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Frequently Asked Questions


Why another distribution? Aren't there enough of them?
Is Chakra for me? I am a complete Linux newbie
I've heard Arch Linux is not very user friendly, is that true?
Why the name "Chakra"? It sounds very spiritual
"KDEmod"? You had to rename KDE?
Isn't your slogan a bit weird? I dont understand it




Why another distribution? Aren't there enough of them?

Because there is nothing like Chakra yet, and we wanted to create our "dream distro" and implement our own concepts about how a GNU/Linux distro should look and feel. Also notice that Chakra is not a "real distribution" but rather a distrolet. We are still using the standard Arch Linux repositories and packages, except our customized KDE(mod) packages and extra tools. Upon installation, Chakra will be transformed into a real, unmodified Arch Linux - with the added luxury of our packages, graphical tools and a nice installation routine.


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Is Chakra for me? I am a complete Linux newbie

Depends on your general attitude. Although our installer will make it easy for you to install Arch Linux, you should be willing to read documentation, do things you maybe dont understand yet and learn a lot of stuff about GNU/Linux. Just prepare to read a lot of pages in the Arch Linux wiki (and several other locations) and you should find your way through it. Remember: If you are not the "pragmatic one" and dont want to learn and take full control over your computer but rather use a "point and click" system, you may go better by using one of the many other distributions for now, although they will not give you the clarity, power and simplicity of Arch Linux.


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I've heard Arch Linux is not very user friendly, is that true?

In contrast to many other distributions, Arch does not hide the system under some obscure "administrative layer" (automating scripts, bloated frontends, funky daemons etc) that make it hard for a newbie to understand the foundations of GNU/Linux, because he/she has to learn a lot of (probably badly documented or hackish) distro-specific stuff at first. With Arch Linux, this will not happen at all and you only have to acquire a minimum of distro-specific knowledge (mainly pacman and rc.conf). Also our graphical tools do not add another layer of obfuscation between you and the system, but use the system config files directly. This goes hand-in-hand with our philosophy for Chakra: Never change the system to accommodate the tools, but make the tools accommodate the system.

The term "user friendliness" depends on how you see it. At first you should realize that you always have to learn something when using a new operating system, let it be Linux, Mac OS X or Windows - it's all the same in this regard. We think a system is user friendly when it is clear and simple and does not hide or obfuscate stuff (as said above). We also believe in the term "knowledge is power", so users should rather understand the stuff they use instead of developers trying to make it "easy", "grandma-safe" or "usable like some other OS". You can see it like this: properly educated users are worth a lot more than people who just want to "use stuff" without ever reading a manual. This is also accurate for users of other operating systems, for example on Windows: Brain.exe is still the best way to avoid viruses, malware and such stuff ;)

Arch Linux is fast, lightweight, flexible and and most of the parts under the hood are quite simple to understand and tweak, which makes it the perfect distro to "learn the ropes" on. If you are a "pragmatic one" and want to learn a lot about GNU/Linux in almost no time, then Arch Linux will probably one of the best available starting points for you.

However, newcomers to Arch must expect to read and have a do-it-yourself approach to just about everything; anything less and they will be disappointed. We empower you, and you must learn to handle that :-)


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Why the name "Chakra"? It sounds very spiritual

Uhm, well, to explain that, here is one of our first logo "designs":


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"KDEmod"? You had to rename KDE?

No, not at all :) When providing packages, you need to take care of their (file) names. Obviously, the "kde" prefix was already taken by the Arch [extra] KDE packages, so we needed someting else and the "kdemod-" prefix was born. All in all this fits in quite nicely, as KDEmod is both a modularized and modded set of KDE packages.

To make it clear: It is not a fork of KDE or something. KDEmod is just a naming prefix for a bunch of KDE packages, a selection of patches, and the tools to build them, so it still is KDE. Besides the modularity, some minor icon changes, a small tag in the about dialogs and maybe the one or other backported feature, you wont notice much of a difference to "regular" KDE.

KDEmod is also a playground for us developers, to develop and introduce new features in KDE and the Arch packaging tools. All in all, one could see it as "stable KDE with some experimental features and partly better Arch integration, made for enthusiasts."


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Isn't your slogan a bit weird? I dont understand it

Well, the long version is "Trust only movement. Life happens at the level of events, not of words. Trust movement." by Alfred Adler, and we think it fits perfectly to the fast moving world of KDE and especially Arch Linux... We are also a bunch of really weird, bearded guys and we just like freaky slogans and talking gibberish. Maybe our past as supermodels is the cause, but who knows...


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