Dark Arch

20150511 GPL (GNU General Public License)    
4.2/5 18
A free distribution of Linux based on Arch Linux and using a minimal KDE Plasma desktop

editor's review




Dark Arch is an open source and completely free operating system based on the powerful and highly acclaimed Arch Linux distribution and built around a stripped-down KDE Plasma desktop environment with the dark Arch theme. It features a pre-configured Go development environment using the LiteIDE software.

Distributed as a dual-arch Live DVD

Being based on the main ISO image of the Arch Linux operating system, the distribution comes with a dual-arch Live DVD that will support both 64-bit (x86_64) and 32-bit (i386) hardware platforms. The ISO has approximately 2GB in size and must be deployed to either a DVD disc or a USB flash drive of 2GB or higher capacity in order to boot it from the BIOS of a computer.

Boot options

No surprise here either, as the boot prompt of the Live DVD is identical with the one of the Arch Linux operating system, allowing the user to start the live environment with 64-bit or 32-bit support, boot an existing operating system from the first disk, run a system memory diagnostic text using the Memtest86+ utility, view detailed hardware information with HDT (Hardware Detection Tool), as well as to reboot or power off the machine.

Minimal KDE desktop with a dark Arch theme

As mentioned, the distribution features a minimal KDE Plasma setup that uses a dark Arch theme and comprises of a single taskbar located on the bottom edge of the screen, from where the user can launch applications, interact with running programs and system tray area functions.

Includes a great collection of open source applications

Default applications include the FileZilla file transfer client, HexChat IRC client, Dolphin file manager, Mozilla Firefox web browser, Qtransmission torrent downloader, Zenmap network scanner, VLC Media Player, and GParted partition editor.

Bottom line

Summing up, Dark Arch is a great distribution of Linux that provides users with a minimal, fast and lightweight KDE Plasma desktop environment on top of the latest upstream Arch Linux version.

Dark Arch was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on May 14th, 2015
Dark Arch - The desktop environment of the Dark Arch Linux operating system

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