Archbang Linux is an old dream of mankind come true: working Archlinux out of the box. Because that’s what you get after installing Archbang to your harddrive: plain vanilla Arch - the same package system, the same repositories, and the same bleeding edge rolling release. This also means, Archbang might not be for everyone, it’s actually more like a shortcut if you COULD install Arch (i.e. have done it before) but want to save an afternoon.
The 32 Bit ISO weighs less than 500MB and contains the essential OS with a simple Crunchbang- style Openbox desktop. All my hardware (eeePC 1215N) worked out of the box, except having to install Bumblebee Nvidia drivers. For your package managing needs Archbang includes packer, a pacman wrapper with included AUR access, giving you access to the latest stable version of about any piece of Linux software that is available on the internet (if that’s still not bleeding edge enough for you, there often is a Dev / Beta version in the AUR, too).
The (text based) installation process is rather smooth, but it might make sense to partition your HD before (e.g. with PartedMagic), or at least check the partition table with
fdisk -l, so you don’t accidentally overwrite your data or Windows partition … Before upgrading (
packer -Syyu) read the latest news on archlinux.org, right now there are 2 entries (filesystem upgrade, pacman verify) to considered before you can successfully upgrade Archbang 2012.05 to the latest packages.
(this is a repost from my old blog)