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DistroWatch.com: ArcoLinux


Last Update: 2018-03-13 17:53 UTC

ArcoLinux (previously called ArchMerge) is a distribution based on Arch Linux. The ArcoLinux project features two editions, one includes the Xfce, Openbox and i3 user interfaces. The second edition is a minimal, command line platform. ArcoLinux features video tutorials on its website and places a strong focus on learning how to use and customize the operating system.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 304 (14), 6 months: 258 (28), 3 months: 155 (56), 4 weeks: 69 (172), 1 week: 48 (218)

Average visitor rating: 8.43/10 from 7 review(s).

ArcoLinux (formerly ArchMerge) Summary
Distribution ArcoLinux
Home Page https://arcolinux.info/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums https://arcolinuxforum.com/
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation https://arcolinux.com/
Screenshots DistroWatch Gallery
Download Mirrors https://sourceforge.net/projects/archmerge/files/
Bug Tracker --
Related Websites --
Reviews 6.x: DistroWatch
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Feature 6.4.1
Release Date 2018-02-01
End Of Life  
Price (US$) Free
Image Size (MB) 950-2099
Free Download ISO
Installation Graphical
Default Desktop i3, Openbox, Xfce
Package Management Pacman
Release Model Rolling
Office Suite LibreOffice
Processor Architecture x86_64
Init Software systemd
Journaled File Systems ext4
Multilingual Yes
Asian Language Support  
Full Package List  
Package 6.4.1
abiword (3.0.2) --
alsa-lib (1.1.5) 1.1.5
ati-driver (16.40) --
bash (4.4.18) 4.4
bind (9.12.1) --
chromium (65.0.3325.181) 64.0.3282.119
cups (2.2.6) 2.2.6
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.3.6
e2fsprogs (1.44.0) 1.43.8
firefox (59.0.1) 58.0
freetype (2.9) 2.9
gcc (7.3.0) 7.2.1
gimp (2.8.22) 2.8.22
glibc (2.27) 2.26
gnome-shell (3.28.0) --
gnucash (2.6.19) --
gnumeric (1.12.39) --
grub (2.02) 2.02
gtk+ (3.22.29) 2.24.32
httpd (2.4.29) --
inkscape (0.92.2) 0.92.2
k3b (17.12.3) --
kmod (25) 24
libgnome (2.32.1) --
libreoffice (6.0.2) --
linux (4.15.12) 4.14.15
Package 6.4.1
lxde-common (0.99.2) --
mariadb (10.2.13) --
mate-desktop (1.20.0) --
mesa (17.3.7) 17.3.3
mysql (5.7.21) --
nautilus (3.28.0) --
NVIDIA (390.25) --
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1
openjdk (8u162) --
openssh (7.6p1) 7.6p1
openssl (1.1.0g) 1.1.0g
perl (5.26.1) 5.26.1
php (7.2.3) --
plasma-desktop (5.12.3) --
postfix (3.3.0) --
postgresql (10.3) --
Python (3.6.4) 3.6.4
qt (5.10.1) 5.10.0
samba (4.8.0) 4.7.4
systemd (238) 236.81
thunderbird (52.6.0) --
vim (8.0) 8.0
vlc (3.0.1) 2.2.8
xfdesktop (4.12.4) 4.12.4
xorg-server (1.19.6) 1.19.6

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Version: 6.4.1
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-03-20
Votes: 0

This is a nice responsive distro. Like the one user mentioned, black and white icon theme in the era of UHD? That is easy to change though. Great repositories! Anything you want to do there is software to do it! The one thing that chafes me is the arch package management. After more than a decade of using Synaptic, being unable to remove a package from the update or version lock a program because I find the new version inferior is something that didn't work for me in any Arch distro. Add to this that you can tie up your computer for an extended period "building" a program and then have it exit because something was out of date is really annoying and something never encountered in Synaptic! The package management is the biggest thing that has held me back from switching to an Arch based distro. Not having any root applications is a sad thing too. Having to go to the command line to do something in the 21st century is a little counter intuitive. All that aside Archmerge is a very nice looking and functional distro. I ended up going to Manjaro because Archmerge would not build Palemoon browser which I prefer. I've tried many different Arch based distros over the years and this was the first one that looked really good and was nicest to use. So long as you don't want to use Palemoon browser it's great! :-)

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Version: 6.4.1
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-03-02
Votes: 4

Best Arch based distro, easy to install, very supportive website and that is the most important - lots of tutorials about how to install and tweak this distro. You can have almost any desktop you want, I am using this distro from November and do not want to switch, if you bored with XFCE desktop (default) install any you like. This distro is evolving and any new realises will give something new, trust me, you won't be bored!

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Version: 6.4.1
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-02-28
Votes: 5

Stumbled across this newly added distribution on distrowatch, and very glad that I did. I have come back to arch based distributions, given problems with debian across many different distros. This is light enough to allow my old Dell laptop to run quietly, and has the best setup for openbox that I have seen on any distribution. You can change icons, themes, etc to your liking, and can pull in software from pamac/AUR, or the software center that I think was ported from gnome. The xfce desktop is nice also, but I especially like the openbox environment, and being able to modify startup applications in it, along with menu items and appearance, and wallpaper. I have no desire to again change distributions, and hopefully it will continue to work as well as it has so far.

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