I have been using Archlinux without changing distribution, and since I discovered that with Antergos I can do the same but with a much simpler installation, since I do not separate myself from it.
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What is Antergos?
So that he who does not know her, Antergos is a distribution based on ArchLinux that provides two essential things from its parent distro:
- An installer user-friendly in the purest Ubuntu style.
- A small repository with its own packages at the end with the ideal of the Antergos project.
In recent times, Antergos has received a series of changes and improvements that at least I had not noticed, and that is why I write this article.
Minimal Install ISO Image of Antergos
Two weeks ago was announced In the Antergos blog, which now together with the full image (838MB) that has the LiveCD option to test the distribution, you can download an image with much fewer packages to install from the Internet.
The image that weighs a little more than half (467MB) will allow us to do the same, only that when it is time to install our Desktop Environment, it will download the packages directly from the Internet. The advantage of course is that we will not have to download an ISO of more than 1GB, but I do not think it is something very important for many.
In my case, this has given me great joy, because I have a local mirror of ArchLinux / Antergos in my work, and whenever I install I use those repositories and not those from the Internet. You can download the full or minimal image from the same Antergos site:
Face wash for Antergos website and services
A piece of news that came as a gift on February 14th for lovers of this distribution was the facelift suffered by both the Antergos website and some of its services.
From the outset the technology used for the Forum changed from phpBB to NodeBB. The latter did not know it and it looks quite interesting, so I will do some tests to see if at some point we renew our Forum. The face wash has as a comprehensive objective visually all the services to the main web.
Finally and it is another good news, they have created http://build.antergos.com/ o ABS (Antergos Build Server) an automated repository management application that builds packages and ISO images. The ABS server reduces the amount of compilation time, which will allow you to expand the number of packages currently included in the Antergos repository.
Uniformity in the Antergos desks
And we come to the essential part of the article. A few minutes ago I did a clean installation of Antergos on my work PC, and when I started KDE I found this:
The first thing we notice is a new theme for Plasma, which integrates visually with the themes of GNOME, XFCE, etc. Although it is somewhat incomplete, at least the effort to achieve a visual identity for all the flavors of Antergos is appreciated.
Lancelot has been chosen as the menu to access the applications, folders and others on our system (although I don't particularly like it in particular).
And the alliance with the Numix project has paid off, as its artwork is available for all the Desktop Environments that Antergos supports. Finally, mention that they also added a Splash screen own.
Implementing the new theme in KDE is not a problem and I even thought about adding how to do it in this post, but since Chakra, KaOS, openSUSE and Ubuntu have their own theme, we are going to let Antergos users enjoy their own 😉