• My first rolling distro: preparing for what might break


    I installed Antergos on a test SSD, like it a lot and may make it my daily driver. But I’ve never depended on a rolling distro before, and am interested in general feedback on what might break.

    My first thought: the Nvidia video driver. I selected the proprietary Nvidia driver on install, and think this blacklists the nouveau driver. Is the installed Nvidia driver likely to survive a kernel upgrade, or should I be prepared to boot into console to install a driver downloaded from the Nvidia web site?

    Do other problems frequently crop up with the Arch rolling distro?

    I could wait to troubleshoot a problem after it happens, but might not have time then. I thought I’d see what I can find out now.

  • update regularly (once a week) and have a look to do not tinker to much on a system that you need as a daily driver, use a “Sandbox” if you want to tinker (Virtualbox e.t.c.)
    Read the news: here at the Forum and at Arch: https://www.archlinux.org/news/

    And start like to use the terminal, it is a peacemaker!

    For nvidia driver i do not see any problem if you do the initial installation right, no need to use the files directly from nvidia!

    We have this little tool to do the job:

    nvidia-installer from @karasu
    install it with pamac or from terminal with:

    sudo pacman -S nvidia-installer
    

    then test it on detecting your Card:

    nvidia-installer -t
    

    if you do not get any error run it to install and configure the system for nvidia driver:

    sudo nvidia-installer
    

    [updates once a week] = [90% less problems]
    [Li{u}n//u//{i}x] since 1988 - overcoming failure means success
    howto-install-antergos
    how to add system logs
    i3-wm#gnome-shell

  • If you installed it with steam enabled and Nvidia you dont have to do anything.

    I’ve never experienced issues with kernel-updates and nvidia.

    Things that break for me is usually vmware (Kernel module, and / or GCC). There’s usually already a fix when I discover it. Sometimes i have smaller issues with software that I use through AUR, but thats also usually fixed very fast.

    I was an ubuntu user until last summer, let me tell you the horrors of all the PPA’s and tinkering you need to run the latest software (Not 1 year old+) is a thing of the past. On a commercial platform I still use Ubuntu but for home and friends, Antergos is the best distro out there at the moment. (I believe).

    My servers like “plex and couch etc” i run in ubuntu containers. If you dont know about containers check out:
    https://anotherlinux.com/index.php/2017/06/03/linux-containers/

    I would strongly suggest you use Xorg and not wayland! If you have mouse trouble (laptop) look at my post here:

    @izznogooood said in [Solved] 2 fingers tap not working (Gnome) Dell XPS 13 (9360):

    Install and use GDM. (or not)

    sudo pacman -S gdm
    sudo systemctl disable lightdm
    sudo systemctl enable gdm
    #reboot
    

    Select Xorg session instead of wayland at the login screen.

    add:

    Section "InputClass"
            Identifier "touchpad catchall"
            Driver "synaptics"
            MatchIsTouchpad "on"
            
    #add these lines
    
            Option "TapButton1" "1"
            Option "TapButton2" "3"
            Option "TapButton3" "2"
    	Option      "VertScrollDelta"          "-111"
    	Option      "HorizScrollDelta"         "-111"
    

    to your /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-synaptics.conf

    This also enables threefinger tap if your touchpad supports it. Genius for pasting etc…

    I dont like the feel of xf86-libinput (at all!)

    Finally, use the forum actively, there’s a lot of information and helpful souls here!

    I make things work…
    My humble wiki: https://anotherlinux.com/

  • @roller said in My first rolling distro: preparing for what might break:

    I selected the proprietary Nvidia driver on install

    Ups i do not read it right here… you have truely nothing to do then and nvidia drivers will be updated with new kernels …

    [updates once a week] = [90% less problems]
    [Li{u}n//u//{i}x] since 1988 - overcoming failure means success
    howto-install-antergos
    how to add system logs
    i3-wm#gnome-shell

  • Thanks for the feedback, Joe and izznogooood !

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