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DistroWatch.com: ArchBang Linux

ArchBang Linux

Last Update: 2017-08-26 01:22 UTC


ArchBang Linux is a lightweight distribution based on Arch Linux. Using the Openbox window manager, it is fast, up-to-date and suitable for both desktop and portable systems.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 38 (275), 6 months: 39 (256), 3 months: 43 (238), 4 weeks: 30 (344), 1 week: 51 (205)

Average visitor rating: 6.89/10 from 9 review(s).


ArchBang Summary
Distribution ArchBang Linux
Home Page http://www.archbang.org/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums http://bbs.archbang.org/
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation http://wiki.archbang.org/
Screenshots DistroWatch Gallery
Screencasts
Download Mirrors http://sourceforge.net/projects/archbang/files/
Bug Tracker http://bugs.archbang.org/
Related Websites Wikipedia
Reviews 2013: DistroWatch
2012: Linux UserBlogspotLinux and Life
2011: MakeUseOfLifehackerBlogspotDistroWatchBlogspot
2010: Blogspot
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2012-12-08: Distribution Release: ArchBang Linux 2012.12
 • 2012-05-02: Distribution Release: ArchBang Linux 2012.05
 • 2011-11-02: Distribution Release: ArchBang Linux 2011.11
 • 2011-10-02: Distribution Release: ArchBang Linux 2011.10
 • 2011-09-07: Distribution Release: ArchBang Linux 2011.09
 • 2011-02-05: Distribution Release: ArchBang Linux 2011.02
 • 2011-01-28: Distribution Release: ArchBang Linux 2011.01
 • 2010-10-07: Distribution Release: ArchBang Linux 2010.10
 • 2010-09-23: Distribution Release: ArchBang Linux 2010.09
 • More ArchBang releases...

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Feature 280617 170916 031215 2014.01 2013.09 2012.12 2011.11 2011.02 2010.10 Feature
Release Date 2017-06-28 2016-09-17 2015-12-03 2014-01-08 2013-09-01 2012-12-08 2011-11-02 2011-02-05 2010-10-07 Release Date
End Of Life                   End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 545-548                 Image Size (MB)
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Installation
Default Desktop Openbox Openbox Openbox Openbox Openbox Openbox Openbox Openbox Openbox Default Desktop
Package Management Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Package Management
Release Model Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Release Model
Office Suite -- -- -- -- -- -- -- GOffice GOffice Office Suite
Processor Architecture x86_64 i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 Processor Architecture
Init Software OpenRC OpenRC OpenRC OpenRC OpenRC OpenRC OpenRC OpenRC OpenRC Init Software
Journaled File Systems ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Journaled File Systems
Multilingual -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Multilingual
Asian Language Support -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Asian Language Support
Full Package List 280617 170916 031215 2014.01 2013.09 2012.12 2011.11 2011.02 2010.10 Full Package List

Full Package List:   ArchBang Linux 2013.09
  Number of packages: 454 (download as TXT)
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  •  acl 2.2.52-1
  •  alsa-firmware 1.0.27-2
  •  alsa-lib 1.0.27.2-1
  •  alsa-oss 1.0.25-1
  •  alsa-utils 1.0.27.2-1
  •  archlinux-keyring 20130818-1
  •  arj 3.10.22-7
  •  aspell 0.60.6.1-1
  •  at 3.1.13-3
  •  at-spi2-atk 2.8.1-1
  •  at-spi2-core 2.8.0-1
  •  ati-dri 9.2.0-1
  •  atk 2.8.0-1
  •  atkmm 2.22.7-1
  •  attr 2.4.47-1
  •  avahi 0.6.31-10
  •  awokenicons 1-2
  •  bash 4.2.045-5
  •  broadcom-wl 5.100.82.112-13
  •  bzip2 1.0.6-4
  •  ca-certificates 20130610-1
  •  cairo 1.12.16-1
  •  cairomm 1.10.0-3
  •  cantarell-fonts 0.0.14-1
  •  clipit 1.4.2-4
  •  colord 1.0.2-2
  •  compositeproto 0.4.2-2
  •  compton-git 2013.08.13.g6037eb2-1
  •  confuse 2.7-2
  •  conky 1.9.0-1
  •  coreutils 8.21-2
  •  cracklib 2.9.0-1
  •  cronie 1.4.9-5
  •  cryptsetup 1.6.2-1
  •  curl 7.32.0-1
  •  damageproto 1.2.1-2
  •  db 5.3.21-1
  •  dbus 1.6.12-1
  •  dbus-glib 0.100.2-1
  •  dconf 0.16.1-1
  •  ddrescue 1.17-1
  •  desktop-file-utils 0.21-1
  •  device-mapper 2.02.100-1
  •  dhcpcd 6.0.5-1
  •  dialog 1.2_20130523-2
  •  diffutils 3.3-1
  •  dirmngr 1.1.1-1
  •  dmenu-xft 4.5-1
  •  dmidecode 2.12-2
  •  dmxproto 2.3.1-2
  •  dnssec-anchors 20130320-1
  •  dnsutils 9.9.2.P2-1
  •  dosfstools 3.0.22-1
  •  dwb 2013.03.30-2
  •  e2fsprogs 1.42.8-1
  •  elfutils 0.155-1
  •  enchant 1.6.0-4
  •  expat 2.1.0-2
  •  file 5.14-1
  •  filesystem 2013.05-2
  •  findutils 4.4.2-5
  •  firefox 23.0.1-1
  •  fixesproto 5.0-2
  •  flac 1.3.0-1
  •  fontconfig 2.10.93-1
  •  fontsproto 2.1.2-1
  •  freeglut 2.8.1-1
  •  freetype2 2.5.0.1-1
  •  fuse 2.9.3-1
  •  galculator 2.1.2-1
  •  gawk 4.1.0-1
  •  gcc-libs 4.8.1-3
  •  gcr 3.8.2-1
  •  gdbm 1.10-1
  •  gdk-pixbuf2 2.28.2-1
  •  geoclue 0.12.99-1
  •  gettext 0.18.3.1-1
  •  giblib 1.2.4-5
  •  giflib 5.0.4-2
  •  glamor-egl 0.5.1-1
  •  glib-networking 2.36.2-1
  •  glib2 2.36.4-1
  •  glibc 2.18-3
  •  glibmm 2.36.2-1
  •  glu 9.0.0-2
  •  gmp 5.1.2-1
  •  gnome-icon-theme 3.8.3-1
  •  gnome-icon-theme-symbolic 3.8.3-1
  •  gnome-keyring 3.8.2-1
  •  gnome-themes-standard 3.8.3-1
  •  gnupg 2.0.21-1
  •  gnutls 3.2.3-1
  •  gparted 0.16.1-5
  •  gpgme 1.4.3-1
  •  gpicview 0.2.3-1
  •  gptfdisk 0.8.7-1
  •  graphite 1:1.2.3-1
  •  grep 2.14-2
  •  groff 1.22.2-5
  •  grub 2.00.5086-1
  •  gsettings-desktop-schemas 3.8.2-1
  •  gsimplecal 1.6-1
  •  gstreamer0.10 0.10.36-2
  •  gstreamer0.10-base 0.10.36-1
  •  gtk-engine-murrine 0.98.2-1
  •  gtk-engines 2.21.0-1
  •  gtk-update-icon-cache 2.24.20-1
  •  gtk2 2.24.20-1
  •  gtk3 3.8.4-1
  •  gtkmm 2.24.4-1
  •  gucharmap 3.8.2-2
  •  gzip 1.6-1
  •  harfbuzz 0.9.19-1
  •  haveged 1.7.c-1
  •  heirloom-mailx 12.5-3
  •  hicolor-icon-theme 0.12-2
  •  hsetroot 1.0.2-2
  •  hspell 1.2-1
  •  htop 1.0.2-2
  •  hunspell 1.3.2-2
  •  hwids 20130607-1
  •  i3-wm 4.6-1
  •  i3lock 2.5-2
  •  i3status 2.7-1
  •  iana-etc 2.30-3
  •  icon-naming-utils 0.8.90-2
  •  icu 51.2-1
  •  idnkit 1.0-3
  •  imlib2 1.4.5-5
  •  inetutils 1.9.1-6
  •  inputproto 2.3-1
  •  intel-dri 9.2.0-1
  •  intltool 0.50.2-1
  •  iproute2 3.10.0-1
  •  iptables 1.4.19.1-1
  •  iputils 20121221-3
  •  iso-codes 3.44-1
  •  jasper 1.900.1-8
  •  jfsutils 1.1.15-4
  •  js 17.0.0-1
  •  kbd 2.0.0-1
  •  kbproto 1.0.6-1
  •  keyutils 1.5.5-5
  •  kmod 15-1
  •  krb5 1.11.3-1
  •  laptop-detect 0.13.7-4
  •  lcms2 2.5-1
  •  ldns 1.6.16-1
  •  less 458-1
  •  libarchive 3.1.2-2
  •  libassuan 2.1.1-1
  •  libcap 2.22-5
  •  libcap-ng 0.7.3-1
  •  libconfig 1.4.9-1
  •  libcroco 0.6.8-1
  •  libcups 1.6.3-1
  •  libdaemon 0.14-2
  •  libdatrie 0.2.6-1
  •  libdmx 1.1.3-1
  •  libdrm 2.4.46-2
  •  libedit 20130601_3.1-1
  •  libev 4.15-1
  •  libevent 2.0.21-2
  •  libffi 3.0.13-3
  •  libfontenc 1.1.2-1
  •  libgcrypt 1.5.3-1
  •  libglade 2.6.4-3
  •  libgpg-error 1.12-1
  •  libgssglue 0.4-1
  •  libgusb 0.1.6-1
  •  libice 1.0.8-1
  •  libid3tag 0.15.1b-7
  •  libjpeg-turbo 1.3.0-2
  •  libksba 1.3.0-1
  •  libldap 2.4.35-4
  •  libltdl 2.4.2-10
  •  libmbim 1.4.0-1
  •  libnl 3.2.22-1
  •  libnotify 0.7.5-1
  •  libogg 1.3.1-1
  •  libpcap 1.4.0-1
  •  libpciaccess 0.13.2-1
  •  libpipeline 1.2.4-1
  •  libpng 1.6.3-1
  •  libproxy 0.4.11-2
  •  libqmi 1.4.0-2
  •  librsvg 1:2.37.0-1
  •  libsamplerate 0.1.8-2
  •  libsasl 2.1.26-4
  •  libsecret 0.15-2
  •  libsigc++ 2.3.1-1
  •  libsm 1.2.1-1
  •  libsndfile 1.0.25-2
  •  libsoup 2.42.2-1
  •  libssh2 1.4.3-1
  •  libtasn1 3.3-1
  •  libthai 0.1.19-1
  •  libtiff 4.0.3-3
  •  libtirpc 0.2.3-1
  •  libusb-compat 0.1.5-1
  •  libusbx 1.0.16-2
  •  libvdpau 0.7-1
  •  libvorbis 1.3.3-1
  •  libvpx 1.2.0-1
  •  libwnck3 3.4.7-1
  •  libx11 1.6.1-1
  •  libxau 1.0.8-1
  •  libxcb 1.9.1-2
  •  libxcomposite 0.4.4-1
  •  libxcursor 1.1.14-1
  •  libxdamage 1.1.4-1
  •  libxdmcp 1.1.1-1
  •  libxext 1.3.2-1
  •  libxfixes 5.0.1-1
  •  libxfont 1.4.6-1
  •  libxft 2.3.1-1
  •  libxi 1.7.2-1
  •  libxinerama 1.1.3-1
  •  libxkbcommon 0.3.1-1
  •  libxkbfile 1.0.8-1
  •  libxml2 2.9.1-2
  •  libxmu 1.1.1-1
  •  libxpm 3.5.10-1
  •  libxrandr 1.4.1-1
  •  libxrender 0.9.8-1
  •  libxres 1.0.7-1
  •  libxslt 1.1.28-1
  •  libxt 1.1.4-1
  •  libxtst 1.2.2-1
  •  libxv 1.0.9-1
  •  libxvmc 1.0.8-1
  •  libxxf86dga 1.1.4-1
  •  libxxf86vm 1.1.3-1
  •  licenses 20130203-1
  •  linux 3.10.10-1
  •  linux-api-headers 3.10.6-1
  •  linux-firmware 20130725-1
  •  llvm-libs 3.3-1
  •  logrotate 3.8.6-1
  •  lvm2 2.02.100-1
  •  lxappearance 0.5.2-1
  •  lxinput 0.3.2-2
  •  lxrandr 0.1.2-3
  •  lxterminal 0.1.11-2
  •  lzo2 2.06-1
  •  lzop 1.03-2
  •  man-db 2.6.5-1
  •  man-pages 3.53-1
  •  mcpp 2.7.2-4
  •  mdadm 3.2.6-4
  •  medit 1.1.1-1
  •  memtest86+ 4.20-2
  •  mesa 9.2.0-1
  •  mesa-libgl 9.2.0-1
  •  mime-types 9-1
  •  mkinitcpio 0.15.0-1
  •  mkinitcpio-busybox 1.21.1-2
  •  mkinitcpio-nfs-utils 0.3-4
  •  mobile-broadband-provider-info 20120614-1
  •  modemmanager 1.0.0-1
  •  mozilla-common 1.4-3
  •  mpfr 3.1.2-1
  •  mpg123 1.15.4-1
  •  mtdev 1.1.3-1
  •  nano 2.2.6-2
  •  nbd 3.3-3
  •  ncurses 5.9-5
  •  netctl 1.3-1
  •  nettle 2.7.1-1
  •  network-manager-applet 0.9.8.2-1
  •  networkmanager 0.9.8.2-1
  •  notify-osd 0.9.34-1
  •  nouveau-dri 9.2.0-1
  •  nspr 4.10-2
  •  nss 3.15.1-1
  •  ntfs-3g 2013.1.13-4
  •  obconf 2.0.4-1
  •  obkey 1.0-3
  •  obmenu-generator 0.55-1
  •  openbox 3.5.2-2
  •  openresolv 3.5.6-1
  •  openssh 6.2p2-1
  •  openssl 1.0.1.e-3
  •  orc 0.4.17-1
  •  os-prober 1.58-1
  •  p11-kit 0.18.4-1
  •  p7zip 9.20.1-7
  •  pacman 4.1.2-1
  •  pacman-mirrorlist 20130830-1
  •  pam 1.1.6-4
  •  pambase 20130113-1
  •  pango 1.34.1-1
  •  pangomm 2.34.0-1
  •  parted 3.1-2
  •  pciutils 3.2.0-3
  •  pcmciautils 018-7
  •  pcre 8.33-1
  •  perl 5.18.1-1
  •  perl-data-dump 1.22-1
  •  perl-linux-desktopfiles 0.07-1
  •  perl-xml-parser 2.41-4
  •  perl-xml-simple 2.20-1
  •  pinentry 0.8.3-1
  •  pixman 0.30.2-1
  •  polkit 0.111-1
  •  popt 1.16-6
  •  ppp 2.4.5-8
  •  procps-ng 3.3.8-2
  •  psmisc 22.20-1
  •  pth 2.0.7-4
  •  pygobject2-devel 2.28.6-9
  •  pygtk 2.24.0-3
  •  python 3.3.2-1
  •  python2 2.7.5-1
  •  python2-cairo 1.10.0-1
  •  python2-gobject2 2.28.6-9
  •  python2-xdg 0.25-1
  •  randrproto 1.4.0-1
  •  readline 6.2.004-1
  •  recordproto 1.14.2-1
  •  reiserfsprogs 3.6.24-1
  •  renderproto 0.11.1-2
  •  rsync 3.0.9-6
  •  run-parts 4.4-1
  •  scrot 0.8-6
  •  sed 4.2.2-3
  •  shadow 4.1.5.1-6
  •  shared-color-profiles 0.1.5-1
  •  shared-mime-info 1.1-1
  •  slim 1.3.5-3
  •  slock 1.1-1
  •  spacefm 0.8.7-1
  •  sqlite 3.8.0.1-1
  •  squashfs-tools 4.2-4
  •  startup-notification 0.12-3
  •  sudo 1.8.7-1
  •  sysfsutils 2.1.0-8
  •  syslinux 4.07-1
  •  systemd 204-3
  •  systemd-sysvcompat 204-3
  •  sysvinit-tools 2.88-11
  •  tar 1.26-4
  •  tcl 8.6.0-5
  •  texinfo 5.1-1
  •  tint2 0.11-5
  •  ttf-bitstream-vera 1.10-9
  •  ttf-dejavu 2.34-1
  •  tzdata 2013d-1
  •  udevil 0.4.1-1
  •  unrar 1:4.2.4-1
  •  unzip 6.0-6
  •  usb_modeswitch 1.2.7-1
  •  usbutils 007-1
  •  util-linux 2.23.2-1
  •  vi 1:050325-3
  •  videoproto 2.3.2-1
  •  virtualbox-guest-modules 4.2.16-9
  •  virtualbox-guest-utils 4.2.16-1
  •  volumeicon 0.5.0-1
  •  vte 0.28.2-3
  •  vte-common 0.34.7-1
  •  wayland 1.2.1-1
  •  webkitgtk2 1.10.2-7
  •  which 2.20-6
  •  wireless_tools 29-8
  •  wpa_supplicant 2.0-4
  •  xcb-proto 1.8-2
  •  xcb-util 0.3.9-1
  •  xcb-util-image 0.3.9-1
  •  xcb-util-keysyms 0.3.9-1
  •  xcb-util-wm 0.3.9-1
  •  xdg-user-dirs 0.15-1
  •  xextproto 7.2.1-1
  •  xf86-input-evdev 2.8.1-1
  •  xf86-input-joystick 1.6.2-2
  •  xf86-input-keyboard 1.7.0-1
  •  xf86-input-mouse 1.9.0-1
  •  xf86-input-synaptics 1.7.1-1
  •  xf86-input-void 1.4.0-5
  •  xf86-video-ark 0.7.5-3
  •  xf86-video-ast 0.97.0-3
  •  xf86-video-ati 1:7.2.0-1
  •  xf86-video-cirrus 1.5.2-2
  •  xf86-video-dummy 0.3.6-3
  •  xf86-video-fbdev 0.4.3-3
  •  xf86-video-glint 1.2.8-3
  •  xf86-video-i128 1.3.6-3
  •  xf86-video-intel 2.21.15-1
  •  xf86-video-mach64 6.9.4-2
  •  xf86-video-mga 1.6.2-3
  •  xf86-video-modesetting 0.8.0-1
  •  xf86-video-neomagic 1.2.8-1
  •  xf86-video-nouveau 1.0.9-1
  •  xf86-video-nv 2.1.20-3
  •  xf86-video-openchrome 0.3.3-2
  •  xf86-video-r128 6.9.1-4
  •  xf86-video-savage 2.3.6-4
  •  xf86-video-siliconmotion 1.7.7-3
  •  xf86-video-sis 0.10.7-4
  •  xf86-video-tdfx 1.4.5-3
  •  xf86-video-trident 1.3.6-4
  •  xf86-video-v4l 0.2.0-12
  •  xf86-video-vesa 2.3.2-3
  •  xf86-video-voodoo 1.2.5-3
  •  xf86dgaproto 2.1-2
  •  xf86vidmodeproto 2.3.1-2
  •  xfsprogs 3.1.11-1
  •  xineramaproto 1.2.1-2
  •  xkeyboard-config 2.9-2
  •  xorg-bdftopcf 1.0.4-1
  •  xorg-font-util 1.3.0-1
  •  xorg-font-utils 7.6-3
  •  xorg-fonts-alias 1.0.3-1
  •  xorg-fonts-encodings 1.0.4-3
  •  xorg-fonts-misc 1.0.1-2
  •  xorg-iceauth 1.0.6-1
  •  xorg-mkfontdir 1.0.7-1
  •  xorg-mkfontscale 1.1.1-1
  •  xorg-server 1.14.2-2
  •  xorg-server-common 1.14.2-2
  •  xorg-server-utils 7.6-3
  •  xorg-sessreg 1.0.8-1
  •  xorg-setxkbmap 1.3.0-1
  •  xorg-utils 7.6-8
  •  xorg-xauth 1.0.7-1
  •  xorg-xbacklight 1.2.0-1
  •  xorg-xcmsdb 1.0.4-1
  •  xorg-xdpyinfo 1.3.1-1
  •  xorg-xdriinfo 1.0.4-3
  •  xorg-xev 1.2.1-1
  •  xorg-xgamma 1.0.5-1
  •  xorg-xhost 1.0.6-1
  •  xorg-xinit 1.3.2-3
  •  xorg-xinput 1.6.0-1
  •  xorg-xkbcomp 1.2.4-1
  •  xorg-xkill 1.0.3-3
  •  xorg-xlsatoms 1.1.1-1
  •  xorg-xlsclients 1.1.2-2
  •  xorg-xmodmap 1.0.7-1
  •  xorg-xprop 1.2.2-1
  •  xorg-xrandr 1.4.1-1
  •  xorg-xrdb 1.0.9-2
  •  xorg-xrefresh 1.0.5-1
  •  xorg-xset 1.2.3-1
  •  xorg-xsetroot 1.1.1-1
  •  xorg-xvinfo 1.1.2-1
  •  xorg-xwininfo 1.1.3-1
  •  xproto 7.0.24-1
  •  xxkb 1.11-4
  •  xz 5.0.5-1
  •  yajl 2.0.4-1
  •  zip 3.0-3
  •  zlib 1.2.8-1
  •  zukitwo-themes 20130424-1


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Version: 280617
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-10-03
Votes: 0


The only Arch distro that I had zero issues on any first installs


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Version: 2012.12
Rating: 8
Date: 2017-09-21
Votes: 4


Ordered a physical iso for Arch, elsewhere, and received an Archbang copy instead. To be frank, an older AB release such as this one makes pacman virtually unusable; am now using it as some sort of an experential learning experience upgrading from source for LaTeX purposes, the GNU build tools and whatnot without resorting to package managers whatsoever. It works. After a(n ugly 70's wide lapels and checks) fashion.

That said, it's a distro that recognised my kaveri + dual graphics set-up out of the gate, a process which befuddles a fair few other distros out there, including sadly, FreeBSD 11.0.

Alsa worked great out of the box as well.

Wireless? Eh, no. Failed at the final hurdle. So using an Android hotspot almost permanently.

When all is said and done, do yourself a favour and purchase the latest Arch(Bang) release -life is too short for pacman headaches using old releases.

8/10 for the gfx thing.


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Version: 280617
Rating: 1
Date: 2017-09-11
Votes: 0


In the end I gave up. Life is too short. The final straw was, I got it to install in the end, and even to do a system upgrade. This is after endless reading to try to figure out, along with lots of other people, why system upgrades were not working. Then the menu in openbox would not work. I looked it up of course, and what someone else says, you read through page after page of incomprehensible stuff in order not to find out a simple way of fixing your problem.

OK, why not replace openbox with something more usable? Because I cannot figure out how to do that either, and researching it leads to the same swamp of irrelevant inordinately detailed and incomprehensible material.

So far I have tried several Arch derivatives, including the Kodi focused ones. I can't get any of them to run properly.

So, finally realising that when dying, I will not look back with satisfaction on a month or two spent trying to get Arch working, whether I succeed or not, I turned to Debian. Debian 9 has just been released.

A couple of hours later everything is working fast and predictably! I picked the LXDE version, then ran openbox without the desktop, and its very comparable to archbang in speed and responsiveness. And if you want even faster desktop, awesome is easy to install and configure and that is probably the fastest window manager around. For me openbox in this application is simpler and fast enough.

I can only say to others considering this, do not waste your time and energy. Just go to Debian and have done with it.


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