Setting up Arch

Now that I have the OpenBSD install humming along securely on my primary hard drive, it’s time to set up Arch Linux and my Windows VM on the mSATA drive.  I want to make sure that I take the same care with the privacy and security of this set up as well so I did more research.

It turns out that you can set up an encrypted boot volume and encrypted swap on Arch pretty easily.  The following links pointed the way for me:

After getting the base system up and running, I installed Gnome3 and GDM to make it as similar to my OpenBSD set up as I could.

I then installed Oracle’s VirtualBox software and was able to get Windows 8.1 up and running.  The only hiccup I ran into was that I had to disable 3D acceleration in VirtualBox or the Windows VM would hang on startup.  Sounds like there is a little glitch there that would be nice to get fixed.

At this point, I now have a system that can be easily dual booted by choosing the right boot volume from the BIOS at start up time and both are very similarly configured.

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