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Arch Linux tools to install

Sat Aug 11, 2012 5:03 pm

i'm new in Arch Linux system and i wanna know from raspberry's users what are the most used/usefull tools or program to install to make it better...

For example i must install "mono" and a graphic interface (but i don't know what)...

I write this post because i read that Arch linux is very very basic o.s.

Thanks a lot!! :)

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Re: Arch Linux tools to install

Sat Aug 11, 2012 8:24 pm

There is guide for beginners: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Beginners%27_Guide

To install graphic interface you must install
  • xorg-server xorg-xinit xorg-server-utils xf86-video-fbdev
And you need desktop manager or window manager https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Window_Manager
I recommend awesome or openbox.

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Re: Arch Linux tools to install

Sun Aug 12, 2012 8:34 am

Thanks! I read the setup guide... and i'll install graphic interface and Window manager...

Any interesting package? :)

My solution will be very basic... a .net app that runs fullscreen so i think it don't require a lot of things...

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Re: Arch Linux tools to install

Wed Aug 15, 2012 6:18 pm

.net app like in MICROSOFT .net?

You prolly mean that you already compiled something that runs on a server with aspx pages?

What you need to install depends on what you actually wanna do with your pi. If the above is right then you prolly want to have a browser. And a window/desktop manager. If it's for only showing a page i would make it so that the window manager starts when you power on the pi and run a script that starts your browser (i recommend a lightweight like midori) to full screen and put your page as start page. Maybe even lock it and not be able to go out of full screen.

Arch is basic and small you can blow it up but with arch its actually the purpose to keep it small and clean and only install what you really need. What i would recommend to install is rsync and read up on it. It's a backup program and you can make backups of all your files and even your whole system.

What i also could recommend to download is something like a remote program (standard ssh is already on there but VNC is always alot easier to use and setup for beginners than getting X to run over ssh). A monitor like webmin is also a great program to have it prolly has to much options for you to start with but its a great server app to control alot of your pi remotely and it can be done in any browser (even on your mobile phone).
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