Arch Linux on the HP dm1z (Introduction)
This is an extremely lengthy intro. Real install post here.
Ever since got my hands on this laptop, I have been deliberating about installing Arch. For quite some time, I thought that I should stick with Windows 7 instead, since I wouldn’t have to worry about the shitload of things I still have to do when installing Arch (or Linux in general). Days passed, and performance is still in mint condition due to the fact that I have the most excellent Windows maintenance skills ever(HAHA). Every useless start up entry have been removed, leaving only those that are needed to make the system usable.
To give you an idea of how obsessive-compulsive I am with these shit:
Those are all that I keep running. The leftmost one being the printer control thingy, and the one next to it the screenshot app I used to take that….screenshot. Others normally not running in the tray, I keep them disabled until I use them.
Yep. 800~MB RAM average usage with only MediaMonkey and Firefox running. I understand that 64bit versions of OSs use more RAM than their 32-bit counterparts, but this is just too much. Plus, I still have to use my RAM for the GPU, leaving a lot less free memory. This might not be too much of an issue for you, but I like keeping things extremely simple. Even if that would mean spending hours and hours of installation and configuration to make things work the way I like them to.
I have 2GB of RAM by the way.
That was quite a long introduction wasn’t it?