'Long-time Slashdot reader xiando quotes LinuxReviews:
The community distribution Arch Linux has up to now required you to
manually install it by entering a whole lot of scary commands in a
terminal. Arch version 2021.04.01 features a new guided installer
[reached by] typing python -m archinstall guided into the console you
get when you boot the Arch Linux installation ISO.
It is not very novice-friendly, or user-friendly, but it gets the job
done and it will work fine for those with some basic GNU/Linux
Tech Radar writes that previously Arch Linux had "a rather convoluted
installation process, which has given rise to a stream of Arch-based
distros that are easier to install," adding that the new installer
"was reportedly promoted as an official installation mechanism back in
January, and was actively worked upon leading to its inclusion in the
Users have been calling on Arch Linux for simplifying the installation
process for a long time, to bring it in line with other Linux distros.
However, the Arch philosophy has always been to put the users in
charge of every aspect of their installation, which is the antithesis
of automated installers.
Phoronix calls the new installer "very quick and easy," although
"granted not as user-friendly / polished as say the Debian Installer,
Red Hat's Anaconda installer, even Ubuntu's Subiquity, and other
TUI/GUI Linux installers out there." They also note that Archinstall
"does allow automatically partitioning the drive with your choice of
file-system options, automatically installing a desktop environment if
desired, configuring the network interfaces, and all the other
The method is quick enough that I'll likely use archinstall for future
Arch Linux benchmarks on Phoronix as it also then applies a sane set
of defaults for users... Five minutes or less and off to the races,
ready for Arch Linux."
But Slashdot reader I75BJC still favors "scary commands in a
terminal," leaving this comment on the original submission: If you
can't type with the big adults, stay on your PlayStation.
Even Apple, with its very good GUI has a command line. The command
line commands are more flexible, more specific, more subtle than the
-- source: https://linux.slashdot.org/story/21/04/10/1755241
Dept. of Computer Science
University of Waikato, NZ
+64 (7) 577-5304