ArchLabs Linux 2018.07

Nate, the ArchLabs team and I are happy to announce that the stable release of ArchLabs 2018.07 is available for download.

This latest version brings a fair few changes and updates.  There has been a focus on bug fixes, fine tuning and optimisation.  Major highlights with this release:

  • Our installer finally has it’s own name, presenting, AL-Installer.  Originally forked from ABIF, it has been completely re-written for use with ArchLabs and only vaguely resembles the original product.  We thought it high time it gets its own moniker.
  • On the topic of installer.  A lot of changes have been made to keep your install simple.  Sorting of mirrors has been added as well as a page to create your user.
  • Brand new default theme, ArchLabs-dARK.  This works in nicely with our current icon theme, ArchLabs-Light.
  • New default wallpaper.
  • This edition of ArchLabs is themed dark and hearkens back to our old favourite, #! Linux.  We even brought back the original wallpaper texture and old default conky.  The desktop has a real old school #! feel about it.
  • Aurman has replaced Yaourt as our AUR helper.  This helper works in nicely with Pacman.  For more information on Aurman, please take a look here.
  • Neofetch has been replaced quite sometime ago with our lightweight home made info script, AL-Info.
  • Thanks to a talented couple of chaps, Oddproton and Karl Schneider, we have our very own dynamic wallpaper script (à la MacOS Mojave/Gnome) called Dynpaper.  With custom walls created by the ever talented Karl.  Dynpaper isn’t installed or enabled by default.  If you’d like to get this up and running on your system, check out our thread at the forum or the github linked.
  • Polybar has been updated to the latest version and has undergone a tidy up.
  • Vim and Ranger configs have been added and updated.

Some changes with team members, Raj, Brett and Hari have all stepped down from ArchLabs.  We thank them for their contribution and effort with ArchLabs and wish them luck.

You can get your copy of 2018.07 at the usual spot.

As usual, if you discover a bug, have an issue or just want to say hi, our forum is located here or post an issue at BitBucket. It’s full of friendly, helpful and knowledgeable people who will welcome you warmly and help you where they can.

Thanks to all who contributed with testing and sent feedback our way.  We hope you enjoy our latest effort.


Matt, Nate and the team.

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