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ArcoLinux

Last Update: 2023-01-30 01:12 UTC


ArcoLinux (previously known as ArchMerge) is a distribution based on Arch Linux. The development takes places in three branches - ArcoLinux, ArcoLinuxD and ArcoLinuxB. ArcoLinux is a full-featured distribution that ships with the Xfce desktop (as well as Openbox and i3 window managers). ArcoLinuxD is a minimal distribution that includes scripts that enable power users to install any desktop and application. ArcoLinuxB is a project that gives users the power to build custom distributions, while also developing several community editions with pre-configured desktops, such as Awesome, bspwm, Budgie, Cinnamon, Deepin, GNOME, MATE and KDE Plasma. ArcoLinux also provides various video tutorials as it places strong focus on learning and acquiring Linux skills.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 20 (398), 6 months: 19 (398), 3 months: 21 (389), 4 weeks: 29 (358), 1 week: 34 (374)

Average visitor rating: 8.95/10 from 281 review(s).


ArcoLinux (formerly ArchMerge) Summary
Distribution ArcoLinux
Home Page https://arcolinux.info/
https://arcolinux.com/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums https://arcolinuxforum.com/
Alternative User Forums
Documentation https://arcolinux.com/
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Download Mirrors https://arcolinux.info/download/
Bug Tracker --
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Reviews 20.x: Dedoimedo
6.x: DistroWatch
Where To Buy or Try

Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2020-11-14: Distribution Release: ArcoLinux 20.11.9
 • 2019-12-12: Distribution Release: ArcoLinux 19.12.15
 • 2019-05-15: Distribution Release: ArcoLinux 19.05.2
 • 2019-01-16: Distribution Release: ArcoLinux 19.01.4
 • 2018-07-15: Distribution Release: ArcoLinux 6.9.1
 • More ArcoLinux releases...

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Feature 23.01.03 22.12.02 21.11.05 20.11.9 19.12.17 18.12.7
Release Date 2022-12-23 2022-12-01 2021-11-10 2020-11-13 2019-12-24 2018-12-14
End Of Life            
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 1700-2500 1700-2500 900-2600 900-2600 900-2600 900-2600
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop i3, Openbox, Xfce i3, Openbox, Xfce Xfce i3, Openbox, Xfce i3, Openbox, Xfce i3, Openbox, Xfce
Package Management Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman
Release Model Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling
Office Suite -- -- -- -- -- --
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64
Init Software systemd systemd systemd systemd systemd systemd
Journaled File Systems ext4 ext4 ext4 ext4 ext4 ext4
Multilingual Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Asian Language Support            
Full Package List 23.01.03 22.12.02 21.11.05 20.11.9 19.12.17 18.12.7
Package 23.01.03 22.12.02 21.11.05 20.11.9 19.12.17 18.12.7
abiword (3.0.5) -- -- -- -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.2.8) 1.2.8 1.2.8 1.2.5.1 1.2.4 1.2.1.2 1.1.7
amdgpu (22.40) 22.0.0 22.0.0 21.0.0 19.1.0 19.1.0 18.1.0
bash (5.2.15) 5.1 5.1 5.1 5.0 5.0 4.4
bind (9.18.11) 9.18.9 9.18.8 9.16.22 9.16.7 -- --
chromium (109.0.5414.119) -- -- 95.0.4638.54 86.0.4240.111 79.0.3945.88 70.0.3538.110
cups (2.4.2) 2.4.2 2.4.2 2.3.3 2.3.3 2.3.1 2.2.9
dhcp (4.4.3-P1) 4.4.3-P1 4.4.3-P1 4.4.2 4.4.2 4.4.1 4.4.1
e2fsprogs (1.46.5) 1.46.5 1.46.5 1.46.4 1.45.6 1.45.4 1.44.4
firefox (109.0) 108.0.1 107.0 93.0 82.0 71.0 63.0.3
freetype (2.12.1) 2.12.1 2.12.1 2.11.0 2.10.4 2.10.1 2.9.1
gcc (12.2.0) 12.2.0 12.2.0 11.1.0 10.2.0 9.2.0 8.2.1
gimp (2.10.32) -- -- 2.10.24 2.10.22 2.10.14 2.10.8
glibc (2.36) 2.36 2.36 2.33 2.32 2.30 2.28
gnome-shell (43.2) -- -- -- -- -- --
gnucash (4.13) -- -- -- -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.54) -- -- -- -- -- --
grub (2.06) 2.06 2.06 2.06 2.04 2.04 2.02
gtk (4.8.3) 4.8.2 4.8.2 3.24.30 3.24.22 3.24.13 3.24.1
httpd (2.4.55) -- -- -- -- -- --
inkscape (1.2.2) -- -- 1.1.1 1.0.1 0.92.4 0.92.3
k3b (22.12.1) -- -- -- -- -- --
kmod (30) 30 30 29 27 26 25
krita (5.1.5) -- -- -- -- -- --
libreoffice (7.4.5) -- -- -- -- -- --
linux (6.1.8) 6.0.12 6.0.9 5.14.14 5.9.1 5.4.6 4.19.4
Package 23.01.03 22.12.02 21.11.05 20.11.9 19.12.17 18.12.7
lxpanel (0.10.1) -- -- -- -- -- --
mariadb (10.10.2) -- -- -- -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.26.0) -- -- -- -- -- --
mesa (22.3.4) 22.3.1 22.2.3 21.2.4 20.2.1 19.3.1 18.2.5
mysql (8.0.32) -- -- -- -- -- --
nautilus (43.2) -- -- -- -- -- --
NVIDIA (525.85.05) 525.60.11 520.56.06 470.63.01 -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- 3.6.1 3.6.1 3.6.1
openjdk (19.0.2) -- -- -- -- -- --
openssh (9.1p1) 9.1p1 9.1p1 8.8p1 8.4p1 8.1p1 7.9p1
openssl (3.0.7) 3.0.7 3.0.7 1.1.1l 1.1.1h 1.1.1d 1.1.1a
perl (5.36.0) 5.36.0 5.36.0 5.34.0 5.32.0 5.30.1 5.28.0
php (8.2.1) -- -- -- -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.26.5) -- -- -- -- -- --
postfix (3.7.4) -- -- -- -- -- --
postgresql (15.1) -- -- -- -- -- --
Python (3.11.1) 3.10.8 3.10.8 3.9.7 3.8.6 3.8.0 3.7.1
qt (6.4.2) 6.4.1 5.15.7 5.15.2 5.15.1 5.13.2 5.11.2
samba (4.17.5) 4.17.4 4.17.3 4.15.1 4.13.0 4.10.10 --
systemd (252.5) 252.3 252.1 249.5 246.6 244 239
thunderbird (102.7.0) -- -- -- -- -- --
vim (9.0) 9.0 9.0 8.2 8.2 8.1 8.1
vlc (3.0.18) 3.0.18 3.0.17.4 3.0.16 3.0.11.1 3.0.8 3.0.4
wayland (1.21.0) 1.21.0 1.21.0 1.19.0 1.18.0 1.17.0 1.16.0
xfdesktop (4.18.1) 4.18.0 4.16.1 4.16.0 4.14.2 4.14.1 4.12.4
xorg-server (21.1.6) 21.1.6 21.1.4 1.20.13 1.20.9 1.20.6 1.20.3

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Version: 22.12.02
Rating: 10
Date: 2022-12-19
Votes: 8


ArcoLinuxB Plasma 22.11
Pros:

-Impresive quantity of variations/options that provides. For some people this could be overwhelming but for me is perfect. ArcoLinux has an iso for almost everyone, if you dig in their website: L, S, D, B (with all desktops available), Zen, Xanmod, lts, hardened, etc. There are also ALCI and CARLI.
-Documentation and Tutorials. Over 3100 videos in their YT channel, and lots of post. Being Arch based the Arch wiki is probably the best out there.
-Installation process. The modified Calamares allows to add almost anything you might need to start using Arco right away.
-Arco Tweak Tool (ATT). It's just make your life easier and adds an extra layer of customization
-It Just works. On My i5 10th gen, Nvidia GTX1650, Realtek wifi no surprises everything works. The nvidia drivers can be installed from calamares or after installation via pacman, yay or paru.
-Arco is the best Arch based distro IMO.


Cons:
-As I stated in my first point, some people may find overwhelming to have so many options.
-As usual with projects maintained by one person, Arco feels a little "weak". If the main dev drop it, it will be time to move on. I hope this doesnt happen any time soon. Thankfully there are other distros with similar approach.

Thanks for the great work


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Version: 22.12.02
Rating: 8
Date: 2022-12-10
Votes: 1


Have been using this distro for at least 1 1/2 years now, it opens fast, allows to set as encrypted, not recommended for non advanced users as later installs might be problematic, it is a rolling release, so no need to reinstall like other Ubuntu type distros for example, I only installed Kde, Xfce & Cinnamon environments, it is stable, and can play around with the theming and fonts etc with Kde. Wish they would beautify more the main theme in the future. I have done some theming to change that but needs work. installed Paru for easy updates & Yay I think is also very nice along with pacman software installers. Ubuntu distros seem to be more user friendly than Arch based, recommend better Ubuntu long term distros 5 years for them. I do have Windows installed on a separate partition but find it too slow and painstaking to use, constantly upgrading gigantic nonsense pain, I have Linuxmint on another partition and do use it now and then for simple tasks or special backup maintenance when do have issues with my tinkering around. so far this is now my main distro. and use Libvirt and Virtual box for testing or learning. a powerful distro once you start running it, have been using Lts Kernel upgrades only to avoide bugs in the future. so far have a basic GPU and 32 gigs of ram which allow fairly fast use, not for video creation or games enthusiasts. the creators of Arcolinux have extensive videos for those interested in learning about linux. Which is probably why I keep it and because I have been experimenting with syncthing and use multiple desktops for learning about Linux wthin arcolinux. so will stick it for a while. for now gave it an 8 because I feel it's not an exciting theme look.


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Version: 22.12.02
Rating: 7
Date: 2022-12-04
Votes: 0


I tried most desktops of arcolinux , i install it either by arcolinux-d or by arcolinux tool , but i suffered from missing the keyboard layout for uki desktop and pantheon desktop . i tried to se keyboard layout in pantheon but the icon "keyboard" in ssystem settings is missed . i tried to set keyboard by ibus but failed even i set it but not change the language. Also for ukui desktop the setting for ukui not work at all for keyboard layout . So please add the missed package for the keyboard setting for pantheon desktop and ukui desktop , so that to be easy done same as plasma or xfce desktop. Thanks in advance for your great effort


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