Arch Linux Anywhere: Arch install for mortals

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The first time I tried to install Arch I had to go through a lot of cmdline stuff. I moved to Manjaro quickly because I didn’t want to go through the ordeal again (in case I goofed up my system while experimenting). I would say Arch install is not for the newbie or the novice. However, Arch is a great distro and the installation should be much simpler. Enter arch-linux-anywhere, an excellent time saver. Because you don’t want to learn the internals of Arch installation.

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arch-linux-anywhere is a custom Arch Linux installer which wraps up the default installation steps for you with shell scripts. It goes without saying that the full package comes as a ISO (download link below). Once you boot your system from the ISO (using a CD/DVD or live USB), ~700MB in size, type arch-anywhere to invoke the installer wrapper scripts which starts the dialog-automated installer.

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Both 32-bit and 64-bit systems are supported. Choose from base or base-devel Arch Linux install, several partitioning schemes, a dozen DEs, additional graphics drivers, multiple bootloaders, several network utilities and lots of optional additional software.

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And that’s not all! You get to browse the full Arch Linux wiki from the cmdline (run arch-wiki) or refresh package information from the mirrors (run fetchmirrors).

Download: Arch Linux Anywhere

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