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Last Update: 2023-06-04 00:43 UTC

CachyOS is a Linux distribution based on Arch Linux. It focuses on speed and security optimisations - the default Linux kernel is heavily optimised using the BORE (Burst-Oriented Response Enhancer) scheduler, while the desktop packages are compiled with LTO and x86-64-v3 optimization, security flags and performance improvements. The available desktop environments and window managers include KDE Plasma, GNOME, Xfce, i3, bspwm, LXQt, Openbox, Wayfire and Cutefish. CachyOS also ships with both graphical and command-line installers and provides a Firefox-based browser (called Cachy-Browser) with some security enhancements and performance optimisations.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 97 (127), 6 months: 39 (255), 3 months: 30 (310), 4 weeks: 29 (328), 1 week: 37 (279)

Average visitor rating: 9/10 from 18 review(s).

CachyOS Summary
Distribution CachyOS
Home Page https://cachyos.org/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums https://forum.cachyos.org/
Alternative User Forums https://discord.gg/qJqj94uFwE
Documentation https://wiki.cachyos.org/
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Download Mirrors https://cachyos.org/download
Bug Tracker  
Related Websites GitHub
Reviews 221023: DistroWatch
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Feature 230603 221230
Release Date 2023-06-03 2022-12-30
End Of Life    
Price (US$) Free Free
Image Size (MB) 2400-2500 2200-2300
Free Download ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop GNOME, KDE Plasma GNOME, KDE Plasma
Package Management Pacman Pacman
Release Model Rolling Rolling
Office Suite -- --
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64
Init Software systemd systemd
Journaled File Systems Btrfs, ext4 Btrfs, ext4
Multilingual Yes Yes
Asian Language Support Yes Yes
Full Package List 230603 221230
Package 230603 221230
abiword (3.0.5) -- --
alsa-lib (1.2.9) 1.2.9 1.2.8
amdgpu (23.0.0) -- 19.1.0
bash (5.2.15) 5.1 5.1
bind (9.18.15) 9.18.15 9.18.10
chromium (114.0.5735.106) -- --
cups (2.4.4) -- --
dhcp (4.4.3-P1) 4.4.3 4.4.3-P1
e2fsprogs (1.47.0) 1.47.0 1.46.5
firefox (114.0.1) -- 108.0.1
freetype (2.13.0) 2.13.0 2.12.1
gcc (13.1.0) 13.1.1 12.2.0
gimp (2.10.34) -- --
glibc (2.37) 2.37 2.36
gnome-shell (44.2) 44.2 43.2
gnucash (5.1) -- --
gnumeric (1.12.55) -- --
grub (2.06) 2.06 2.06
gtk (4.10.4) 4.10.3 4.8.3
httpd (2.4.57) -- --
inkscape (1.2.2) -- --
k3b (23.04.2) -- --
kmod (30) 30 30
krita (5.1.5) -- --
libreoffice (7.5.4) -- --
linux (6.3.7) 6.3.5 6.1.1
Package 230603 221230
lxpanel (0.10.1) -- --
mariadb (11.1.1) -- --
mate-desktop (1.26.1) -- --
mesa (23.1.2) 23.1.1 22.3.1
mysql (8.0.33) -- --
nautilus (44.2.1) 44.2 43.1
NVIDIA (530.41.03) 525.60.11 525.60.11
openbox (3.6.1) -- --
openjdk (20.0.1) -- --
openssh (9.3p1) 9.3p1 9.1p1
openssl (3.1.1) 3.0.9 3.0.7
perl (5.36.1) 5.36.1 5.36.0
php (8.2.7) -- --
plasma-desktop (5.27.5) 5.27.5 5.26.4
postfix (3.8.1) -- --
postgresql (15.3) -- --
Python (3.11.4) 3.11.3 3.10.9
qt (6.5.1) 5.15.9 5.15.7
samba (4.18.3) 4.18.3 4.17.4
systemd (253.5) 253.4 252.4
thunderbird (102.12.0) -- --
vim (9.0) 9.0 9.0
vlc (3.0.18) -- --
wayland (1.22.0) 1.22.0 1.21.0
xfdesktop (4.18.1) -- --
xorg-server (21.1.8) 21.1.8 21.1.6

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Version: 230603
Rating: 9
Date: 2023-06-05
Votes: 3

Had CachyOS installed on my main PC for about half year, I must admit that it is incredible fast and stable! I keep it rolling whenever there is updates available, and I rarely encountered major issue that would cause my system down.

I occasionally play some steam games on it, all are smooth without problem, some games even run better than Windows.

Wish there will be OpenRC version soon....

- PDS kernel would give smooth game play, BORE tends to have some frame spike for FPS game (when sudden encounter enemy in CSGO, for example).

- Liquorix kernel + CachyOS is my daily combo, PDS if going to play games.

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Version: 230423
Rating: 8
Date: 2023-05-08
Votes: 18

CachyOS is an impressive Linux distribution that delivers on its promise of speed and security. Based on Arch Linux, it offers a wide range of desktop environments and window managers, making it accessible to users with different preferences. The BORE scheduler and LTO and x86-64-v3 optimizations used in the kernel and desktop packages make CachyOS feel incredibly responsive, even on older hardware.

CachyOS's commitment to security is evident in the inclusion of security flags and performance improvements in the compilation process. The Cachy-Browser, a Firefox-based browser, also provides additional security and performance enhancements, making it a great choice for users who value privacy and speed. Additionally, the availability of both graphical and command-line installers makes CachyOS a flexible and user-friendly distribution. Overall, CachyOS is a great choice for users who want a fast, secure, and customizable Linux experience.

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Version: 230423
Rating: 10
Date: 2023-04-27
Votes: 35

As a seasoned Linux user and developer, I have had the pleasure of testing and working with a wide range of Linux distros over the years. Recently, I had the opportunity to try out CachyOS, a new distro that is quickly making a name for itself in the Linux community. I must say, I am thoroughly impressed.

CachyOS is the brainchild of Sir Lucjan, Odziom, ptr1337, and vnepogodin, and they have done an exceptional job in creating a fast and efficient Linux distro. The distro is based on Arch Linux and comes pre-installed with a variety of useful software, including a number of development tools and programming languages.

One of the standout features of CachyOS is its speed. The distro is lightning fast and responsive, even on older hardware. This is due in part to the fact that CachyOS is optimized for performance and comes with a minimalistic desktop environment that is both easy to use and easy on system resources.

In addition to its speed, CachyOS also comes with a number of other impressive features, such as an excellent package manager, a powerful terminal emulator, and robust security features. The distro also has excellent documentation and a supportive community that is always willing to help users with any issues they may encounter.

Overall, I must say that CachyOS is easily one of the best Linux distros I have had the pleasure of using. It is fast, reliable, and packed with useful features. If you are a developer or power user looking for a new distro to try out, I highly recommend giving CachyOS a try. You will not be disappointed!


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