Intended for users of all levels, including absolute beginners.
There are three ways to try Linux, you can:
1) Install a Linux OS on a VM (Virtual Machine/VirtualBox) for "safety purposes"
2) Use the Live ISO directly without installing anything, that way, you can get a "full Linux experience".
3) Go balls deep and overwrite everything with GNU/Linux (not recommended)
If you are serious about switching to Linux and if you have Windows dual-booted (recommended for pure newbies),
we recommend you use it exclusively for 2 weeks, and avoid Windows dual booting for that period of time, or it's
likely you will start retreating back to windows instead of getting used to Linux as your new home and working on
making it feel the way you want it.
>Recommended for beginners:
-*buntus except vanilla Ubuntu (Unity)
-Debian (For Broadcom devices, use an ISO that includes non-free firmware)
-LinuxMint (a.k.a Ubuntu LTS + Cinnamon)
Before asking, please find the answers to your questions in resources.
Please be civil, notice the "Friendly" in every Friendly Linux Thread.
Understand that much of your software from Windows will be unavailable, although maybe wine can make up for it.
man <insert command here>
your friendly neighborhood search engine
What is Linux (or GNU/Linux for Stallmanists)?
Babby's First Linux (What distro to choose?)
What software does /g/ recommend? (Please DON'T include the so called infographic -- refer all your recommended software here.)
Ricing on Linux (Make it good and functional or make it worse like those at desktop threads)
A script designed to ease the transition from Windows to Debian
We now have an entry in the install Gentoo wiki!
Whats the best way of dealing with video games with i3?
Right now I just send them to a new workspace but the lack of alt-tabbing like a regular WM really ruins some shit. Also windowed games are a nightmare to get working if they don't already support freely changing the size of the window.
>didn't see the new thread
Reposting from >>51533353
Should I really worry much about security using a Solaris 10/09 system to host a very basic, script/database-free website? Solaris 10 is still supported until 2021, however I think to get access to updates you need a support contract.
I'm also planning for ssh/ftp access, which I'll pretty much ban every non-US/Canadian IP (and maybe western Europe too) from connecting to.
I'm at a crossroads between Slowlaris, which I would prefer, or OpenBSD.
It's pretty fucky, I tried playonlinux battle.ent and out of the box it would just crash randomly and I couldn't get anything to work.
Probably some unfucking required but I was too lazy and just dualbooted windows for video games.
>try linux ubuntu and arch
>post in linuxquestions forum asking for help with drivers for gpu
>get called an autistic social pleb fag
>ignore and still hoping for help
>weeks pass and still bo help
>post in thread bumping for help
>mod responds telling me not to bump
>ask him that i'm just after help but i can now see why the community is so small since everyone in it insults any new people and tries their best to deter them
>see in my email I received an inbox from the forums
>mod tells me that im not the right "kind" for linux and that im some fat slob rapist
>tells me to go kill myself
>"Banned for harassment"
I posted this question somewhere on /g/ a few days ago, but I thought I'd check in here.
I have dualboot ubuntu on my laptop, but ubuntu is shit, and it's just an overall mess. What are my options on changing my distro while still keeping the win7 dualboot format?
>Posted in the old thread
Installed Xubuntu a while back on my Lenovo laptop, so far everything's ok except the wireless networking.
Sometime the internet just refuse to work right after I start my laptop, despite the fact that it's already connected to a wifi. Browser will get stucked on "Looking up for ...webpage" for almost forever and other software couldn't connect the net as well. Strange thing is this only happen occasionally, sometime the internet works fine after I boot, but when this shit does happen I will have to reboot in order to make it work again. Meanwhile all my other devices and computer works fine.
I tried changing MTU in the options and editing the nsswitch.conf file but the problem still persists. Any ideas /g/?
Delete your ext4 and swap partitions and then just install the new distro into the space you've got left.
Also, if you're installing Arch or something, install os-prober before you install grub.
I tried the command nm-tool (got it from the net because Im still a linux noob) and here's what I got
State: connected (global)
- Device: wlan0 [wan t.k] -----------------------------------------------------
Type: 802.11 WiFi
HW Address: 08:ED:B9:9E:79:C5
Speed: 72 Mb/s
WEP Encryption: yes
WPA Encryption: yes
WPA2 Encryption: yes
Wireless Access Points (* = current AP)
HAKEEM: Infra, BC:96:80:1C:92:F5, Freq 2412 MHz, Rate 54 Mb/s, Strength 69 WEP
*wan t.k: Infra, A8:9D:D2:02:98:04, Freq 2452 MHz, Rate 54 Mb/s, Strength 78 WPA2
AZLINA: Infra, FC:B0:C4:9B:15:2C, Freq 2427 MHz, Rate 54 Mb/s, Strength 37 WPA
Prefix: 24 (255.255.255.0)
- Device: eth0 -----------------------------------------------------------------
HW Address: 20:89:84:45:78:1A
Carrier Detect: yes
Apparently it's connected to OpenDNS since it's configured as such in my router settings. Other than that, the IPV4 setting is set to auto in the networking options. Is there anything wrong with these things?
Broadcom 802.11n network adapter on my Lenovo G480, I guess this is what you're referring to?
I installed proprietary driver for it last time but it doesn't seems to solve the issue. It's quite infuriating because it only refuse to work occasionally, sometime it just works fine.
I'm trying to make a Bootable USB. Ubuntu and kubuntu worked fine but when I try to do centOS or kali (just trying them out) they both say unknown keyword in configuration file. Looked on forums all said to remove 'ui' in the config but that didn't work for me. What do?
The router setting? Years before I had Xubuntu installed on the same computer too but it's facing the same issue, at that time I used Google DNS but that doesn't affect it in anyway.
My ISP DNS censor a lot of stuff so it would be much better to use other DNS. But right now it seems that the issue's within Xubuntu itself since my PC (Win 7) and phone don't have any connection problem whatsoever.
battle.net client works fine with playonlinux (maybe you can experience a bug that can be fixed by configuring wine in playonlinux)
Then for the games, they works. I play hots everyday without any issue (the game crash when I close the game but this isn't a problem). I have to play it in minimal obviously. Diablo 3 run better. in general, but long time since I didn't played it on linux.
arch, FX-8350 and R9 280X OC. With an nvidia GPU you'll probably have better performances.
Now is playonlinux/wine overatted ? yes. I just want blizzard to port their games on linux. They got devs that actually play on linux Diablo 3 (maybe other games, but D3 was confirmed).
>>try linux ubuntu and arch
>>post in linuxquestions forum asking for help with drivers for gpu
>>get called an autistic social pleb fag
holy shit it's hilarious
linuxquestions is primarily the support platform for slackware. Try asking on the arch forum about an ubuntu question and see how they react.
You were banned because you're a fucking moron.
Can somebody enlighten me on what are file descriptors?
I was reading about I/O redirection and author just introduces the word 'file descriptor' without giving any explanation about it.
Can somebody exlain it to me in simple words?
>While we have referred to first three of these file streams as standard input, output and error, the shell references them as file descriptors 0, 1 and 2 respectively.
What is file stream?
Which distro ships best optimized and most stable latest KDE?
I tried Fedora for one day and its fucking with my graphics (e.g. very often windows are totally black unless I minimize/maximize or open/close them several times and many other weird graphics bugs...).
Hey guys, I'm an old time fan for Crunchbang, it was my first Linux distribution and it was fun to use. Scene there's now two distributions hoping to fill the shoes of Crunchbang, what are the difference between them?
Is there anyone that uses laptop with nvidia optimus graphics? What is the best distro/DE that handles the best this technology?
The only thing that specfic to Arch is the installation, in which you have to find the equivalent of the packages AND the package manager for your distro, aside from that all of it should be the same, assuming you're systemd.
Search for another explanation then, it's really not that hard to find like a million web pages giving a millions descriptions of it.
>Do you think I would post here if I was that smart?
I think you're lazy.
Anyone got a better way to launch gui apps from the terminal?
My laptop boots with default just the one terminal open, if I want to browse I usually<browser name> &
to launch in the background, if I want to edit a file with a graphical editor and require root I willgksudo <editor name> <file name>
I guess I could just hit the search button or bind a key to a launchy type program, but does that have advantages over this method?
Guys, I´m using Elementary OS. I installed Word, Excel and PowerPoint through Wine, and they are working really well. Is there a way to get their icons to appear in the dock when they´re open, instead of Wine´s?
0 = standard input(stdin) = </<<
1 = standard output(stdout) = >/>>
2 = standard error output(stderr) = 2>/2>>
Try this and feel the difference:
echo "now you see me" 1>&2
echo "now you don't" 2> /dev/null 1>&2
B-but using Office is so comfy anon.
In some quarters, it's politically correct to call the Linux operating system the “GNU/Linux operating system.” The problem with “Linux” is that there is no completely correct way to name it because it was written by many different people in a vast, distributed development effort. Technically speaking, Linux is the name of the operating system's kernel, nothing more. The kernel is very important of course, since it makes the operating system go, but it's not enough to form a complete operating system.
Enter Richard Stallman, the genius-philosopher who founded the Free Software movement, started the Free Software Foundation, formed the GNU Project, wrote the first version of the GNU C Compiler (gcc), created the GNU General Public License (the GPL), etc., etc., etc. He insists that you call it “GNU/Linux” to properly reflect the contributions of the GNU Project. While the GNU Project predates the Linux kernel, and the project's contributions are extremely deserving of recognition, placing them in the name is unfair to everyone else who made significant contributions.
Besides, I think “Linux/GNU” would be more technically accurate since the kernel boots first and everything else runs on top of it. In popular usage, “Linux” refers to the kernel and all the other free and open source software found in the typical Linux distribution; that is, the entire Linux ecosystem, not just the GNU components.
The operating system marketplace seems to prefer one-word names such as DOS, Windows, Solaris, Irix, AIX. I have chosen to use the popular format.
I'm a windows user and I when I jumped into linux (Debian) it was pretty easy to install. But when it came to installing such things like steam and nvidia drivers everything was quite daunting and I couldn't really follow any video guides to help me. I want to get back to linux but I feel like I should've prepared myself a bit better.
Is there a guide to basic tasks on linux, things like adding no repos, installing, killing, uninstall, updating programs, and etc?
Not this crap again.
Please refer to pic related.
debian reference for dpkg/apt
arch wiki for pacman
access.redhat for whatever they use. rpm, yum or some shit idk
and all of those sites are excellent for getting the basics. openSUSE has a decent looking community and is well documented p sure.
Can I get some networking help? I'm renting a server from linode. I used ubuntu 14.04, and followed these 2 guides to set it up
I installed apache and that works fine. I installed ruby and rails and started the server on port 3000, but I can't access it. I've added rules to iptables but it still doesn't work.
Anyone know what's wrong? Anything else I need to configure and where can I look to debug this?
Odd Linux only issue?
Visiting Senpai, I connected my phone to her WiFi.
I connect my other Senpaitachi devices.
My own Laptop with Mint on it won't connect, it sees the network but appears to fail in authentication. Same WiFi key as used earlier.
HI all, just got a fresh install of openSUSE Tumbleweed w/ GNOME.
I used to use xfce with thunar. but now I'm liking how the GNOME files manager looks. Is there a way to open up the directory in files from terminal? I used to be able to just use "thunar" and it would open thunar to the directory the terminal was in. When I try "nautilus" it just opens to my home dir.
I want to keep using kde4 as my desktop OS, but receive updates (if any) to kde and regular updates to the rest of the system.
What distro should I go with for this?
Jessie still has kde4 but is that my only option these days?
Okay, so today i received chromebook (Toshiba CB30) and i am trying to install pure linux on it. Trying to do everything like it written in instructions, however, i cannot access SeaBios (it beeps two times at me). Also had no success in enabling write mode in crosh shell to excecute set_gbb_flags.sh, internets have no help or i am bad in searching. So anyone had this problem? Also it is possible to fully format it?
Is there actually a significant difference between Nvidia and AMD cards/drivers when playing games through Wine?
I have a spare Nvidia car lying around but it's much weaker than the AMD I'm using now, so any tests would be pretty skewed.
I installed Linux Mint on my HDD. I want to dual boot windows for some games that don't work well in wine. What's the best way for me to dual boot? I'd like for it to ask:
"Which OS do youwant to boot?
1.) Linux Mint
2.) WIndows 7
Or something along those lines.
I recently install Ubuntu coming from Linux Mint and am having an issue with multi-monitors.
Is there a way to delete one of the panels? Playing some games in windowed-fullscreen mode can get annoying with the panel at top. Mint had an option to just get rid of one.
The easiest method is to install windows, install mint in another partition and it will come automatically.
The default setup will give you a couple of safe options (boot last working kernel or something).
If you want to just have two options, there is an easy to read config file you can edit.
If you prefer to use a gui, there is a couple available.
If you don't want to start over, just install grub on the boot partition.
Ideally, you want to install Windows first then install Linux Mint.
That way your Linux install detects the Windows install and adds an entry in the GRUB for you to select between Windows or Linux.
are there any distros that can use my switchable graphics on my macbook pro?
im pretty sure anything that isn't uefi can't use it so what distros play nicely on a macbook that support uefi
Bump for this.
I feel like I'm missing something. Here's my netstat and iptables.Proto Recv-Q Send-Q Local Address Foreign Address State PID/Program name
tcp 0 0 0.0.0.0:22 0.0.0.0:* LISTEN 3104/sshd
tcp 0 0 127.0.0.1:3000 0.0.0.0:* LISTEN 8370/ruby
tcp6 0 0 :::80 :::* LISTEN 8124/apache2
tcp6 0 0 :::22 :::* LISTEN 3104/sshd
tcp6 0 0 ::1:3000 :::* LISTEN 8370/ruby
Chain INPUT (policy ACCEPT 0 packets, 0 bytes)
pkts bytes target prot opt in out source destination
0 0 ACCEPT all -- lo * 0.0.0.0/0 0.0.0.0/0
0 0 REJECT all -- !lo * 127.0.0.0/8 0.0.0.0/0 reject-with icmp-port-unreachable
10 376 ACCEPT icmp -- * * 0.0.0.0/0 0.0.0.0/0 state NEW icmptype 8
631 37196 ACCEPT tcp -- * * 0.0.0.0/0 0.0.0.0/0 tcp dpt:22 state NEW
54 2472 ACCEPT tcp -- * * 0.0.0.0/0 0.0.0.0/0 tcp dpt:80 state NEW
18 792 ACCEPT tcp -- * * 0.0.0.0/0 0.0.0.0/0 tcp dpt:443 state NEW
0 0 ACCEPT tcp -- * * 0.0.0.0/0 0.0.0.0/0 tcp dpt:3000 state NEW
19533 11M ACCEPT all -- * * 0.0.0.0/0 0.0.0.0/0 state RELATED,ESTABLISHED
974 73507 LOG all -- * * 0.0.0.0/0 0.0.0.0/0 limit: avg 5/min burst 5 LOG flags 0 level 7 prefix "iptables_INPUT_denied: "
1000 82758 REJECT all -- * * 0.0.0.0/0 0.0.0.0/0 reject-with icmp-port-unreachable
What's the deal with Mir and Wayland?
I was reading some anon's comments but they didn't add up, he said that no one will support Mir because Ubumtoes but I read elsewhere that Nvidia plan to support both. Intel seems like it won't support Mir though, which I guess is pretty bad.
Why did Shitheadworth even have to create a new X11 alternative anyways?
>Friendly Linux Thread
>download debian live image
>ask for user/pass
>try debian/debian nope
>try admin/admin nope
>try user/user nope
>try user/pass nope
>try busty/tits nope
>try nigger/nigger nope
>go back to windoze7
I think no one really understands their point, because it doesn't even make sense. Mir was/is(?) a copy of Wayland/Weston, it's supposed to be relatively compatible with it...
I have no idea about this, but all of this drama sounds like a group of devs at canonical misunderstood something, forked the work of the Wayland devs, understood their mistake but just kept doing it out of shame.
also, judging by the shit I've seen, looks like canonical employees are a bunch of useless fucks that just want to profit from it.
I have this regex
I want to use this so that if THE exists then it will be replaced with "$2, The" (instead of "The $2) but I can't seem to find a way to introduce a comma after the $2.
>I think what canoncycle is doing with mir is just one step in their goal to become a closed ecosystem like apple. as for intel not supporting it, well there's always arm, or they can get superchips from ibm
Hi, guys, I have intend to start using linux, but I have this weird wish.
I want to use it mostly using the cmd line, but I would like to be able to use gui based apps at times, and other programs.
Can this type of contract be satisfied?
If so, what should I read to go about learning and achieving this?
Asking about literature, because most books I have com across seem to focus on using Linux for it's server capabilities, yet I want to use it as a home user, who doesn't need every single functionality of a desktop os, or a windows os etc.
yeah, just install a light wm and use look into ncurses for your no gui stuff and just when you want to use a gui program you can launch it from whaterve terminal you're in. oh and if you're gonna do lot's of stuff from the terminal you'll want to get tmux or something simmilar
that's pretty much what i do
>cli email client
>cli file manager
>cli irc client
>cli audio player
>cli rss feed reader
>cli text editor
>cli password manager
the only thing i need a gui for are things like web browsers, image editors, office suite programs, and miscellaneous other things that happen to only have a gui available
emacs can do a lot of stuff
tiling wms like i3,awesome,ratpoison speed up workflow when using cli stuff
also programs you should look at:
Installed xubuntu. Wireless won't work. Detects my network, I type the password, and it attempts to connect before eventually just stopping, no error message, no "couldn't connect", just nothing, it just stops. Nothing works. Why does nothing ever work.
sigh. i really wanted to try out Linux but if this is how it's going to be, well, fuck it. I'm about done with computers in general anyway, nothing ever, ever, ever works the way it's supposed to.
I switched to i3 recently and it's great except my fucking screen shuts off every 10 min. How the fuck do I get it to not do that? I tried playing with xset dpms but none of it seems to do anything, I even put it in my config and made it always execute but still nothing.
try manually connecting withifconfig <interface name> up
wpa_passphrase <ssid> <password> > /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf
wpa_supplicant -B -i <interface name> -c /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf
Before I do research (pardon my ignorance) do you guys know of a macro recorder/player that records mouse movements/keystrokes and then plays them exactly?
Most windows macro applications don't record pixel perfect and at the same intervals, which is what I need. I have one but want to switch windows servers to ubuntu.
I guess you'd have to export the relevant keys from the registry in windows, and import them in POL. also, put the files in the same paths, etc.. as >>51545753 says, I doubt it's possible, but... just try it
Different fag, trying this for another issue but similar.
When I enter passphrase it says it has to be between 8 and 64 characters. My passphrase is 10 char. Is there something I need to insert to delimit the SSID and Passphrase?
/dev/sda1 1442010172 71160 1412619988 1% /storage
But that's way less than it should be if it's counting system reserved, seeing as it's showing 22GB on gparted (and if that was 5% 2% would be ~8GB)
How do I change the colors on the tag indicator in i3? Pic related
you didnt look hard enough you goof
>>51546748# Start i3bar to display a workspace bar (plus the system information i3status
# finds out, if available)
status_command i3status -c /home/lazyfuckinganon/.i3/i3status.conf
urgent_workspace #ffffff #ff0000
# focused_workspace #ffffff #535D6C
#focused_workspace #ffffff #9932CC
#active_workspace #ffffff #DA70D6
#inactive_workspace #888888 #242424
#urgent_workspace #ffffff #32CD32
Okay. I'm uninstalling Linux, tomorrow, because it's 1:30AM and I am so fucking sick of this shit. No matter what I do, Linux will not connect to my fucking wifi. I have been trying for hours and hours, trying all kinds of solutions, different network managers, this, that, everything. I have had it up to here with computers in general, because nothing, ever, works, the fucking way it's goddamned supposed to. Ever. I already decided to fuck off PC gaming and buy a PS4, and, with this, hell, I might as well scrap computers altogether and just get a laptop to watch youtube and talk to my friends on. I am sick to fucking death of nothing ever fucking working. This shit with Linux is the last straw. I'm fucking done. Fuck computers. Fuck everything.
Oh yeah, and that's to say nothing of the fact that trying to install amd drivers just makes it ask for my password and then proceed to do FUCK ALL. I forgot about that part. Yeah, fuck all of this horseshit.
Hey linuxfam. I'm moving from Xubuntu to Fedora Cinnamon. To keep my data on the HDD I bought a separate SSD that I am going to install Fedora on. I will first d/c the HDD and just install on the SSD. Then I will reconnect the HDD and mount it. But I have no fucking clue what to do next.
Do I need to use Gnome Disks or something else to point all downloads, music, video, documents folders to there?
Also, do I need to anything special on Fedora to set up TRIM etc on the SSD or is that all pre configured?
I recently got a computer cheap from a community center and found out they preinstalled Ubuntu on it with MATE. I gotta say, it actually feels pretty great to use. Feels more comfy then Windows ever did.
If that Vulkan plugin takes off, I wouldn't be surprised if more and more people start using Mint and Ubuntu to play games because of Windows 10 being a tablet OS for tower PCs full of spyware shit.
I just installed openSUSE and I'm getting really weird graphical glitches, particularly the mouse leaves a giant trail whenever I move it. Will downloading the official GPU drivers fix this?
Does anyone know how to get i3 layout saving to work with steam and skype? Steam seems to not be working since when it starts it displays a small window, that the i3 layout swallows, meaning the full steam window just opens normally.
Skype I can't figure out, the layout for it won't swallow it at all (the window I have for the skype message window swallows correctly though)
Update: I Googled the network adapter model and followed the method posted over here
I've rebooted the laptop a number of times and it seems that the problem's gone, thanks guys!
So if I try to access ot at all now (including with partitioning tools) I get I/O error (including on startup, meaning it cant mount) until I shutdowb (rebooting doesnt fix it). Then it can mount again, but if I try and access it again it stops working again
A few questions about AMD's graphics drivers. I have R9 270 and I'm using the proprietary drivers, but I get terrible performance in 3D games. I haven't really tried the open drivers, since Linux wouldn't recognise my second monitor when using them. I would try them again but that would require uninstalling my current drivers.
Is there anyone here who has an AMD card and plays games on Linux?
so don't use gnome, antergos installer has the option to choose from virtually every major de, and also openbox
yeah opensuse is kinda shit, do you have access to another computer, or can you run a live version of opensuse, and have a spare flashdrive? if so then you can go live, download windows iso or another linux, and burn it to the other flash drive
Yeah I'm currently installing a windows iso on my laptop to a USB. If I format the linux partitions in repair mode will it get rid of GRUB as well? or will I end up fucking my shit up harder as GRUB tries to boot the non-existent OS?
AMD is quite messy, because there are multiple drivers for multiple versions of hardware, each one with its own stage of development, bugs, etc., and all of the drivers for the most recent hardware is still in development... so you need a very recent stack to take advantage of some features, and even then, some things may be buggy.
anyway, I suggest you start by checking this page:
here you can find a list of codenames for AMD HW: http://wiki.x.org/wiki/RadeonFeature/#decoderringforengineeringvsmarketingnames
Linux Mint. I was under the assumption that free drivers are generally worse than proprietary ones because of my previous bad experiences with Intel's integrated graphics, but now I am not so sure. Looking at this chart, most of the Southern Islands features seem to have been implemented.
Is it possible to have multiple drivers installed and switch between them by editing some config file?
the oldest cards have less bugs, afaiu.
yes, use a distro with a newer kernel, or try this: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Kernel/LTSEnablementStack
the problem with ubuntu and derivatives is that the driver for the latest AMD cards needs a newer version of certain compiler (LLVM)
really, if you can use a bleeding edge distro, try that instead of ubuntu/mint. the situation is relatively bad, but things keep improving FAST
Guys, my PC has 2 SSDs and 2 HDDs, one of them having two partitions. I installed Elementary OS in one of the SSDs and it has no problem accessing the other HDs, but for some reason it cant see one of the partitions of my 500GB HD. The other one works normally and I can see it.
The 500GB HD has no OS installed on it. What could be the problem?
I´m trying to use Linux as my main OS for the first time, sorry if I´m being stupid.
So I should be fine if I update the kernel, uninstall fglrx and install x.org drivers, right?
I have also considered other distros, but Mint has worked fine for me for almost two years now. I also really like the package manager. It's a bit of a nuisance when I have to add repositories to get the newest versions of applications like Krita or mpv, though.
Which "bleeding edge" distros could you recommend?
>So I should be fine if I update the kernel, uninstall fglrx and install x.org drivers, right?
>Which "bleeding edge" distros could you recommend?
honestly, I don't know the current state of things, what you want to use your card for or the things you are ready to accept... but, try installing the latest ubuntu/fedora in USB drives, and see if any of those is OK for you
I'm just looking to get some games running on Linux, mainly Final Fantasy 14, just so I don't have to boot into Windows as much. I don't have any problem using non-free software, even though free is preferred.
Looking at the Arch wiki, Arch doesn't seem that intimidating anymore. I have also heard good things about the package manager. I will look into that.
I've got to piss off now, it's almost 7 am where I live. Thank you for your help anon(s).