Arch based distributions (inactive) (简体中文)

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These are derivatives of Arch which are no longer maintained. This page is for historical reference only. See the active distribution list for currently developed projects.

Aegis Project

The goal of the Arch Environmental/Geographical Information Systems (Arch EGIS) project was to increase awareness of and accessibility to the very latest, free, open-source GIS applications, sample data and other useful geographical and statistical tools, through the development of an Open Source GIS toolkit.


Archie was a complete live Arch linux system run from a CD/USB-stick, built with the KISS philosophy in mind. It provided a full Arch linux system, yet it delivered fast performance without extensive bloating. Archie used its own hw-detection tool, lshwd, to support a wide range of hardware with fast detection time. Archie also provided extended features such as multiple languages, nesting capabilities, and hd-install.

ArchLinux PPC

"The goal of the Archlinux PPC porting project is to make our favourite distribution, Arch Linux, available for the PPC architecture. Our strong community is diverse and helpful, and we pride ourselves on the range of skillsets and uses for Arch that stem from it. Please check out the forums and mailing list to get your feet wet. Also glance through the wiki if you want to learn more about Arch."

Source: Arch Linux PPC


Arch Linux is an i686 optimized distribution, but sometimes members of the community ask how to install it on VIA C3 (mini-itx systems) or AMD Geode based systems. Since these CPUs are not fully i686 compatible, there is the need for an i586 port. There have been some past attempts to create an i586 port of Arch Linux. Some were successful, but they are not maintained anymore. The goal of archlive-i586 is to have an up to date i586 installation CD, with a reasonably sized package repository with at least 4-5 mirrors.

Arch Linux Modified

"Goal:To make a light-weight version of Arch Linux that will accomodate most users without the need to download and configure packages."

Source: Arch Linux Modified


ArchPwn is a security based Linux Live CD/DVD system that aims to be a fully working swiss army knife for pentesting purpose. It is based on the Arch Linux distribution, and follows the Arch philosophy. It keeps the original system intact, and creates on top of it a package repository with all tools that a pentester needs.

Borderless Linux

"I'm the founder of Borderless Linux. I am pleased to announce that we in fact are merging into what is currently the Chakra Project. We will be creating a LiveCD based upon Chakra's configurations and optimizations, but with a GNOME GUI. We will be using Larch to build the CD and hope to provide all the same functionality as Chakra, except using GNOME."

Source: Borderless Linux


"Chaox is a live environment based on Arch Linux focusing on pentesting and forensics. We feature current snapshots of aircrack-ng, the dedected toolkit and forensic applications such as testdisk or foremost, along with the usual tools."

Source: chaox


Elegance is a Arch Linux spin-off that is heavily influenced by ArchBang. It comes with a small number of programs to start you off on building your own custom desktop.

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FaunOS was a portable, fully integrated Linux operating system with over 600 pre-installed packages. Based on Arch Linux, it was specifically designed to run from a portable USB memory device (such as a USB Flash drive). It could also be configured to boot from other media, such as DVD, and even the internal hard drive. FaunOS was a live desktop system designed to run without setup on most modern x86-based systems.

Firefly Linux

Firefly Linux is a lightweight operating system designed with netbooks in mind. Firefly Linux Float, the main edition of Firefly, comes with the small and fast LXDE desktop environment. It also includes many popular applications to help the user get the most out of a netbook. Firefly Linux is powerful and is not limited to a "netbook-oriented" interface. Being relatively lightweight, Firefly can also be used for low-end systems.


Project apparently no longer exists.

"LDR stands for Linux Done Right. It is an Arch Linux derrived GNU/Linux distro which has many software components pre-configured so you can just install and get on with it!"

Source: LDR Homepage

March Linux

March Linux aimed to be a simple, lean and fast GNU/Linux distribution for the desktop, which urged the users to learn Linux instead of holding their hands at every step. At the same time, it was usable and fully functional with a generous package choices. While it was heavily based on Arch Linux, the author prefered to call March an Arch "distrolet". The default desktop environment in March Linux was Fluxbox.

Maryan Linux 2

The Maryan Linux 2 Project is designed to enable older hardware to run a fast and beautiful dekstop. For this reason, Maryan uses Enlightenment 17, which is a lightweight and very visually appealing desktop environment. The Maryan Linux developers strongly believe that this desktop environment is mature, stable (most of the time), and one of the most efficient for minimal computer resources usage.

Shift Linux

Shift Linux was a work in progress that aimed to be a desktop distro based on a solid Arch foundation. As of May 8th, 2009, development ceased. Read more about it here:

"Anyone interested in developing a Linux distro should consider helping out Firefly Linux. It's a great project that spawned from Shift."

Source: Simon, Shift Linux


The UKnow4Kids Live DVD is a Linux distribution compiling educational software for children 2- to 10-years-old. The distribution is intended for broad usage by a non-technical audience (regular parents). Development stalled in mid 2010.

  • Uses Arch Linux as the core, LXDE/OpenBox as the window manager, SLiM as the display manager, and mastered using gradgrind's Larch scripts.
  • It is essentially indestructible for children's use, and it is impossible for the hard drive of the host PC to be affected when the live CD is running.
  • Runs well on old Intel hardware, so it should run fine on a Pentium II with 256 MB RAM (that's what my kid uses) or better.
  • Provides a familiar Windows-like/Mac-like user experience, requiring only minimal computer experience to run.

Underground Desktop

Underground Desktop was a GNU/Linux distribution targeted at the desktop user. It was based on Arch Linux. Its main features were ease of installation, kernel optimisation for modern processors (i686), and the KDE desktop.

Miscellaneous Distributions

These distributions lack sufficient information or available history to merit their own entry, so they are listed here in abbreviated form.

The Arch Linux Embedded Project
A Linux distribution based on Arch Linux and aimed at low-end systems
30 MB micro-LiveCD
The goal of the uArch project was to build super lightweight, scalable and stable micro packages. Suitable for use on Desktops, Laptops, Routers, PDA and Cellphones