I’m a long time Mint and Ubuntu user, and have dabbled in Debian along the way, as well. I’ve been running Ubuntu MATE for some time now. Recently I’ve felt the urge to try something non-Debian based so I tried openSUSE, Fedora and briefly checked out Solus, all in VMs. I’d always wanted to run Arch, but I’m a combination of too busy and too lazy to install it and set it up. Not that command lines bug me; I got my first PC back in the DOS days, an IBM 8086 with dual floppies.
Then I heard about Antergos and it intrigued me. I attempted to install MATE in a VM because I’m pretty familiar with it, but it got all funky with a black desktop and one panel where nothing worked so I deleted it. Undaunted, I installed KDE, Gnome and Xfce in three difference VMs and it all went well. I wanted to check them all out. I knew I would like Xfce, figued I would like KDE and didn’t think I’d be interested in Gnome at all. Surprisingly, I’ve come like Gnome the best of all of them but only after I approached it with an open mind. And I never expected to like Gnome which I always thought of as just a tablet or touch screen DE.
I installed all of them using the manual partition method so I could use /, swap and /home and learn the installer. Now I think I’m ready to put Antergos on hardware - probably on one of my laptops to start off with. I just backed it up so it’s a good candidate.
The laptop has Windows 10 and Ubuntu MATE on it already. It’s been a while but I recall installing GRUB on the MBR of the primary drive. If I want to triple boot would I use the existing GRUB or replace it with Antergos? I supposed I could wipe MATE off and reformat and use those partitions with Antergos’ GRUB but I thought I’d try a triple boot to start off with.
I am really impressed with Antergos and with what I’ve learned of both Antergos and Arch so far. I look forward to learning more and to eventually install Arch from scratch one of these days when I’m not feeling too lazy. Once I get my nagging GRUB issue sorted I’m ready to roll with Antergos.