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ArchLabs Linux 4.0

PostPosted by Dobbie03 » Sun Apr 30, 2017 3:47 pm

Brett, Erik, Hari and I are super excited to present ArchLabs Linux +4. We released a test release (AL3.4.0) back on the 7th of April to show off what we had achieved since +3 and so far we have received such positive feedback. It’s really an uplifting feeling to be so widely appreciated. Since then we have been working hard on bringing the next release to the Linux community.

As today is the one year anniversary of BunsenLabs first release we thought that it would be a fitting tribute to release +4. Happy 1st Birthday BunsenLabs.

We have kept the default look that we all love from BunsenLabs but have added a fair few new themes and icon themes as well as our own repository. The polishing and fine tuning has been a priority and will continue to be. 107 commits were made over the last few months and that was just the tip of the iceberg.

There have been a number of extra keybinds added (check out the Display Keybinds in the menu to see them all), the tiling keybinds are especially cool. Papirus, Sardi, Moka, Faba and Numix-Circle Icons have been added to the list of icon themes.

A few nice touches to compton have been added, there are some nice slight transparencies happening.

All terminals have now an awesome cool design. Termite being the standard. Adding terminator.

Erik’s epic Arc Theme Colora script has been unleashed on the Arc themes to create some new custom themes. Also the menu has been tidied up and obmenu-generator has been added for those of you who want to add icons etc to your menu.

All the conky configs have been updated to the latest syntax by Hari, Conky Guru and we have added some more. Nice logo’s for you to use.

You can use plank as extra menu and have many great themes with it.

We have added a folder scripts to your openbox folder for your convenience. Getting the latest kernel, removing virtualbox applications if on ssd and changing hard-coded icons.

One major difference to BL (other than the Arch base of course) is that we have done away with al-exit in preference of oblogout. This is a personal preference of the AL boys over al-exit.

All of these changes and enhancements have contributed to a pretty sweet release. If you are interested in viewing all the changes, you can view the change-log here:

Be advised : We are still having a long boot time for the live session only and for the first boot after install. Also opening anything as root for the first time has a bit of an extended wait but any following instances are instant.

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  Once you have opened a root instance and had a reboot everything is like greased lightning. .

How to install Archlabs

We have two options to install Archlabs :

Calamares (starts straight away)
Architect installer

Option 1 :

Our installer (Calamares) starts straight away in the live session now, if you want to play around in the live session just minimise the Calamares window. When you are ready to install, just maximise the window and start off from where you left.

If you happen to close the Calamares window, due to an issue with Calamares, you are going to have to do one of two things.

Solution one:

Open a terminal and kill Calamares with:

“sudo killall clamares” and restart Clamares

Solution two:

Reboot the live session altogether.

Option 2 :

If you would prefer to use the Architect Installer, open a terminal use the following:

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sudo /abif-master/abif

Once installed on your HDD or SSD and you wish to remove the Virtual Kernel Modules, open your terminal and execute the following
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sudo pacman -Rns virtualbox-guest-utils virtualbox-guest-modules-arch
sudo rm /etc/modules-load.d/virtualbox.conf

or you can use the scripts in your folder

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If you used the Architect installer, the installer icon will need to be removed from tint2, which you can do in tint2conf or by editing the tint2 with tint2zen or your favourite editor.

If, for any reason you have any issues, please post in the forum. One post per issue/bug please.


We are working to make Archlabs 5 the most perfect release we can, some of the things on the To-Do list are:

~Decreasing initial boot times for live session
~Decreasing wait times for first use of sudo/root
~More custom wallpapers (Karl Schneider and Duncan Pringle, I’m looking at you)
~Additional custom Conky configs
~We hope to implement ArchLabs as a rolling release distribution.
~Trim down ISO size
~Implement a Welcome Script/Welcome Screen similar to the BL-welcome script

Our roadmap is here. We will soon be adding more of our plans and intentions. Check back in a few weeks to see what we have in store.

The webpage has a gallery section added. Here we will update with our favorite customized ArchLabs screenshots to show off what can be achieved with Openbox.
Team changes

We had a bit of a team change in the last few weeks with the departure of Rajat. We are grateful for his input and wish him luck.

Our friend Jody has asked to be removed as an “official” team member, but since he was so vital to the beginning and creation of ArchLabs we have left him at the webpage as a tribute to his positive attitude and his ultra helpful attitude. It means a lot when another Dev can put aside development on their own work to help.

Any issues, contact either Brett, Erik or Matt (myself) rather than Jody as he is insanely busy with his own distribution, OBrevenge.

So at the moment it is just the four Musketeers: Brett, Erik, Hari and myself (Matt).

ArchLabs is a work in progress. Help us make it better by getting in touch with us, all feedback is welcome, good or bad. If you feel you can contribute and would like to join the team, contact us either via the webpage, Google+ or at the forum.

Get in touch with us.


As usual you can download ArchLabs +4 from our Sourceforge page:

[url] ... o/download


As always thank you to BunsenLabs for creating the distro that inspired ArchLabs. Thanks for checking out AL+4 and we hope you love it as much as we do.

Of course, a mighty “Thank you” to our users and our betatesters! ArchLabs has always been putting out something that we would use ourselves and to see the positive reception and the support makes it all worth while!

See you all around at Google+ or the forum, we all look forward to seeing your screenshots and reading your feedback.

#archlabs, what did you expect?


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Re: ArchLabs Linux +4 Release

PostPosted by blaze » Sun Apr 30, 2017 10:42 pm

Dang! Vbx`d, so far :shock: fantastic! I miss some good superlatives to throw in here so I will just say congratulations and thank you. :D
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Re: ArchLabs Linux +4 Release

PostPosted by Sedate Sedition » Mon May 01, 2017 8:32 am

Looking Good. :D
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Re: ArchLabs Linux +4 Release

PostPosted by Onf » Mon May 01, 2017 8:46 pm


Great work, it looks very good and smooth.

I used the architect installer (VB + UEFI mode) and encountered some little annoyances:
- When installing the bootloader (systemd) the hostname was set to the original one not the one I choose. So "archmid" was used for the conf file as well as the tittle in the boot menu.
- Some packages were downloaded but not all, which is strange (for example the kernel was the one from the live iso, not the latest one from the repository)
- Automatic login is set by default and no option to disable it like in the calamares installer.

After installation:
- First boot is very long (more then 45s but afterwards is ok).
- pacman archlinux keyring was not initialized so I could not perform an update after boot.
- variety package is taking as much ram as xorg (without it, the system loads with less then 200 Mb ram).
- I'm missing a menu to change keyboard layout (the base options during install do not fulfill all the keyboard layouts available).
- No taskbar icon for termite (can be easily changed in ~/.config/termite/config, uncomment icon_name).

Nothing big and all are easily modified.
I will continue to test a bit further.
Thanks for the great work.

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Re: ArchLabs Linux +4 Release

PostPosted by Brandini » Tue May 02, 2017 10:52 am

Hi guys ,
unless Architect has changed dramatically since I last used it you can select more than one kernel to install.
There used to be a choice of kernels including, Linux LTS and Linux LTS + base-devel.
I believe the latter needed to be installed to access the AUR.
There should be instruction for each step, but it was very easy to miss a step when I used it as it was very fast.

Likewise, Architect derived from the Evo/Lution installer and as such, you have always had to refresh the keys, sync database and populate the keyring after install.
You also had to comment out multilib to use 32 bit-software and install yaourt, and add repo's like by editing.
Unless the new maintainer has changed things it should work the same as it used to.
I am presuming you are using the original Architect installer and not the Manjaro fork?
The latter, which I have never used , may be slightly altered but it is a fork :D

p.s. D'uh, ...almost forgot. Congratulations on ArchLabs4. I am going to download it now and install it tomorrow on an external drive.
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Re: ArchLabs Linux +4 Release

PostPosted by Nightowl » Tue May 02, 2017 9:55 pm

Congrats to all involved, will be downloading this one soon.
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Re: ArchLabs Linux +4 Release

PostPosted by blaze » Tue May 02, 2017 10:17 pm

Double Dang!! Downloaded to another computer ( so I am now guilty of two of the +4 downloads, for the statistic fanatics), didi`d to usb and installed to hd. This time I got Calamares to do the dirty work right by the second install. Just had to change the setting in BIOS to Efi only. :?

Why does the Calamares by default make the swap twice the size of RAM? I know that it was recommended to do so back in the prehistoric computer days. But today, I mean,a swap file with 8GB :lol:

Anyway, +4 is a smashing effort! Thanks...again. :D
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Re: ArchLabs Linux +4 Release

PostPosted by erikdubois » Wed May 03, 2017 4:15 pm

Calamares has not been altered to give us more swap or anything... A question you might wanna ask at their github if you want to know the answer.
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Re: ArchLabs Linux +4 Release

PostPosted by blaze » Wed May 03, 2017 10:06 pm

^Done. :)
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Re: ArchLabs Linux +4 Release

PostPosted by lowrider » Mon May 08, 2017 5:20 am

For some reason i had no luck with AL +4 in virtualbox. The Calamares installer got stuck on 20%, i leave it running overnight but still 20%... I then used the Architect-Installer and ran into the same problems as Onf.
At that point i choose to install on bare metal and that went just fine. Looking good, feeling good. Well done :!:
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Re: ArchLabs Linux +4 Release

PostPosted by Sector11 » Mon May 08, 2017 6:56 am

^ He lowrider ...
Got mine on bare metal as well, and tweaking 'slowly' :D

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Re: ArchLabs Linux +4 Release

PostPosted by Dobbie03 » Mon May 08, 2017 5:28 pm

Good to hear fellows. Glad to know you are enjoying AL!
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