Hello, I do have quite some experiences with Linux Distos (in the last couple of years mainly Ubuntu). Now I have shifted to ARCH. I am going to write more about this choice in the future. Right now I would like to explain, how to get packages (in my case networkmanager-plasmoid-svn) from the AUR to my machine:
1) download a AUR-Helper, I am using yogurt (download the code on the bottom of the page.
2) Yogurt needs a
pacman -S sudo upfront, because otherwise it is not working correctly
3) as root call
visudo and add your user with the following line to the sudoers-file
username ALL=(ALL) ALL
4) change the line
sudo makepkg -s -i || error "Makepkg was unable to create or install the package." to
makepkg -s -i || error "Makepkg was unable to create or install the package."
After this „installation“ you can now install a new package using yogurt.sh (e.g. ./yogurt.sh networkmanager-plasmoid-svn). If the script asks you for a password, provide you own password.