPOOGED-ALL-OVER-THE-GRAPHICS issue that those provided by Ubuntu’s did (which makes me wonder if Arch is using version 100.14 (the last one that didn’t have the issue) or if nvidia finally fixed the issue in 177.82).
Looks like I’m running 177.80. Neat.
(title shamelessly stolen from Lucia’s Facebook status, but I wouldn’t have a title otherwise)
Yesterday I was googling for some conky (system monitoring tool for Linux) stuff and came across a forum post on the Arch Linux site. I dunno why, but I downloaded Arch Linux and wiped Ubuntu from the desktop and installed Arch. I honestly can’t tell you why I did that. What’s worse is that I was upgrading the laptop from Ubuntu 8.04 to 8.10 via the graphical upgrade utility (which broke my desktop when I tried to go to either 7.10 or 8.04), so if anything happened to the laptop I’d be completely out of luck, because I knew not a thing about Arch while I was installing it. Well, I did know that a fresh install would give me a bash shell and minimal utilities (that’s it), hence why I needed the laptop up and running to follow the guides on the website. Following the guides and familiarizing myself with the package manager (which is awesomely called pacman) has given me a usable system in a very short amount of time. The only issues I have right now are that some of the fonts in Opera don’t display as nicely as they did under Ubuntu… From what I can tell, they’re the same goddamn fonts, just rendered differently for some reason. Well, they SHOULD be the same fonts because the settings for opera are the exact same as they were before I installed Arch. I love having my home directory on a totally different harddrive. Makes migrating so goddamn easy. I installed X and xfce with pacman, ran it, and everything was here, all set up. Easy peasy.
I need to work on the font issue, but more importantly I need to study for psych exam tomorrow :/