Antergos is the easy version of Arch Linux!
Before I begin this review, let me just briefly mention that this review is biased as it is based on my genuine opinion and my experience using Antergos.
Again, this review is based on my impressions of using Antergos over the last few weeks!
Background info on Antergos
- Antergos was originally released back in July 2012, it was called “cinnarch” at the time, but has since been renamed “Antergos”.
- Antergos originally used Cinnamon as its default desktop environment, but as of 2013 the developers switched it over to Gnome… Yay!
- Antergos has support for a huge variety of desktop environments – including Deepin!
- Antergos is known as a rolling release – this basically meaning that developers continually update all parts of it!
My Experience with it
In my last three weeks with Antergos I have had mostly a pleasant experience. The operating system by itself runs fantastically, no doubt its one of the most stable OS’es I have ever used!!!
Although, I have run into a minor problem with it – on boot, sometimes after unlocking FDE (full-disk-encryption), I receive some errors and I’m thrown into an emergency mode only allowing me to only access a root shell…
This isn’t a serious issue though because after a simple reboot or two, the issue is resolved and everything is back to normal (visually). Besides that, Antergos runs very smoothly with only 4GB of RAM, minimal storage, and a core i3.
Furthermore, since Antergos is based on Arch Linux, we won’t have the comfort of using traditional package management tools such as
apt. With this being said, Antergos comes packed with an even better Package manager called “Pacman!” Pacman is extremely easy to use and some example usage can be seen below:
#To install a package sudo Pacman -S install_package-name #To synchronize package list with main server and upgrade sudo pacman -Syu
As you can see in the box above, Pacman is very easy to use, I would even go out on a limb and say easier than
Wi-Fi Support and Drivers
On my laptop (which is where I installed Antergos to), I have always had Wi-Fi driver issues no matter what operating system (faulty hardware), whether it be Windows or Ubuntu. But thanks to Antergos, I have not had a single problem dealing with Wi-Fi in the two-weeks with it!
I have never been happier.
Another cool feature with the network-manager on Antergos is that it automatically disconnects from Wi-Fi when you shut your laptop and then it automatically reconnects when you open it, this is nice feature to have as it can save battery life (Chrome OS does the same thing by default).
Battery Life and Performance
Also during my short time with Antergos, I have noticed a significant difference in battery life (The amount of time it takes to go from 100% to 0%) as compared to Ubuntu and Windows.
Antergos by far handles power consumption the best!
In terms of performance, Antergos also performed significantly better compared to Ubuntu and Windows, as it loaded tasks faster while using less RAM (don’t ask me how this is possible). In effect, lengthening the battery.
Antergos has been one of my favorite Linux Distros during my short time with it. I love everything – from the package manager, to the amazing Wi-Fi drivers and support!
If you are interested in downloading and installing Antergos please check out their website here
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Source: Wikipedia | And my brain