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Installing Artix Linux (Like Arch, but better)



I needed to reinstall Artix Linux on my (UEFI) desktop, so went through the process here. It’s basically the same as installing Arch, but with minor changes which I’ll note. Artix is just Arch without systemd: it allows OpenRC, runit or s6. Get the distribution here: I did the minimal install, similar to how Arch Linux is usually installed, but there are also many desktop environment ISOs including Cinnamon, Plasma, XFCE, i3 and more which should be even easier to install.

Once you have the minimal install done, you can install a graphical environment:

There are only several differences between this and an Arch install: some commands are named differently: `genfstab` in Arch while `fstabgen` in Artix, `basestrap` in Artix, while `pacstrap` in Arch. Obviously the commands to autostart services will be different since we have a different init system. Note that I install this for a UEFI machine, but a machine running traditional BIOS should just be one or two commands different. UEFI machines must have a FAT32 boot partition and a different grub install command.

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32 Comments
  1. TheToniz4 6 hours ago
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    When the systemd version will come out?

  2. OnTheEdgex23 6 hours ago
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    Why runit over openrc?

  3. Kate Mine 6 hours ago
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    28:34
    Yeah, that's the face I do when something goes wrong

  4. thepuzzlemaster64 6 hours ago
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    I wonder if anyone can answer me this. Say if I want to install a user friendly version of Linux for someone who's new to Linux, and I want them to use an Arch based distro. Would Manjaro or Artix be better?

    Like apart from Artix not using SystemD and having more variety with Desktop Environments compared to Manjaro, are there any big differences between the two? As I might use their LXQT DE if someone's PC is too weak to run KDE.

    As a side question, is there a reason to learn GenToo apart from improving your Linux skills? I'd like to step-up to the challenge of installing GenToo, but I feel like it might be a waste since no casual would want to learn it, nor know how to use it. At least with Arch there's a couple Distros based off of it that can make noob user more comfortable.

  5. Navneet Vikram Tey 6 hours ago
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    People are so bored they moving away from systemd just to mess up.

  6. Mark Slater 6 hours ago
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    Thanks Luke – it's been a while since I tried a new distro and I hadn't looked into Artix yet. I run LFS on my work machine but my personal rig runs Gentoo (my stable set up) and Arch (for testing). I appreciate that I can now use OpenRC for all three distros.

  7. ARI ATH YF 6 hours ago
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    After many struggles I FINALLY did it! https://youtu.be/NOUtxntGZtA
    Took me too long to realize I was NOT on UEFI despite the clues saying otherwise.
    Thanks to the Unlocked BIOS I could delete the wasted EFI entries and thanks to YOU
    Luke for the detailed instructions.
    Using the Live GUI and online tutorials I found out we could install the OS without "swap" or "home"

  8. screaming 6 hours ago
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    do linux from scratch, coward

  9. Gabriel Monzon Santisteban 6 hours ago
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    No swap partition?

  10. Benoît P 6 hours ago
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    Hey need some help with runit, I have installed `networkmanager-runit` but `NetworkManager` is not launched at startup, I still have to `sudo NetworkManager` to activate it, quite boring.
    I noticed that the `run` script from networkmanager-runit isn't ran, what should I do ?

  11. master chief 6 hours ago
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    Nix when

  12. Brandon Hurt 6 hours ago
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    My question is on VB it seems specific to runit distros or kde plasma setups on both this and void the display goes to 1024 x 768 and it defaults and can't be changed. I've def looked for documentation on it and tried many things, all I can say is don't try to use sddm your screen goes black and that's it, can't find any good info to fix this problem.

  13. FranLMSP 6 hours ago
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    what's the difference between openrc, runit and s6?

  14. Galestrike 6 hours ago
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    First time I've ever done anything linux related that went perfectly. Thanks for the tutorial! Now I only have to learn literally everything to install KDE…

  15. P.S. Burton 6 hours ago
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    Luke how can I upload files with ssh?

  16. Dragoola Hopkins 6 hours ago
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    I like Artix, it’s great, but I like void more. Void is amazing.

  17. Domantas bieliunas 6 hours ago
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    cfdisk > fdisk

  18. Raúl Armas 6 hours ago
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    Hey, could someone tell me which is the difference between systemd vs openrc?

  19. Martin Etcheverri 6 hours ago
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    Hi , i really like your videos. maybe someday you could try with freebsd? i know, i know its diferent licensing . but, its just a idea.
    btw. thanks for the videos! really nice and i learned a lot!

  20. Klaymen 6 hours ago
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    No swap partition?

  21. Zsolt Donca 6 hours ago
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    I don't get it why would anyone want to reject systemd. I was hoping for this to be answered in the other video also, but best argument was "because it's cool".
    What practical reasons do people have against systemd, or what advantages do the alternatives have? I have a practical, unique advantage to systemd: DNS resolution with multiple VPNs only works with systemd-resolved for me. I am on arch btw.

  22. MadisonNotMao 6 hours ago
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    #my post vanilla arch min install notes
    #gnome destop environment, with AMD Radeon RX580 graphics card, (xf86-video-amdgpu)driver
    sudo pacman -S xorg-server xf86-video-amdgpu gnome gnome-extra gdm firefox thunderbird mpv unzip unrar git zathura zathura-pdf-mupdf ufw vlc youtube-dl w3m neofetch neovim htop simplescreenrecorder qbittorrent kdenlive gimp variety linux-lts linux-lts-headers networkmanager-openvpn

    #enable gdm
    sudo systemctl enable gdm
    reboot

    #fix X screen tearing
    sudo nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/20-amdgpu.conf

    #add these lines…
    Section "Device"
    Identifier "AMD"
    Driver "amdgpu"
    Option "TearFree" "true"
    EndSection

    #vpn killswitch using ufw
    #Download the OpenVPN Configuration File Package from vpn provider
    sudo ufw disable
    sudo ufw reset
    sudo ufw default deny incoming
    sudo ufw default deny outgoing
    sudo ufw allow in to 192.168.0.255
    sudo ufw allow out to 192.168.0.255
    sudo ufw allow out on tun0 from any to any
    sudo ufw allow out to <vpn server address> port 1194 proto udp
    sudo ufw enable
    sudo systemctl enable ufw

    #install yay-git AUR helper
    git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/yay-git.git
    cd yay-git
    makepkg -si c
    #install AUR pkgs
    yay -S brave freetube-bin lbry-app-bin
    reboot

  23. Danilo Fernandez Rios 6 hours ago
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    @Luke Smith is LARBS working? Im trying to use larbs (on top of an artix clean install) but I think I got some kind of errors (when a login to a larbs "user" I got keyboard error y WM errors (not really a dwm)

  24. hyperak 6 hours ago
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    Luke, you can type Ctrl+L to clear the terminal instead of clear
    edit: or not? weird that it doesn't work

  25. Joseph Strong 6 hours ago
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    If you are an arch user and want to migrate, I do NOT recommend the migration guide from experience as it is very vague and poorly written. Just install it from scratch using a package list to install all of your packages.

  26. SAM BIRD 6 hours ago
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    kinda sus when you specifically use the rainbow arch linux logo on the virgin. do we have to cancel you lol?

  27. Daphnei 6 hours ago
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    Anyone ever find a way to stop runit from spamming messages at the login prompt? I can't find how to make it stop doing that

  28. ouais ok 6 hours ago
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    Guys I'm a stupid normies if I do that on a portable SSD will I have a portable artix with persistent storage?

  29. Andtp Fack 6 hours ago
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    do you ever do something actually usefull or just jerk around

  30. Kevin Clarke 6 hours ago
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    Why not just install Manjaro to avoid using Archlinux

  31. Fabian Boucsein 6 hours ago
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    Hello Luke, thank you so much for all the cool videos you make. Especially thank you for your newest video on Artix Linux. I have to give it a try. What display manager do you use in combination with dwm?

  32. Dave Plsek 6 hours ago
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    / partition
    /home partition

    The 90s called …

    … please tell me Artix will boot off lvm2

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