New ISO images (GNOME, Plasma, Xfce, Cinnamon, i3, bspwm) of Arch Linux GUI are now available. Arch Linux GUI is an attempt to bring Vanilla Arch Linux to directly to users.
Arch Linux GUI
The project currently has 10 editions featuring various DEs/WMs. There are stock as well as themed editions.
DE: Plasma5, Gnome40, Xfce4 & Cinnamon5
WM: i3, BSP
There are some difference between the 3 categories.
- Follows Arch's KISS philosophy
- Calamares Installer Makes it easier to Install
- Easy to Multiboot with Windows/Other Linux Distros in both Legcay or UEFI boot modes.
- Less overall memory usage and suitable for old hardware (Idles on <=700MB RAM with Internet)
- Easy to encrypt HDD/SSD with LUKS
- Bluetooth & Printing Support (CUPS)
- Internet Support for both Wired and Wireless networks
- 5 Desktop Environments, and 2 Window Manager to choose from
- 2 types of ISOs to choose from, fully featured or pure
- NVIDIA driver support on themed editions
Let's Understand them.
Themed Editions(User Level: Beginner, new to Linux)
The themed editions can be found on the top of the download list. They do not have the word "pure" in them. They come with all basic setup to help users not only install Vanilla Arch Linux, but also to start using it ASAP, just as they would do with any beginner distributions. These editions come with various applications and settings so that the user can focus on work, and so that the operating system doesn't bother them. Few of the features are listed below.
* Latest NVIDIA GPU Support
* System Wide Dark Theme (including Firefox Web Browser)
* Office Suite with MS fonts support
* Media Player (VLC)
* Paru, an AUR helper (alongside base-devel, linux-headers and pacman-contrib)
* Media Player
* Printing Support via CUPS
* Bluetooth Supporth with GUIs (blueberry, blueman, bluedevil, gnome-bluetooth, depending on DE)
* Basic System utilities such as calculator, screenshot tool, file browser, terminal etc
Pure Editions(User Level: Intermediate, some experiance with Linux, used some Linux Distro before)
The pure editions can be found below the themed editions. They have "pure", in their name. They are basically stock desktop enviroments. Some general Linux knowledge is always helpful to navigate around these editions. They are meant for users who have **some** Linux experiance on other Linux Distributions and now want to migrate to Arch Linux.
These editions are also for those who would like to customize their desktops according to their own needs. These editions hence would require certain efforts to get started. They do not come with any extra application. What applications and settings are to be applied is completely up to the users and I do not make any decision in that. Hence this is the purest form of Vanilla Arch Linux. Something the users would expect after installing their desktops via the regular command line installer.
The pure editions come with these software preinstalled:
* File Browser
* Text Editor
* Terminal Emulator
* Screenshot utility
The user has the FREEDOM and LIBERTY to choose all other software or themes they would like to install and use. This is YOUR personnel setup and the project just provided you with the base system. No BLOAT.
Window Managers(User Level: Intermediate to advanced, developers, system administrators, enthusiasts, hobbyists, with experiance of Linux Desktop Environments, wanting a more minimal keyboard oriented operating system)
Our goal with Window Managers is to provide users with a little foundation. (Such foundations are already provided by the desktop environments, hence they can be used stock. But for window managers, some foundations should be there from our side, otherwise new users might get overwhelmed). The config files have been written such that a user can build upon what the project provides.
LICENSE:The ALG project is distributed FREE OF COST, under the GNU GPLv3 License. You must agree to the terms and conditions of GPLv3.