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See [[Arch Based Distributions (Inactive)|Inactive distributions]] for distributions which are no longer maintained.
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== Specialty distributions ==
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Includes distributions that meant to be installed on persistent storage and use Arch Linux [[official repositories]] for package updates on installed system
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=== Antergos ===
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Antergos started life under the name of Cinnarch, combining the Cinnamon desktop with the Arch Linux distribution, but the project has moved on from its original goals and now offers a choice of several desktops, including: KDE, GNOME 3 (default), MATE, Cinnamon, Openbox and Xfce.
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Antergos is Archlinux-based via Arch's repositories and can be installed by booting the live ISO image and using its graphical installer, Cnchi.
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*Homepage: http://antergos.com/
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*Forums: http://forum.antergos.com/
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*IRC: irc://irc.freenode.net/antergos
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*Wiki: http://wiki.antergos.com/
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*Screenshots: http://www.linuxscreenshots.org/?distro=antergos
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=== Apricity OS ===
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Apricity OS uses the Pamac graphical package manager, PushBullet, Syncthing, the ICE SSB manager, and a modified [[GNOME]] or [[Cinnamon]] environment. It may be downloaded as a live image, and can be installed graphically.
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* Homepage: http://apricityos.com/
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* Forums: http://apricityos.com/forum
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* Blog: http://apricityos.com/blog
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* IRC: irc://irc.freenode.net/apricityos
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* GitHub: https://github.com/agajews/apricityos
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=== ArchAssault ===
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ArchAssault has the security professional in mind. The i686, x86_64, armv6h, armv7h architectures are supported. You can use the installer ISO or add the repo to your existing Arch Linux install.
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The ARM line helps you build embedded security devices. The project also supports some of the available Open Source AutoPilot hardware. This allows to easily add a payload brain to drones and add capabilities.
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*Homepage: https://archassault.org/
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*IRC: irc://irc.freenode.net/ArchAssault
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*Wiki: http://wiki.archassault.org/
  
==Specialty Distributions==
 
 
=== ArchBang ===
 
=== ArchBang ===
ArchBang[http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/ArchBang] LIVE CD  = Arch Linux w/ OpenBox (the name is inspired from "hash bang" which is one way of pronouncing "#!")
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ArchBang uses the Arch Linux repositories with a custom Openbox environment. It downloads as a LiveCD and includes a graphical installer. The name is inspired by CrunchBang Linux, which is based on Debian and likewise runs OpenBox.
  
 
*Homepage: http://www.archbang.org/
 
*Homepage: http://www.archbang.org/
 
*Forums: http://bbs.archbang.org/
 
*Forums: http://bbs.archbang.org/
*Screenshot: http://archbang.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/2011-10-01-192203_1024x768_scrot.png
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*IRC: irc://irc.freenode.net/archbang
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*Wiki: http://wiki.archbang.org/
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*Screenshots: http://www.linuxscreenshots.org/?distro=archbang
  
=== Arch Hurd ===
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=== Architect Linux ===
Arch Hurd is a port of Arch Linux to the GNU/Hurd platform
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Architect Linux is the successor to Evo/Lution Linux. Modelled after the original "Arch Installation Framework", Architect provides a net-based CLI installer to build vanilla Arch systems using only packages from the official repositories.
  
*Homepage: http://www.archhurd.org/
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*Forums: http://architectlinux.boardhost.com/index.php
*Forums: http://bbs.archhurd.org/
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*G+ Hub: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/109428906975670306458
*Wiki: http://wiki.archhurd.org
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*Downloads and Screenshots: https://sourceforge.net/projects/architect-linux/
*Mailing Lists: http://lists.archhurd.org/
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Most discussions happens in #archhurd on irc.freenode.net.
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=== BBQLinux ===
  
=== Arch Linux ARM ===
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BBQLinux is made for Android developers. It has the needed tools to build AOSP or AOSP-based distributions like OmniROM or CyanogenMod. The default desktop environment is XFCE4, but MATE, GNOME, and KDE are also supported. It is using the Arch Linux repositories and a BBQLinux specific repo.
[https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=117251 Arch Linux ARM is the new unified effort from PlugApps & ArchMobile].
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*Homepage: http://archlinuxarm.org/
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BBQLinux can be installed from within the live system using a graphical installer called Calamares.
*Forums: http://archlinuxarm.org/forum/
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*Documentation: http://archlinuxarm.org/support
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=== ArchLinux PPC ===
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*Homepage: http://www.bbqlinux.org/
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*Forums: http://bbs.bbqlinux.org/
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*IRC: irc://irc.freenode.net/bbqlinux
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*Screenshots: http://bbqlinux.org/screenshots
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*Downloads: http://download.bbqlinux.org/
  
''"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."''<br>
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=== BlackArch Linux ===
:<small>Source: [http://archlinuxppc.org/ Arch Linux PPC]</small>
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*Homepage: http://archlinuxppc.org/
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BlackArch Linux is a distribution for pentesters and security researchers. It supports over 600 tools and a live ISO with multiple window managers. The BlackArch package repository is aimed to be compatible with regular Arch Linux installations.
*Forums: http://bbs.archlinux.org/
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*Documentation: http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Main_Page
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=== ArchPwn ===
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*Homepage http://blackarch.org/
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*IRC irc://irc.freenode.net/blackarch
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*Documentation: http://blackarch.org/guide.html
  
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.
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=== Bluestar Linux ===
  
*Homepage: http://www.archpwn.org/index.php/Main_Page
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Bluestar Linux is mainly focused on providing a KDE environment with a suite of graphical tools and applications. Both editions provide multilingual support, and have correlated versions supporting the Intel GMA3600 (GMA500) GPU at a 1024x600 native resolution and other resolutions via configuration.  
*Forums:
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*Documentation: http://www.archpwn.org/index.php/Main_Page
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*Screenshots: http://www.archpwn.org/index.php/Screenshots
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=== ArchServer ===
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Changes and updates are documented on a regular basis. Fixes are always incorporated into subsequent releases which occur at least twice a month.
ArchServer is a derivative work of Arch Linux designed to be more stable in order to be suitable for server use.
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*Homepage: http://www.archserver.org
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*Homepage: http://bluestarlinux.sourceforge.net/
*Forums: http://bbs.archserver.org
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*Forums: http://bluestarlinux.sourceforge.net/index.php?action=forum
*Documentation: http://docs.archserver.org
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*Documentation: http://bluestarlinux.sourceforge.net/index.php?action=articles
*Screenshots: TBA
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*Screenshots: http://bluestarlinux.sourceforge.net/index.php?action=gallery
*DistroWatch Entry: TBA
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=== archboot ===
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=== Bridge Linux ===
  
Archboot is designed for installation or rescue operations. It provides both the i686 and x86_64 architectures on one CD. It uses hwdetect and a different install script from the official Arch Linux install images. It runs in RAM using iniramfs, without any special filesystems like squashfs,
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Bridge Linux provides pre-installed versions of LXDE, Openbox, GNOME, Cinnamon, Xfce, and KDE.
thus it is limited to the RAM which is installed in your system.
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*Homepage: http://projects.archlinux.org/?p=archboot.git;a=summary
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*Homepage: http://bridgelinux.org/
*Forums: http://bbs.archlinux.org/
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*Forums: http://bridgelinux.org/forum/
*Documentation: ftp://ftp.archlinux.org/iso/archboot/Readme.txt
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*Screenshots: http://www.linuxscreenshots.org/?distro=bridge
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=== archlive ===
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=== PacBang Linux ===
  
Archlive is a Simple-Chinese live system based on Arch GNU/Linux. It is distinct from the Arch Live! distribution, adding Chinese language software and packages, but it is based upon Arch Live!
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A sister project of Architect Linux, PacBang was originally developed as a revamped version of ArchBang. A minimalist distribution built around the Openbox window manager, it is built using only official Arch packages and features a powerful, user-friendly custom installer.
  
*Homepage: http://code.google.com/p/archlive/
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*Forums: http://architectlinux.boardhost.com/index.php
*Documentation: http://code.google.com/p/archlive/w/list
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*G+ Hub: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/109428906975670306458
*Screenshots:  
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*Downloads and Screenshots: http://sourceforge.net/projects/architect-linux/files/pacbang/
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=== Bridge Linux ===
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=== Papyros ===
  
Bridge Linux is an Arch-based distro providing a workable OS out-of-the-box, while still using vanilla Arch repos and the AUR. Possible desktop environments at this time are LXDE, Openbox, GNOME, Cinnamon, Xfce, and KDE.
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Papyros is an operating system which adheres to Google's Material Design guidelines and is based on Arch Linux, KDE and Wayland.
  
*Homepage: http://millertechnologies.net
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*Homepage: http://papyros.io/
*Forums: http://millertechnologies.net/forum
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*Screenshots: https://sourceforge.net/projects/bridgelinux/
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=== CDN Linux ===
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=== Ninja OS ===
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Ninja OS is a pre-configured Live OS Desktop based on Arch Linux and XFCE 4.
  
CDN Linux is a system based on Arch GNU/Linux. CDN is designed to servers and routers. It is developed by Polish Freesco Group.
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*Homepage: http://ninjaos.org
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*Onion: http://ninjaos4xt6nc2ft.onion/ninjaos
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*Git: https://gitlab.com/ninjaos/ninjaos
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*Sourceforge: http://sourceforge.net/projects/ninjaos/
  
*Homepage: http://cdn.freesco.pl
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=== TalkingArch ===
*Forums: http://forum.freesco.pl
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*Documentation: http://cdn.freesco.pl
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*Screenshots: http://cdn.freesco.pl
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=== Chakra ===
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[[TalkingArch]] is respin of the Arch Linux live CD/USB image modified to include speech and braille output for blind and visually impaired users.
  
"''Our goal with Chakra is to provide an operating system for desktops that is easy to use, but still has all the functionality, clarity, power and speediness of a KISS operating system. In the long term, we want to build an operating system based on Arch Linux that meets most requirements desktop users have today, like easy installation of software, graphical system administration, configuring power management on mobile devices, or sharing an internet connection.''"<br>
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*Homepage: http://talkingarch.tk/
:<small>Source: [http://chakra-project.org/about.html The Chakra Project - About]</small>
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Chakra is a distribution heavily geared towards KDE4. The fresh install is GTK-free. All GTK apps are installed in a sandbox-like environment known as [http://chakra-linux.org/bundles.html bundles]. The project seeks for ease of use, using several home-grown graphical utilites for installing and maintanence. Warning: it is still under heavy development, nevertheless it is already suitable for everyday use. Expect some changes in the base system in the near future, like switching from Pacman to Akabei.
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=== Tux Hat Linux ===
  
*Homepage: http://chakra-project.org/
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Tux Hat Linux is a Lightweight AwesomeWM GNU/Linux LiveCD/DVD/USB ISO
*Forums: http://chakra-project.org/bbs/
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*Documentation: http://chakra-project.org/wiki/index.php/Main_Page
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*Screenshots: http://chakra-project.org/
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*DistroWatch Entry: http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=chakra
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=== ConnochaetOS ===
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*Homepage: http://sourceforge.net/projects/tuxhatlinux/
  
"''ConnochaetOS will be a free operating system for the desktop with old computers in mind but with modern software. ConnochaetOS will contain only free software, according to the GNU Guidelines for Free System Distributions, follow the KISS principle (Keep it small and simple), need as few resources as possible, be modern, but stable. We aim for minimal hardware requirements, as low as a Pentium I processor and 64 MB RAM for a graphical desktop. We decided to base ConnochaetOS on Arch Linux, but completely rebuild, since we want to support i586, and replace some packages with our own ones, because of footprint, stability or freedom.''"<br>
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== Counterpart distributions  ==
:<small>Source: [http://www.connochaetos.org/wiki/doku.php?id=connochaetos ConnochaetOS Website]</small>
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*Homepage: http://www.connochaetos.org
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Includes distributions that are built around kernels or for architectures that are not supported by Arch Linux
*Forums: http://www.connochaetos.org/forum
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*Documentation: http://www.connochaetos.org/wiki/doku.php?id=mainpage
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*Screenshots: http://www.connochaetos.org/wiki/doku.php?id=screenshots
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*DistroWatch Entry: http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=connochaet
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=== CTKArch (formerly CTKArchLive) ===
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=== Arch Hurd ===
A lightweight Arch-based liveCD using c²DE (openbox) that includes English and French locales.
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*Homepage: http://ctkarch.org/
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*Forums: http://ctkarch.org/forum/
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*Documentation: http://ctkarch.org/documentation/
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*Screenshots: http://ctkarch.org/download/
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*DistroWatch Entry: http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=ctkarch
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=== DidJiX ===
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Arch Hurd is a port of Arch Linux to the GNU/Hurd platform.
  
DidJiX is the free and open source digital DJ software Mixxx (http://www.mixxx.org/) powered by the simple and lightweight distribution Linux ArchLinux (http://www.archlinux.org/) on a usb live system! DidJiX is build with the Archiso project (https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Archiso)
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*Homepage: [http://www.archhurd.org/]
*Homepage: http://didjix.blogspot.com/
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*Documentation: http://didjix.blogspot.com/
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*Screenshots: http://didjix.blogspot.com/
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=== Elegance ===
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=== Arch Linux ARM ===
  
Elegance is a Arch Linux spin-off that is heavily influenced by ArchBang[http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/ArchBang]. It comes with a small number of programs to start you off on building your own custom desktop.
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[https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=117251 Arch Linux ARM is the new unified effort from PlugApps & ArchMobile].
*Homepage: http://k2z.com
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=== Kahel OS ===
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*Homepage: http://archlinuxarm.org/
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*Forums: http://archlinuxarm.org/forum/
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*IRC: irc://irc.freenode.net/archlinux-arm
  
''"Kahel OS is the first and remains to be the only Filipino Linux Distro with the rolling release model on Arch Linux + GNOME. In the community, it is the first to release (non-beta) such Linux OS on Arch Linux + GNOME."''<br>
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=== MSYS2 ===
:<small>Source: [http://www.kahelos.org/ Kahel OS]</small>
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*Homepage: http://www.kahelos.org/
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*Forums: http://forum.kahelos.org/
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*Documentation: http://wiki.kahelos.org/index.php?title=Main_Page
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*Screenshots: http://www.kahelos.org/gallery.php{{Linkrot|2011|09|04}}
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*DistroWatch Entry: http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=kahelos
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=== LinHES ===
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MSYS2 is the most recent and active fork of Cygwin that provides a small, self-contained UNIX-like environment for Windows. It uses Windows port of [[pacman]] to manage the whole system of MSYS2 and native packages which are updated in a timely manner.
  
LinHES ('''Lin'''ux '''H'''ome '''E'''ntertainment '''S'''ystem) is a distro based heavily on Arch and centered around [http://mythtv.org MythTV], with the expressed goal of being a HES-appliance. Utilizing open source software and off the shelf hardware, you'll be able to assemble a box that can serve as a PVR, Jukebox, Image Viewer, and Game Station. Users can go from a blank hard drive to fully functional MythTV system in literally 15-20 min. For more information, please see the [[LinHES]] wikipage.
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*Homepage: http://msys2.github.io/
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*Forums: http://sourceforge.net/p/msys2/discussion/
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*Wiki: http://sourceforge.net/p/msys2/wiki/
  
*Homepage: http://www.linhes.org/
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=== PacBSD ===
*Forums: http://www.linhes.org/phpBB2
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*Documentation: http://mysettopbox.tv/pamphlet.html
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*Screenshots: http://www.thecodingstudio.com/opensource/linux/screenshots/index.php?linux_distribution_sm=
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=== live.linuX-gamers.net ===
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PacBSD began in July 2010 as ArchBSD in an attempt to bring pacman to FreeBSD, to ease the pain of upgrading and maintaining a system with ports and of outdated packages.
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Following [[The Arch Way]] philosophy, PacBSD is lightweight, flexible, simple and aims to be very UNIX-like.
  
The linuX-gamers Live DVD is a bootable medium with a collection of popular 3D games. It contains both the NVIDIA and ATI proprietary Linux drivers and includes the following games: BzFLag, Enemy Territory, Glest, Nexuiz, Sauerbraten, Torcs, Tremulous, True Combat: Elite, Warsow and World of Padman. Although the live DVD is based on Arch Linux, it does not offer any desktop Linux functionality except gaming.
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*Homepage: https://www.pacbsd.org/
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*Forums: https://bbs.pacbsd.org/
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*IRC: irc://irc.freenode.net/archbsd
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*Wiki: https://wiki.pacbsd.org/
  
*Homepage: http://live.linux-gamers.net/
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=== Parabola GNU/Linux-libre ===
*Forums: http://github.com/svenstaro/lglive
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*Documentation: http://github.com/svenstaro/lglive
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*Screenshots: http://live.linux-gamers.net/images/shot2.png
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*DistroWatch Entry: http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=linuxgamers
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=== Mesk Linux ===
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Parabola GNU/Linux-libre is a fully free (as in freedom) distribution [http://www.gnu.org/distros/free-distros.html approved by the Free Software Foundation]. It's packages are optimized for i686, x86_64, and armv7h CPUs.
  
Mesk Linux is a project aiming at showcasing Arch to Arabic-speaking users . The project is also working on localizing  Arch tools and documentation .
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Parabola uses [https://wiki.parabola.nu/Repositories its own repositories], which are almost identical to Arch's [[official repositories]], but with non-free or problematic packages removed (see [https://repo.parabola.nu/docs/blacklist.txt blacklist] for difference) and other free software replacements available.
  
*Homepage: http://www.mesklinux.org/
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*Homepage: https://www.parabola.nu/
*Forums: http://www.mesklinux.org/
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*Wiki: https://wiki.parabola.nu/
*Documentation: http://www.wiki.mesklinux.org/
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*IRC: irc://irc.freenode.net/parabola
*Screenshots: http://www.mesklinux.org/shots.php
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=== Manjaro Linux ===
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=== UBOS ===
  
Manjaro Linux is a user friendly distribution based on the Xfce desktop environment. It comes with a custom installer and additional scripts to install a preconfigured and out of the box working system which is fully compatible with Archlinux.
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UBOS focuses on making it easier and less time-consuming to install and maintain web applications on headless, personal servers and IoT devices. It currently exists for x86 and the Raspberry Pi. UBOS has several different release channels for different levels of maturity.
  
*Homepage: http://manjarolinux.org/
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UBOS only contains those Arch packages that are needed for its purpose. But is also contains a range of web applications that owners of personal servers and/or IoT devices may want to run. Unusually, installation, upgrade, backup and other management operations of the included web applications are part of the "full-stack" tests performed in the UBOS release process.
*Forums: http://forum.manjarolinux.org/
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*Documentation: http://wiki.manjarolinux.org/
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*Screenshots: http://manjarolinux.org/screenshots.html
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=== Parabola GNU/Linux ===
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Web applications can be fully deployed at a virtual host with a single command. This includes provisioning of databases, configuring web server, restarting daemons etc. depending on the needs of the application. Other single-command management includes undeployment, per-app or per-site or per-host backup and restore, and single-command full-system upgrade (code, data, and configuration of web apps).
  
'''Parabola GNU/Linux''' is a fully free (as in freedom) rolling release distribution. It is approved by the [http://fsf.org FSF] and uses a Linux-libre kernel. The Parabola distro uses the Arch Repos and fully free replacements from the Libre Repo.
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*Homepage: http://ubos.net/
  
*Homepage: http://parabolagnulinux.org
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== Meta distributions ==
*Wiki: http://wiki.parabolagnulinux.org
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*IRC: #parabola in Freenode
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=== Nosonja ===
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=== Archiso ===
  
'''Nosonja''' is Arch Linux based computer operating system that uses Xfce as the default DE. The goal of Nosonja is to get Arch close to all beginners who want Linux on their computers, but do not want to reinstall their os every 6 months.
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[[Archiso]] is a very simple set of bash scripts that allow for building live bootable CD/DVD/USB images based on Arch Linux. It uses a small uncomplicated code base and is actively developed. archiso is the tool used by Arch Linux to generate the official CD/USB images. It is a very generic tool, so it could potentially be used to generate anything from rescue systems, to install disks, to special interest live systems, and who knows what else. Simply put, if it involves Arch on a shiny coaster, it can do it.  
  
*Homepage: https://plus.google.com/102479162698978916755/posts
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*Documentation: [[Archiso|Archiso - ArchWiki]]
*New Homepage: http://nosonja.org/
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== Meta Distributions ==
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== Live distributions ==
  
=== archiso ===
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=== alphaOS ===
  
[[archiso]] is a very simple set of bash scripts that allow for building live bootable CD/DVD/USB images based on Arch Linux. It uses a small uncomplicated code base and is actively developed. archiso is the tool used by Arch Linux to generate the official CD/USB images. It is a very generic tool, so it could potentially be used to generate anything from rescue systems, to install disks, to special interest live systems, and who knows what else. Simply put, if it involves Arch on a shiny coaster, it can do it.  
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alphaOS is a simple and minimalistic Linux distribution for the x86-64 architecture, built using Linux Live Kit set of scripts developed by Tomas M. It is based on Arch Linux and uses pacman as the default package manager. This operating system features highly configurable and lightweight Openbox window manager. Modular by design, alphaOS makes it easy to add desired functionality.
  
*Homepage: http://projects.archlinux.org/?p=archiso.git;a=summary
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*Homepage: http://alphaos.tuxfamily.org/
*Forums http://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=73878
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*Forums: http://alphaos.tuxfamily.org/forum/
*Documentation: [[archiso|wiki article on archlinux.org]]
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*Screenshots: [http://alphaos.tuxfamily.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=705 forum thread]
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=== Archiso-live ===
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=== Archboot ===
  
Archiso-live is a fork of archiso that has since gained a fair bit of complexity in its development. Archiso-live undergoes rapid development with fresh releases posted on the dev blog found on its homepage. It uses a modular design approach based on slax. It even uses the slax initrd as a base module to get the system going. This allows archiso-live to be used in an everyday fashion since it has a full xfce desktop. It can also be greatly customized since it uses modules.
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Archboot is designed for installation or rescue operations. It provides both the i686 and x86_64 architectures on one CD. It uses hwdetect and a different install script from the official Arch Linux install images. It runs in RAM using initramfs, without any special filesystems like squashfs,
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thus it is limited to the RAM which is installed in your system.
  
*Homepage: http://godane.wordpress.com/ ([https://github.com/godane/archiso-live/tree/master git repo])
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*Documentation: [[Archboot|Archboot - ArchWiki]]
*Forums: http://arch-live.2kool4u.net/forum/index.php
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*Documentation: http://arch-live.2kool4u.net/articles.php
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*Screenshots: http://arch-live.2kool4u.net/photogallery.php?album_id=1
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=== larch ===
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=== ArchEX ===
  
[[larch]] is a collection of scripts used to create live CD/DVD/USB-stick versions of Arch Linux. One design aim is easy customization, so that even relatively inexperienced users can build personalized live CDs, containing whatever packages they want and with their own personal configurations. The resulting medium should also be usable for installation purposes, so that one has a customized Arch Linux installation/rescue medium. As the content can be chosen freely, a comfortable working environment is possible, in contrast to the rather Spartan standard Arch installation CD.
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ArchEX, based on Arch Linux, is one of the Linux Live DVDs created by C.A. Exton, the desktop environment of which is LXDE.
  
*Homepage: http://larch.berlios.de/
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*Homepage: http://archex.exton.net/
*Forums:
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*Documentation: http://larch.berlios.de/doc/index.html
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*Screenshots:
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*DistroWatch Entry:
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== Arch Influenced Distros ==
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=== DidJiX ===
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DidJiX is the free and open source digital DJ software Mixxx (http://www.mixxx.org/) powered by the simple and lightweight distribution Linux ArchLinux (https://www.archlinux.org/) on a usb live system! DidJiX is build with the Archiso project ([[Archiso]])
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*Homepage: http://easy.open.and.free.fr/didjix/
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*Screenshots: http://easy.open.and.free.fr/didjix/screenshots.html
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=== PoliArch ===
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PoliArch is an Italian distribution and live CD featuring a number of system rescue and data recovery tools.
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*Homepage: http://www.poliarch.org/
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*Screenshots: http://www.linuxscreenshots.org/?distro=poliarch
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== Arch-influenced distributions ==
  
 
===Alpine Linux===
 
===Alpine Linux===
  
Alpine Linux is a run-from-RAM linux distribution. Its original target was small appliances like routers, VPN gateways, or embedded x86 devices. However, it supports hosting other Linux guest OSes under VServer control, making it an attractive hosting solution as well. Though Alpine Linux may not actually be based on Arch, its [http://git.alpinelinux.org/cgit/aports/tree/main/abuild/APKBUILD build system] is undoubtably inspired by Arch. [http://lists.busybox.net/pipermail/busybox/2009-January/068280.html 2][http://wiki.alpinelinux.org/w/index.php?title=Creating_an_Alpine_package&oldid=2701#depends_.26_makedepends 3]
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Alpine Linux is a run-from-RAM linux distribution. Its original target was small appliances like routers, VPN gateways, or embedded x86 devices. However, it supports hosting other Linux guest OSes under VServer control, making it an attractive hosting solution as well. Though Alpine Linux may not actually be based on Arch, its [http://git.alpinelinux.org/cgit/aports/tree/main/abuild/APKBUILD build system] is heavily inspired by Arch's. [http://lists.busybox.net/pipermail/busybox/2009-January/068280.html 2][http://wiki.alpinelinux.org/w/index.php?title=Creating_an_Alpine_package&oldid=2701#depends_.26_makedepends 3]
  
*Homepage: http://alpinelinux.org
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*Homepage: http://alpinelinux.org/
*Documentation: http://wiki.alpinelinux.org/w/index.php?title=Documentation
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*Forums: http://alpinelinux.org/forum/
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*IRC: irc://irc.freenode.net/alpine-linux
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*Wiki: http://wiki.alpinelinux.org/
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=== Arquetype CRT ===
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''"Our CRT "Continuous Release Term" is a rolling release with pacman as package manager, with a complete software suite ( internet, multimedia files, office, cloud-storage, development... )."''
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*Homepage: https://arquetype.org/
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*Forums: https://arquetype.org/forums/
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*Screenshots: https://arquetype.org/sections/screenshots/kde-pictures.html
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=== Chakra ===
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Chakra is a distribution with an emphasis on KDE and Qt. The fresh install is GTK-free. It features a graphical installer, automatic hardware detection and configuration. With the half-rolling release model a thoroughly tested core layer of software - such as the Linux kernel, GNU coreutils and common libraries - is provided, while the software in the applications layer is updated more frequently.
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*Homepage: http://chakraos.org/
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*Forums: http://chakraos.org/forum/
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*IRC: irc://irc.freenode.net/chakra
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*Wiki: http://chakraos.org/wiki/
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*Screenshots: http://www.linuxscreenshots.org/?distro=chakra
  
 
=== Enlisy ===
 
=== Enlisy ===
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Enlisy is an i686 optimized Linux distribution for Pentium 2 based processors and higher. It is also as simple as possible when it comes to the construction of its underlying core. Enlisy uses its own package manager Apport, which is is based on Libpysrc and Libpypac, which are inspired by Arch's package manager Pacman. Enlisy also uses InitNG for the init system.
 
Enlisy is an i686 optimized Linux distribution for Pentium 2 based processors and higher. It is also as simple as possible when it comes to the construction of its underlying core. Enlisy uses its own package manager Apport, which is is based on Libpysrc and Libpypac, which are inspired by Arch's package manager Pacman. Enlisy also uses InitNG for the init system.
  
*Homepage: http://enlisy.com/
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*Homepage: http://www.enlisy.net/en/
*Forums: http://enlisy.com/en/forum/
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*Documentation: http://enlisy.org/ewiki/Documentation
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*DistroWatch Entry:
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=== Frugalware ===
 
=== Frugalware ===
  
''"Frugalware Linux is a general-purpose Linux distribution designed for intermediate users who are familiar with command-line operations. It is based on Slackware, but uses a different package management system, Pacman."''<br>
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''"Frugalware Linux is a general-purpose Linux distribution designed for intermediate users who are familiar with command-line operations. It is based on Slackware, but uses a different package management system, Pacman."''
:<small>Source: [[Wikipedia:Frugalware|Wikipedia]]</small>
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:Source: [[Wikipedia:Frugalware|Wikipedia]]
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*Homepage: http://frugalware.org/
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*Forums: http://forums.frugalware.org/
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*IRC: irc://irc.freenode.net/frugalware
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*Wiki: http://wiki.frugalware.org/
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*Documentation: http://frugalware.org/docs/
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*Screenshots: http://frugalware.org/screenshots/
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=== Kademar ===
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Kademar distribution is a complete desktop Linux operating system based on Arch Linux (starting from version 5, previously it was based on Debian GNU/Linux). It comes in two editions - "Escritorio" is a full-featured variant with the latest KDE Plasma desktop, while "Khronos" is a lightweight flavour featuring the Xfce desktop environment.
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*Homepage: http://www.kademar.org/
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*Screenshots: http://www.kademar.org/en/capturas/kademar-linux/
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=== KaOS ===
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Pacman-based operating system developed by KaOS team with focus on packaging only KDE desktop environment and Qt applications.
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*Homepage: http://kaosx.us/
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*Forums: http://kaosx.us/phpBB3/
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*IRC: irc://irc.freenode.net/kaosx
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*Screenshots: http://kaosx.us/gallery/
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=== LinHES ===
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LinHES ('''Lin'''ux '''H'''ome '''E'''ntertainment '''S'''ystem) is a distro based heavily on Arch and centered around [http://mythtv.org MythTV], with the expressed goal of being a HES-appliance.  Utilizing open source software and off the shelf hardware, you'll be able to assemble a box that can serve as a PVR, Jukebox, Image Viewer, and Game Station. Users can go from a blank hard drive to fully functional MythTV system in literally 15-20 min.
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*Homepage: http://linhes.org/
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*Forums: http://forum.linhes.org/
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*Wiki: http://linhes.org/
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=== Manjaro Linux ===
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Arch Linux-based operating system developed by Manjaro Development Team with a focus on user-friendliness and accessibility. Offers Xfce and KDE flavours (with pre-installed applications and multimedia codecs) and netinstall option. Cinnamon, Enlightenment, Fluxbox, GNOME, LXDE, LXQt, MATE, Netbook, Openbox and PekWM are available as Community Editions.
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*Homepage: https://manjaro.github.io/
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*Forums: https://forum.manjaro.org/
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*IRC: irc://irc.freenode.net/manjaro
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*Wiki: https://wiki.manjaro.org/
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=== Netrunner Rolling ===
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Manjaro-based operating system developed by Blue Systems. Offers customised KDE desktop with extra applications, multimedia codecs, Flash and Java plugins.
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*Homepage: http://www.netrunner.com/
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*Forums: http://forums.netrunner.com/
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*Screenshots: http://www.netrunner.com/screenshots/
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== See also ==
  
*Homepage: http://frugalware.org
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* List at distrowatch.com - http://distrowatch.com/search.php?basedon=Arch&status=Active
*Forums: http://forums.frugalware.org
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*Documentation: http://frugalware.org/docs
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*Screenshots: http://frugalware.org/screenshots
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*DistroWatch Entry: http://distrowatch.com/frugalware
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Specialty distributions

Includes distributions that meant to be installed on persistent storage and use Arch Linux official repositories for package updates on installed system

Antergos

Antergos started life under the name of Cinnarch, combining the Cinnamon desktop with the Arch Linux distribution, but the project has moved on from its original goals and now offers a choice of several desktops, including: KDE, GNOME 3 (default), MATE, Cinnamon, Openbox and Xfce.

Antergos is Archlinux-based via Arch's repositories and can be installed by booting the live ISO image and using its graphical installer, Cnchi.

Apricity OS

Apricity OS uses the Pamac graphical package manager, PushBullet, Syncthing, the ICE SSB manager, and a modified GNOME or Cinnamon environment. It may be downloaded as a live image, and can be installed graphically.

ArchAssault

ArchAssault has the security professional in mind. The i686, x86_64, armv6h, armv7h architectures are supported. You can use the installer ISO or add the repo to your existing Arch Linux install.

The ARM line helps you build embedded security devices. The project also supports some of the available Open Source AutoPilot hardware. This allows to easily add a payload brain to drones and add capabilities.

ArchBang

ArchBang uses the Arch Linux repositories with a custom Openbox environment. It downloads as a LiveCD and includes a graphical installer. The name is inspired by CrunchBang Linux, which is based on Debian and likewise runs OpenBox.

Architect Linux

Architect Linux is the successor to Evo/Lution Linux. Modelled after the original "Arch Installation Framework", Architect provides a net-based CLI installer to build vanilla Arch systems using only packages from the official repositories.

BBQLinux

BBQLinux is made for Android developers. It has the needed tools to build AOSP or AOSP-based distributions like OmniROM or CyanogenMod. The default desktop environment is XFCE4, but MATE, GNOME, and KDE are also supported. It is using the Arch Linux repositories and a BBQLinux specific repo.

BBQLinux can be installed from within the live system using a graphical installer called Calamares.

BlackArch Linux

BlackArch Linux is a distribution for pentesters and security researchers. It supports over 600 tools and a live ISO with multiple window managers. The BlackArch package repository is aimed to be compatible with regular Arch Linux installations.

Bluestar Linux

Bluestar Linux is mainly focused on providing a KDE environment with a suite of graphical tools and applications. Both editions provide multilingual support, and have correlated versions supporting the Intel GMA3600 (GMA500) GPU at a 1024x600 native resolution and other resolutions via configuration.

Changes and updates are documented on a regular basis. Fixes are always incorporated into subsequent releases which occur at least twice a month.

Bridge Linux

Bridge Linux provides pre-installed versions of LXDE, Openbox, GNOME, Cinnamon, Xfce, and KDE.

PacBang Linux

A sister project of Architect Linux, PacBang was originally developed as a revamped version of ArchBang. A minimalist distribution built around the Openbox window manager, it is built using only official Arch packages and features a powerful, user-friendly custom installer.

Papyros

Papyros is an operating system which adheres to Google's Material Design guidelines and is based on Arch Linux, KDE and Wayland.

Ninja OS

Ninja OS is a pre-configured Live OS Desktop based on Arch Linux and XFCE 4.

TalkingArch

TalkingArch is respin of the Arch Linux live CD/USB image modified to include speech and braille output for blind and visually impaired users.

Tux Hat Linux

Tux Hat Linux is a Lightweight AwesomeWM GNU/Linux LiveCD/DVD/USB ISO

Counterpart distributions

Includes distributions that are built around kernels or for architectures that are not supported by Arch Linux

Arch Hurd

Arch Hurd is a port of Arch Linux to the GNU/Hurd platform.

Arch Linux ARM

Arch Linux ARM is the new unified effort from PlugApps & ArchMobile.

MSYS2

MSYS2 is the most recent and active fork of Cygwin that provides a small, self-contained UNIX-like environment for Windows. It uses Windows port of pacman to manage the whole system of MSYS2 and native packages which are updated in a timely manner.

PacBSD

PacBSD began in July 2010 as ArchBSD in an attempt to bring pacman to FreeBSD, to ease the pain of upgrading and maintaining a system with ports and of outdated packages. Following The Arch Way philosophy, PacBSD is lightweight, flexible, simple and aims to be very UNIX-like.

Parabola GNU/Linux-libre

Parabola GNU/Linux-libre is a fully free (as in freedom) distribution approved by the Free Software Foundation. It's packages are optimized for i686, x86_64, and armv7h CPUs.

Parabola uses its own repositories, which are almost identical to Arch's official repositories, but with non-free or problematic packages removed (see blacklist for difference) and other free software replacements available.

UBOS

UBOS focuses on making it easier and less time-consuming to install and maintain web applications on headless, personal servers and IoT devices. It currently exists for x86 and the Raspberry Pi. UBOS has several different release channels for different levels of maturity.

UBOS only contains those Arch packages that are needed for its purpose. But is also contains a range of web applications that owners of personal servers and/or IoT devices may want to run. Unusually, installation, upgrade, backup and other management operations of the included web applications are part of the "full-stack" tests performed in the UBOS release process.

Web applications can be fully deployed at a virtual host with a single command. This includes provisioning of databases, configuring web server, restarting daemons etc. depending on the needs of the application. Other single-command management includes undeployment, per-app or per-site or per-host backup and restore, and single-command full-system upgrade (code, data, and configuration of web apps).

Meta distributions

Archiso

Archiso is a very simple set of bash scripts that allow for building live bootable CD/DVD/USB images based on Arch Linux. It uses a small uncomplicated code base and is actively developed. archiso is the tool used by Arch Linux to generate the official CD/USB images. It is a very generic tool, so it could potentially be used to generate anything from rescue systems, to install disks, to special interest live systems, and who knows what else. Simply put, if it involves Arch on a shiny coaster, it can do it.

Live distributions

alphaOS

alphaOS is a simple and minimalistic Linux distribution for the x86-64 architecture, built using Linux Live Kit set of scripts developed by Tomas M. It is based on Arch Linux and uses pacman as the default package manager. This operating system features highly configurable and lightweight Openbox window manager. Modular by design, alphaOS makes it easy to add desired functionality.

Archboot

Archboot is designed for installation or rescue operations. It provides both the i686 and x86_64 architectures on one CD. It uses hwdetect and a different install script from the official Arch Linux install images. It runs in RAM using initramfs, without any special filesystems like squashfs, thus it is limited to the RAM which is installed in your system.

ArchEX

ArchEX, based on Arch Linux, is one of the Linux Live DVDs created by C.A. Exton, the desktop environment of which is LXDE.

DidJiX

DidJiX is the free and open source digital DJ software Mixxx (http://www.mixxx.org/) powered by the simple and lightweight distribution Linux ArchLinux (https://www.archlinux.org/) on a usb live system! DidJiX is build with the Archiso project (Archiso)

PoliArch

PoliArch is an Italian distribution and live CD featuring a number of system rescue and data recovery tools.

Arch-influenced distributions

Alpine Linux

Alpine Linux is a run-from-RAM linux distribution. Its original target was small appliances like routers, VPN gateways, or embedded x86 devices. However, it supports hosting other Linux guest OSes under VServer control, making it an attractive hosting solution as well. Though Alpine Linux may not actually be based on Arch, its build system is heavily inspired by Arch's. 23

Arquetype CRT

"Our CRT "Continuous Release Term" is a rolling release with pacman as package manager, with a complete software suite ( internet, multimedia files, office, cloud-storage, development... )."

Chakra

Chakra is a distribution with an emphasis on KDE and Qt. The fresh install is GTK-free. It features a graphical installer, automatic hardware detection and configuration. With the half-rolling release model a thoroughly tested core layer of software - such as the Linux kernel, GNU coreutils and common libraries - is provided, while the software in the applications layer is updated more frequently.

Enlisy

Enlisy is an i686 optimized Linux distribution for Pentium 2 based processors and higher. It is also as simple as possible when it comes to the construction of its underlying core. Enlisy uses its own package manager Apport, which is is based on Libpysrc and Libpypac, which are inspired by Arch's package manager Pacman. Enlisy also uses InitNG for the init system.

Frugalware

"Frugalware Linux is a general-purpose Linux distribution designed for intermediate users who are familiar with command-line operations. It is based on Slackware, but uses a different package management system, Pacman."

Source: Wikipedia

Kademar

Kademar distribution is a complete desktop Linux operating system based on Arch Linux (starting from version 5, previously it was based on Debian GNU/Linux). It comes in two editions - "Escritorio" is a full-featured variant with the latest KDE Plasma desktop, while "Khronos" is a lightweight flavour featuring the Xfce desktop environment.

KaOS

Pacman-based operating system developed by KaOS team with focus on packaging only KDE desktop environment and Qt applications.

LinHES

LinHES (Linux Home Entertainment System) is a distro based heavily on Arch and centered around MythTV, with the expressed goal of being a HES-appliance. Utilizing open source software and off the shelf hardware, you'll be able to assemble a box that can serve as a PVR, Jukebox, Image Viewer, and Game Station. Users can go from a blank hard drive to fully functional MythTV system in literally 15-20 min.

Manjaro Linux

Arch Linux-based operating system developed by Manjaro Development Team with a focus on user-friendliness and accessibility. Offers Xfce and KDE flavours (with pre-installed applications and multimedia codecs) and netinstall option. Cinnamon, Enlightenment, Fluxbox, GNOME, LXDE, LXQt, MATE, Netbook, Openbox and PekWM are available as Community Editions.

Netrunner Rolling

Manjaro-based operating system developed by Blue Systems. Offers customised KDE desktop with extra applications, multimedia codecs, Flash and Java plugins.

See also