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Developer Jacob Cook
OS family Unix-like
Working state Discontinued
Source model Open source
Latest release 0.8.1 / October 19, 2016; 16 months ago (2016-10-19)
Available in English
Package manager pacman
Platforms ARM
Official website

arkOS was 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.[1][2][3][4]

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."[5] Cook aims to reduce dependence from cloud services and make data collection harder.[6]

As of March 2014, arkOS is in its developing stages. The creator of arkOS has also set up CitizenWeb organization,[7] which is responsible for the development of the operating system. CitizenWeb also solicited money through a successful crowdsourcing campaign to finish the platform.[8]

In April 2017 arkOS has been discontinued,[9] with the lack of resources as the principal reason.[10] The source code remains available on GitHub.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kopfstein, Janus. "The Mission to Decentralize the Internet". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  2. ^ Von Peter Gotzner (2013-12-03). "Gratissystem arkOS: Student entwickelt freie Alternative zu Konzern-Clouds". Retrieved 2014-02-27. 
  3. ^ "Raspberry Pi-Based Home Cloud Project ArkOS Beats Funding Goal". Venturebeat. 2013-11-28. Retrieved 2014-02-27. 
  4. ^ "What is arkOS?". Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  5. ^ "ArkOS Building Anti-Cloud Raspberry Pi". 2013-10-04. Retrieved 2014-02-27. 
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ "Home | The CitizenWeb Project". 2013-08-13. Retrieved 2016-10-07. 
  8. ^ Cook, Jacob. "Fund arkOS Campaign Launch". 
  9. ^ Larabel, Michael (23 April 2017). "Arch-Based arkOS Linux Being Discontinued - Phoronix". Phoronix. Retrieved 24 April 2017. 
  10. ^ Cook, Jacob (21 April 2017). "arkOS — Sunset". arkOS. Archived from the original on 23 April 2017. Retrieved 24 April 2017. 
  11. ^ "ArkOS Repository". Github.