If you’re a Linux enthusiast searching for a customizable, rolling-release distro with a lean nature, then you have likely thought about installing Arch Linux. This blog post will guide you through the process of downloading and installing Arch Linux.
Before proceeding with installing Arch Linux, ensure your system meets the following requirements:
- An x86_64 (i.e., 64 bit) compatible machine
- Minimum 512MB of RAM (2GB recommended)
- Internet connection
Downloading Arch Linux
To download the latest version of Arch Linux, visit the official Arch Linux download page at https://archlinux.org/download/. It is recommended to download the ISO via a torrent client as it generally provides a faster, more reliable download, but direct download links are also available.
After downloading, you’ll have an ISO image file named something similar to archlinux-YYY.MM.DD-x86_64.iso, where YYY.MM.DD indicates the version date.
Creating a Bootable USB Stick
With the ISO file downloaded, the next step is to create a bootable USB stick. This can be done with the ‘dd‘ command:
sudo dd bs=4M if=path/to/archlinux.iso of=/dev/sdx status=progress && sync
Replace path/to/archlinux.iso with the path where the image file is stored and /dev/sdx with your USB drive. Be very careful with this step, as choosing the wrong drive could lead to data loss.
Boot into the Live Environment
Now you are ready to boot into the Arch Linux live environment. Restart your computer and boot from the USB drive. If done correctly, you should see the Arch Linux prompt.
Once you are in the live environment, you can proceed with the installation of Arch Linux which involves several steps such as partitioning the hard drive, installing the base system, configuring the system (e.g., language, network, bootloader). These steps are beyond the scope of this blog post, but detailed instructions can be found in the official Arch Linux Installation Guide.
This post walked you through the process of downloading Arch Linux and creating a bootable USB stick. The next steps involve a more hands-on installation process that allows you to customize your Arch Linux installation to your liking. Happy tinkering!