Visit the Table of Contents for a listing of ArchWiki categories.
The following links are useful for those getting started with Arch Linux.
- Arch Linux
- A brief overview of Arch Linux; describes what to expect from an Arch Linux system.
- The Arch Way
- Describes the principles and philosophy of Arch Linux.
- Arch Compared to Other Distributions
- Summarizes the similarities and differences between Arch and other distributions.
- Forum Etiquette
- Guidelines for Arch forum members.
- ArchWiki Tutorial
- A short tutorial on editing and contributing to the Arch Linux wiki.
- Beginners' Guide
- A guide through the whole process of installing and configuring Arch Linux; written for new or inexperienced users.
- Official Arch Linux Install Guide
- A more general installation guide; assuming the user is more experienced in UNIX/GNU/Linux methodology.
- A list of common and frequently asked questions.
- General Recommendations
- An annotated index of other popular articles and often-referenced information.
A handful of the most popular topics are outlined below.
- Package management
- Packages in Arch Linux are built using makepkg and a custom build script for each package (known as a PKGBUILD). Once packaged, software can be installed and managed with pacman. PKGBUILDs for software in the official repositories are available from the ABS tree; thousands more are available from the (unsupported) Arch User Repository.
- Graphical user interface
- The Xorg project provides an open source implementation of the X Window System – the foundation for a graphical user interface. Desktop environments such as Enlightenment, GNOME, KDE, LXDE, and Xfce provide a complete graphical environment. Various window managers offer alternative and novel environments, and may be used standalone to conserve system resources. Display managers provide a graphical login prompt.
- Arch Linux provides netctl for network management.
netctlsupports wired connections on desktops and servers, as well as wireless setups and roaming for mobile users, facilitating easy management of network profiles. For alternatives see Network managers.
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You must create an account to edit this wiki. Once done, you can play around in the Sandbox or your user page to familiarize yourself with ArchWiki markup. The available syntax is listed in the Wiki Help Category along with other helpful resources.