My arch linux installation didn't go well (apparently I should have gone through netinstall instead of core). When I try again, should I use the Chakra project (which is supposedly easier), or should I use netinstall?
Describe where you are stuck?
Core is fine, use ethernet cable for internet connection. Being new to linux, wifi install works for many out of the box, but if not it may frustrate a bit. [https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Wireless_Setup]
You will need wpa_supplicant, wireless_tools, and the driver for your card. When you select packages from the ' [*]dev_base ' during the installation.
You'll want to try to install arch at least once successfully before moving to chakra since it's based on arch, if you have issues this will help you get used to finding answers.
Skim through the sections, then read the parts your not clear on.
It may also be a good choice to practice installing arch then chakra on virtual box before going live with your real system. Try to have another computer to read guides from while installing so you can troubleshoot.