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Developer Jacob Cook
OS family Unix-like
Working state Current
Source model Open source
Latest release 0.6.0[1] / July 18, 2014; 9 months ago (2014-07-18)
Available in English
Package manager pacman
Official website

arkOS is a Linux distribution based on Arch Linux, designed primarily for hosting web sites and services on cheap ARM-based devices such as Raspberry Pi, Cubieboard 2, Cubietruck or BeagleBone Black, with plans to expand to other platforms such as x86.[2][3][4][5]

Jacob Cook, arkOS' primary developer, originally conceived the idea of arkOS after realizing the extensive amount of time it required to set up his own self-hosted services. He explained it by saying: "I had a good deal of experience with Linux and system administration, but it still took a huge amount of time and research to get the services I wanted set up, and secured properly."[6] Cook aims to reduce dependence from cloud services and make data collection harder.[7]

As of March 2014, ArkOS is in its developing stages. The creator of ArkOS has also set up CitizenWeb organization,[8] which is responsible for the development of the operating system. CitizenWeb also solicited money through a successful crowdsourcing campaign to finish the platform.[9]

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  1. ^ "Genesis 0.6 "Panoply" Released". The CitizenWeb Project. 2014-07-18. Retrieved 2014-08-05. 
  2. ^ Kopstein, Joshua. "The Mission to Decentralize the Internet". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  3. ^ Von Peter Gotzner (2013-12-03). "Gratissystem arkOS: Student entwickelt freie Alternative zu Konzern-Clouds". Retrieved 2014-02-27. 
  4. ^ November 28, 2013 12:57 PM (2013-11-28). "Raspberry Pi-Based Home Cloud Project ArkOS Beats Funding Goal". Venturebeat. Retrieved 2014-02-27. 
  5. ^ "What is arkOS?". Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  6. ^ "ArkOS Building Anti-Cloud Raspberry Pi". 2013-10-04. Retrieved 2014-02-27. 
  7. ^ Dylan Tweney (10 November 2013). "This 23-year-old’s open-source project, a server running on Raspberry Pi, gives the middle finger to Google". Venture Beat. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "Home | The CitizenWeb Project". 2013-08-13. Retrieved 2014-03-03. 
  9. ^ Cook, Jacob. "Fund arkOS Campaign Launch".