Windows 10: Graphical installer for Arch Linux - VM really fast on Windows hosts

Discus and support Graphical installer for Arch Linux - VM really fast on Windows hosts in Windows 10 Virtualization to solve the problem; Hi folks for those who want to try Arch Linux as a VM (or even as a Host) but have always felt a bit intimidated by it - there's an easy graphical... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Virtualization' started by jimbo45, Nov 17, 2020.

  1. jimbo45 Win User

    Graphical installer for Arch Linux - VM really fast on Windows hosts


    Hi folks
    for those who want to try Arch Linux as a VM (or even as a Host) but have always felt a bit intimidated by it - there's an easy graphical installer you can use . It will ensure also latest packages and kernel is installed (currently 5.9.8-arch1-1).

    The installer simply asks a load of simple questions and then installs the whole thing for you -- you can get a running system working within about 10 mins even on modest hardware -- installs easily on VMWare, VBOX or even HYPER-V.

    Choose your own GUI, keyboard layout, software etc. Unlike other distros the default only included basic -- no bloat so you can have a small lean system and you can partition manually or auto partition - installer contains a graphical package manager (GPARTED)

    Here's the link to the installer :

    Zen Installer download | SourceForge.net

    Have fun - and don't be put off by reports that the system is too difficult to manage / administer.

    Cheers
    jimbo

    :)
     
    jimbo45, Nov 17, 2020
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  2. Arch is for Linux Power Users

    Wow you really have bad luck.

    I've made VMs of Centos, OpenSUSE, Ubuntu, Fedora, Linux Mint and various other distros and I've never experienced those issues.
    Installing drivers is horrible though. *Sad

    Arch is for Linux Power Users.
     
    lehnerus2000, Nov 17, 2020
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  3. jimbo45 Win User
    Windows HOST, attach Linux external USB to Linux VM


    Hi there

    I usually run a LINUX HOST for testing Windows VM's - but I need to test some new releases of various Linux distros so I've created some VM's --easy enough and running them on a Windows Host.

    However I can't attach a USB drive with a Linux file system (XFS) to the VM as the Windows HOST rejects the HDD wanting me to format it !!. There's 2.7 TB of media files on it - I want to test running media server in a VM.

    Anybody know how to bypass the Windows nag prompt about the HDD and be able to attach it direct to the VM.

    (The other way round is no problem -- never a problem loading NTFS HDD's on to Linux machines -- however the NTFS file system is SLOW compared with XFS -- on USB3 device on Native windows transfer rate of 1 TB of files from fast NTFS HDD to NTFS USB3 device is max 82 Mib/s - average for whole transfer. On same machine with Native Linux and XFS to XFS (using same HDD's and USB 3 port avg speed is 350 mib/s !! -- HUGE difference !!!).

    Note I have to have a Windows Host for this --I know I could run Linux VM's from a Linux Host but in this case I do have to use a Windows Host as that will be the destination system at the end of testing.

    BTW I'm running VMWARE workstation 12.1 on W10 Pro Host.

    Cheers
    jimbo
     
    jimbo45, Nov 17, 2020
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  4. jimbo45 Win User

    Graphical installer for Arch Linux - VM really fast on Windows hosts

    Windows HOST, attach Linux external USB to Linux VM


    Hi there

    re-installed vmware WKS 12, updated to 12.1 via automatic update -- now working fine -- no problem attaching HDD's with Linux Fs.

    PLEX on Linux VM working fine and serving to remote TV's / Chromecasts using Linux HDD's. Host Windows 10 x-64 PRO.


    Graphical installer for Arch Linux - VM really fast on Windows hosts [​IMG]



    Graphical installer for Arch Linux - VM really fast on Windows hosts [​IMG]


    Cheers
    jimbo
     
    jimbo45, Nov 17, 2020
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