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Last Update: 2019-09-13 12:22 UTC

ArcoLinux (previously known as ArchMerge) is a distribution based on Arch Linux. The development takes places in three branches - ArcoLinux, ArcoLinuxD and ArcoLinuxB. ArcoLinux is a full-featured distribution that ships with the Xfce desktop (as well as Openbox and i3 window managers). ArcoLinuxD is a minimal distribution that includes scripts that enable power users to install any desktop and application. ArcoLinuxB is a project that gives users the power to build custom distributions, while also developing several community editions with pre-configured desktops, such as Awesome, bspwm, Budgie, Cinnamon, Deepin, GNOME, MATE and KDE Plasma. ArcoLinux also provides various video tutorials as it places strong focus on learning and acquiring Linux skills.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 17 (528), 6 months: 16 (584), 3 months: 17 (555), 4 weeks: 15 (606), 1 week: 10 (892)

Average visitor rating: 9.38/10 from 130 review(s).

ArcoLinux (formerly ArchMerge) Summary
Distribution ArcoLinux
Home Page https://arcolinux.info/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums https://arcolinuxforum.com/
Alternative User Forums
Documentation https://arcolinux.com/
Screenshots DistroWatch Gallery
Download Mirrors https://arcolinux.info/download/
Bug Tracker --
Related Websites --
Reviews 6.x: DistroWatch
Where To Buy

Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2019-05-15: Distribution Release: ArcoLinux 19.05.2
 • 2019-01-16: Distribution Release: ArcoLinux 19.01.4
 • 2018-07-15: Distribution Release: ArcoLinux 6.9.1
 • More ArcoLinux releases...

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  • 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.
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Feature 19.09.1 18.12.7
Release Date 2019-09-13 2018-12-14
End Of Life    
Price (US$) Free Free
Image Size (MB) 900-2600 900-2600
Free Download ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop i3, Openbox, Xfce i3, Openbox, Xfce
Package Management Pacman Pacman
Release Model Rolling Rolling
Office Suite -- --
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64
Init Software systemd systemd
Journaled File Systems ext4 ext4
Multilingual Yes Yes
Asian Language Support    
Full Package List 19.09.1 18.12.7
Package 19.09.1 18.12.7
abiword (3.0.2) -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.9) 1.1.9 1.1.7
ati-driver (18.30) -- --
bash (5.0) 5.0 4.4
bind (9.15.3) -- --
chromium (77.0.3865.75) 76.0.3809.132 70.0.3538.110
cups (2.3.0) 2.3.0 2.2.9
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.4.1 4.4.1
e2fsprogs (1.45.3) 1.45.3 1.44.4
firefox (69.0) 68.0.2 63.0.3
freetype (2.10.1) 2.10.1 2.9.1
gcc (9.2.0) 9.1.0 8.2.1
gimp (2.10.12) 2.10.12 2.10.8
glibc (2.30) 2.29 2.28
gnome-shell (3.34.0) -- --
gnucash (3.7) -- --
gnumeric (1.12.45) -- --
grub (2.04) 2.04 2.02
gtk (3.24.11) 3.24.10 3.24.1
httpd (2.4.41) -- --
inkscape (0.92.4) 0.92.4 0.92.3
k3b (19.08.1) -- --
kmod (26) 26 25
krita (4.2.6) -- --
libreoffice (6.3.1) -- --
linux (5.3) 5.2.11 4.19.4
Package 19.09.1 18.12.7
lxpanel (0.10.0) -- --
mariadb (10.4.8) -- --
mate-desktop (1.22.1) -- --
mesa (19.1.7) 19.1.5 18.2.5
mysql (8.0.17) -- --
nautilus (3.34.0) -- --
NVIDIA (435.21) -- --
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 3.6.1
openjdk (13) -- --
openssh (8.0p1) 8.0p1 7.9p1
openssl (1.1.1d) 1.1.1c 1.1.1a
perl (5.30.0) 5.30.0 5.28.0
php (7.3.9) -- --
plasma-desktop (5.16.5) -- --
postfix (3.4.6) -- --
postgresql (11.5) -- --
Python (3.7.4) 3.7.4 3.7.1
qt (5.13.1) 5.13.0 5.11.2
samba (4.11.0) 4.10.6 --
systemd (243) 242 239
thunderbird (68.1.0) -- --
vim (8.1) 8.1 8.1
vlc (3.0.8) 3.0.8 3.0.4
xfdesktop (4.14.1) 4.14.1 4.12.4
xorg-server (1.20.5) 1.20.5 1.20.3

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Version: 19.07.11
Rating: 9
Date: 2019-09-10
Votes: 0

Super impressed with ease of installment even on my old HP laptop from like 2006.
Has lot of apps (cinnamon version)....like the Vivaldi browser however it come loaded with Firefox and Chromium also...has a Conky built in and my only complaint with that is I have not found a setting control for Conky ...if it has one.
Everything seems to work right out the box .....would not surprise me if this does not go to number 1 on Distrowatch soon.
I do not know how resources heavy this is yet wish i could tell you but not sure...it does seem my fan runs a lot more with this loaded over Puppy linux 64 Bionicpup which I have been using on this laptop.
Cons........so far maybe its a little bit resource heavy because its the cinnamon desktop.....should have used xfce but wanted to try out this one.
My BIGGEST concern with every day use is its ARCH.....AND I have used ARCH based Manjaro before and updates kill it....hope this one is better .....but again its ARCH SO have to wait and see.....

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Version: 19.07.11
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-09-09
Votes: 28

The best distro. I installed XFCE, Gnome and the deepin variants. Finally kept the deepin one. It looks very elegant and working perfectly well with out any lag and also easily configurable. Although a bit heavy on memory. If you have at least 4gb RAM, go for deepin. you will not feel the need for any other distro. I am dual booting with windows10, but now working only with deepin.

Arco team has done really well in streamlining the packages, and the installation is simple and fast.

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Version: 19.07.11
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-09-09
Votes: 24

Long time user of Manjaro Linux (~2 years). I recently downloaded the base version of Arcolinux and love everything about it. I enjoy the philosophy the creators have embraced with teaching people the inner workings of Arch Linux rather than giving users a black box. So far everything has worked right out of the box (- locking on suspend, but a quick google search fixed that.). I'm using the i3 environment provided and have been having a good time editing some of the configuration files to make things work the way I like them. I look forward to using the Arcolinux-D and Arcolinux-B editions. Thank you to the Arcolinux team, I'm here to stay.

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