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XeroLinux RSS Feed DistroWatch.com: XeroLinux


Last Update: 2023-08-16 09:07 UTC

XeroLinux is an Arch Linux-based distribution with KDE Plasma as the preferred desktop. Some of the features of the distribution include the Calamares installer, various under-the-hood tweaks and optimisations, built-in support for community-built AUR packages as well as Flatpak packages, and the availability of various desktop and bootloader themes developed in-house.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 60 (175), 6 months: 48 (205), 3 months: 39 (248), 4 weeks: 43 (237), 1 week: 33 (278)

Average visitor rating: 8.3/10 from 10 review(s).

XeroLinux Summary
Distribution XeroLinux
Home Page https://xerolinux.xyz/
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 • 2022-12-15: Distribution Release: XeroLinux 2022.12
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Feature 2023.08 2022.12
Release Date 2023-08-11 2022-12-14
End Of Life    
Price (US$) Free Free
Image Size (MB) 2800-2900 2500-2600
Free Download ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop KDE Plasma KDE Plasma
Package Management Pacman Pacman
Release Model Rolling Rolling
Office Suite -- --
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64
Init Software systemd systemd
Journaled File Systems    
Asian Language Support    
Full Package List 2023.08 2022.12
Package 2023.08 2022.12
abiword (3.0.5) -- --
alsa-lib (1.2.10) 1.2.9 1.2.8
amdgpu (23.0.0) -- --
bash (5.2.15) 5.1 5.1
bind (9.18.19) 9.18.17 9.18.9
chromium (117.0.5938.132) -- --
cups (2.4.7) 2.4.6 2.4.2
dhcp (4.4.3-P1) 4.4.3-P1 4.4.3-P1
e2fsprogs (1.47.0) 1.47.0 1.46.5
firefox (118.0.1) 116.0.2 108.0
freetype (2.13.2) 2.13.1 2.12.1
gcc (13.2.0) 13.2.1 12.2.0
gimp (2.10.34) -- --
glibc (2.38) 2.38 2.36
gnome-shell (45.0) -- --
gnucash (5.4-1) -- --
gnumeric (1.12.55) -- --
grub (2.06) 2.06 2.06
gtk (4.12.3) 4.10.5 4.8.2
httpd (2.4.57) -- --
inkscape (1.3) -- --
k3b (23.08.1) -- --
kmod (31) 30 30
krita (5.2.0) -- --
libreoffice (7.6.2) -- --
linux (6.5.5) 6.4.9 6.0.12
Package 2023.08 2022.12
lxpanel (0.10.1) -- --
mariadb (11.0.3) 11.0.2 10.9.4
mate-desktop (1.26.2) -- --
mesa (23.2.1) 23.1.5 22.2.3
mysql (8.1.0) -- --
nautilus (45.0) -- --
NVIDIA (535.113.01) -- --
openbox (3.6.1) -- --
openjdk (21) -- --
openssh (9.4p1) 9.4p1 9.1p1
openssl (3.1.3) 3.1.2 3.0.7
perl (5.38.0) 5.38.0 5.36.0
php (8.2.11) -- --
plasma-desktop (5.27.8) 5.26.4
postfix (3.8.2) -- --
postgresql (16.0) -- --
Python (3.12.0) 3.11.3 3.10.7
qt (6.5.3) 6.5.2 5.15.7
samba (4.19.0) 4.18.5 4.17.3
systemd (254.5) 254.1 252.3
thunderbird (115.3.1) -- --
vim (9.0) -- --
vlc (3.0.18) -- --
wayland (1.22.0) 1.22.0 1.21.0
xfdesktop (4.18.1) -- --
xorg-server (21.1.8) 21.1.8 21.1.5

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Version: 2023.03
Rating: 9
Date: 2023-05-31
Votes: 20

I've tried all the Arch-based distros over the years, and for me, Xero Linux is far and away the best one. What I like the most is it's stability. From installing and usage there are few if any hiccups. I've had Arch distros fall apart or start to unravel after using them for a few months. So not with Xero. It's one of my daily drivers now. It may be a bit too techy for some beginners, and there are numerous and constant updates once you get get started, but after being set up properly Xero seems to be a solid workhorse. I was almost ready to give up on Arch until now. My faith has been restored.

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Version: 2023.03
Rating: 9
Date: 2023-04-03
Votes: 45

Pleasant surprise with xerolinux, installation without problem, easy configuration afterwards with Hello, very nice distribution and after a week, no worries. Before, I preferred Gnome but with Kerolinux, kde plasma seduced me. The only problem is that the first update had to be done in the terminal, but I had the same problem with another distribution based on Arch. The installation of flatpak is possible even if I don't see much use for it with AUR which has a huge library. Hopefully this distribution will be maintained for a long time.

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Version: 2022.12
Rating: 10
Date: 2023-01-26
Votes: 91

-Gorgeous theme
-Easy to convert into Vanilla Arch by commenting distro-specific repos
-Easy to restore the desktop look thanks to "XeroLinux Hello"
-Many handy aliases OOTB
-Flatpaks ready to be installed OOTB
-Possibility to fix pacman keys
-Good nvidia support


-Would be nice to enable to Chaotic AUR by default
-Would be nice to make btrfs the default selected choice rather than XFS in calamares
-Would be nice to have the option to select systemd as bootloader rather than grub2

Spoiler alert:
there's a Gnome edition of this distro that you can build (that's the gift on the official website)

Keep it up XeroLinux team you are doing things right!

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