I began using Linux back in 1997 with Red Hat Linux 4.1. I left Red Hat behind after experiencing what was called “RPM Hell” far too many times. This occurred when trying to install a rpm package and then running into dependency problems where the package required other packages, which required other packages… RPM is the package manager used by Red Had and it’s derivatives for installing software. I also had issues with newer hardware not being recognized. Since I was dual-booting with Microsoft Windows, I just began using Windows until I could find another Linux distribution.
Over the course of the years, I have tried several Linux distributions including Slackware, SUSE, Open SUSE, Fedora, Gentoo, Debian, Ubuntu and Arch Linux. Of all those different distros, Arch it is the one I always come back to.
In no way do I consider myself a “Linux Guru”. In fact, sometimes I put it away and don’t use the OS long enough that I forget a lot. It has been about seven months since I last “played” with Linux. I had recently decided to try to learn the Python programming language and decided that using my Linux Netbook would be a great way to do it.
I have an ASUS Eeepc 1018PB netbook that I install Linux on and this in and of itself presents it’s own problems. Mostly with getting the “hot keys” to work to adjust screen brightness, volume level, etc. One of my major issues is that the touch pad is highly sensitive and the cursor jumps all over as I try to type.
After getting the netbook out of the closet where it has been sitting for the last few months I booted it and found it had Debian “Wheezy” installed with the GNOME desktop environment. I downloaded and burned the latest copy of the Arch Linux CD (2014.03.01) and installed the i686 version.
Next, I’ll post why I keep coming back to Arch Linux.