[arch-general] Arch box fine tuning

Arno Gaboury arnaud.gaboury at gmail.com
Thu Jun 14 05:30:15 EDT 2012

On 06/14/2012 11:01 AM, Arno Gaboury wrote:
> 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 understandable.
> TY in advance for sharing experience and hints.
I installed nvclock, and doesn't work with my card. It seems rater 
outdated. Uninstalled it.
AS for building the Kernel, I will start using my current config file 
(proc/config.gz if I am right) and gradually with menu config removed 
unused parts. Does anyone have a good and comprehensive pointer for all 
menus in menuconfig, as I do not a lot about hardware?


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