Live Installer for Arch Linux
Installing Arch Linux with Architect Linux Installer
Architect Linux is a powerful easy to use installer for Arch Linux. The Architect installer is a online installer that will allow you to build an Arch Linux distribution using all the latest packages that are currently available.
The Architect installer iso image can be downloaded from the following site:
Download Architect Linux
Once you have downloaded the iso image of the "Architect Linux" installer, you will need to burn this image to a blank DVD. For software that can do this, search for "dvd iso burning software" in the search box located towards the top of this page. Your system may already have CD/DVD burning software installed such as "Brasero, K3B, Nero, CDBurnerXP or Roxio". Once you have burned your "iso" image of Architect Linux to your DVD, you will need to leave the DVD in the DVD drive and reboot your system. (Assuming that this system is your intended target for installation). As your system reboots, you will need to press the appropriate key to access your system's BIOS settings. On many systems this key will be "F8", "F11" or "F12". Most systems will display the a message indicating which key needs to be pressed. Once you have access to your BIOS settings, you will need to modify the boot sequence order of your system to boot from CD/DVD first. Once you have made this change, you can reboot your system and follow the instructions below. If you are using Virtualization software like VirtualBox, simply copy the iso image to the relevant system folder.
Architect Linux Installer
To start your installation of Arch Linux, simply highlight the "Boot Architect Linux (x86_64)" option and press enter. Your installation will now start.
Active Network Detected
The Architect Installer requires a live connection to enable the downloading of the latest Installation Framework.
Select the language to be used during your installation. In the example, I have chosen "English".
Welcome to Architect Installation Framework
The installer will now download the latest packages that are available from the Arch repositories. To navigate the menu system, you will need to use the "UP/DOWN/LEFT/RIGHT" arrow keys to highlight your selections. You can use the Tab key to switch between buttons. Press "Enter" to confirm your choices.
Each step must be followed in the correct order. Once all steps have been carried out successfully, you must choose the option "Done" to finalise your installation.
Select Virtual Console
Select the keymap that matches your Country/Language. In the example "uk" has been chosen.
The configuration of a mirror list is optional, however, it is recommended as it allows you to select a source that is closer to your location. This will allow for a quicker installation.
Generate List By Country
The mirrorlist will contain the addresses of servers that can be used by the package manager "pacman". The pacman installer will access the list in order.
Select your country then confirm your choice. A list will be generated containing mirrors from the chosen country.
You should now see a list of addresses that can be used as by your system. To exit this view press "Ctrl + X"
Sort By Fastest List
To find the fastest server within your list, you can select option "3". The list will be re-ordered placing the fastest servers at the top of the list.
List Devices (Optional)
This option will list your Devices/Partitions.
This option will offer various methods for the partitioning of your hard drive.
Your available devices will be shown here. IN this example, I have only one single disk "/dev/sda"
From this screen, numerous options are available to aid you with the partitioning of your chosen disk. In this example, I am going with the "Auto Partition" option. My chosen disk will be automatically partitioned. If you are more familiar with partitioning tools, you may wish to choose one of the other manual partitioning tools that are listed.
Auto Partition Tool
From this screen, you will need to confirm that you are happy to continue with the displayed option.
Your partitioning layout will be displayed. Use the "EXIT" option to continue.
Logical Volume Management (Optional)
For this installation, I have opted to not use Logical Volume Management.
Next choose the option to "Mount" partitions.
Select ROOT Partition
From this screen we can see which partition our Arch Linux distribution will be installed to. In this example it is "sda1"
Choose Filesystem Type
From this screen we can choose what type of filesystem to use. In the example I have chosen "ext4".
Select SWAP Partition
If using a swapfile this will be created as the same size of your physical memory (RAM)
Continue with Installation
To continue select the option "Back"
The next options are for the installation of the Base.
Refresh Pacman Keys
This option is used for the downloading of the latest keys for package signing.
This option will take you to the kernel selection menu.
Select a kernel
From this screen you have the option to choose which kernel you would like to use with your system. In the example, option "1" has been chosen to use the "Latest Kernel".
The following option will allow you to choose a boot loader for your system. A bootloader is used by your system's BIOS for loading a kernel on your system and initiating the boot process.
Two options are available. Grub2 and Syslinux. In this example I have chosen the option "Grub2".
Confirm Bootloader Location
At this screen you will need to confirm the location to be used for the installation of your bootloader.
Install Wireless Device Firmware
This option will take you to a list of available wireless devices that can be installed.
Select Wireless Device Firmware
Here you can choose which devices to install. You may even install all available with the "All" option.
To continue with the installation and configure the base select this option. From the menu screen that follow you will set your hostname, TimeZone and other system information.
Configuring the Base
select each option in turn and provide the requested information.
This option will create the entries that are used for the mounting of devices and partitions automatically (mount table). Several options are available. In the example I have used the "UUID/PARTUUID)" option.
At this option you must supply a unique name for your computer that will be used on your network. In the example, I have chosen to set the hostname to "arch01".
Configure User Accounts
From the following screens you will be asked to provide a password for the "root" account. You also have the option to add other users. Simply follow the on screen instructions.
The following option allows you to install a desktop onto your system.
Install Graphics, Input and Sound Drivers
Before installing graphics card driver(s) or desktop environments other packages are needed first. These include alsa (sound), xorg-* (X Window System) and xf86-input* (open source drivers for input devices). Click OK for these packages to be installed - you may be prompted to install individual components depending on your hardware configuration.
Install Desktop (Environment(s)
Multiple desktop and windows managers are available to install. To continue with the installation of a Desktop select this option.
Install Desktop (Environment(s)
Multiple desktop and windows managers are available to install. Use the UP/DOWN arrows to highlight your choice. In the example, I have chosen to install the "Gnome Desktop" with the "Extra" package option.
Install Common Packages
Some environments require common packages to be installed. To install these packages select the option "YES".
This option is used to create an initramfs.
Review Configuration Files
You can use this option to review your configuration files. This item is optional.
This option is used to finalise your installation. You will now see a message indicating the completion of your installation. A reboot is now necessary to use your system. Remember to remove any media from your drives.
First Boot - Login Screen
As your system boots, you will see various information displayed on your screen. Once the system has loaded, you will be presented with a login screen. Here you will need to select the user you created earlier enter enter the associated password.
As your system boots, you will see various information displayed on your screen. Once the system has loaded, you will be presented with a login screen. Here you will need to select the user you created earlier and enter the corresponding password.