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ArchBang Linux

Last Update: 2017-11-02 19:39 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: 41 (252), 6 months: 43 (245), 3 months: 60 (196), 4 weeks: 60 (207), 1 week: 53 (201)

Average visitor rating: 7.2/10 from 10 review(s).


ArchBang Summary
Distribution ArchBang Linux
Home Page https://sourceforge.net/projects/archbang/
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User Forums https://sourceforge.net/p/archbang/forum/
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
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Download Mirrors http://sourceforge.net/projects/archbang/files/LinuxTracker.org
Bug Tracker http://bugs.archbang.org/
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  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 021117 170916 031215 2014.01 2013.09 2012.12 2011.11 2011.02 2010.10 Feature
Release Date 2017-11-02 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) 596-596                 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 021117 170916 031215 2014.01 2013.09 2012.12 2011.11 2011.02 2010.10 Full Package List
Package 021117 170916 031215 2014.01 2013.09 2012.12 2011.11 2011.02 2010.10 Package
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.8.6 2.8.6 abiword (3.0.2)
alsa-lib (1.1.5) 1.1.4.1 1.1.2 1.1.0 1.0.27.2 1.0.27.2 1.0.26 1.0.24.1 1.0.23 1.0.23 alsa-lib (1.1.5)
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ati-driver (16.40)
bash (4.4.18) 4.4 4.3 4.3 4.2 4.2 4.2 4.2 4.1 4.1 bash (4.4.18)
bind (9.12.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bind (9.12.0)
chromium (64.0.3282.167) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 8.0.552.237 6.0.472.62 chromium (64.0.3282.167)
cups (2.2.6) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- cups (2.2.6)
dhcp (4.4.0) -- -- 4.3.3 -- -- 4.2.4-P2 -- 4.2.0-P2 4.2.0 dhcp (4.4.0)
e2fsprogs (1.43.9) 1.43.7 1.43.3 1.42.13 1.42.8 1.42.8 1.42.6 1.41.14 1.41.14 1.41.12 e2fsprogs (1.43.9)
firefox (58.0.2) 56.0.2 48.0.2 42.0 26.0 23.0.1 17.0.1 9.0a2 -- -- firefox (58.0.2)
freetype (2.9) 2.8.1 2.7 2.6.2 2.5.2 2.5.0.1 2.4.10 2.4.7 2.4.4 2.4.2 freetype (2.9)
gcc (7.3.0) -- -- -- -- -- 4.7.2 4.6.2 4.5.2 4.5.1 gcc (7.3.0)
gimp (2.8.22) -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.6.11 2.6.11 2.6.10 gimp (2.8.22)
glibc (2.27) 2.26 2.24 2.22 2.18 2.18 2.16.0 2.14.1 2.13 2.12.1 glibc (2.27)
gnome-shell (3.26.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.26.2)
gnucash (2.6.19) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (2.6.19)
gnumeric (1.12.38) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 1.10.12 1.10.9 gnumeric (1.12.38)
grub (2.02) 2.02 2.02beta3 2.02beta2 2.00 2.00 2.00 0.97 0.97 0.97 grub (2.02)
gtk+ (3.22.28) 3.22.25 3.20.9 3.18.5 3.10.6 3.8.4 3.6.2 3.2.1 2.22.1 2.22.0 gtk+ (3.22.28)
httpd (2.4.29) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.29)
inkscape (0.92.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (0.92.2)
k3b (17.12.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- k3b (17.12.2)
kmod (25) 24 23 22 16 15 11 -- -- -- kmod (25)
libgnome (2.32.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- libgnome (2.32.1)
libreoffice (6.0.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- libreoffice (6.0.1)
linux (4.15.4) 4.9.59 4.7.4 4.2.5 3.12.6 3.10.10 3.6.8 3.0.7 2.6.37 2.6.35.7 linux (4.15.4)
Package 021117 170916 031215 2014.01 2013.09 2012.12 2011.11 2011.02 2010.10 Package
lxde-common (0.99.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- lxde-common (0.99.2)
mariadb (10.2.13) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.2.13)
mate-desktop (1.20.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.20.0)
mesa (17.3.4) 17.2.4 12.0.3 11.0.6 10.0.1 9.2.0 9.0.1 7.11 7.10 7.8.2 mesa (17.3.4)
mysql (5.7.21) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mysql (5.7.21)
nautilus (3.26.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- nautilus (3.26.2)
NVIDIA (390.25) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (390.25)
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 3.6.1 3.6.1 3.5.2 3.5.2 3.5.0 3.5.0 3.4.11.2 3.4.11.2 openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (8u161) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (8u161)
openssh (7.6p1) 7.6p1 7.3p1 7.1p1 6.4p1 6.2p2 -- -- -- -- openssh (7.6p1)
openssl (1.1.0g) 1.1.0f 1.0.2h 1.0.2d 1.0.1f 1.0.1e 1.0.1c 1.0.0e 1.0.0c 1.0.0a openssl (1.1.0g)
perl (5.26.1) 5.26.1 5.24.0 5.22.0 5.18.1 5.18.1 5.16.2 5.14.2 5.12.2 5.12.1 perl (5.26.1)
php (7.2.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- php (7.2.2)
plasma-desktop (5.12.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.12.1)
postfix (3.2.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.2.5)
postgresql (10.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postgresql (10.2)
Python (3.6.4) -- -- -- 3.3.3 3.3.2 2.7.3 3.2.2 3.1.3 2.6.5 Python (3.6.4)
qt (5.10.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 4.7.0 qt (5.10.1)
samba (4.7.5) -- -- -- -- -- 3.6.9 3.6.1 3.5.6 3.5.5 samba (4.7.5)
systemd (237) -- 231 228 208 204 196 -- -- -- systemd (237)
thunderbird (52.6.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- thunderbird (52.6.0)
vim (8.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- vim (8.0)
vlc (3.0.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- vlc (3.0.0)
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- xfdesktop (4.12.4)
xorg-server (1.19.6) 1.19.5 1.18.4 1.18.0 1.14.5 1.14.2 1.13.0 1.11.1.901 1.9.3.901 1.9.0 xorg-server (1.19.6)

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Version: 021117
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-12-07
Votes: 14


OpenRC version, Arch without systemd. Enough said.


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Version: 280617
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-10-03
Votes: 18


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: 3


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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