ArcoLinux is an Arch-based distribution considered by its creators as a ‘learning project’ with a lot of versions to choose.

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Download

You can download ArcoLinux from https://www.arcolinux.info/downloads/.

Versions

ArcoLinux has different ‘versions’ depending on the software installed.

ArcoLinuxL

It’s the ‘flagship’. It has pre-installed applications like GIMP, Firefox and VLC and it comes with the XFCE desktop.

ArcoLinuxL

ArcoLinuxS

There is only basic applications pre-installed. It also comes with XFCE.

ArcoLinuxD

No extra software included and no desktop pre-installed.

ArcoLinuxB

With ArcoLinuxB you can create your own ISO using scripts.

Installation

ArcoLinux comes with Calamares installer with two options: a beginner or advanced installation. Beginner installation installs same software include on ISO, while Advanced installation allows you to select which kernel and packages you want to install.

ArcoLinux Welcome window

ArcoLinux Beginner and Advanced installation

ArcoLinux Advanced installation

ArcoLinux Advanced installation

ArcoLinux Advanced installation

Design and applications

ArcoLinuxS and ArcoLinuxL comes with a refined version of the XFCE desktop. It looks great. Includes several themes (light and dark).

ArcoLinux themes

There is a GUI package manager (Pamac) where you can install software, an app called ‘ArcoLinux Tweak Tool’ to change ArcoLinux settings like which desktop to use, add users, change display manager settings, and more.

ArcoLinux Tweak Tool

ArcoLinux is a great project for everyone: you can choose ArcoLinuxL and the beginners installation if you want an easy to install Arch-based system, or choose ArcoLinuxS (with Advanced installation) or ArcoLinuxD if you want to choose everything to create your own distro.