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ArchLabs Linux
Archlabs Logo.png
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ArchLabs 2022.01.18 with Openbox
DeveloperNathaniel Maia & Matthew Dobson[1]
OS familyLinux (Unix-like)
Working stateCurrent
Source modelOpen source
Latest releaseRolling release  2022.02.12  / 13 February 2022; 3 months ago (2022-02-13)
Marketing targetGeneral purpose
Available inEnglish
Update methodPacman
Package managerPacman
Platformsx86-64
Kernel typeMonolithic (Linux)
UserlandGNU
Influenced byBunsenLabs
Default
user interface
NA
LicenseGNU General Public License
Official websitewww.archlabslinux.com

ArchLabs Linux is a lightweight rolling release Linux distribution based on a minimal Arch Linux operating system with the Openbox window manager.[2] ArchLabs is inspired by BunsenLabs.[3][4]

Features[edit]

The ArchLabs distribution contains a text-based installer, "AL-Installer" as its installation method,[5] as well as baph, an AUR helper.[6] The installer gives the user the ability to choose from 16 different assorted Desktop Environments and Window Managers as well as a selection of extra software, Linux Kernels, Display Managers and shells.

History[edit]

Initial releases used the Calamares installer. Early versions of ArchLabs started to become bloated with many unnecessary applications and programs. This sparked a change in direction. A slim down of the ISO size from over 2Gb in size down to approximately 580mb made download times a lot quicker.

Mínimo was the first of this minimal release with a change from the traditional Openbox panel, Tint2 to Polybar. Also introduced in this release was the original welcome script, named "AL-Hello" which was a nod to the "brother" distribution BunsenLabs.[7][8] Mínimo was also the final release to have a release name, following releases followed a numbering pattern of YYYY.MM.

2018.02 release brought a new and improved AL-Hello welcome script and many additions and refining to the ArchLabs experience.[9]

2018.07 saw more improvements to the newly written AL-Installer.[10]

With the release of 2018.12 came the removal of the live environment and the post install script "AL-Hello". Options for choosing desktops and window managers as well as a selection of apps have been added to AL-Installer (ALI).[5] Also introduced in this 2018.12 release was the in house AUR (Arch User Repository) Helper, baph (Basic AUR Package Helper).[6]

2019.10.29 was ArchLabs third release for 2019 (After 2019.1.20 & 2019.10.28). Many changes were made including additional desktop environments and window managers added to the installer. Most notably, awesomewm and jwm.

ArchLabs first release of 2022[11] brought with it a new custom Window Manager called dk.[12] Also included is a custom panel and menu for the Sway Window Manager called nwg-shell.[13]

The ArchLabs installer now includes 16 assorted Desktop Environments and Window Managers, such as i3, dwm, bspwm, LXQt, jwm, XFCE, Awesome, Fluxbox, KDE Plasma, Deepin, Gnome, and Cinnamon.[14] Most are installed as the developer intended with no customisation. Openbox, awesomewm, dk and Sway are the only customised environments supplied by the ArchLabs installer.

Release history[edit]

The current release of ArchLabs Linux is "2022.02.12" , which was released on 13 February 2022.[15]

Color Legend
Red Old version
Green Latest version
Blue Future version
Version Codename Release date Kernel
idea[16][17] Start 1 January 2017 N/A
Alpha[16][17] 24 February 2017 N/A
1.0[16][17] 3 March 2017 N/A
3.0[1][16][17] 6 March 2017 N/A
3.4[18] 7 April 2017 N/A
4.0[19] 29 April 2017 N/A
4.1[16] Yoda 4 June 2017 N/A
5.0[17] R2-D2 7 July 2017 4.11.9[2]
2017.09[20][21] Mínimo[3] 17 September 2017 4.12.13[2]
2017.10[22] 2017.10 24 October 2017 4.13.19
2017.10[22] LTS 24 October 2017 4.9.56[2]
2017.12[23] 2017.12 23 December 2017 4.13.3
2018.02[9] 2018.02 26 February 2018 4.15.5
2018.03[24] 2018.03 4 March 2018 4.15.6
2018.05[25] 2018.05 11 May 2018 4.16.8
2018.07[10] 2018.07 29 July 2018 4.17.10
2018.12[5] 2018.12 18 December 2018 4.19.9
2019.01[15] 2019.01 20 January 2019 4.20.3
2019.10.28[15] 2019.10.28 28 October 2019 5.3.7
2019.10.29[15] 2019.10.29 29 October 2019 5.3.7
2020.05.04[15] 2020.05.04 4 May 2020 5.6.8
2020.11.04[15] 2020.11.04 4 November 2020 5.9.3
2021.05.02[15] 2021.05.02 2 May 2021 5.11.16
2022.01.18[15] 2022.01.18 19 January 2022 5.16.1
2022.02.12[15] 2022.02.12 13 February 2022 5.16.8

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Brett & Matt (6 March 2017). "Release of ArchLabs +3". www.ArchLabs.wordpress.com. Archived from the original on 1 October 2017. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d DistroWatch. "ArchLabs Linux". www.distrowatch.com. Archived from the original on 5 November 2017. Retrieved 5 November 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link) (in English)
  3. ^ a b "ArchLabs Linux". SourceForge.
  4. ^ "ArchLabs Review: A Quick Look At The Rising Arch Based Linux Distribution - It's FOSS". itsfoss.com. 29 June 2017. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  5. ^ a b c "Distribution Release: ArchLabs Linux 2018.12.17 (DistroWatch.com News)". distrowatch.com. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  6. ^ a b "baph". bitbucket.org. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  7. ^ "DistroWatch.com: Put the fun back into computing. Use Linux, BSD". distrowatch.com. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  8. ^ "ArchLabs Makes Up for Parabola's Curve Balls | Reviews | LinuxInsider". www.linuxinsider.com. 3 October 2017. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  9. ^ a b "ArchLabs First Release for 2018 – ArchLabs Linux". Archived from the original on 4 March 2018. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  10. ^ a b "ArchLabs Linux 2018.07 – ArchLabs Linux". Archived from the original on 5 August 2018. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  11. ^ "2022.01.18 Release". forum.archlabslinux.com. 19 January 2022. Retrieved 27 January 2022.
  12. ^ "dk". bitbucket.org. Retrieved 27 January 2022.
  13. ^ "nwg-shell". github.com. Retrieved 27 January 2022.
  14. ^ "Errors installing ArchLabs on VM". 14 July 2020.
  15. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Change Log". ARCHLabs.github.io. Retrieved 30 November 2019.
  16. ^ a b c d e Erik, Matt, Brett and Hari (4 June 2017). "The release of Yoda or ArchLabs 4.1". www.ArchLabs.wordpress.com. Archived from the original on 1 October 2017. Retrieved 1 October 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link) CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link) (in English)
  17. ^ a b c d e The Development Team (7 July 2017). "The release of R2-D2 or ArchLabs 5.0". www.ArchLabs.wordpress.com. Archived from the original on 1 October 2017. Retrieved 1 October 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link) (in English)
  18. ^ The Development Team (7 April 2017). "The release of ArchLabs 3.4". www.ArchLabs.wordpress.com. Archived from the original on 1 October 2017. Retrieved 1 October 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link) (in English)
  19. ^ The Development Team (29 April 2017). "The release of ArchLabs 4.0". www.ArchLabs.wordpress.com. Archived from the original on 18 June 2017. Retrieved 1 October 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link) (in English)
  20. ^ "ArchLabs Are Proud To Present….. – ArchLabs Linux". Archived from the original on 24 February 2018. Retrieved 23 February 2018.
  21. ^ DistroWatch (17 September 2017). "Distribution Release: ArchLabs 2017.09". www.distrowatch.com. Archived from the original on 1 October 2017. Retrieved 1 October 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link) (in English)
  22. ^ a b Matt, Nate, Brett, Rajat and Hari (24 October 2017). "ArchLabs 2017.10 Release". «www.ArchLabsLinux.com». Archived from the original on 5 November 2017.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)(in English)
  23. ^ "Rounding Out 2017 With a Final Release – ArchLabs Linux". Archived from the original on 24 February 2018. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  24. ^ "2018.03 Release Now With Hotfixes – ArchLabs Linux". Archived from the original on 4 March 2018. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  25. ^ "The Release of ArchLabs 2018.05 – ArchLabs Linux". Archived from the original on 11 May 2018. Retrieved 12 May 2019.

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