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Antergos logo github.png
Antergos linux desktop with Gnome 3.8.2.png
Antergos using GNOME 3.8
Company / developer Alexandre Filgueira and team[1]
OS family Unix-like
Source model Open source
Initial release 05
Latest release 2014.5.14 / May 14, 2014; 2 months ago (2014-05-14)
Package manager Pacman
Supported platforms x86 and x86-64
Kernel type Monolithic
Default user interface GNOME Shell, Cinnamon, Xfce, Razor-qt
License GNU GPL and various other free software licenses
Official website

Antergos (previously known as Cinnarch) is a Linux distribution of Galician origin based on the Arch Linux operating system. It uses the GNOME 3 desktop environment by default but it can also be used with Cinnamon, Razor-qt and Xfce. It was released on July 2012 as Cinnarch and by May 2013 it ranked among the top 30 most popular distributions at Distrowatch.[2] The Galician word Antergos (meaning: ancestors) was chosen "to link the past with the present".[3]

History and development[edit]

Initially the project began as Cinnarch[4][5] and the desktop environment used by this distribution was Cinnamon, which is a fork of GNOME Shell developed by the Linux Mint team. In April 2013 the team switched the default desktop environment from Cinnamon to GNOME version 3.6, given the difficulty of keeping Cinnamon (which did not make it a priority to stay compatible with the latest GTK libraries[6]) in the repositories of a rolling release like Arch Linux. The distribution was accordingly renamed to Antergos and released under the new name in May 2013.[7][8][9]

Other changes in the default configuration of the system included: Nautilus replacing the Nemo file Manager, GDM replacing MDM (Mint Display Manager) as desktop manager and Empathy replacing Pidgin as the messaging client.


Antergos features the graphical installer Cnchi alongside a text-based installer. The installer boots into a GNOME desktop, but during installation gives the options to choose between Gnome 3, Cinnamon, KDE, Xfce, Openbox and Razor-qt desktop environments.[10][11] A network connection is required to begin the installation.

Package management[edit]

Being based on Arch Linux, Antergos is a rolling release and utilizes Arch Linux official repositories and AUR, along with its own software repositories.[12] It's a Pacman based distribution with a minimal text based installer similar to that of Arch Linux.

Package management is via pacman and PacmanXG4 (a GUI front-end for pacman.)[13]

It doesn't come with a default office suite. However, since the earliest Cinnarch release, it has had the "LibreOffice Installer for Arch Linux" which makes it easy to select and download the required LibreOffice components.[14]


The first ISO by the name of Cinnarch was launched on May 7, 2012 accompanied by a message in the Arch Linux forum notifying users of the release.[15] The first version under the Antergos name was released on May 12, 2013.[16][17]

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