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Antergos logo github.png
Antergos linux desktop with Gnome 3.8.2.png
Antergos using GNOME 3.22
Developer Alexandre Filgueira and team[1]
OS family Unix-like
Working state Current (Bleeding edge, rolling release)
Source model Open-source software
Initial release 7 May 2012; 5 years ago (2012-05-07)
Latest release 17.4[2] / 2 April 2017; 2 months ago (2017-04-02)
Package manager Pacman
Platforms x86-64
Kernel type Monolithic (Linux)
Default user interface GNOME Shell, Cinnamon, Xfce, Command-line, Plasma 5, Openbox, MATE
License GNU GPL and various other free software licenses
Official website

Antergos is a Linux distribution based upon Arch Linux. It uses the GNOME 3 desktop environment by default but it can also employ the Cinnamon, MATE, KDE Plasma 5 and Xfce desktops. It was released on July 2012 as Cinnarch and by May 2013 it ranked among the top 30 most popular distributions at DistroWatch.[3] The Galician word Antergos (meaning: ancestors) was chosen "to link the past with the present".[4]

History and development[edit]

Initially the project began as Cinnarch[5][6] and the desktop environment used by this distribution was Cinnamon, 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)[citation needed] 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.

Since version 2014.05.26, Antergos partnered with the Numix project to bring Numix-Square icons and an exclusive Numix-Frost theme to the operating system.[10]

On 7 March 2015, an Antergos Minimal ISO was made available, providing only necessary components for the installer to function.[11]


Antergos features the graphical installer Cnchi. The installer boots into a GNOME desktop, but during installation gives the options to choose between GNOME 3, Cinnamon, Mate, KDE Plasma 5, Xfce and Openbox desktop environments.[12][13] A network connection is required to begin the installation and to automatically update the Cnchi installer prior to installation.

Package management[edit]

Antergos is a rolling release and utilizes Arch Linux official repositories and the AUR, along with its own software repositories.[14] It's a Pacman-based distribution with a minimal text-based installer similar to that of Arch Linux.

Package management is via pacman and a GUI front-end, Pamac.[15]

Antergos 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.[16]


The first ISO by the name of Cinnarch was launched on 7 May 2012 accompanied by a message in the Arch Linux forum notifying users of the release.[17] The first version under the Antergos name was released on 12 May 2013.[18][19]


  1. ^ "About". Antergos Linux. Retrieved 23 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "ISO Refresh: antergos 17.4 | Antergos Linux". Antergos Linux. 2 April 2017. Retrieved 20 April 2017. 
  3. ^ "Antergos". DistroWatch. 
  4. ^ "Antergos 2013.05.12 – We’re back". Antergos News. May 2013. 
  5. ^ Noyes, Katherine (26 November 2012). "With 'Cinnarch,' Arch Linux gets a sprinkle of Cinnamon". PC World. IDG. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  6. ^ von Eitzen, Chris (23 November 2012). "Cinnarch: Arch Linux with Mint's Cinnamon desktop". The H - Open. Heinz Heise. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  7. ^ faidoc (11 April 2013). "Cinnarch GNOME 2013.04.11 – Last release under the Cinnarch name". Antergos Linux. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  8. ^ Noyes, Katherine (23 May 2013). "Another Day, Another Distro: Antergos Linux Is Born". LinuxInsider. ECT News Network, Inc. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  9. ^ Noyes, Katherine (14 May 2013). "So Long, Cinnamon: Cinnarch Linux is reborn as Antergos". PC World. IDG. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  10. ^ faidoc (26 May 2014). "Antergos 2014.05.26 available". Antergos blog. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  11. ^ Falgout, Dustin (7 March 2015). "Antergos Minimal ISO: For Those Who Don’t Need a Full Live Environment and Want a Faster Download.". Antergos blog. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  12. ^ Noyes, Katherine (14 May 2013). "So Long, Cinnamon: Cinnarch Linux is reborn as Antergos". PC World. IDG. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  13. ^ "Antergos Linux 2013.05.12 review". 20 May 2013. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  14. ^ "About". Antergos. May 2013. 
  15. ^ "PacmanXG4". 
  16. ^ "". 
  17. ^ "Cinnarch - Your favorite distro with Cinnamon desktop". Announcement of the first Cinnarch release. 
  18. ^ "Official announcement of the first Antergos release". 
  19. ^ "All Cinnarch/Antergos release news on". 

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