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Artix Linux

Last Update: 2019-04-11 06:22 UTC

Artix Linux is a fork (or continuation as an autonomous project) of the Arch-OpenRC and Manjaro-OpenRC projects. Artix Linux offers a lightweight, rolling-release operating system featuring the OpenRC init software. (An alternative spin features the runit init software.) Three editions of Artix are available, a minimal Base system, an edition featuring the i3 window manager and an edition which runs the LXQt desktop.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 89 (128), 6 months: 88 (142), 3 months: 87 (134), 4 weeks: 84 (130), 1 week: 82 (124)

Average visitor rating: 8.03/10 from 67 review(s).

Artix Linux Summary
Distribution Artix Linux
Home Page https://artixlinux.org/
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User Forums https://artixlinux.org/forum/
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Download Mirrors https://sourceforge.net/projects/artix-linux/files/iso/
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Feature 2018.10.04 2017.08.08
Release Date 2018-10-04 2017-08-08
End Of Life    
Price (US$) Free Free
Image Size (MB) 460-858 385-697
Free Download ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop LXQt i3, LXQt
Package Management Pacman Pacman
Release Model Rolling Rolling
Office Suite -- --
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64
Init Software OpenRC, runit OpenRC
Journaled File Systems ext3, ext4 ext3, ext4
Asian Language Support    
Full Package List 2018.10.04 2017.08.08
Package 2018.10.04 2017.08.08
abiword (3.0.2) -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.8) 1.1.6
ati-driver (18.30) -- --
bash (5.0) 4.4 4.4
bind (9.14.0) -- --
chromium (73.0.3683.103) -- --
cups (2.2.11) -- --
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.4.1 4.3.5
e2fsprogs (1.45.0) 1.44.4 1.43.4
firefox (66.0.3) -- --
freetype (2.10.0) 2.9.1 --
gcc (8.3.0) -- --
gimp (2.10.10) -- --
glibc (2.29) 2.28 2.25
gnome-shell (3.32.1) -- --
gnucash (3.5) -- --
gnumeric (1.12.44) -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02 2.02
gtk (3.24.8) 2.24.32 2.24.31
httpd (2.4.39) -- --
inkscape (0.92.4) -- --
k3b (19.04.0) -- --
kmod (26) 25 24
krita (4.1.8)    
libreoffice (6.2.3) -- --
linux (5.0.9) 4.18.10 4.9.41
Package 2018.10.04 2017.08.08
lxpanel (0.10.0) -- --
mariadb (10.3.14) -- --
mate-desktop (1.22.0) -- --
mesa (19.0.2) 18.2.1 17.1.5
mysql (8.0.15) -- --
nautilus (3.32.0) -- --
NVIDIA (418.56) -- --
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 3.6.1
openjdk (12.0.1) -- --
openssh (8.0p1) 7.8p1 7.5p1
openssl (1.1.1b) 1.1.1 1.1.0f
perl (5.28.2) 5.28.0 5.26.0
php (7.3.4) -- --
plasma-desktop (5.15.4) -- --
postfix (3.4.5) -- --
postgresql (11.2) -- --
Python (3.7.3) 3.7.0 3.6.2
qt (5.12.3) 5.11.2 2.0.0
samba (4.10.2) -- --
systemd (242) -- --
thunderbird (60.6.1) -- --
vim (8.1) -- 8.0
vlc (3.0.6) -- --
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- --
xorg-server (1.20.4) 1.20.1 1.19.3

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Version: 2018.10.04
Rating: 9
Date: 2019-04-14
Votes: 9

I was not sure it was even possible that my Devuan could be replaced, but Artix has managed to do just that. It is very stable and has the most recent versions of the packages that I want/use. I had two issues since installing, the first one was at install where I had to overwrite some stuff with pacman that should have been addressed in the iso. The second was an issue with (Arch not Artix) where a package was released and built against a different version of a dependancy which caused a breakage. Artix forums were quick (within the hour I updated) to address the issue and present a solution. I hope this effort is maintained and can continue with Artix for years to come.

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Version: 2018.10.04
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-03-29
Votes: 89

Artix is FAST smooth and stable. I previously used arch and like the Artix spin that uses the "Runit" init system instead if systemd. This makes for a faster system overall and faster boots. The install is very fast (compared to the pure arch install). I even replaced manjaro linux that I had on my older media center box with Artix Linux and it is significantly snappier! Keep up the great work Artix Lnux!

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Version: 2018.10.04
Rating: 9
Date: 2019-03-19
Votes: 11

Ok. A further update on the review below a week later. The gremlins installs we have are still solid. So the coffee lake gtx1060 laptop and my haswell-based pc gtx1050 are working fine. The upgrade to various kernels works great with the nvidia driver piece just working when the kernel is upgraded via pacman. I am on kernel 5.0.2 now from the installed 4.20. No issues to report. You can also use runit as well as openrc for your init instead of systemd (openrc was my choice, there may be others?). Anyway, you can use the openrc rc-update tools to add installed software into openrc to start on boot (i.e. rc-update add ntpd default). Or start manually with rc-service. Pretty straight forward. Note the openrc and runit packages are separate from the actual software packages. I was wondering where the start/stop scripts were initially in comparison to other distros but it makes sense. So if you install openssh you have to install openssh-openrc for the start and stop scripts to be installed as well. There is also a openssh-runit as well. So yes that way you can choose your init system pieces separate from the software. A nice setup. I have now added various base tools and sw easily; alsa-plugins, traceroute, netstat, rsync, xfe, pcmanfm, leafpad, htop, mplayer, mupdf, audacious + plugins, openntpd or syslog-ng or similar. All work fine with their corresponding start scripts. Proprietary Steam, wine/gw2 and teamspeak are all working well through many updates via pacman. No broken packages or issues so far. Kernel metric stuff like cpu temperature is working well too. Make/gcc compiles under /opt all as expected. Sounds via alsa still good. Improved quality from audacious with the alsa-plugins package and mpg123. I forgot to mention the installer which is basically a bunch of shell commands run from the live image. I am used to that and like it but I forgot to mention that for others. No big deal. For me a nice simple clear quick install. :)

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