I don’t really know where to put this, I hope I managed to find a good category for feedback and a little introduction.
After having tried ubuntu, mint, dreamlinux, aptosid, crunchbang and archbang years ago, after some hardware upgrade I ended up trying elementary-luna the last two months and recently tried freya. Freya as pretty as it is, made my system way too slugish and decided to move on and that I might as well try to squeeze performance out of my box and take advantage of the advantages RAID0 has to ofer and made a raid partition for a new OS that was supposed to be archbang again.
But had multiple issues with their iso. I tried editing the abinstall script so it offered to install to raid devices as well, but after 3 failed attempts to get the script working, finding packer to be missing and seeing that the forums are kind of dead and that i don’t remember my old account while registering is kind of impossible according to the forums… I gave up. Wanted to try Crunchbang next but it is officially dead. I didn’t see that coming. I needed something lightweight and downloaded sparky and wattos, but multibootusb couldn’t handle booting them. Manjaro seemed to be a bad idea.
After all this, I tried to install arch from the archbang session and messed up freya too. I spent hours trying to find a tutorial on how to add openbox on top of it but somehow all I stumbled upon was outdated or incomplete. I spent other hours trying to get packer and multibootusb to this live session, in the hopes that I could try out some other iso that actually works, ending up giving up on what should have been conveniently multi-booting anything and booting from a stubborn live cd and dd-ing antergos to usb, because of some hardware limit, that made everything freeze if pacman got too busy.
I wasn’t ready for what I was about to discover. A distro that works and apparently cares about appearance and choices as well. Even the forum is estethically pleasing… and I have a hunch that I found a distro I’ll gladly call home if it stays like this. But after loosing a night’s sleep… and 4 attempts at installing antergos later, I still strugle with raid. - but I’ll open another topic for that.
Here I just want to point out, that while this distro seems to be lightyears ahead of many others, turning swap ON would have probably saved me from some kind of memory error I ran into, forcing me to reboot and install from the beggining. 1 GB of ddr3 ram isn’t much, but whatever boots as default (gnome 3? ) is seriously not “for everyone”. Might I suggest that the live cd should check the hardware and only run gnome3 if the system has at least 2gb and is dual core and what not ? Starting the browser to look for help took me forever. Killing it another eternity. It almost seemed like another dead-end distro because of this. Also, the conky I’m greated with on the desktop appears to pretend I an extra cpu-core.
Otherwise, I’m just a few minutes into this distro and I’m happy with arch and openbox running finally. I’m surprised to see there’s a dock too, which is more than cute, having come overfrom Freya. Offering easy access to the AUR, fonts and a firewall is a more than decent move on behalf of antergos as well. The fact that tint2 understands a right click as a “close program” is just pure practical awesomeness. Whatever login-manager I was greated with is the best I’ve seen. This distro, restored my faith in linux.
All in all, a big thank you for saving me to having to go back to some debian based distro like semplice and doing an unexpectedly good job at it. I just don’t get how I didn’t find you earlier.