Artix Linux is a rolling release distribution that is based on Arch Linux. For the most part it operates the same as you would expect any Arch installation to. However they’ve gone out of their way to make their distribution Systemd-free. This means you will be using a different init system such as OpenRC, runit or s6. When you visit their website you’ll have the option to download base installer ISOs with your choice of init system or a prepackaged ISO that includes a desktop environment and some basic applications.
The desktop environments on offer are Cinnamon, LXDE, LXQT, MATE, PLASMA and XFCE. I downloaded and installed their Cinnamon version using OpenRC which has an ISO size of 1.2GB. Installation was quick and pain free booting straight into a live environment and using the Calamares installer.
Once the installation has complete you’ll be planted at a pretty vanilla Cinnamon desktop that’s using the dark Artix theme. Out of the box it doesn’t come with a large selection of applications which only 706 packages installed. It doesn’t ship with an office suite like LibreOffice or a software store or GUI package manager. So you will want to install your preferred applications and that will include a more fully fledged web browser as it ships with Midori out of the box.
Overall I’m very impressed with my first run through of Artix Linux. Everything worked out of the box as you would expect and performance was fast and snappy when navigating the desktop and playing games via Steam. If you are looking for an Arch based distribution that has alternatives to systemd as a standard this may be the perfect fit for you.
What do you think of Artix Linux? Let me know in the comments below!