Talk:Arch-based distributions

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Excluded projects

Following projects are excluded since they were found to misuse the Arch Linux trademark:

  • 3du Arch, [1]
  • Arch Installer, [2]
  • Arch Rescue Kit, [3]
  • Arch USB OS, [4]
  • CondresOS, [5], [6]
  • Happy Hacking Linux, [7]
  • Namib, [8], [9]
  • Reborn OS, [10]on screenshots, *2017, previously Antergos Deepin
  • Zen Installer, [11] *2016, previously OBRevenge, Revenge OS

If trademark misuse problems have been addressed since, please create a separate thread below.

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instantOS is a power-user friendly Arch based distro that started in March 2019.

Shiftgeist (talk) 11:01, 1 September 2020 (UTC)

TeArch Linux

TeArch Linux is lightweight and comfortable Linux distro for end users. The new generation Arch based Linux distro.

Efectn (talk) 12:25, 22 September 2020 (UTC)

Garuda Linux


  • Garuda Linux is a userfriendly and performance orientated distro which is based on Arch Linux. Unlike Arch, the installation process is easy and management easy because of many included advanced GUI tools to manage the system. Garuda Linux provides system security by using automatic BTRFS snapshots when upgrading which you can boot into if an upgrade fails. Our Ultimate editions include everything you need to get gaming started right after installing. If you strive for a lighter system simply download the Lite editions.
  • Desktop Environments: GNOME, Xfce, Cinnamon, MATE, LXQt-kwin, Deepin, Wayfire, BSPWM and i3wm.

Sampa82 (talk) 15:20, 9 November 2020 (UTC)


KaOS is actually independent. It is Pacman-based and the packages themselves are independent.

The usage of packages from this distro (and Chakra, btw) in Arch is obviously leading to broken systems, since compiled with different versions of GCC and so on. I would advise you to take them from the list. Here a detailed[12] explaination.

I quote:

"After the choice of KaOS to use the Linux kernel for this rolling distribution, it was decided the best fit for package management was pacman. Does using pacman mean a distribution is based on Arch? What about the other tools and packages used from a variety of distributions? First thing you see when booting a KaOS ISO is gfxboot, a tool from OpenSuse. Other important packages used from OpenSuse are hwinfo and imagewriter, does this make KaOS based on OpenSuse? Or the hardware database, a package from the Gentoo developers, systemd came originally from Fedora. As KaOS sees it, try to find the best available tools for this distribution and keep evaluating what comes available, and the best for this distribution will come forward.

When stating a distribution is based on another, that means in 99% of the cases, that distribution uses the repositories of the distribution it is based on (mostly 90% plus is from upstream then, added with some repositories for specific settings). For KaOS there are no “upstream” repositories, every package in every repository is build from scratch by and for KaOS."

The git tracked PKGBUILDs: Just compare a couple PKGBUILDs and you will see, that there is nothing derived. It is important to note, since several people repeatedly installed Arch packages in KaOS and that leads to a broken system.

Thanks a lot

—This unsigned comment is by ShalokShalom (talk) 17:35, 1 December 2020‎. Please sign your posts with ~~~~!

Completely fair listing KaOS as "based on Arch".
Along with the listed install and shell scripts. There are multiple core packages copied over from Arch.
Foxboron (talk) 18:13, 1 December 2020 (UTC)

Anarchy Linux has moved

The wiki still links its GitHub, but is now found on Gitlab and is called "Anarchy Installer". Official website is [13]. Pyfisch (talk) 15:01, 23 December 2020 (UTC)


CybeOS is basically a community maintained project. Website: And Github: (talk) 11:34, 26 May 2021 (UTC)