Tell an Arch Newbie What I Need to Know

I’ve been using Debian-based distros for several years now.

But I have no experience with Arch at all. So… what am I getting myself into with Endeavour OS? How are packages handled and is availability similar to the “apt” system in Debian?

More importantly, how do I intelligently handle a rolling release so I don’t break my install?

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personal pacman is handsome, to convert apt you can read this :slight_smile:
https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Pacman/Rosetta

Also is handy to know how keyring works in arch. if a keyserver is failing you need to know how to solve, but generally is fine.
other side there is a place calling aur that needs a good readout how it works. packages comes from everywhere. but is just learn debian and arch is different, but i dont see my self goign to debian :slight_smile: pacman is generaly much quicker on the feed then apt.

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I wont speak for anyone but myself; but to answer your questions:

You get (what I believe) is a quality OS that you will only need to install once just focus on the updates as the come.

EndeavourOS uses pacman as @ringo mentioned. I would do a little reading to familiarize yourself. But you can think of pacman as apt. There is also a graphical interface for updating and installing software.

I update weekly to keep my system current. Also, if you are unsure what is being updated, check out the Archlinux wiki or just ask here on the forums. Folks here are pretty chill!

Either way, good luck on your future EndeavourOS. (See what I did there?) LOL.

If you know apt-get, I do not see a problem that you can not handle pacman in arch-based distributions like Endeavour. In my opinion, it is even simpler. The package base in Arch is really huge and they are fresher, which in some cases may be useful. Once installed rolling-release and you will have peace of mind. And, of course, a little reading is a good thing; there is a lot in the wiki and on the web.
Cool, not everyone here has an immediate (smaller or larger) experience :wink: ; you will quickly acquire it over time.

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From my view, an easy roll-back (time-shift) to a prior working version seems a reasonable option to maintain. Would like to know if Linux experts agree.

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So will Endeavour have access to the main Arch repositories as well as the AUR (in addition to any Endeavour specific ones)?

@marlowe221 EndeavourOS is rolling like Arch, so you have direct access to the Arch repo and the AUR.

Also from next week on you will have a wiki to fallback on.

Therefore, you will be able to enter this system peacefully and test it. You have nothing to lose and you can only gain.

Endeavour comes with yay which is a wrapper for pacman and let you install from the official repos AND AUR while using pacman you can’t actually install from AUR without downloading and building the package yourself. yay makes it super easy to install. say you want spotify;
yay -S spotify

not hard huh?
Everyone new to Arch Linux thinks it is hard but Arch is actually some of the easiest things to actually maintain. So when you have a distro like Endeavour that is basically Arch with an installer - the last “hard step” is removed and all that’s left is easy.

Also in a community like this - there’s no need to be afraid to ask “dumb” questions - if you’re new you should stay away from the Arch Forum until you learned some basic things unless ofc you’re a masochist :joy: Here on the other hand people are happy to help. Just go for it - and have some fun. I’m pretty confident you’ll like it. Good Luck

edit: lol how did I miss this post was a month old. I thought it was like a few days. well well :slight_smile:

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You are getting Arch Linux installed by endeavouros using a Calamares ‘holding-your-hand’ installer. Arch Linux has the very best documentation of any of the Linux Distros. Endeavouros removes the need to run through all of the command-line instructions of a straight Arch Install. At the end of it, endeavouros has a package called Kula (?) which tells you when your system has updates and offers to do the update for you. Most Arch users (including me) simply use ‘pacman’ for updates. There is another repository called AUR with user-built packages and there are a number of apps that check and update them. My favourite is ‘yay’ which is simplicity itself to install.

You will learn to love Arch Linux through endeavouros and will never want to go back to those inferior distros. Enjoy, as the cousins say.

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Kalu, is a very nice package if you don’t decide to go the pacman way. I only use pacman to get an easy overview over availiable packages, and pamac for most other things.

Sorry for butting in @davidw :smiley:

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