Arch based distributions (inactive)

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zh-CN:Arch Based Distributions (Inactive)

This is list of inactive Arch derivatives, sorted by latest activity from a project. Purpose of this page is historical reference.


Mesk Linux

Mesk Linux is a project aiming at showcasing Arch to Arabic-speaking users . The project is also working on localizing Arch tools and documentation, providing a varitey of installable live mediums (usb, dvds ... ). The distro is using OpenRC.


Arch Hurd

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

CDN Linux

CDN Linux is a system based on Arch GNU/Linux. CDN is designed to servers and routers. It is developed by Polish Freesco Group.


Arch Linux PPC

Arch Linux PPC is a port of Arch Linux to PowerPC architechture.


ArchServer is a derivative work of Arch Linux designed to be more stable in order to be suitable for server use.


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.

Kahel OS

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.


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!


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.



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!


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.

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.



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.


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.


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


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.



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.

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.

Shift Linux

Shift Linux was a work in progress that aimed to be a desktop distro based on a solid Arch foundation.

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.


Arch Linux Modified

Light-weight version of Arch Linux that will accomodate most users without the need to download and configure packages.


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.


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.


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.


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.


A Linux distribution based on Arch Linux and aimed at low-end systems


30 MB micro-LiveCD


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.


The Arch Linux Embedded Project