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Last Update: 2019-07-11 02:38 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: 17 (494), 6 months: 17 (577), 3 months: 14 (629), 4 weeks: 20 (488), 1 week: 24 (474)

Average visitor rating: 9.34/10 from 113 review(s).

ArcoLinux (formerly ArchMerge) Summary
Distribution ArcoLinux
Home Page https://arcolinux.info/
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User Forums https://arcolinuxforum.com/
Alternative User Forums
Documentation https://arcolinux.com/
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Download Mirrors https://arcolinux.info/download/
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  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 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
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Feature 19.06.1 18.12.7
Release Date 2019-06-07 2018-12-14
End Of Life    
Price (US$) Free Free
Image Size (MB) 900-2600 900-2600
Free Download ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop i3, Openbox, Xfce i3, Openbox, Xfce
Package Management Pacman Pacman
Release Model Rolling Rolling
Office Suite -- --
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64
Init Software systemd systemd
Journaled File Systems ext4 ext4
Multilingual Yes Yes
Asian Language Support    
Full Package List 19.06.1 18.12.7
Package 19.06.1 18.12.7
abiword (3.0.2) -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.9) 1.1.8 1.1.7
ati-driver (18.30) -- --
bash (5.0) 5.0 4.4
bind (9.15.2) -- --
chromium (75.0.3770.142) 74.0.3729.157 70.0.3538.110
cups (2.2.11) 2.2.11 2.2.9
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.4.1 4.4.1
e2fsprogs (1.45.3) 1.45.1 1.44.4
firefox (68.0.1) 66.0.5 63.0.3
freetype (2.10.1) 2.10.0 2.9.1
gcc (9.1.0) 8.3.0 8.2.1
gimp (2.10.12) 2.10.10 2.10.8
glibc (2.29) 2.29 2.28
gnome-shell (3.32.2) -- --
gnucash (3.6) -- --
gnumeric (1.12.45) -- --
grub (2.04) 2.02 2.02
gtk (3.24.10) 3.24.7 3.24.1
httpd (2.4.39) -- --
inkscape (0.92.4) 0.92.4 0.92.3
k3b (19.04.3) -- --
kmod (26) 26 25
krita (4.2.3) -- --
libreoffice (6.2.5) -- --
linux (5.2.1) 5.1.2 4.19.4
Package 19.06.1 18.12.7
lxpanel (0.10.0) -- --
mariadb (10.4.6) -- --
mate-desktop (1.22.1) -- --
mesa (19.1.2) 19.0.4 18.2.5
mysql (8.0.16) -- --
nautilus (3.32.1) -- --
NVIDIA (430.34) -- --
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 3.6.1
openjdk (12.0.1) -- --
openssh (8.0p1) 8.0p1 7.9p1
openssl (1.1.1c) 1.1.1b 1.1.1a
perl (5.30.0) 5.28.2 5.28.0
php (7.3.7) -- --
plasma-desktop (5.16.3) -- --
postfix (3.4.6) -- --
postgresql (11.4) -- --
Python (3.7.4) 3.7.3 3.7.1
qt (5.13.0) 5.12.3 5.11.2
samba (4.10.6) 4.10.3 --
systemd (242) 242 239
thunderbird (60.8.0) -- --
vim (8.1) 8.1 8.1
vlc ( 3.0.6 3.0.4
xfdesktop (4.12.5) 4.13.4 4.12.4
xorg-server (1.20.5) 1.20.4 1.20.3

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Version: 19.06.1
Rating: 9
Date: 2019-06-16
Votes: 14

Been distrohoppin' the last year or so, found my way to Arch, then to Arco. Killed all Win installs on all computers and installed Arco on all machines, never looked back. Now im not an expert, my comments are based on everyday stuff I deal with and how this affected my work.

- user friendly GUI
- Xfce runs like a charm, did not try the other platforms
- support from devs is pretty solid, very forthcoming and usually try to help if the question is ArcoLinux related. A lot of videos on youtube

- too many colors, christ i sometimes feel like being on an LSD trip when going through so many options
- current install package has an issue with Erase Disk, leaves some unused space, does not let install occur as it should

Overall would recommend. Package would be even more awesome if it would come with Code-OSS, Lutris and Discord.

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Version: 19.06.1
Rating: 9
Date: 2019-06-12
Votes: 22

Gives you something that looks and feels like Arch, but without the installation hassles of the 'real thing'! Love the OpenBox version: performs nicely, everything easily installable from the repos, nice Conky by default.

There are only two criticisms I'd make, and which stop me giving this 10/10. First, its default text editor is an unregistered copy of Sublime. It's a very good text editor, but it requires registration, is closed source and registration requires parting with something like US$80. Or you could just continue to use an unregistered copy in violation of its license, I guess! Point being, it's a good *option* to include, but to make it the **default** text editor (when truly open source alternatives like notepadqq exist for the taking) seems an odd choice.

My second criticism would be that it uses a heavily-modified .bashrc out of the box to alias a bunch of commands which, in my personal opinion, shouldn't be. In particular, I'd call out the aliasing of "ps" to "ps auxf", which means a ps -ef | grep X won't work. "ls" is also aliased (unnecessarily in my view) to "ls --color=auto". I know why they've chosen to create the aliases they have, and there is a certain method to it... but, in my opinion, you shouldn't aliases basic commands in a way that they cease to behave in a default fashion. By all means add *new* commands which represent a basic_command+preferences, but don't make it impossible to run the basic command in the first place!

Anyway, two minor niggles aside, it's an excellent distro and my main desktop of choice right now, and I'm very happy with it.

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Version: 19.06.1
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-06-11
Votes: 81

An excellent Distro (!) I downloaded the version of ArcoLinux Deepin 19.06.1 and installed fast and error-free by the installer Calamares. After installation all the updates occurred efficiently. A stable, fast and beautiful distro, by the way. Everyone should experience this wonder of DISTRO from the Arch Linux world.

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