Armchair Linux 2013.12.28
Distributed as 64-bit and 32-bit Live CDs
You can download this operating system from its official website or via Softpedia as two Live CD ISO images, one for each of the supported hardware platforms (64-bit/x86_64 and 32-bit/i386). The user must write these ISO image to CD discs or USB flash drives of 512MB or higher capacity in order to boot them from the BIOS of a computer.
Standard Arch Linux boot options
The distro comes with a standard boot menu that is also available on the official ISO images of Arch Linux. It will allow the user to start the live environment with default boot options, in safe graphics mode or in recovery mode, run Memtest86+ to test the RAM for errors, run the Hardware Detection Tool (HDT) to view detailed hardware information or reboot the machine.
Tiling window manager powered by i3
Besides the i3 window manager, Armchair Linux also includes Dmenu, a lightweight and fast dynamic menu for X11. Users will be prompted with a browser window that instructs them about the default keyboard shortcuts used in the distribution.
A minimal set of open-source programs
Being a minimalistic distribution of Linux, Armchair Linux features a minimal set of open-source programs, among which we can mention the LXTerminal terminal emulator, Leafpad text editor, Mozilla Firefox web browser and PCManFM file manager. It doesn't include a graphical package manager or other fancy GUI configuration utilities.
Summing up, Armchair Linux is a decent operating system that combines the powerful Arch Linux technologies with the minimal and extremely fast i3 window manager, in order to be used on low-end machines.
Reviewed by Marius Nestor on June 10th, 2014
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Application descriptionArmchair Linux is an open soruce and small Linux operating system based on the powerful Arch Linux distribution. It us...