[kwlug-disc] feedback request to shape the November topic

William Park opengeometry at yahoo.ca
Sat Oct 13 22:32:29 EDT 2012

I use Slackware, but the latest Slackware-14 doesn't recognize my USB
keyboard/mouse.  So, I'm looking for another distro.

I tried Arch (and others).  It gives shell prompt, and then what?

    1.  Why are there different commands to install "grub",
    "/etc/fstab", etc?  If I'm expected to install "grub" package or
    "fstab" packages, then okay, I guess.  But, I have to create
    /etc/fstab by some special command, and that's just too much.

    2.  Is there a package that has all the basic files and directory
    structure?  Or, minimal OS packages?  I really don't feel like
    installing "sendmail", "ssh", and "bash", one-by-one manually.  I
    forget things.

    3.  How do you install X?

On Sat, Oct 13, 2012 at 01:01:29PM -0400, R. Brent Clements wrote:
> In order to make the topic of Arch Linux more relevant to what people
> hope to get out of it, I welcome any input on what people would like
> to see focussed on.  I don't imagine a simple walkthru of the
> installation is really of that much interest.
> Specifically, if people could answer this question:
> Why are you (or would you be) interested in using a distro that
> requires so much more hands on work to install and configure?
> I know that the first answer that will come to mind for most people is
> simply to try it, or in order to learn more about how their system
> works "under the hood".  And that is a perfectly valid response to my
> question.  However, I am more looking for specific applications or
> goals that I may be able to address in the discussion.
> The presentation probably will include some amount of comparison to
> other "hands on" distros I am familiar with.

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