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Last Update: 2018-10-09 16:10 UTC

Obarun is an Arch Linux based distribution featuring the S6 init software in place of systemd. Obarun provides a live disc featuring the JWM graphical interface. Utilities, such as pacopts, are included for working with Arch's repositories, including the Arch User Repository (AUR).

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 193 (40), 6 months: 165 (54), 3 months: 199 (37), 4 weeks: 189 (35), 1 week: 200 (27)

Average visitor rating: 9/10 from 7 review(s).

Distribution Obarun
Home Page https://web.obarun.org/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums https://forum.obarun.org/
Alternative User Forums
Documentation https://wiki.obarun.org/
Screenshots https://web.obarun.org/index.php?id=46
Download Mirrors https://web.obarun.org/index.php?id=16
Bug Tracker https://github.com/Obarun
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Feature 2018.10
Release Date 2018-10-01
End Of Life  
Price (US$) Free
Image Size (MB) 551-600
Free Download ISO
Installation Text
Default Desktop JWM
Package Management Pacman
Release Model Rolling
Office Suite --
Processor Architecture x86_64
Init Software S6
Journaled File Systems Btrfs, ext4
Multilingual Yes
Asian Language Support No
Full Package List 2018.10
Package 2018.10
abiword (3.0.2) --
alsa-lib (1.1.8) 1.1.6
ati-driver (18.30) --
bash (5.0) 4.4
bind (9.13.6) --
chromium (72.0.3626.109) --
cups (2.2.10) --
dhcp (4.4.1) --
e2fsprogs (1.44.5) 1.44.4
firefox (65.0.1) --
freetype (2.9.1) 2.9.1
gcc (8.2.0) 8.2.1
gimp (2.10.8) --
glibc (2.29) 2.28
gnome-shell (3.30.2) --
gnucash (3.4) --
gnumeric (1.12.44) --
grub (2.02) 2.02
gtk+ (3.24.5) 2.24.32
httpd (2.4.38) --
inkscape (0.92.4) --
k3b (18.12.2) --
kmod (26) 25
krita (4.1.7) --
libreoffice (6.2.0) --
linux (4.20.11) 4.18.10
Package 2018.10
lxpanel (0.9.3) --
mariadb (10.3.12) --
mate-desktop (1.20.4) --
mesa (18.3.4) 18.0.2
mysql (8.0.15) --
nautilus (3.30.5) --
NVIDIA (415.27) --
openbox (3.6.1) --
openjdk (11.0.1) --
openssh (7.9p1) --
openssl (1.1.1a) 1.1.1
perl (5.28.1) 5.28.0
php (7.3.2) --
plasma-desktop (5.15.1) --
postfix (3.3.2) --
postgresql (11.2) --
Python (3.7.2) 3.7.0
qt (5.12.1) --
samba (4.9.4) --
systemd (241) --
thunderbird (60.5.1) --
vim (8.1) --
vlc (3.0.6) --
xfdesktop (4.12.4) --
xorg-server (1.20.3) 1.19.6

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Version: 2018.05
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-06-26
Votes: 6

Latest packages of Arch Linux but without systemd as well as a simple installation procedure using the commandline. And if this trio of good reasons are not already enough, a helpful community with a dedicated and communicative lead developer.

Obarun has been my best Linux desktop experience so far.

Recommended (in my opinion) also for beginner users when they make sure to browse the provided how-to's on the wiki and forums (e.g. how to partition a harddisk for the installation procedure, how to add AUR repository, etc.).

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Version: 2018.05
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-06-02
Votes: 5

I was on Arch for many years but since systemd appeared my system was to instable, so i'ved install Obarun. With this distro and S6 for init, i've no hang. All crashes are from desktop (plasma) or hardware, but you always have possibility to go to console and close properly. GREAT

I use Obarun since it early stage of developpement, i'm on plasma (even if it's a bit heavy in memory) it work perfectly.

It's a distribution for people that know what there are doing (as Arch), particularly when you make update, and but as it's a Arch base distro, the Arch forum and community give a lot of informations.
All informations about the non-systemd part are form obarun forum.

Many tools are developped for easily maintain the system.

It boot very quickly: 20 seconde from syslinux menu to plasma on a Quad-Core 3Ghz with 8G of memory and 240Go SSD as HDD

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Version: 2018.05
Rating: 4
Date: 2018-06-01
Votes: 1

Actually version 2018.06: I have had a similar experience with Artix linux, It would install fine one day, and the very next day it would all go haywire. The current issue with install completely failing. Check website web.obarun.org for more info. Despite my lower rating, Obarun still shows promise. I look forward to trying to install Obarun again in a month or two when the project gets some more of the bugs worked out.

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