Hello everyone . . . and thank you to everyone who develops and uses Antergos for being such a welcoming and open community.
The longer-version intro:
Context: I started using Linux with Linux Mandrake back in 2001. I reverted to Windows in 2006 when I got a laptop that I couldn’t get Mandrake to run on.
In 2008, I was able to install Ubuntu on another laptop and used some version of Ubuntu (the latest with the Cinammon desktop which was - and is - a great and stable system) until a few weeks ago.
I first heard about Antergos last year on a podcast that I listen to, and installed it in a VM to see how the rolling-release thing would work. Everything ran smoothly, although I didn’t do very much with it in the VM other than update it to see if it would break. It did a couple of times, but both times, I found a solution in seconds by searching Google or DuckDuckGo.
Installing Antergos: After I decided to take the plunge and install Antergos as my main daily-use system, I didn’t have much luck in the beginning with a straight-forward install using the normal Antergos media. I experienced the commonly-reported errors with booting the live media and/or various problems with the Cnchi installer.
I almost gave up since I wasn’t having any problems with my old Ubuntu setup, but the idea of using an Arch-based rolling-release system was appealing to me.
I finally used an Antergos-derived installer I found referenced on this forum somewhere when I was searching for solutions for my installation issues called “Portergos”. There is an offline-installation option that worked perfectly for me, and I ended up with a working installation I could use to get to the system I wanted (using Plasma and KDE for the first time in years).
It was worth the effort and the time.
Experience so far. I have been using this new Antergos (or Antergos-based) system for a couple of weeks now and loving it. I haven’t even booted into my old Ubuntu system (though it’s still present as an option in grub along with Windows 10 which I use for games I can’t play on Linux yet), and I’m enjoying this latest incarnation of KDE (last time I used it was in the 3.xx series, and it became clunky as hell and unusable after a while).
I have found the Antergos community that I’ve interacted with so far to be welcoming and helpful, as I noted above. I must say that it’s nice to have an alternative to the rather off-putting (or so it seems to me) attitude the Arch Forums seem to have (that’s just from spending a lot of time reading it lately and not from any direct interaction).
If you bothered to read this far, thanks for being here and I’m sure I will be posting some questions as I try to get various things working (but nothing major).