Why I can't recommend Arch or Gentoo

Tony Baechler tony at baechler.net
Sun Oct 4 05:22:42 EDT 2015

On 10/3/2015 8:56 AM, Steve Matzura wrote:
> Thanks, Tony. I'll check this out, and the Debian one also. With at
> least three highly-recommended Linux's out there, it's hard to decide
> which one to choose and use.

Well, there is no right Linux distro.  I personally don't like Arch (thus 
the original thread) but you might prefer it.  I didn't even get into Fedora 
which is also highly recommended.  All you can do is try different ones 
until you find one you like.

> Since I'll be in a GUI after boot, how can I increase volume for
> speech without being able to run Alsamix?

Yes, you can run alsamixer.  Press Alt-F2 and enter your command in the edit 
box.  I would do something like this:

amixer set Master playback 100

If you want alsamixer which uses Curses, check the box to run in terminal. 
If you already have an asound.state from another Linux install which works 
for you, you can copy it over the default, but that's slightly more complicated.

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