ArcoLinux Beta 21.07



Sublime-text-dev has been changed into Sublime-text-4.

Only ArcoLinuxL, ArcoLinuxS and ArcoLinuxD have been rebuild. Rest of the isos will keep version 21.07.02.
Manually install sublime-text-4 or use our scripts in ~/.bin/stay-rolling.

Packages added to Calamares

Let us list all the packages you can select during installation

  • nomachine
  • ms-office-online
  • mullvad-vpn-bin
  • losslesscut-bin


Graphical drivers

This year we have been looking for the right ‘amount’ of drivers on our iso.

Here is an overview.

The first thing you need to analyze is what drivers you need on your computer.

With all the versions we have given you, you can start analyzing what you need.

The iso of 21.3 does not provide any drivers. If it still boots and has a graphical environment, it means you do not need ANY drivers and you are fine without them. The kernel provides your system the support it needs.

Starting from the May release (21.5) we have added Nvidia to the iso. You can install it during the installation of Calamares but you can also boot with the Nvidia from BIOS/UEFI and then Nvidia will be installed on your system – regardless if you select Nvidia in Calamares or not.

Some people can not boot because of the presence of the xf86-video-intel driver. Some can not boot without it. You can test that out with the different isos that do not have it on board.

Let me again emphasize the power of the ArcoLinux project.

Once you know what packages you need and which packages you certainly do not want on your system, you build the ISO yourself via the help of our tutorials on

New filesystem F2fs

We have added a new filesystem to arcolinux-calamares-tool.

You can now select also f2fs.

Read more about it on the wiki or on


Both Paru and Yay are onboard as the AUR helpers. If one fails we have the other one.

Our alias “upall” is now with paru rather than yay.

# paru as aur helper - updates everything
alias pksyua="paru -Syu --noconfirm"
alias upall="paru -Syu --noconfirm"


Thanks to a tip on github we were able to get the copy/paste functionality back in urxvt.

A new .Xresources was created for that purpose.


Thanks to a tip from AKM on discord we have simplified our configuration of Kvantum.

Pacman v6

Pacman v6 is now part of our systems. We have changed the pacman.conf so we do not see the errors and have the power of parallel downloads.


Alacritty is onboard as a possible replacement for termite. We keep termite around till it breaks so to speak.

Urxvt is the other standard terminal. We need it to make a connection to our remote servers.

Grub update

We have added this line to the standard grub config.

# Check for other operating systems

Log applications for ArcoLinuxL iso

To have an easy and quick access to all the Linux logs we have created a meta package – arcolinux-meta-log


After the new configuration file we changed it back to what we think works for us. Is interesting for example for NAS owners.


Latest archiso 55-1 has been incorporated into the isos.


We switch over to a new icon theme and gtk3/4 package.

  • surfn-plasma-dark-git
  • arcolinux-gtk-surfn-plasma-dark-git

virtual machines

We made sure Vmware, Qemu and VirtualBox work with ArcoLinux – Linux, MacOsx and Windows.



Running this script at the end of the installation has an undesired effect. It creates a folder called /home/root/ with the contents of /etc/skel.

We removed it.

This folder has no impact on the users and can be deleted if so desired.

Getting configs in home directory of user

Arcolinux-skel script has been removed. We found a more elegant way via Calamares.