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Arch Linux

Arch Linux is an x86-64 general-purpose GNU/Linux distribution that strives to provide the latest stable versions of most software by following a rolling-release model.

The default installation is a minimal base system, configured by the user to only add what is purposely required.

Arch Linux has Pacman as package manager, which is able to resolve dependencies, automatically download and install all necessary packages.

  • Inspired by CRUX, another minimalist distribution, Judd Vinet started the Arch Linux project 11 March 2002.

Desing and Principles

Unlike popular distributions based on the Linux Kernel such as Ubuntu or Linux Mint, Arch Linux does not have automatic configuration tools, sharing the same philosophy of distributions such as Slackware.

Installing and configuring this operating system requires more than a basic level of knowledge. However, the system can be easily maintained and administered. The creators and the community refer to the following three aspects as the "philosophy":

  • Keep the system simple and lightweight by following the KISS principle.
  • The principles of the second project leader, Aaron Griffin, are also taken as a reference:
"Relying on complex tools to build and configure the operating system ends up hurting end users. If you try to hide the complexity of the system, you end up with a more complex system. Layers of abstraction that serve to hide the inner workings are never good. Instead, the internal components should be designed in such a way that they don't need to be hidden", Aaron Griffin.
  • Arch Linux allows the user to make whatever contributions they wish, as long as they do not go against the philosophy.

The design approach of the development team follows the KISS ("Keep It Simple Stupid") principle.

According to the creators and the Community, the principle is focused on elegance, accuracy, minimalism and simplicity.


The Arch Linux logos are available for press and other use, subject to the restrictions of Arch Linux trademark policy, and was designed by Thayer Williams[1] in 2007 as part of a contest to replace the previous logo.[2]


The name Arch Linux was chosen because Vinet liked the word's meaning "arch-enemy", which means the primary, the main one. The word archi-(from ancient Greek ἄρχω, arco, means to manage or to lead).

Arch Linux Overview

Items Information & References

Based on Independent, influenced by CRUX and BSD.

Developer Judd Vinet (initial)
Aaron Griffin (back)
Levente Polyák (current) & team

First release 11/03/2002

Origin Canada / International

Update method Rolling release

Architecture Arch Linux supports several processor architectures: amd64 (x86-64) (official), i686 (unofficial), ARM (unofficial), PowerPC (unofficial) and RISC-V (unofficial).

Package format Arch Linux and distributions based on it use the .pkg.tar.xz package format.

Package manager • Pacman, ibalpm (back-end), and Arch build system.

License • GPL with software and components LGPL, BSD, MIT among others.

Website -

Active Arch Linux based distributions

  • Note: Arch Linux ARM is a port of Arch Linux for ARM processors. As a port of the distribution, as opposed to a derivative, packages are released as-is with modifications made only to support building on ARM.
  1. AmOs Linux
  2. ArchBang
  3. Archcraft
  4. ArchEX
  5. Arch Hurd<
  6. Arch Linux 32
  7. Archman GNU/Linux: Is a GNU/Linux distribution based on Arch Linux, originating from Turkey, that delivers the Xfce as a desktop environment by default, but it's there are versions for Xfce, KDE Plasma, Mate, Deepin, Gnome, Lxde and Lxqt. Name: The name Archman is derived from the combination of Arch Linux and Pacman package management.
  8. ArchLabs
  9. ArcoLinux
  10. ArchPwn
  11. ArchStrike (ex ArchAssault)
  12. Arch XFerience
  13. Artix Linux
  14. Arkane Linux: Arkane Linux is an opinionated, immutable, atomic, multi-root Arch-based distibution which aims to provide a GNOME-centered experienced with minimal yet full featured and sensible non-intrusive defaults.
  15. Audiophile Linux
  16. AZOS GNU/Linux
  17. Athena OS: Athena OS is an Arch Linux-based distro focused on Cybersecurity.[3]
  18. BlackArch Linux
  19. blendOS
  20. Bluestar Linux
  21. BredOS: Rolling release Arch Linux based distribution, specializes in ARM-based Linux systems. Inittially called RebornOS ARM, it was a part of RebornOS[4][5].
  22. CachyOS[6]
  23. ChimeraOS[7][8]
  24. Ctlos Linux[9]
  25. Crystal Linux[10]: Is a GNU/Linux distribution with its own desktop, Onyx, a GNOME environment with a familiar layout; Amethyst an efficient, simple and lightweight helper for AUR and Pacman.
  26. Exodia OS[11]: Is GNU/Linux distribution based on Arch Linux with an highly level customization for Cybersecurity fields. It has 5 customization version: Home Edition, Acer-Predator Edition, Wireless Edition, Dark Edition and ARM Edition.
  27. EndeavourOS
  28. Garuda Linux
  29. HefftorLinux[12]
  30. instantOS[13]
  31. Liya (formerly AnitaOS): Is a lightweight rolling release GNU/Linux distribution, based on Arch Linux, is developed by Sayed Hisham (from India; भारत ~ Bhārat). Its focus is on user experience and performance, its lightweight, easy to use and has good performance, maintaining 100% compatibility with Arch Linux. The project uses the Calamares system installer to set up the distribution which offers users the Cinnamon desktop environment, Pamac graphical package manager, and OnlyOffice and comes with Alpana, an update tool for Liya. The system is intended to be easy to use, easy to explore, and distraction-free. The first version was released on 05/15/2024.
  32. Manjaro Linux[14]
  33. Master OS
  34. MSYS2
  35. Nosonja
  36. Obarun
  37. Parabola GNU/Linux-libre
  38. Parch Linux
  39. pearOS, (from version 2022.08, formerly based on Ubuntu until version 9.3)
  40. Peux OS: Named after Penguin TUX): Uses customized XFCE as its default-version. BTRFS is the default filesystem with autosnap enabled. It is the first distro to use Polybar in XFCE as its default panel. "FISH" is the default shell. Peux OS comes with three different desktop flavors: XFCE, LXQt, and KDE. XFCE is the flagship. Out of these three versions: LXQt, and XFCE are the highly configured ones.
  41. phyOS
  42. PuppyRus-A
  43. RaspArch
  44. RebornOS: RebornOS is a desktop-oriented Linux distribution based on Arch Linux. Although the RebornOS live image provides one desktop only, the installation process offers a choice to install one of the many popular desktop environments and window managers. Other interesting features of the distribution include support for Flatpak packages, optional installation of Anbox for running Android applications, a capability to rollback the system to a previous date, and graphical system configuration and maintenance tools.
  45. Salient OS
  46. SDesk. Include GNOME 45, the Wayland Windowing System, LibreOffice suite, the Swirl Web Browser, etc.
  47. ShriOS
  48. Snal Linux
  49. SteamOS, Steam Deck is an AMD-powered notebook PC from Valve running KDE on Arch Linux. Steam Deck runs SteamOS 3.0[15]. Until version 2.0. it was based on Debian.[16]
  50. Storm-OS
  51. SystemRescueCd
  52. TeArch Linux is a GNU/Linux distribution from Turkey, based on Arch Linux. Its main purpose is to simplify Arch Linux and make it suitable for the end user. You can easily download TeArch Linux and install it on your computer with a USB stick or CD-Rom. The main goal is to create an easy to use GNU/Linux for everyone.
  53. UBOS
  54. Ultimate Edition (previously Ubuntu Ultimate Edition): Is a GNU/Linux distribution remix, initially based on Ubuntu (from 2006 to 2021), and from 2022 to present, based on Arch Linux (Ultimate Arch). The goal of the project is to create a complete, seamlessly integrated, visually stimulating, and easy-to-install operating system. Single-button upgrade is one of several special characteristics of this distribution. Other main features include custom desktop and theme with 3D effects, support for a wide range of networking options, including WiFi and Bluetooth, and integration of many extra applications and package repositories.
  55. Vitunix OS
  56. Woof OS
  57. XelphLinux
  58. Xray_OS

ArchBang Linux is a lightweight rolling release LiveCD GNU/Linux distribution from Canada, based on Arch Linux, created by Mr Green, with the i3 as tiling window manager (previously using the Openbox stacking window manager), and with systemd as init system to bootstrap userspace and manage user processes.

ArchBang is especially suitable for high performance on old or low-end hardware with limited resources. ArchBang's aim is to provide a simple out-of-the-box Arch-based GNU/Linux distribution with a pre-configured i3 desktop suite, adhering to Arch principles.

ArchBang has also been recommended as a fast installation method for people who have experience installing Arch Linux but want to avoid the more demanding default installation of Arch Linux when reinstalling it on another PC.

  • The first version was released on 23/09/2010.


Inspired by CrunchBang Linux (which was derived from Debian), ArchBang was originally conceived and founded in a forum thread posted on the CrunchBang Forums by Willensky Aristide (a.k.a. Will X TrEmE). Aristide wanted a rolling release with the Openbox setup that Crunchbang came with.

Arch Linux provided the light configurable rolling release system that was needed as a base for the Openbox desktop. With the encouragement and help of many in the CrunchBang community, and the addition of developer Pritam Dasgupta (a.k.a. sHyLoCk), the project began to take form. The goal was to make Arch Linux look like CrunchBang.

As of April 16, 2012, the new project leader is Stan McLaren.


Archcraft is a minimal GNU/Linux distribution from India, developed by Aditya Shakya (adi1090x), based on Arch Linux, for the x86-64 architecture, with a rolling release system on a quarterly basis.

The distribution offers a graphical user interface that uses window managers instead of desktop environments6, as it has Openbox and bspwm as a tiled window manager . However there is also the possibility to have multiple preconfigured Wayland compositors (Sway, Wayfire, River, Hyprland and NEWM); and preconfigured desktop environments such as Xfce and LXDE.

Archcraft installs using the Calamares or ABIF installers, and includes the YAY package manager to make it easy to get software from the Arch User Repository (AUR).


Archcraft has the following features 13:

  • Pacman as a package manager.
  • BIOS and UEFI support.
  • It has the Calamares installer
  • It is a LiveCD ISO/USB.
  • Rolling release, similar to Archlinux.
  • It has AUR support through YAY.
  • It has Plymouth configured.
  • It has GRUB 2 installed as a boot loader.
  • It offers multiple preconfigured window managers (openbox, bspwm, i3wm) for different styles.
  • It has multiple environment utilities already customized (Tint2, Polybar, Rofi, Dunst) for different styles.
  • It has the possibility of having multiple preconfigured Wayland compositors (Sway, Wayfire, River, Hyprland and NEWM).
  • It has several preconfigured desktop environments (xfce and lxde) in its alternative flavors.

Premium/Prime Versions

On the Archcraft website there is a section called Premium with paid versions, which describe an Archcraft with enhancements:

  • Archcraft Wayland Special Edition (Archcraftf WSE): which has all the Wayland compositors listed: Sway,
  • Openbox Premium
  • Bspwm Premium
  • i3wm Premium
  • Archcraft Prime: It has preinstalled: Openbox, Bspwm and i3wm (all premium), as well as all Wayland exclusive composers (Sway, Wayfire, River, Hyprland and NEWM).


Ways to convert your Ubuntu or Void Linux to Archcraft:

  • Ubuntucraft:
Ubuntucraft is an installable package (not an ISO or Ubuntu based distribution) that will turn Ubuntu installation into Archcraft. Once installed on the top of Ubuntu, It'll offer everything Archcraft offers on Ubuntu.
  • Voidcraft:
Voidraft is an installable package (not an ISO or Void based distribution) that will turn Void installation into Archcraft. Once installed on the top of Void, It'll offer everything Archcraft offers on Ubuntu.

Archcraft Releases History
Versión Fecha
Archcraft_07_2020 26/07/2020
Archcraft_08_2020 19/08/2020
Archcraft_09_2020 31/08/2020
Archcraft_10_2020 02/10/2020
Archcraft_01_2021 31/12/2020
Archcraft_04_2021 11/04/2021
Archcraft_05_2021 26/05/2021
v21.06 09/06/2021
v21.09 24/09/2021
v21.10 04/10/2021
v22.02 03/02/2022
v22.04 08/04/2022
v22.06 08/06/2022
v22.07 18/07/2022
v22.09 17/09/2022
v23.01 31/12/2022
v23.01.20 20/01/2023
v23.04 02/04/2023
v23.04.17 17/04/2023
v23.05 01/05/2023
v23.07 05/07/2023
v23.10 12/10/2023
v24.01.08 08/01/2024

Artix Linux

Artix Linux is a fork (or continuation as an autonomous project) of the Arch-OpenRC and Manjaro-OpenRC projects. Artix Linux offers a lightweight, rolling-release GNU/Linux distribution based on Arch Linux that uses inits such as OpenRC, runit, s6, or Dinit, as opposed to Arch Linux's init systemd. Alternative spins feature the runit and s6 init software. Several editions of Artix Linux are available, featuring either a plain command line or one of several desktop environments.

Artix Linux has its own package repositories but, as a pacman-based distribution, can use packages from Arch Linux repositories or any other derivative distribution, even packages explicitly depending on systemd. The Arch User Repository (AUR) can also be used.

Arch OpenRC began in 2012 and Manjaro OpenRC was subsequently developed alongside it. In 2017 these projects merged to create Artix Linux.

Release history

Artix initially offered two installation environments, a base command-line ISO image and the graphical Calamares installer based on LXQt desktop, with an i3 version following later.

Those early versions featured the OpenRC init system.

The latest installation media are available in a variety of desktop environments like LXDE, XFCE, MATE, Cinnamon and KDE Plasma 5.

Additionally, two unofficial community editions featuring GTK and Qt desktops and a larger software base are offered, aiming at too-busy-to-customise or less experienced users.

All current installation media come in OpenRC, runit, s6, and dinit versions.


Manjaro is a GNU/Linux distribution, based on Arch Linux, developed in Austria, France, and Germany, Manjaro provides all the benefits of the Arch operating system combined with a focus on user-friendliness and accessibility.

Key features include intuitive installation process, automatic hardware detection, stable rolling-release model, ability to install multiple kernels, special Bash scripts for managing graphics drivers and extensive desktop configurability.

Manjaro is suitable for both newcomers as well as experienced GNU/Linux users.

  • For newcomers, a user-friendly installer is provided, and the system itself is designed to work fully 'straight out of the box' with features including:
  • Pre-installed desktop environments
  • Pre-installed Graphical Software Managers to easily install software and update your system
  • Pre-installed codecs to play multimedia files

For more experienced - and adventurous - users Manjaro also offers the configurability and versatility to be shaped and moulded in every respect to suit personal taste and preference. Manjaro Architect is both a CLI installer, available side by side with the graphics installer, and a CLI-based ISO giving the option to install any Manjaro flavour, and offers unflavoured DE installation, filesystem choices, and bootloader choice for those who want complete freedom to shape their system. Starting from the command line, you are completely free to chose your own greeters, desktops, hardware drivers, software applications, and so on!

Manjaro shares many of the same features as Arch, including:

  • Speed, power, and efficiency
  • Access to the very latest cutting and bleeding edge software
  • A rolling release development model that provides the most up-to-date system possible without the need to install new versions, and
  • Access to the Arch User Repository (AUR).

Active Manjaro-based distributios
  1. BigLinux
  2. Mabox Linux
  3. mAid: mAid (previously known as FWUL - Forget Windows Use Linux) is a german desktop GNU/Linux distribution based on Manjaro Linux and featuring the Budgie desktop. The main purpose of the project is to build a small, fast, light and hassle-free distribution for working with Android devices. It comes with a custom installation program, a cross-platform remote control utility, some Android tools, and many standard Linux applications. Budgie is used as desktop enviroment by default.
  4. TROMJaro


BigLinux (formerly Big Linux, before BIG Linux), is a brazilian GNU/Linux distribution, developed by Bruno Gonçalves (founded) and volunteers, originally based on Kurumin, KNOPPIX, Kanotix, and finally Kubuntu.

  • As of 2017 the distribution was reborn based on deepin. It then offered two desktop environments: Cinnamon and deepin.
  • In 2021, the distribution changed base and desktop environment again, migrating to Manjaro with KDE Plasma] as desktop environment by default. BigLinux it uses repositories from Manjaro and has its own.

BigLinux aims to deliver the programs most used by the majority of users. The difficulty, so to speak, classic, to migrate to a GNU/Linux system, is the fact of discovering which program is the right one to perform a specific task. For this reason, this Linux distribution has adopted a different layout than the standard program description.

  • In the main menu, organize the programs according to the function they perform rather than the program name.

Desktop Appearance[17]
  • BigLinux has 6 interfaces in the Control Center:
  • Classic: traditional desktop, following the same usability that BigLinux has used over the years.
  • New: Bar with icons that refers a bit to the usability of smartphones.
  • Modern: Centralized floating bar with icons that share the same area as the status and notification icons.
  • K-unity: On the left side that refers to how to use the Unity desktop.
  • Next-G: Dock centered at the bottom of the screen and refers to how to use the GNOME desktop.
  • Desk-X: Icons centered with wavy motion at the bottom of the screen.

Mabox Linux

Mabox Linux is a fast, lightweight and functional GNU/Linux Desktop “relaxed” rolling-release, based on Manjaro stable branch with a customized Openbox Window Manager preconfigured to be ready to use, a LTS kernel by default.

Mabox is inspired by CrunchBang Linux, and uses some BunsenLabs utilities adapted for Mabox. Mabox use jgmenu for main menu, side panels, exit dialog, screenshot/recording tool and many other small utilities/helpers.[18]


Mabox creatively integrates best-in-class components like:

  • Openbox (100% complete and stable Window Manager)
  • tint2 (powerfull panel/taskbar) and
  • Jgmenu (contemporary-looking X11 menu, designed for scripting, ricing and tweaking).
  • Mabox Control Center: To configure and customize Mabox.
  • Theme Manager: Theme manager is a utility made by BunsenLabs, and adapted for Mabox Linux. It allows to easily save and restore your desktop configuration including: gtk/openbox theme, desktop background, Conkies and Tint2 panel(s).

Then Mabox use Jgmenu for main menu, side panels, exit dialog, screenshot/recording tool and many other small utilities/helpers.

Unique to Mabox
  • Customize the appearance of the Menu and sidepanels (using Jgmenu): Very configurable and hackable menus, dynamic menus and Sidepanels.
  • Quick tiling and Desktop Grid: Manually tile windows very quickly and arrange them on the grid.
  • Mabox Colorizer: Colorear el escritorio como se desee, o dejando que Mabox lo haga automáticamente a partir de los colores del fondo de pantalla actual.

Version Release Date
17.02 02/02/2017
18.02 (Calanthe) 22/12/2018
20.02 (Calanthe) 08/03/2020
20.08 (Dijkstra) 18/08/2020
20.10 (Eithné) 02/10/2020
21.02 (Foltest) 17/02/2021
21.04 01/04/2021
21.05 09/05/2021
21.06 (Geralt) 08/06/2021
21.08 13/08/2021
21.09 05/09/2021
21.10 10/10/2021
21.11 (Herbolth) 20/11/2021
22.04 04/04/2022
22.08 (Istredd) 22/08/2022
22.12 (Istredd) 25/12/2022
23.01 26/01/2023 (Istredd)
23.02 (Istredd) 24/02/2023
23.12 (Istredd) 01/12/2023
24.01 (Istredd) 14/01/2024
24.02 (Istredd) 02/02/2024

Discontinued Manjaro-based distributions
  1. Cleanjaro
  2. Netrunner Rolling (until Netrunner Rolling 2018.08, 2018-08-05)
  3. Nurunner Linux
  4. Sonar GNU/Linux
  5. mCOLe (Manjaro: Cup of Linux Edition)[19]
  6. mGAMe [20]
  7. GuruMan Linux[21]


EndeavourOS is a GNU/linux distribution based on Arch Linux, uses a rolling release schedule, and began as a successor to Antergos.

EndeavourOS features the graphical Calamares installer capable of installing the Xfce, KDE Plasma, GNOME, MATE, Cinnamon, Budgie, LXQt, LXDE desktop environments and the i3 window manager.

Additionally, there were "community editions" providing the window managers QTile, BSPWM, Openbox and the EndeavourOS exclusive Worm, as well as the Sway Wayland compositor.


EndeavourOS began as a continuation of the Antergos Linux distribution, a distribution itself based on Arch Linux, a general-purpose Linux distribution.

In May 2019, Antergos's developers abruptly announced that development on the project would cease; a moderator of Antergos's forums discussed the idea of maintaining the community on a new forum.

The idea received support from within the community, and within a day other Antergos moderators joined the project.

Development on EndeavourOS quickly began, with the team planning to create a distribution that would be close to Arch Linux with the convenience of a GUI installer, while leaving GUI Pacman wrappers such as Pamac from the out-of-box installation.

  • The first version of EndeavourOS was released on 15/07/2019.


EndeavourOS uses the Calamares system installer.

While EndeavourOS was originally planned to ship with Cnchi, the net-installer used by Antergos, technical difficulties resulted in the adoption of an offline installer based on Portergos, a Linux distribution also based on Antergos, as a stop-gap until the issues could be resolved later in development.

After the official launch of the distribution, the EndeavourOS team began to develop a Calamares net-installer, which was expected to release in November 2019, but was delayed to December.

The net-installer offers multiple desktop environments, window managers, driver and firmware packages, and kernels during the installation process. The net-installer also allows the user to perform an offline install with the default KDE Plasma (formerly Xfce) desktop themed with EndeavourOS branding.

EndeavourOS features a graphical installer, unlike the distribution it is based on, Arch Linux, where installation is typically performed manually through the command-line tool pacstrap. As such, EndeavourOS is typically marketed as a beginner-friendly alternative to Arch Linux. As the distribution is based on Arch Linux, it provides most upstream features as-is.

EndeavourOS provides access to the Arch User Repository (AUR), a collection of unofficial community-maintained source packages shipped by Arch Linux, by default through the yay package manager.


ArcoLinux, (ex ArchMerge, fork of ArchLabs 5.0 R2-D2) is a GNU/Linux distribution based on Arch Linux, which was created by Erik Dubois, after the fork from ArchLabs[22].

  • Its goal is to introduce the user to the peculiarities of Arch Linux in the sense of a learning process, then is designed for those who want to learn to use Arch Linux but don't dare to install and configure it from scratch.

ArcoLinux promises to gradually take users through the beautiful world of Arch Linux and teach them how to use the operating system with videotutorials while allowing them the freedom to change the distribution in any way they want. ArcoLinux's motto is "Learn, enjoy and have fun."

The release model of ArcoLinux, a rolling release, refers to a software system in constant development. Its package manager is Pacman.

  • The first version was released on 14/12/2018.
  • ArcoLinux emerged from the ArchLabs distribution, whose approaches were adopted and further developed.
  • ArcoLinux has planned a series of phases to make system a tool that people can use to learn about GNU/Linux.

  • Although it comes with the Xfce4 desktop environment by default, you can also install the KDE Plasma, GNOME, LXQt, Mate and other desktops.
  • Being derived from Arch Linux, its package manager is Pacman.


ArcoLinux has several branches for installation, and it has 4 editions:


With a larger amount of pre-installed packages and with Xfce4 as desktop environment; a system ready to use. ArcoLinuxL. XL as extra large. All the software we need to develop our project is in that iso. Xfce4 as default desktop. We can add any desktop. In ArcoLinuxL comes pre-installed: Arch Linux kernel, video, network, display manager, desktop environment, applications, conkys, themes and Icons. Select your wallpaper and done. 2.4 GB ISO, 64 bit.


The smallest iso of ArcoLinux, iso named ArcoLinuxS. XS as extra small. No software. It is on that iso. Xfce4 as default desktop. We can add any desktop. In ArcoLinuxS comes pre-installed: Arch Linux kernel, video, network, display manager, desktop environment, applications, conkys, themes and Icons. Select your wallpaper and done. 1.7 GB ISO, 64 bits.


No pre-installed programs. It has no top and no software. You can select in Calamares whatever you want. No default desktop. We can add any desktop. In ArcoLinuxD: Arch Linux kernel, video, network, choose your display manager, build your own system on this arch base, start in terminal, install everything with editable scripts or use the installer. 1.4 GB ISO, 64 bits.


Gives us the possibility to easily choose the programs and the desktop environment. Build your own iso with our scripts. Add software or remove software from the list and create the iso yourself. We can add any desktop. In ArcoLinuxB: Arch Linux kernel, video, network, display manager, choose desktop environment, choose applications, choose conkys, choose themes, choose icons. You build the iso. ISO from 1.6 to 1.9 GB, 64 bits.


To learn with ArcoLinux there are several phases:

Phase 1
Download the ArcoLinuxL iso and try the flagship, select the option that is best for your hardware at boot time, do not select anything yet on squid. Enjoy Xfce4 and all the awesome free applications already on your system. Perform a clean install. Take the time to learn how to update and maintain your system, to install and remove applications. Learn keyboard shortcuts, about aliases, about skel, and get comfortable in a Terminal.
Phase 2
After learning Xfce4, choose your next desktop and download the ArcoLinuxB iso. You can choose desktops like Mate , Gnome , Budgie , Cinnamon , Deepin , Plasma ,... Perform a clean install, you can install the software you have learned in phase 1 and more from within Calamares. We don't recommend a Tiling Window Manager (TWM) or tiled window manager and don't mix desktops yet. Start learning the keyboard key combinations that all desktops have. You will need them in TWMs.
Phase 3
Download an ArcoLinuxB iso with the TWM desktop of your choice. You can choose TWM desktops like: Awesome , Bspwm , Dwm , Hlwm , i3 , Qtile , Spectrwm , Xmonad ,... Perform a clean install. Some desktops will be new, won't make sense or will be too complex for you (yet). The Xtended iso contains Openbox and all ArcoLinux TWMs.
Phase 4
Now that you have notions of many desktops and TWMs, you can easily find their configuration managers and settings. It may be time to do the more complex things. You can use the ArcoLinux tweak tool (and the Calamares installer) to mix desktops on the same PC, some desktops will look "off". You will have to find the knowledge online to overcome that.
Phase 5
By now you have experimented with a few desktops. You may want to use a particular desktop or TWM. You can download the ArcoLinuxB iso of your choice or you can build the iso yourself. In ArcoLinux, you can create your own personal iso with all packages pre-installed. Learn how to create an iso at Create your own ArcoLinuxB iso and perform a clean install.
Phase 6
Know the applications, services and configuration you need for each desktop. Operating system maintenance has no secrets. Installing and removing applications is easy. So maybe start with the ArcoLinuxD iso. Perform a clean install.
  • Two options:
  1. Install a basic version of ArcoLinux and run your own scripts to install desktops, applications and configurations (original purpose of ArcoLinuxD).
  2. Use the Calamares options to install desktops and applications.
Phase 7
The previous phase has prepared you for this one. You are comfortable in a Terminal and have sufficient knowledge to administer your system in a terminal. You can install Arch Linux the "Arch Way". Calamares is not present. You are booting to a black screen. It is time to type all the commands to get a working operating system. The configurations and settings are not present and you must configure them yourself. Download the Arch Linux iso and perform a clean install.
Phase 8
You may want to learn how to create your own Arch Linux based distribution, we recommend you to visit for the Carli project (Customized Arch Linux Iso). Where it explains not only how to create an iso, but also everything that is linked to it like repositories, keys, builds, Squids,... Follow the Carli menu and read and watch the tutorials from Carli 1 to the last one. There is a lot of knowledge there, on how to overcome "any problem". You can only build on the last Carli.
Also, we recommend you to visit ALCI (Arch Linux Calamares Installer) Where you will find a condensed list of articles and tutorials. The goal here is to add Calamares to the Arch Linux iso and stay as close as possible to the original Arch Linux iso. Basically we provide a graphical installation tool for Arch Linux.

Active ArcoLinux derivarives/spinoffs
  1. Xray_OS: Gaming spinoff distributions for gaming, focused on nvidia. Github:
  2. Archon Linux
  3. Axyl OS: AxylOS used to be the distribution for Tiling Window managers, but it has been redesigned from the Ground up to make way for Wayland Compositors.
Discontinued ArcoLinux derivarives/spinoffs
  1. AmOS
  2. Xelph Linux
  3. CarbonUI
  4. Aravalli Linux 6
  5. XeroLinux
  6. HefftorLinux
  7. ViciyosLinux
  8. Bobo Linux

Garuda Linux

Garuda Linux is a x86-64 general-purpose Linux distribution, based on Arch Linux operating system. It is available in a wide range of popular Linux desktop environments, including modified versions of the KDE Plasma 5 desktop environment. The term Garuda, originating from Hinduism and Buddhism, is defined as a divine eagle-like sun bird and the king of birds.

Garuda, like Arch, features a rolling release update model using the Pacman as its package manager.


Garuda Linux was released on the 26/03/2020. Developed and maintained by developers around the world. It was founded by Shrinivas Vishnu Kumbhar, a university student from India and SGS from Germany.


Garuda Linux installation process is done with Calamares, a graphical installer.

The rolling release model means that the user does not need to upgrade/reinstall the whole operating system to keep it up-to-date inline with the latest release. Garuda Linux uses systemd as its init software.

Package management is handled by Pacman via command line, and front-end UI package manager tools such as the pre-installed Pamac. It can be configured as either a stable system (default) or bleeding edge in line with Arch. Garuda Linux includes colorized UI which comes in various options, with the option to further customize the user preferences.

Garuda in comparison to other popular distributions
Garuda Linux Manjaro Linux Ubuntu
& Octopi
& Pamac
Repository Arch Repos

+ Chaotic AUR (precompiled)
+ AUR (need to compile)

Manjaro Repos (Arch

+ a bit of testing)
+ AUR (need to compile)

Ubuntu repos, missing well known software
Software Most known software available
by default (precompiled)
Many software installable
via AUR (need to compile)
Software available
via PPA (many different sources)
Always the latest New versions often a few weeks delayed Well tested software but not the latest
People who want a good out of the box

experience with an opiniated set of applications and settings

People who want a stable environment with little changes,
possible only due to freezing repos & reinstallation for new releases
Installation Calamares offline installer Calamares offline installer Ubuntu installer
KDE, Xfce, GNOME, LXQt-kwin, Wayfire,

Qtile, BSPWM, i3wm and Sway.
Cinnamon and MATE by community
and a Barebones version for advanced users.


Community: Budgie, Cinnamon, Deepin, i3wm, MATE, Sway

GNOME - Additional DEs available

as different distributions, eg. Kubuntu

Parabola GNU/Linux-libre

Parabola GNU/Linux-libre is a free and open source GNU/Linux distribution based on Arch Linux and Arch Linux ARM for the x86-64, i686, and ARMv7 architectures. It is distinguished from other Arch-based distributions by offering only free software.

It includes the GNU operating system components common to many GNU/Linux distributions and the Linux-libre kernel instead of the generic Linux kernel.

Parabola is listed by the Free Software Foundation as a completely free operating system, true to their Free System Distribution Guidelines.

Parabola uses a rolling release model like Arch, such that a regular system update is all that is needed to obtain the latest software. Development focuses on system simplicity, community involvement and use of the latest free software packages.

Discontinued Arch Linux based distributions

  1. Aegis Project
  2. Alfheim Linux
  3. ALOBE
  4. alphaOS
  5. ArBer Linux
  6. Apricity OS
  7. AmeOS
  8. Antergos (ex Cinnarch), historical
  9. Apricity OS
  10. ArchOne
  11. ArchPwn
  12. Archlive
  13. archlive-i586
  14. Archphile
  15. ArchBox
  16. ArchE17
  17. Arch i3Nemesis
  18. Architect
  19. Arch Linux Embedded Project
  20. Arch Linux Modified
  21. Arch Linux PPC
  22. Arch Linux MIPS
  23. Archie
  24. archodi
  25. Arka Linux GUI (ALG)
  26. arkOS
  27. Arquetype CRT
  28. Arch Linux WSL Edition
  29. ArchServer
  30. arkOS
  31. Aseman OS
  32. Astian OS
  33. Axyl OS[24]
  34. BlueLight
  35. Bridge Linux
  36. BBQLinux
  37. Bridge Linux
  38. Chaox
  39. C.H.A.O.S.
  40. CDN Linux
  41. Condres OS, (until 2022, then Debian-based)
  42. ConnochaetOS
  43. CTKArch
  44. Delta
  45. devilzarch
  46. DidJiX
  47. Elegance
  48. Enlisy
  49. Feliz
  50. FaunOS
  51. Flux Capacity
  52. Firefly Linux
  53. Hash Linux
  54. instarch
  55. justbrowsing
  56. Kademar Linux, (ex K-DEMar).
  57. Kahel OS
  58. LinHES
  59. LinuX-gamers Live DVD
  60. Lowarch
  61. LDR
  62. Lucifer's Linux
  63. MagpieOS
  64. March Linux
  65. Maryan Linux 2
  66. Mesk Linux
  67. Minimax
  68. Miraclx OS
  69. mooOS
  70. MorpheusArch
  71. niixarch
  72. Ninja OS
  73. PacBSD
  74. PacBang
  75. PoliArch
  76. Portergos: Is a discontinued GNU/Linux distribution based on Arch Linux
  77. Revenge OS
  78. SadOS
  79. San Francisco Linux
  80. Shift Linux
  81. Sonar GNU/Linux
  82. TeLiSc OS
  83. Tux Hat Linux
  84. SwagArch GNU/Linux
  85. uArch
  86. UKnow4Kids
  87. Underground Desktop
  88. Uzume Linux
  89. Velt OS
  90. Xero Linux


ArchLabs is a discontinued lightweight rolling release GNU/Linux distribution based on a minimal Arch Linux operating system with the Openbox window manager.


The ArchLabs distribution contains a text-based installer, "AL-Installer" as its installation method, as well as baph, an AUR helper.

The installer gives the user the ability to choose from 16 different assorted Desktop Environments and Window Managers as well as a selection of extra software, Linux Kernels, Display Managers and shells.


Initial releases used the Calamares installer. Early versions of ArchLabs started to become bloated with many unnecessary applications and programs. This sparked a change in direction. A slim down of the ISO size from over 2Gb in size down to approximately 580mb made download times a lot quicker.

Mínimo was the first of this minimal release with a change from the traditional Openbox panel, Tint2 to Polybar. Also introduced in this release was the original welcome script, named "AL-Hello" which was a nod to the "brother" distribution BunsenLabs. Mínimo was also the final release to have a release name, following releases followed a numbering pattern of YYYY.MM.

2018.02 release brought a new and improved AL-Hello welcome script and many additions and refining to the ArchLabs experience.

2018.07 saw more improvements to the newly written AL-Installer.

With the release of 2018.12 came the removal of the live environment and the post install script "AL-Hello". Options for choosing desktops and window managers as well as a selection of apps have been added to AL-Installer (ALI). Also introduced in this 2018.12 release was the in house AUR (Arch User Repository) Helper, baph (Basic AUR Package Helper).

2019.10.29 was ArchLabs third release for 2019 (after 2019.1.20 & 2019.10.28). Many changes were made including additional desktop environments and window managers added to the installer. Most notably, awesomewm and jwm.

ArchLabs first release of 2022 brought with it a new custom Window Manager called dk. Also included is a custom panel and menu for the Sway Window Manager called nwg-shell.

The ArchLabs installer now includes 16 assorted Desktop Environments and Window Managers, such as i3, dwm, bspwm, LXQt, jwm, XFCE, Awesome, Fluxbox, KDE Plasma, Deepin, Gnome, and Cinnamon. Most are installed as the developer intended with no customisation. Openbox, awesomewm, dk and Sway are the only customised environments supplied by the ArchLabs installer.

Matthew Dobson announced that 2023.06.07 would be the final release.

ArchLabs Releases History
Version Codename Release date
idea Start 1 January 2017
Alpha 24 February 2017
1.0 3 March 2017
3.0 6 March 2017
3.4 7 April 2017
4.0 29 April 2017
4.1 Yoda 4 June 2017
5.0 R2-D2 7 July 2017
2017.09 Mínimo 17 September 2017
2017.10 2017.10 24 October 2017
2017.10 LTS 24 October 2017
2017.12 2017.12 23 December 2017
2018.02 2018.02 26 February 2018
2018.03 2018.03 4 March 2018
2018.05 2018.05 11 May 2018
2018.07 2018.07 29 July 2018
2018.12 2018.12 18 December 2018
2019.01 2019.01 20 January 2019
2019.10.28 2019.10.28 28 October 2019
2019.10.29 2019.10.29 29 October 2019
2020.05.04 2020.05.04 4 May 2020
2020.11.04 2020.11.04 4 November 2020
2021.05.02 2021.05.02 2 May 2021
2022.01.18 2022.01.18 19 January 2022
2022.02.12 2022.02.12 13 February 2022
2023.01.20 2023.01.20 20 January 2023
2023.02.05 2023.02.05 5 February 2023
2023.06.07 2023.06.07 8 June 2023


Antergos is a discontinued spanish-galician GNU/Linux distribution based on Arch Linux, developed by Alex Filgueira. By default, it includes the GNOME desktop environment, but it also offers options for Cinnamon, MATE, KDE Plasma 5, Deepin, and Xfce desktops.

Originally released ON 07/05/2012 as Cinnarch.

Development of Antergos was discontinued on 21/05/2019, due to the limited availability of time for the volunteer developers.

It was succeeded by EndeavourOS, which was released on 15/07/2019.


Initially the project began as Cinnarch and the desktop environment used by this distribution was Cinnamon, a fork of GNOME Shell developed by the Linux Mint team.

  • The first ISO by the name of Cinnarch was launched on 07/05/2012, accompanied by a message in the Arch Linux forum notifying users of the release.

In April 2013 the team adopted GNOME for future releases, beginning with GNOME version 3.6, due to the difficulty of keeping Cinnamon (which did not make it a priority to stay compatible with the latest GTK libraries) in the repositories of a rolling release like Arch Linux.

  • The distribution was accordingly renamed to Antergos and released under the new name in May 2013.[25]
  • The first version under the Antergos name was released on 12/05/2013.[26]

Other changes in the default configuration of the system included: Nautilus replacing the Nemo file Manager, GDM replacing MDM (Mint Display Manager) as desktop manager and Empathy replacing Pidgin as the messaging client.

Starting with version 2014.05.26, Antergos partnered with the Numix project to bring Numix-Square icons and an exclusive Numix-Frost theme to the operating system.

On 07/03/2015, an Antergos Minimal ISO was made available, providing only necessary components for the installer to function.

On 21/05/2019, the developers announced the end of development for the project, citing lack of time to work on it. They explained, "Today, we are announcing the end of this project. As many of you probably noticed over the past several months, we no longer have enough free time to properly maintain Antergos. We came to this decision because we believe that continuing to neglect the project would be a huge disservice to the community. Taking this action now, while the project’s code still works, provides an opportunity for interested developers to take what they find useful and start their own projects."

The developers indicated that existing users will cease getting Antergos updates, eventually the Antergos repositories will be removed via an update and users will be left essentially running Arch Linux. The forums and wiki page were to be maintained for a maximum of three further months. As of 27/05/2020, their website is offline.

  • The last Antergos version, 19.4, was released on 04/05/2019.

Successors to the Antergos project include EndeavourOS.


The name Antergos derived from the Galician word for Ancestors, was chosen to "to link the past with the present".

Antergos Release History
Version Release Date Name
2012.05 07/05/2012 Cinnarch
2012.10.01 01/10/2012 Cinnarch
2013.01.23 23/01/2013 Cinnarch
2013.04.05 05/04/2013 Cinnarch
2013.05.12 12/05/2013 Antergos
2013.08.20 20/08/2013 Antergos
2013.11.17 17/11/2013 Antergos
2014.05.26 26/05/2014 Antergos
2015.04.12 12/04/2015 Antergos
19.4 04/05/2019 Antergos


XeroLinux was a GNU/Linux distribution based on Arch Linux, localised in Lebanon, built with ArcoLinux's ALCI scripts, with KDE Plasma as desktop by default. Some of its features were the Calamares installer, various tweaks and optimisations, integrated support for community-created AUR packages as well as Flatpak packages, and the availability of several internally developed desktop and bootloader themes.

XeroLinux was released with support for the AUR repository and Flatpak.

The developer of XeroLinux on 09/01/2024, announced that it will end its current existence as a distribution. Deadline for 15/02//2024, and that it was decided in the future to transform the entire distribution into a complete post-installation tool, to be called Xero Arch Post-Install Toolkit or XAPiT for short. [27]

  • Xero Linux had Calamares as the Linux operating system installer, and has optimised and customised KDE Plasma 5 as its desktop environment.
  • It used the default XFS partition.
  • It had repositories included.
  • Legacy nVidia GPU support included.
  • Custom neofetch with more information.
  • Pamac GUI Storefront instead of Discover.
  • PARU - AUR Helper Included included YaY.
  • Open folders as Root via Dolphin in context menu.
  • System76 power management tool available via Calamares.


  • Anarchy Installer (formally Anarchy Linux): Arch Linux terminal-based installer (TUI) of Arch Linux, not a GNU/Linux distribution itself.
  • ArchHurd: Strictly speaking this is not a GNU/Linux distribution, but a GNU/Hurd.
  • Kademar Linux: Since version 4.95 based on Arch Linux, formerly on Debian GNU/Linux.
  • RebornOS: Heir Distro to Antergos.
  • SteamOS: Since version 3.0. Until version 2.0. was based on Debian GNU/Linux.
  • SystemRescueCd: Since version 6.0.0. Until version 5.3.2. was based on Gentoo Linux.