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

ArchLabs Linux
Default desktop.png
Screenshot of ArchLabs 2018.02 with Openbox
DeveloperNathaniel Maia & Matthew Dobson[1]
OS familyUnix-like
Working stateCurrent
Source modelOpen source
Latest releaseRolling release  2019.01 [2] / 20 January 2019; 3 months ago (2019-01-20)
Marketing targetGeneral purpose
Available inEnglish
Update methodPacman
Package managerPacman
Platformsx86-64
Kernel typeMonolithic (Linux)
UserlandGNU
Default user interfaceNA
LicenseGNU General Public License
Official websitewww.archlabslinux.com

The Openbox ArchLabs Linux Distro inspired by BunsenLabs and powered by Arch Linux.[4]

Inspired by Bunsenlabs, original ArchLabs members Matthew Dobson and Brett Stevens began to put together the foundations of ArchLabs in early January 2017 as an Arch Linux-based alternative to the Debian-based BunsenLabs. The first release was on 24 January 2017.

The release versions 3.0 through to 5.0 were criticised for being bloated from far too many duplicate applications and unnecessary themes, all of these contributed to a very large ISO size. This led to the removal of an uncompromising developer and a refocus of the team on minimalism and producing a lightweight ISO, at this point Nathaniel Maia joined the team as lead developer.

Mínimo[4] 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.

"AL-Hello" is a post install script to aid the user in setting up their desktop with many popular applications and utilities. This aided in minimising the ISO for download as well as offering extra setup options for the user.

In the effort to strip down the size of the final ISO, the team removed all but two default GTK/icon themes, as well as all the conky configurations and any redundant applications and utilities. The focus was to provide a small as possible download yet still have a fully functioning desktop upon install with no further application installs required.

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.

2018.07 saw more improvements to the newly written AL-Installer. Openbox was still the default desktop.

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).

Also introduced in this 2018.12 release was the in house AUR (Arch User Repository) Helper, baph (Basic AUR Package Helper). A simple to use yet powerful installer and updater for AUR packages.

Release historyEdit

The current release of ArchLabs Linux is "2019.01" , which was released on 20 January 2019.[2].

Color Legend
Red Old version
Green Latest version
Blue Future version
Version Codename Release date Kernel
idea[5][6] Start 1 January 2017 ?
Alpha[5][6] 24 February 2017 ?
1.0[5][6] 3 March 2017 ?
3.0[1][5][6] 6 March 2017 ?
3.4[7] 7 April 2017 ?
4.0[8] 29 April 2017 ?
4.1[5] Yoda 4 June 2017 ?
5.0[6] R2-D2 7 July 2017 4.11.9[3]
2017.09[9][10] Mínimo[4] 17 September 2017 4.12.13[3]
2017.10[11] 2017.10 24 October 2017 4.13.19
2017.10[11] LTS 24 October 2017 4.9.56[3]
2017.12[12] 2017.12 23 December 2017 4.13.3
2018.02[13] 2018.02 26 February 2018 4.15.5
2018.03[14] 2018.03 4 March 2018 4.15.6
2018.05[15] 2018.05 11 May 2018 4.16.8
2018.07[16] 2018.07 29 July 2018 4.17.10
2018.12[17] 2018.12 18 December 2018 4.19.9
2019.01[2] 2019.01 20 January 2019 4.20.3

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Brett & Matt (6 March 2017). "Release of ArchLabs +3". www.ArchLabs.wordpress.com. Retrieved 1 October 2017. Archived (in English)
  2. ^ a b c https://archlabs.github.io/
  3. ^ a b c d DistroWatch. "ArchLabs Linux". www.distrowatch.com. Retrieved 5 November 2017. Archived (in English)
  4. ^ a b c ArchLabs Linux Mínimo
  5. ^ 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. Retrieved 1 October 2017.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link) Archived (in English)
  6. ^ a b c d e The Development Team (7 July 2017). "The release of R2-D2 or ArchLabs 5.0". www.ArchLabs.wordpress.com. Retrieved 1 October 2017. Archived (in English)
  7. ^ The Development Team (7 April 2017). "The release of ArchLabs 3.4". www.ArchLabs.wordpress.com. Retrieved 1 October 2017. Archived (in English)
  8. ^ The Development Team (29 April 2017). "The release of ArchLabs 4.0". www.ArchLabs.wordpress.com. Retrieved 1 October 2017. Archived (in English)
  9. ^ https://archlabslinux.com/2017/09/17/archlabs-are-proud-to-present/
  10. ^ DistroWatch (17 September 2017). "Distribution Release: ArchLabs 2017.09". www.distrowatch.com. Retrieved 1 October 2017. Archived (in English)
  11. ^ 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.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)(in English)
  12. ^ https://archlabslinux.com/2017/12/23/rounding-out-2017-with-a-final-release/
  13. ^ https://archlabslinux.com/2018/02/26/archlabs-first-release-for-2018/
  14. ^ https://archlabslinux.com/2018/03/03/2018-03-release-now-with-hotfixes/
  15. ^ https://archlabslinux.com/2018/05/11/the-release-of-archlabs-2018-05/
  16. ^ https://archlabslinux.com/2018/07/29/archlabs-linux-2018-07/
  17. ^ https://medium.com/@mattdobson2001/archlabs-2018-12-ca0d86f423a1/