• Home Page, Headlines
 • DW Weekly, Comments
 • Packages, Package Management
 • Glossary, FAQ, Mobile Site
 • Search, Sitemap
 • Major Distributions
 • Submit Distribution
 • Upcoming Releases
 • About DistroWatch
 • Page Hit Ranking
 • Advertise
 • Torrent Downloads

Artix Linux RSS Feed DistroWatch.com: Artix Linux

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: 87 (140), 6 months: 86 (138), 3 months: 88 (136), 4 weeks: 82 (149), 1 week: 73 (152)

Average visitor rating: 8.13/10 from 75 review(s).

Artix Linux Summary
Distribution Artix Linux
Home Page https://artixlinux.org/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums https://artixlinux.org/forum/
Alternative User Forums
Documentation --
Screenshots DistroWatch Gallery
Download Mirrors https://sourceforge.net/projects/artix-linux/files/iso/
Bug Tracker --
Related Websites  
Reviews 2017: DistroWatch
Where To Buy

Table Notes and Explanations

(Please refer to the table below.)
  • Select view: Major packages only (52) All tracked packages (226)
  • To compare the software in this project to the software available in other distributions, please see our Compare Packages page.
  • Notes: In case where multiple versions of a package are shipped with a distribution, only the default version appears in the table. For indication about the GNOME version, please check the "nautilus" and "gnome-shell" packages. The Apache web server is listed as "httpd" and the Linux kernel is listed as "linux". The KDE desktop is represented by the "plasma-desktop" package and the Xfce desktop by the "xfdesktop" package.
  • Colour scheme: green text = latest stable version, red text = development or beta version. The function determining beta versions is not 100% reliable due to a wide variety of versioning schemes.
Star Labs

Star Labs Systems | Laptops designed for Linux

Star Labs - Laptops built for Linux.
View our range including the Star Lite, Star LabTop and more. Available with a choice of Ubuntu, Linux Mint or Zorin OS pre-installed with many more distributions supported. Visit Star Labs for information, to buy and get support.

Create Custom Stickers, Labels, Tattoos and Decals at StickerYou

As a valued partner and proud supporter of DistroWatch, StickerYou is happy to offer a 10% discount on all Custom Stickers, Business Labels, Roll Labels, Vinyl Lettering or Custom Decals. StickerYou is your one-stop shop to make your business stick! Use code DISTRO10 at the checkout page to apply your discount.

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 (1.1.9) 1.1.6
ati-driver (18.30) -- --
bash (5.0) 4.4 4.4
bind (9.15.5) -- --
chromium (77.0.3865.120) -- --
cups (2.3.0) -- --
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.4.1 4.3.5
e2fsprogs (1.45.4) 1.44.4 1.43.4
firefox (69.0.3) -- --
freetype (2.10.1) 2.9.1 --
gcc (9.2.0) -- --
gimp (2.10.12) -- --
glibc (2.30) 2.28 2.25
gnome-shell (3.34.1) -- --
gnucash (3.7) -- --
gnumeric (1.12.45) -- --
grub (2.04) 2.02 2.02
gtk (3.24.12) 2.24.32 2.24.31
httpd (2.4.41) -- --
inkscape (0.92.4) -- --
k3b (19.08.2) -- --
kmod (26) 25 24
krita (    
libreoffice (6.3.2) -- --
linux (5.3.7) 4.18.10 4.9.41
Package 2018.10.04 2017.08.08
lxpanel (0.10.0) -- --
mariadb (10.4.8) -- --
mate-desktop (1.22.2) -- --
mesa (19.2.1) 18.2.1 17.1.5
mysql (8.0.18) -- --
nautilus (3.34.1) -- --
NVIDIA (435.21) -- --
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 3.6.1
openjdk (13) -- --
openssh (8.1p1) 7.8p1 7.5p1
openssl (1.1.1d) 1.1.1 1.1.0f
perl (5.30.0) 5.28.0 5.26.0
php (7.3.10) -- --
plasma-desktop (5.17.0) -- --
postfix (3.4.7) -- --
postgresql (12.0) -- --
Python (3.8.0) 3.7.0 3.6.2
qt (5.13.1) 5.11.2 2.0.0
samba (4.11.1) -- --
systemd (243) -- --
thunderbird (68.1.2) -- --
vim (8.1) -- 8.0
vlc (3.0.8) -- --
xfdesktop (4.14.1) -- --
xorg-server (1.20.5) 1.20.1 1.19.3

Reader Ratings
Reader supplied reviews for Artix Linux

Average rating
from 75 review(s)

What are your thoughts on Artix Linux?
Please include a few pros and a few cons, along with your overall impression of the operating system.
Our FAQ page has tips on writing a good mini-review.


Rating:    out of 10

Comments (maximum 2,040 characters):

Past reviews - sort by:

Version: 2018.10.04
Rating: 9
Date: 2019-10-07
Votes: 5

Without systemd! Runs fast. What else you need? Arch rolling in best shape!

Was this review helpful? Yes No
Version: 2018.10.04
Rating: 9
Date: 2019-09-19
Votes: 6

Artix is running and booting fast. Very clean system without the D which I personally do not like. It introduces crazy dependency chains and forces keeping bloat.
I still have to learn some new tricks but Artix feels good. Found and installed all the software I needed. Brother drivers were from AUR but no issues with them.
I have been reading in the forum for last couple of months. You can see users getting chided but clear Artix related questions are receiving clear sensible and understandable, (even to me as a Linux newbie) answers.

Learning to live with Linux after terrible Win 10 is at first not so easy, Artix is teaching me my decision to change was very sensible, it works, does not block me for hours with updates and runs fast on my somewhat older hardware.

Came from Manjaro and Antix which I both tried alongside Artix, Mint, Ubuntu. Mint, Ubuntu too effects loaded for my 9 year old hardware with only 1GB Ram memory.
Left Manjaro because it self destructed during update, console was broken and I found no way to fix it.I want stability..
Antix because looking at the way new users are treated by resident master of delusion and crazy screenshots troll in their forum no way I would waste my time and risk his style of mobbing.

Artix is rolling release and based on Arch so the forum tells me it will break on occasion. I will accept that, keep good backups and see how I get along. Manjaro said enjoy the simplicity, for me it simply broke itself.

Was this review helpful? Yes No
Version: 2018.10.04
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-07-17
Votes: 196

Last week I got my new fitlet2 mini pc with an OEM Linux Mint preinstalled. As I didn't want to use a systemd based distro, I was looking for an alternative. I knew OpenRC already from GhostBSD so I was searching for an OpenRC based Linux. I knew very well how to handle an Arch based system from my old Manjaro installation, thus I decided to try Artix. After a couple of days with OpenRC and Artix I got very curious about the runit init system. Thus I made a second installation on an external media using the runit flavour of Artix. I am very impressed how fast runit actually is. OpenRC needed on my machine 15 seconds until the display manager was fully loaded and 10 seconds for the shutdown from a desktop. With runit it's only 8 seconds for the boot and 4 seconds for the shutdown. Wow! Also the handling of runit is even easier than OpenRC or systemd. E.g. I replaced the NetworkManager with Connman. I just installed the connman-runit package (containing the init script) with Octopi, deleted the /run/runit/service/NetworkManager link and created the replacement with 'sudo ln -s /etc/runit/sv/connmand /run/runit/service' and Connman was immediately running, completely without using any special init config tool.

Was this review helpful? Yes No

See all 75 reader reviews of Artix Linux...

Copyright (C) 2001 - 2019 Atea Ataroa Limited. All rights reserved. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Privacy policy. Change privacy settings.
DistroWatch.com is hosted at Copenhagen.

Contact, corrections and suggestions: Jesse Smith
Tips: BTC 1J5s35r7v8L3k2zmr3JmUfydzvdnsiNXm2 • PayPal.me/distrowatchweekly