Recomendations coming from Kubuntu

I have been using Ubuntu and Kubuntu for about 14 years now and want to try EndavourOS. Is there any generic recommendations anyone would have for me.

For package management:

https://wiki.archlinux.org/title/Pacman

https://wiki.archlinux.org/title/Pacman/Tips_and_tricks

For system maintenance:

https://wiki.archlinux.org/title/System_maintenance

For anything else:

https://wiki.archlinux.org/title/Main_page

https://discovery.endeavouros.com/

and the forum’s search function:

https://forum.endeavouros.com/search

And of course feel free to ask any questions.

Good luck and welcome to EnOS’ forum!

:enos_flag:

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Best part of Arch …

https://wiki.archlinux.org/title/Arch_User_Repository

Getting started …

7 Things After Installing EndeavourOS (MUST DO!) - Video - #51 by jonathon

Oh, and the mandatory …

https://wiki.archlinux.org/title/arch_is_the_best

:grin:

Remember Arch is rolling, so learn pacman really well and known how to chroot into a system.

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Do it.

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1.) EndeavourOS is meant for intermediate users (I’m sure you are one with many many years of experience)
2.) Please try to avoid package managers, preferably use a terminal. IF you must use a package manager, consider octopi or bauh
3.) Try in a VM/Boxes for a while to get a feel for the distro. Install your favorite apps/themes/settings and from there start asking any questions that may come up
4.) Make sure the Arch repos has all the software you want first. Also check the AUR for packages. There’s always flatpaks/appimages/etc if you need
5.) IF you have Nvidia hardware, you’re going to have some questions… :sweat_smile: (I’m an Nvidia user myself, so there is a bit of a learning curve, but it’s very doable! most of us here are happy to help)
6.) IF you don’t care about filesystems, sticking with Ext4 by default is just fine, fyi.
7.) It’s a good practice to have at least two kernels installed in case one has issues. EndeavourOS has akm to manage install/uninstall kernels. I use the mainline and LTS kernels. There’s also the zen and hardened kernels to use as well if you wish
8.) In regards to the AUR, it’s unsupported, so please use it at your own risk. What I mean by that is only use the AUR when you have to, don’t treat it as just another repo. While it’s generally safe to use, once you know more about PKGBUILDS, it can serve as another tool in your toolbox.
9.) A good brief read from the wiki to give you a feel for what Arch is and isn’t: “Arch compared to other distributions
10.) One easy way to learn more pacman commands for the terminal is Pacman Rosetta, it shows various popular commands between a few other distros so you know the apt upgrade equivalent for pacman. A must read in all honesty.

If you have the time, the patience, and the desire to learn, I’d say give EndeavourOS a try and feel free to ask any questions here if you get stuck. Plus there’s lots (aka too many!) Plasma users here, so you’ll be in good company. Lastly, welcome to the forums @slewin

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Thank you @pebcak for the great links. It may take time to get use to Pacman. I have been using APT for so long.

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Okay @otherbarry. lol That is the main reason why I am trying a Arch distro. I want to start using a rolling distribution. I really like having the most up to date software on my computer.

1.) EndeavourOS is meant for intermediate users (I’m sure you are one with many many years of experience)

I must admit I never even knew Kubuntu/Ubuntu was considered a beginner distro until recently lol. I have been wanting to try something more intermediate even since I found out.

2.) Please try to avoid package managers, preferably use a terminal. IF you must use a package manager, consider octopi or bauh

In the past I used Synaptic to find new packages, but used the CLI for updates and to fix issues. I will try and see if I can use the CLI for everything.

3.) Try in a VM/Boxes for a while to get a feel for the distro. Install your favorite apps/themes/settings and from there start asking any questions that may come up

I have installed EndevourOS on my older, secondary, laptop which gives me a good chance to see what it is like as a daily driver.

5.) IF you have Nvidia hardware, you’re going to have some questions… :sweat_smile: (I’m an Nvidia user myself, so there is a bit of a learning curve, but it’s very doable! most of us here are happy to help)

For this computer I am fine, but my main computer I will see what issues Nvidia posses for me. :). Thanks for the heads up.

7.) It’s a good practice to have at least two kernels installed in case one has issues. EndeavourOS has akm to manage install/uninstall kernels. I use the mainline and LTS kernels. There’s also the zen and hardened kernels to use as well if you wish

This is one of the first things I already like about Arch/EndeavourOS. I always like having backup kernels just in case something does not work. For this computer I clicked on the LTS kernal, but started the main one which seems to work perfectly.

8.) In regards to the AUR, it’s unsupported, so please use it at your own risk. What I mean by that is only use the AUR when you have to, don’t treat it as just another repo. While it’s generally safe to use, once you know more about PKGBUILDS, it can serve as another tool in your toolbox.

Okay, thank you for the advice.

9.) A good brief read from the wiki to give you a feel for what Arch is and isn’t: “Arch compared to other distributions
10.) One easy way to learn more pacman commands for the terminal is Pacman Rosetta, it shows various popular commands between a few other distros so you know the apt upgrade equivalent for pacman. A must read in all honesty.

Thank you for the reads. I will make sure to take as much time as I can to take a look.

If you have the time, the patience, and the desire to learn, I’d say give EndeavourOS a try and feel free to ask any questions here if you get stuck. Plus there’s lots (aka too many!) Plasma users here, so you’ll be in good company. Lastly, welcome to the forums @slewin

Lol, you are awesome. Thank you everyone for the encouragement. The main reason I selected EndevourOS over Manjaro to try first is EndevourOS advertised a great community which I always consider one of Linux’s most powerful benefits, if not it’s most powerful benefit.

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Lol. I think you will rapidly see the difference from the level of support and problem solving, for me that made a huge difference. Also if something happens, black screen, freezes or anything, there seems to be almost always a solution a terminal away.

In the past I used to reinstall the whole system or hop to another distro. But then realized these problems can be recurring depending on hardware. So the best is to understand what’s going on on your system and if needed learn how to fix it.

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Yes. Get out. Get out now! Save yourself!

But seriously - The AUR. Avoid snaps at all costs - it’s likely in the AUR, and the way they are setup on your system, they inherently slow the system down, even if you only have one or two.

I know @Scotty_Trees posted already but this will help you convert from apt:

https://wiki.archlinux.org/title/Pacman/Rosetta

And welcome! If you have questions - this is a helpful communtiy. After 14 years - (I used Mint for quite a while) you’re going to find this is like going from Windows to Ubuntu. It’s a whole new wild world out there after this. And never again will you need a PPA

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Indeed.

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I used to use ppas… :smirk: not anymore! :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

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Some people are so wordy. Just do it. You have years of Linux experience, trust your instincts and ask questions when needed. Have fun. it’s just an operating system choice. It’s not like choosing your mate. :rofl:

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Goodness no. There’s MANY MANY options for women. There’s only one Arch.

There are various flavors of Arch based systems, but I grant you, far fewer than possible mates to be had. :smirk:

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Are you talking about this one :innocent:

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I wondered when someone would pick up on the use of the word “mate.” If I capitalized it as “Mate,” then I would have left no room for confusion about the pun intended. There is only one Mate DE. :smiley:

Since the title of the thread involves Kubuntu, it makes sense to list an Ubuntu Mate. :rofl:

Here is a brief comparison between apt and pacman:

You’ll get along just fine. Use the resources mentioned above and enjoy EndeavourOS. I came from Xubuntu/Ubuntu Budgie to EndeavourOS about three month ago and never missed a thing.

And welcome to the forum. :enos_flag: