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This project can be used to install Arch Linux directly from the Internet or as a rescue tool

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Archboot is an open source and freely distributed software project designed as part of the Arch Linux operating system, providing users with a collection of shell scripts for downloading and installing a barebone Arch Linux OS from the Internet.

Install Arch Linux directly from the Internet

The project is designed for installation or rescue operations. Think of Archboot as a netboot flavor for Arch Linux. With Archboot you will be able to install Arch Linux directly from the Internet, without the need to download and burn an ISO image on a CD or USB media.

Rescue broken Arch Linux installations

Archboot can also be used to successfully rescue existing, yet broken Arch Linux installations. It uses the hwdetect utility and a different install script, taken from the official Arch Linux installation images. It runs entirely in RAM using iniramfs.

Supports 32 and 64-bit computer platforms

Another interesting feature is that Archboot is independent of a computer platform, which means that you will be able to use it to download and install barebone Arch Linux operating systems on computers supporting either of the 32 or 64-bit hardware platforms.

Getting started with Archboot

To use the Archboot project, start by downloading the latest release from either Softpedia or its official website (see the homepage link at the end of the review), save the archive on your Home directory, and use an archive manager utility to unpack it.

Then, open a terminal emulator program and navigate to the location where you have extracted the archive file (e.g. cd /home/softpedia/archboot-2015.01-1). As root (system administrator) copy the /etc and /usr directories into your filesystem.

The scripts contained in the Archboot project are,,,,,,, and mktorrent-archboot. Read the official Wiki for more details

Archboot was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on January 15th, 2015
Archboot - The Arch Linux operating system with the GNOME desktop environment

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