Moving to Arch Linux Desktop in 2021

In April 2021 I decided to start using Arch Linux as a Desktop OS after testing it throughout 2020. I moved from Debian to Fedora at the start of 2021 and liked the experience but failed to grasp how to complete a Fedora minimal install and customize it with i3wm. Instead, I installed the default Fedora Workstation with Gnome as a DE and installed i3wm as an alternative. This worked great and I enjoyed it, however, I have decided to move to Arch as I find it is a superior learning experience than customizing Fedora Workstation. Managing an Arch Linux installation is not hard, success depends on actively monitoring development news and reading official documentation on how to operate and solve problems. I have encountered few problems in my 2020 and April 2021 time testing Arch. In conclusion, I can say that:

  • Arch Linux works better on my machine than Debian 10 Buster or Fedora Linux.
  • Debian runs great, however, Arch does perform faster and includes recent app versions by default.
  • I still prefer Debian on embedded devices like the Beaglebone Black and virtual servers.