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I first used Linux in 2001. At the age of 15, my first PC came with a CD installer of Red Flag Linux. The experience was not great because by the time I knew nothing about tweaking and the distro did not provide a way for me to setup web proxy, which was a must for my local-area dialed-internet connection. I was using a 33.6 kbps telephone network for three years (The physical wiring dates back to Culture Revolution and I never saw a 56 kbps connection due to the old and rusty wires).

Troubled with Windows, I switched to Linux (as my primary OS) since 2007 when Ubuntu 7.04 was released, which was the first Linux that I seriously used.

Ubuntu was too conservative on shipping new kernels at the time. After about 3 years, Fedora came to my view with much newer kernel versions at each release cycle.

After two upgrade failures (Fedora 14->15->16), I decided to seek something "unstable" because anyway nothing can be stable anyway. I learned something from several geek friends, so I switched to Archlinux in 2011.

2019: a lot has changed. But after all, I'm still using Archlinux.

Some tools that slowly evolves over time:

  • Almost minimal scripts for installing a new Archlinux [1]
  • Base system: GRUB and XFS
  • essential tools: Vim,
  • desktop: GDM, GNOME, Nemo (There are always some problems with the default Nautilus. Switched to Nemo).
  • Terminal emulator: I started to use Terminator since 2011. Its development has stopped recently and issues started to pop up here and there. Eventually I found Tilix is a perfect replacement for Terminator.
  • Other tools: Inkscape, GIMP, OBS Studio
  • fonts (CJK): was using wqy for many years. I finally abandoned it and switched to adobe-source-han-sans-{cn,jp,kr,tw}-fonts. noto-fonts-emoji for emoji fonts. ttf-roboto[-mono].
  • yay! I have abandoned yaourt, pacaur and aurman.