The ArchLabs Team is proud to present a much asked after addition to the ArchLabs lineup, ArchLabs Mínimo, A.K.A. MSE-6.

ArchLabs Mínimo is a stripped down, super light version of ArchLabs R2-D2.

For those non Star Wars buffs out there, MSE-6 are the tiny, cute Mouse Repair Droids you see running around everywhere in Star Wars.

MSE-6 Mouse Repair Droid

We named this version after the MSE-6 due to the tiny nature of both ArchLabs Mínimo and the Mouse Droids.

Mínimo is Spanish for Minimal of course. This release will be the last named release. From now one we will be using a combination of year/month.

This is quite a different beast compared to ArchLabs proper.

Gone are the Tint2 themes, Conky themes and abundance of GTK/Openbox themes and multiple apps.  In their place are a minimal selection of replacements.  We wanted to keep this ISO under 1Gb, which has been a popular request.  So far we sit at approx 999.3Mb, don’t expect the fully featured desktop R2-D2 brings you.

Most notable changes are:

  • Tint2 has been replaced with Polybar and Plank.
  • A new dark wallpaper has been added.
  • Default OB/GTK theme is Lila.
  • Default Icon theme is Papirus.
  • Pamac has been replaced with the CLI base Pacman manager, Pacli.
  • Firefox is default, a recent poll placed Firefox as most preferred Web Browser.
  • Ubuntu TTF is now the default system font.
  • Skippy-XD has been added to ArchLabs, this is very similar to the OSX Expose (there is a shortcut on Polybar to lauch this).
  • Still included is the Rofi Theme Manager to change up your Rofi theme on the fly.
  • An updated look to Calamares.

All LX, QT and K apps and dependencies have been removed, all themes are controlled by XFCE Appearance or OBconf.

Default ArchLabs Mínimo desktop early look.

All apps included with ArchLabs proper are still available from the Arch Repos or the AUR, just install what you want.  We included apps that we use on a daily basis, while keeping the ISO itself to a minimum size.

When you first boot into ArchLabs Mínimo you will be greeted with the usual dark styled desktop though with this edition we have a nice light theme called Lila.  We have tried to bring a fresh look but still have the familiar ArchLabs feel.

Default desktop look
Skippy-XD in action

Depending on the reception of this version will determine if we persevere with a minimal ISO, though I am sure we will be surprised like we normally are.

This release also includes the August Arch ISO refresh so your packages are all sparkly and new.  A refresh of ArchLabs proper will be uploaded in the very near future.

Important Notice for VM Users:

This edition doesn’t provide the VM modules and is designed for a proper install.  If you want to run this in a VM, it’s all in your hands.

To install, launch the Calamares installer from Plank which is situated at the bottom of your screen.  For those security conscious users out there, encryption should now work a treat, both with legacy and UEFI systems.

The only caveat with UEFI encryption is you MUST make sure you set the console keyboard layout to match what you have set for the system

As usual if you have any issues, hit us up at the forum (with it’s new look) or at our Google+ page or post at the Mínimo Sourceforge tickets.  Please keep any issues posted at the forum in their own threads.

Mínimo will soon become the focus of the Archlabs Team, R2-D2 will be retired sometime in the near future

For any news and updates, catch us at Twitter or Google+.

Downloads are available at Sourceforge.


ArchLabs Linux Mínimo Download

We hope you enjoy this release as much as did creating it.




6 thoughts on “ArchLabs Mínimo A.K.A. MSE-6

  1. Hi, i’m trying to install archlabs 5.0.0 r2-d2 and minimo on an Asus F501A laptop. It’s a efi system and I can boot and install every Linux distro simply disable secure boot and fast boot, check csm option and boot the [uefi] bootable USB voice. But with archlabs it won’t boot up. It show up but say “device descriptor read64, error -110” and after “device didn’t show up after 30 seconds” and go in rootfs prompt. So I can’t proceed to installation. Can I have help?
    Thanks 🙂


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