[arch-general] Arch box fine tuning

Arno Gaboury arnaud.gaboury at gmail.com
Thu Jun 14 05:01:46 EDT 2012

Hi everybody,

after a few months of running ArchLinux, I feel more comfortable to fine 
tune my box, and will be happy to get some advices.

I am far from being an expert, but usually manage to understand what I 
am doing and  achieve my goals, even if it takes time and a lot of 
reading and googling. I can qualified myself as a n00b++.

My Arch is installed on a SSD with a /boot, / and /usr partitions on it. 
/home is on another  2T SATA HD. My box dual boot with Ubuntu, even if I 
don't use it much often now (I wanted to start with Ubuntu to learn, 
then switch gradually to Arch).
The host is a 4 CPU I7 3.4 Mhz with 32 RAM.

Here are the changes I plan to make:

-convert from MBR to GPT. I understand GPT is more convenient, and the 
move seems quite trivial using gdisk.
-install GRUB2 on the SSD, as until now it was on Ubuntu, and I want to 
be able to totally delete this distro.
-copy my separate /usr partition to my / on the SSD, as a separate /usr 
is not very convenient. I manage it, but would like to stick to upstream.
-install compiz over my XFCE, to be able to give position to my app 
windows. I want somethimg simple, so maybe don't need the whole group.
-build my own Kernel to light it, and maybe give a try to Liquorix
-OC my GPU (Nvidia 560 GTX) with nvclock.
-create some VM, but I think I am quite OK as I already trained on 
Ubuntu and the result was fine. I want to install Debian squeeze to run 
as a web server. Here again, just a training as my final plan is to 
build a professional website using a remote dedicated Linux server.

As experienced users, maybe some of you have some good advices about all 
this. I usually do everything following Archwiki, very well writen and 

TY in advance for sharing experience and hints.

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