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Last Update: 2024-06-09 17:59 UTC

CachyOS is a Linux distribution based on Arch Linux. It focuses on speed and security optimisations - the default Linux kernel is heavily optimised using the BORE (Burst-Oriented Response Enhancer) scheduler, while the desktop packages are compiled with LTO, x86-64-v3 and x86-64-v4 optimization, security flags and performance improvements. The available desktop environments and window managers include KDE, GNOME, Xfce, CuteFish, i3wm, Wayfire, LXQt, OpenBox, Cinnamon, UKUI, LXDE, MATE, Budgie, Qtile, Hyprland and Sway. CachyOS also ships with both graphical and command-line installers and provides a Firefox-based browser (called Cachy-Browser) with some security enhancements and performance optimisations.

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Average visitor rating: 8.46/10 from 50 review(s).

CachyOS Summary
Distribution CachyOS
Home Page https://cachyos.org/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums https://forum.cachyos.org/
Alternative User Forums https://discord.gg/qJqj94uFwE
Documentation https://wiki.cachyos.org/
Screenshots https://wiki.cachyos.org/general_info/screenshots/DistroWatch Gallery
Download Mirrors https://cachyos.org/download
Bug Tracker https://github.com/CachyOS/distribution/issues
Related Websites GitHub
Reviews 221023: DistroWatch
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 • 2024-03-14: Distribution Release: CachyOS 240313
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Feature 240609 231210 221230
Release Date 2024-06-09 2023-12-10 2022-12-30
End Of Life      
Price (US$) Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 2400-2500 2300-2500 2200-2300
Free Download ISO ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop KDE Plasma GNOME, KDE Plasma GNOME, KDE Plasma
Package Management Pacman Pacman Pacman
Release Model Rolling Rolling Rolling
Office Suite -- -- --
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64 x86_64
Init Software systemd systemd systemd
Journaled File Systems Btrfs, ext4 Btrfs, ext4 Btrfs, ext4
Multilingual Yes Yes Yes
Asian Language Support Yes Yes Yes
Full Package List 240609 231210 221230
Package 240609 231210 221230
abiword (3.0.5) -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.2.12) 1.2.11 1.2.10 1.2.8
amdgpu (23.0.0) -- -- 19.1.0
bash (5.2.21) 5.2 5.2 5.1
bind (9.18.27) 9.18.27 9.18.20 9.18.10
chromium (126.0.6478.114) -- -- --
cups (2.4.10) -- -- --
dhcp (4.4.3-P1) 4.4.3 4.4.3-P1 4.4.3-P1
e2fsprogs (1.47.1) 1.47.1 1.47.0 1.46.5
firefox (127.0.1) -- -- 108.0.1
freetype (2.13.2) 2.13.2 2.13.2 2.12.1
gcc (14.1.0) 14.1.1 13.2.1 12.2.0
gimp (2.10.38) -- -- --
glibc (2.39) 2.39 2.38 2.36
gnome-shell (46.2) -- 45.2 43.2
gnucash (5.6) -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.57) -- -- --
grub (2.12) 2.12 2.12rc1 2.06
gtk (4.14.4) 3.24.42 4.12.4 4.8.3
httpd (2.4.59) -- -- --
inkscape (1.3.2) -- -- --
k3b (24.05.1) -- -- --
kmod (32) 32 31 30
krita (5.2.2) -- -- --
LibreOffice (24.2.4) -- -- --
linux (6.9.5) 6.9.3 6.6.5 6.1.1
Package 240609 231210 221230
lxpanel (0.10.1) -- -- --
mariadb (11.4.2) -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.28.2) -- -- --
mesa (24.1.2) 24.1.1 23.3.0 22.3.1
mysql (8.4.0) -- -- --
nautilus (46.2) -- 45.2.1 43.1
NVIDIA (550.90.07) -- 545.29.06 525.60.11
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- --
openjdk (22) -- -- --
openssh (9.7p1) 9.7p1 9.5p1 9.1p1
openssl (3.3.1) 3.3.1 3.1.4 3.0.7
perl (5.40.0) 5.38.2 5.38.1 5.36.0
php (8.3.8) -- -- --
plasma-desktop (6.1.0) 6.0.5 5.27.10 5.26.4
postfix (3.9.0) -- -- --
postgresql (16.3) -- -- --
Python (3.12.4) 3.12.3 3.11.5 3.10.9
qt (6.7.2) 6.7.1 5.15.11 5.15.7
samba (4.20.2) 4.20.1 4.19.3 4.17.4
systemd (256.1) 255.7 255 252.4
thunderbird (127.0) -- -- --
vim (9.1) 9.1 9.0 9.0
vlc (3.0.21) 3.0.20 -- --
wayland (1.23.0) 1.23.0 1.22.0 1.21.0
xfdesktop (4.18.1) -- -- --
xorg-server (21.1.13) 21.1.13 21.1.9 21.1.6

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Version: 240609
Rating: 9
Date: 2024-06-13
Votes: 3

Easy to use and install Arch fork with probably the most inclusive and helpful dev-team out there through discord.
Including their own kernel manager that makes it really easy to add or remove kernel versions, the stock kernel that comes with installation is already well optimized and up to date.
Using the latest and most stable version of KDE 6 with optional custom themes ready to go.
Very little bloat as far as i'm concerned , just a very convenient way to set up arch even for people new to linux.
This just works.

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Version: 240609
Rating: 10
Date: 2024-06-13
Votes: 3

I am a long-term user of Arch, my notebook, which I use the most, has a pure Arch, my desktop computer which is also used by children with a dual SSD, to which I have one SSD Gnome and another test. CachyOS surprised me because I had no problems with the installation I installed from online fashion.

I like the distro because it doesn’t have too many programs installed because I’m a minimalist and I only install the programs I use, I don’t like the upholstery on my computer.

I like the simplicity and cleanliness of the system, everything works as it should, quickly and uncompromisingly.

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Version: 240401
Rating: 10
Date: 2024-06-04
Votes: 11

I am quite new to Arch based Distros in general but I can say that after a week using CachyOS, I can honestly confirm this is by far the best Arch based Distro.
I already tried Manjaro and EndeavourOS and both failed to address a very simple issue with mounting an external drive and the constant locks which caused frozen logon screen and had to reboot all the time. Maybe this is a bug, maybe not, I do not know.
All I know is that ever since I installed CachyOS, my experience has been the best.

Out of the box, I did not have to do much. The CachyOS Hello Wizard that launches post installation gave me pretty much all I needed to get up and running:
- Apps/Tweaks
- Install Apps
- Software available
- Wiki and Forum, etc.

Under the Apps/Tweaks section, as a gamer in the making (not a pro, just an enthusiast gamer), this has been the fastest and easiest method to get all the apps, dependencies and configuration required to install Lutris, Steam, Proton setup, and the drivers required.
I really love the fact that all apps versions come with their latest version available which is a plus to me. Out of the box you get Octopi which solved most of my problems but even if you want other sources like the Pamac GUI which serves as an alternative method if you are like me (getting used to install AUR packages).

So far, I have not found one single problem, and when I did find one, the Wiki, Forum and their outstanding support guides have solved it in a very efficient way. I guess my Distros hoping days are finally over.
However, I would only suggest customizing a little bit more the Konsole terminal as every Linux user knows this is where we spend most of the time. I love the way how Manjaro displays its own Terminal by default without customizations. Just a thought, perhaps the devs could tweak it a little bit to include Oh-My-Posh theme and fonts by default. I know this is too much to ask as they may have other features request which make more sense, but I wanted to ask and try anyways.

Thanks again for this great work guys Please keep it up!

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