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Artix Linux

Last Update: 2018-01-06 03:14 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. 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.

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Average visitor rating: 7.38/10 from 32 review(s).

Artix Linux Summary
Distribution Artix Linux
Home Page https://artixlinux.org/
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Download Mirrors https://sourceforge.net/projects/artix-linux/files/iso/
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Feature 2018.01.05 2017.08.08
Release Date 2018-01-05 2017-08-08
End Of Life    
Price (US$) Free Free
Image Size (MB) 385-697 385-697
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 OpenRC
Journaled File Systems ext3, ext4 ext3, ext4
Asian Language Support    
Full Package List 2018.01.05 2017.08.08
Package 2018.01.05 2017.08.08
abiword (3.0.2) -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.5) 1.1.5
ati-driver (16.40) -- --
bash (4.4.18) 4.4 4.4
bind (9.12.1) -- --
chromium (65.0.3325.181) -- --
cups (2.2.6) -- --
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.3.6 4.3.5
e2fsprogs (1.44.0) 1.43.8 1.43.4
firefox (59.0.1) -- --
freetype (2.9) -- --
gcc (7.3.0) -- --
gimp (2.8.22) -- --
glibc (2.27) 2.26 2.25
gnome-shell (3.28.0) -- --
gnucash (2.6.19) -- --
gnumeric (1.12.39) -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02 2.02
gtk+ (3.22.29) 3.22.26 2.24.31
httpd (2.4.29) -- --
inkscape (0.92.2) -- --
k3b (17.12.3) -- --
kmod (25) 24 24
libgnome (2.32.1) -- --
libreoffice (6.0.2) -- --
linux (4.15.12) 4.14.11 4.9.41
Package 2018.01.05 2017.08.08
lxde-common (0.99.2) -- --
mariadb (10.2.13) -- --
mate-desktop (1.20.0) -- --
mesa (17.3.7) 17.3.1 17.1.5
mysql (5.7.21) -- --
nautilus (3.28.0) -- --
NVIDIA (390.25) -- --
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 3.6.1
openjdk (8u162) -- --
openssh (7.6p1) 7.6p1 7.5p1
openssl (1.1.0g) 1.1.0g 1.1.0f
perl (5.26.1) 5.26.1 5.26.0
php (7.2.3) -- --
plasma-desktop (5.12.3) -- --
postfix (3.3.0) -- --
postgresql (10.3) -- --
Python (3.6.4) 3.6.4 3.6.2
qt (5.10.1) 5.10.0 2.0.0
samba (4.8.0) -- --
systemd (238) -- --
thunderbird (52.6.0) -- --
vim (8.0) -- 8.0
vlc (3.0.1) -- --
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- --
xorg-server (1.19.6) 1.19.6 1.19.3

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Version: 2018.01.05
Rating: 8
Date: 2018-03-22
Votes: 1

I was looking for something Arch-like, but without systemd to power my home server. I considered Void and Alpine, but Void's package manager syntax scared me off and Apline's packages were not fresh enough for me. On the other hand Artix was a natural answer.

Initially I had some problems with the installer not creating some services needed for login manager to start, but I got them fixed. Overall everything is running the same as it would on Arch. Eventual problems also can be fixed by applying info from Arch wiki, unless the problems are systemd related. The biggest annoyance of this distro is that many packages do not contain required conf.d and init.d service files to run them properly. Those files then need to be hunted elsewhere (often from Gentoo repo) and adjusted to work properly with Artix, but in due time these bugs will be ironed out.

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Version: 2018.01.05
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-03-10
Votes: 0

I have Artix installed on my laptop and must say that when compared to arch it is just as good, yes you may encounter the odd quirk when updating but these are easily over come with thought and some general pacman-fu.

Background on my install:

I have no idea what version I am running and so I offer up the following:
head -n1 /var/log/pacman.log
[2015-06-29 09:25] [PACMAN] Running 'pacman -r /mnt -Sy --cachedir=/mnt/var/cache/pacman/pkg --noconfirm base'

so you can see I was an early adopter of this "distro" and as such did not and never will use "An installer" many people try to get political about installers but I have not used one for many years and tbh if you intend to instal Arch or a derivative what are you doing using an installer?

I am glad this distro is moving along nicely without SystemD and will donate to them if it continues on this path.

IMHO systemD is more of a monolithic infection of linux which is trying to force itself in as a dependency for so many software packages it is obvious RH/LP want as much of linux to use it.

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Version: 2018.01.05
Rating: 8
Date: 2018-02-02
Votes: 16

I installed Artix around August before Artix I was running Archlinux-openrc. So far, my experiences with Artix have been good; I've had a few faulty upgrades, but the devs were quick to solve the issues. Artix Linux is now my main operating system, and I plan on it to be for the forseeable-future.

Here is a quick pro's and con's list based on my experiences:

* Fast community support
* Plethora of openrc services (there could be more)
* Steady updates
* A cool looking forum
* I haven't had any major compatibility breakages from migrating from SystemD to Openrc

* Some unstable updates (which is to be expected since it is a new distro)
* The website can sometimes be down for a while (rarely though)

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