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December 3rd 2016

I've used Arch Linux for my operating system since 2013. That's both local and remote. I installed Arch again fresh in August 2014 after spending a few days with Debian on my local. I love the stability of Debian on my VPS. But for my local? Arch. All the way. (Update: I now use Arch both local and remote.) One thing I missed in Debian that I love in Arch: pacman -Syu. And the edge, which I find with Arch but not with Debian. Here's what I've installed within the first few hours of putting it back on my local

The .xinitrc config for Spanish key access and terminal colors runs on startup:

xrdb ~/.Xresources

export LANG=en_US.UTF-8

setxkbmap -rules evdev -model evdev -layout us -variant altgr-intl

exec i3

Debian is a different world than Arch. As I went through the Debian installation (and within 48 hours uninstallation) I saw a lot of what I'd call bulk/deadweight pre-installed.

Arch takes a different approach. I didn't spend last night uninstalling what I don't want from Arch. That includes Gnome (pre-installed on Jessie, Debian). There was a time when I loved the glossy finish of Gnome. Now? I want xmonad as fast as I can get it on my machine.*

Black terminal, white font, y nada mas.

*I've been off xmonad for a few years -- I used sway for a bit but it's still in early stages. I now rock i3.

Pub date: 2015-02-14. Updated 2015-05-24, 2016-12-02.

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