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DistroWatch.com: ArchLabs


Last Update: 2017-08-17 23:08 UTC

ArchLabs is a distribution based on Arch Linux and featuring the Openbox window manager as the primary desktop interface. ArchLabs is a 64-bit, rolling release distribution which provides a live DVD. The distribution can be installed using the Calamares graphical system installer.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 292 (7), 6 months: 292 (15), 3 months: 210 (31), 4 weeks: 107 (96), 1 week: 108 (72)

Average visitor rating: 8.15/10 from 13 review(s).

Distribution ArchLabs
Home Page https://archlabsblog.wordpress.com/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums --
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation https://archlabsblog.wordpress.com/tutorials/
Screenshots --
Download Mirrors https://sourceforge.net/projects/archlabs/files/ARCHLabs/
Bug Tracker --
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Feature 5.0
Release Date 2017-07-07
End Of Life  
Price (US$) Free
Image Size (MB) 1780-1790MB
Free Download ISO
Installation Graphical
Default Desktop Openbox
Package Management Pacman
Release Model Rolling
Office Suite --
Processor Architecture x86_64
Init Software systemd
Journaled File Systems ext4
Multilingual --
Asian Language Support --
Full Package List 5.0
Package 5.0
abiword (3.0.2) --
alsa-lib (
ati-driver (16.40) --
bash (4.4) 4.4
bind (9.11.2) --
chromium (60.0.3112.101) 59.0.3071.115
cups (2.2.4) 2.2.4
dhcp (4.3.6) 4.3.5
e2fsprogs (1.43.5) 1.43.4
firefox (55.0.2) 54.0.1
freetype (2.8) --
gcc (7.2.0) 7.1.1
gimp (2.8.22) 2.8.22
glibc (2.26) 2.25
gnome-shell (3.24.3) --
gnucash (2.6.17) --
gnumeric (1.12.35) --
grub (2.02) 2.02
gtk+ (3.22.18) 2.24.31
httpd (2.4.27) --
inkscape (0.92.2) 0.92.1
k3b (17.08.0) --
kmod (24) 24
libgnome (2.32.1) --
libreoffice (5.4.0) --
linux (4.12.8) 4.11.9
Package 5.0
lxde-common (0.99.2) --
mariadb (10.2.8) --
mate-desktop (1.18.0) --
mesa (17.1.7) 17.1.4
mysql (5.7.19) --
nautilus ( --
NVIDIA (384.59) --
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1
openjdk (8u144) --
openssh (7.5p1) 7.5p1
openssl (1.1.0f) 1.1.0f
perl (5.26.0) 5.26.0
php (7.1.8) --
plasma-desktop (5.10.4) --
postfix (3.2.2) --
postgresql (9.6.4) --
Python (3.6.2) 3.6.1
qt (5.9.1) 5.9.1
samba (4.6.7) 4.6.5
systemd (234) 233.75
thunderbird (52.3.0) --
vim (8.0) 8.0
vlc (2.2.6) 2.2.6
xfdesktop (4.12.4) --
xorg-server (1.19.3) 1.19.3

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Version: 5.0
Rating: 5
Date: 2017-08-17
Votes: 0

Very nice themes and icons, although there are just too many of them.

This is my third attempt to try and install and on a laptop this time but still login is 320mb, not sure why so much ram initially. Have installed numerous openbox Wm's and never over 250mb of ram after login. Most run about 150mb on a laptop.

Decided perhaps to remove majority of unneeded pipemenus and unneeded programs, perhaps more is running in the background than what I could detect. All efforts failed but do think it is stable, but definitely not right for me to use. Archbang is far my choice of Ob distros.

Hopefully with the next release these issues will be resolved for those who use it.

Not a bad distro but not right for me.

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Version: 5.0
Rating: 4
Date: 2017-08-12
Votes: 1

Looks very similar to BL, but of course with Arch. Very nice color scheme!

Honestly a really big distro and way to many icons and themes. Leaves little room for personal user choice with apps, should be brought down to about 700mb or smaller.

Ram way to high to initial with boot to log-in, not sure why?

It's ok distro, Archbang distro of choice and think that ArchLabs needs some mature approach to make it really something good.

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Version: 5.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-08-06
Votes: 1

excellent linux distro, fast, reliable and aesthetically beautiful.

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