Antergos using GNOME 3.22
|Developer||Alexandre Filgueira and team|
|Working state||Current (Bleeding edge, rolling release)|
|Source model||Open-source software|
|Initial release||7 May 2012|
|Latest release||18.9 / 4 September 2018|
|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|
Antergos is a Linux distribution based on Arch Linux. It uses the GNOME 3 desktop environment by default but it can also employ the Cinnamon, MATE, KDE Plasma 5, Deepin, and Xfce desktops. It was released on July 2012 as Cinnarch and by June 2013 it was ranked among the top 40 most popular distributions at DistroWatch. The Galician word Antergos (meaning: ancestors) was chosen "to link the past with the present".
History and development
Initially the project began as Cinnarch 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) 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.
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.
On 7 March 2015, an Antergos Minimal ISO was made available, providing only necessary components for the installer to function.
Antergos features the graphical installer Cnchi. The installer boots into a GNOME desktop environment, but during installation gives the option to choose between GNOME 3, Cinnamon, Mate, KDE Plasma 5, Xfce and Openbox desktop environments. A network connection is required to begin the installation and to automatically update the Cnchi installer prior to installation.
Antergos is a rolling release and utilizes Arch Linux official repositories and the AUR, along with its own software repositories. It is a Pacman-based distribution with a graphical installer.
Antergos does not 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.
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. The first version under the Antergos name was released on 12 May 2013.
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