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.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12] It was released on July 2012 as Cinnarch[13] and by June 2013 it was ranked among the top 40 most popular distributions viewed at DistroWatch.[14] The Galician word Antergos (meaning: ancestors) was chosen "to link the past with the present".[15]

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Antergos using GNOME 3.22
DeveloperAlexandre Filgueira and team[1]
OS familyUnix-like
Working stateCurrent (Bleeding edge, rolling release)
Source modelOpen-source software
Initial release7 May 2012; 6 years ago (2012-05-07)
Latest release19.2[2] / 6 February 2019; 2 months ago (2019-02-06)
Package managerPacman
Kernel typeMonolithic (Linux)
Default user interfaceGNOME Shell, Cinnamon, Xfce, Command-line, Plasma 5, Openbox, MATE, deepin
LicenseMostly GNU GPL and various other free software licenses, with a few proprietary components such as Flash Player


History and developmentEdit

Initially the project began as Cinnarch[16][17] 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.[18][19][20]

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.[21]

On 7 March 2015, an Antergos Minimal ISO was made available, providing only necessary components for the installer to function.[22]


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, deepin and Openbox desktop environments.[20][23] A network connection is required to begin the installation and to automatically update the Cnchi installer prior to installation.

Package managementEdit

Antergos is a rolling release and utilizes Arch Linux official repositories and the AUR, along with its own software repositories.[24] It is a Pacman-based distribution with a graphical installer.[25]

Package management is via pacman and a GUI front-end, Pamac.[26]

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.[27]


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.[28] The first version under the Antergos name was released on 12 May 2013.[29][30]


  1. ^ "About". Antergos Linux. Retrieved 23 April 2015.
  2. ^ "ISO Refresh: antergos 19.2 | Antergos Linux". Antergos Linux. 6 February 2019. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  3. ^ Antergos Linux 2013.05.12 review |
  4. ^ Antergos Cinnamon, GNOME 3 and Razor-qt review |
  5. ^ Linuxed - Exploring Linux distros: Antergos 2013.08.20 GNOME Review: Most efficient GNOME 3.8 Distro I have used
  6. ^ Antergos 2014.05.26 review - Cinnamon, GNOME 3 and KDE desktops |
  7. ^ DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 568, 21 July 2014
  8. ^ DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 653, 21 March 2016
  9. ^ Antergos: User-Friendly Desktop, Fueled by the Power of Arch | | The source of Linux information
  10. ^ Antergos 17.9 Gnome - Ghost riders in the Tux, Dedoimedo
  11. ^ DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 754, 12 March 2018
  12. ^ Antergos 18.3 Gnome - Regression celebration, Dedoimedo
  13. ^ DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 487, 17 December 2012
  14. ^ "Antergos". DistroWatch. 21 June 2013. Archived from the original on 6 August 2013. Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  15. ^ "Antergos 2013.05.12 – We're back". Antergos News. May 2013. Archived from the original on 9 July 2014. Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  16. ^ Noyes, Katherine (26 November 2012). "With 'Cinnarch,' Arch Linux gets a sprinkle of Cinnamon". PC World. IDG. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
  17. ^ von Eitzen, Chris (23 November 2012). "Cinnarch: Arch Linux with Mint's Cinnamon desktop". The H - Open. Heinz Heise. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
  18. ^ faidoc (11 April 2013). "Cinnarch GNOME 2013.04.11 – Last release under the Cinnarch name". Antergos Linux. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
  19. ^ Noyes, Katherine (23 May 2013). "Another Day, Another Distro: Antergos Linux Is Born". LinuxInsider. ECT News Network, Inc. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
  20. ^ a b Noyes, Katherine (14 May 2013). "So Long, Cinnamon: Cinnarch Linux is reborn as Antergos". PC World. IDG. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
  21. ^ faidoc (26 May 2014). "Antergos 2014.05.26 available". Antergos blog. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  22. ^ 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.
  23. ^ "Antergos Linux 2013.05.12 review". 20 May 2013. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  24. ^ "About". Antergos. May 2013.
  25. ^ "Try it | Antergos Linux". Antergos Linux. Antergos. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  26. ^ "PacmanXG4".
  27. ^ "".
  28. ^ "Cinnarch - Your favorite distro with Cinnamon desktop". Announcement of the first Cinnarch release.
  29. ^ "Official announcement of the first Antergos release".
  30. ^ "All Cinnarch/Antergos release news on".

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