Right off, I want to make it clear I am not trying to spit blood at anyone. I really like the philosophy behind Antergos and I am wanting to use it on all of my machines. I am pretty frustrated at the moment, but I am not ready to give up, so please do not assume I am angry with anyone or anything.
If only it will allow me to do that…
To be sure, I am not a Linux guru, but I have been using various Linux distros for the last 7 years. Although this is my first attempt at using anything based on Arch. I’ve installed and used distros like Linux Mint, Linux Mint Debian Edition, Debian Sid, Debian Testing, Debian Stable, Fedora, openSUSE, PCLinuxOS, Ubuntu, Kubuntu, SimplyMEPIS, Mandriva, Tanglu and SolusOS. Yes, I’ve distro-hopped a lot, and have never really found anything other than Mint or SolusOS that would really keep me grounded. I like running Cinnamon, so I’ve never been far away from Mint. I was prepared to try Cinnarch, last year, but that was about the time you were abandoning Cinnamon, so I took a pass. Until a couple weeks ago, when I decided it was time to move to Antergos.
But trying to do that has been obstacles, piled atop frustration, piled atop aggravation, piled atop mystery.
I have an old Dell XPS410 that I use as a test machine, to see if a distro will suit me. It was running Linux Mint Debian Edition. I installed 32 bit Antergos/Cinnamon and was really impressed with everything I saw. Someone really needs congratulations for Cnchi, because it is clean and works a treat. After I installed Antergos, I could see it was worthy of becoming my distro of choice, until I ran into my first snag. I was unable to install Shutter, which is a must-have tool for me. I have a couple of machines where Shutter is never closed, because I use it that much.
I dropped the 32 bit DVD into a newer Dell XPS8100, which was running Linux Mint 16. The Live environment booted, but left me with no wired connection. I’ve had a handful of distros that were cantankerous about the wireless card in my laptop, but failure to see a wired connection?
Just for the record, lspci -v returns -
04:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation Netlink BCM57780 Gigabit Ethernet PCIe (rev 01) Subsystem: Dell Device 040d Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 50 Memory at fbff0000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=64K] Capabilities: <access denied\> Kernel driver in use: tg3
I tried the 32 bit DVD in my Dell Inspiron 15R laptop, which was running SolusOS 2 Alpha 7. It booted in the Live environment, and immediately picked up on the wireless card and allowed me to log into the network. I plugged an Ethernet cord in and it also recognized that connection. I went ahead with a Cinnamon install and saw the same results - several Cinnamon Settings menus were blank.
I tried the 32 bit DVD in my iMac, which was running Linux Mint 16, and it will boot into the Live environment. It ‘sees’ the wired connection on that machine, as well. I did not try the wireless on that machine.
I gave up, at that point. I downloaded Manjaro Cinnamon, 32 bit, and it installed on the XPS410 with no problems. Ugly as the backside of a cow, but I was able to install Shutter, which Antergos could not accomplish. But Manjaro just does not have that certain ‘something’ Antergos has, so I knew it wasn’t going to be a keeper.
I decided I would try a 64 bit Cinnamon install on the XPS410, and it worked just fine, but several of the Cinnamon Settings menus were blank. I could not change themes, I could not install applets, I could not install desklets, etc. I could install Shutter, so that was a step in the right direction.
I tried the 64 bit DVD in the XPS8100, and it immediately hung, displaying the following error message -
ISOLINUX 6.02 ETCDisolinux: Disk error 01, AX = 4207 Drive EF
I tried the 64 bit DVD in my iMac and the installer would work for a bit and then stop at various points, on multiple attempts.
I then saw mention of the Testing .iso files, so I downloaded that in 64 bit.
Once again, I could install it on the XPS410, but the Cinnamon menus were still blank. I successfully installed a MATE version and did not care for it, at all. I finally went with a GNOME install, which went well. I’m not a big fan of GNOME, so I went ahead and added the Cinnamon desktop, figuring I could check it from time to time, to see if updates would get it working as intended. But I cannot seem to find a way to boot into Cinnamon. I’ve tried logging out and back in and I’ve tried restarting, and nowhere do I see an option to select Cinnamon, rather than GNOME.
I tried the 64 bit Testing DVD on my XPS8100 and it will boot into the Live environment, but it refuses to recognize the wired connection on that machine.
I tried the 64 bit Testing DVD on my iMac and it produces the same results. It starts loading and then stops at random points, on multiple attempts.
On my XPS410, I can live with the GNOME desktop, although I really would like to run Cinnamon. But the Cinnamon Settings menus are broken. And I am unable to log out of the GNOME desktop and into Cinnamon. Which is rather frustrating.
On my XPS8100, I cannot sort how to get my wired connection recognized. I tried some of the suggestions in the Arch wiki, but nothing worked for me. Out of curiosity, I pulled the Antergos DVD out and dropped in a Linux Mint Debian Edition DVD, which booted right up and has everything working. I then tried a Tanglu DVD and it boots right up, with everything working. But Antergos refuses to recognize the wired connection, which is more frustration.
On my iMac, I could live with a 32 bit install and GNOME, but that still leaves me wanting Cinnamon and without the ability to install Shutter. The iMac is my go-to machine, so trying to run it without Shutter just isn’t an option for me. More frustration.
I really do like Antergos. I really want to use Antergos, full-time. I really want to run Antergos, full-time, on all 4 of my machines. I’m not griping about how lousy Antergos is, I am saying it is really attractive and I want to use it. Now, all I need to know is what I need to do to start making that happen. I am wide open to any suggestions or solutions.