Rolling your own Arch-based Linux Live image with Archiso

Personal Arch

Article from Issue 148/2013

Build a custom Live boot image with Arch Linux and Archiso.

Arch Linux is a lean, flexible, and powerful independent distribution with an emphasis on simplicity and elegance. The Arch philosophy is to start with a slimmeddown installation and let the user add additional packages as needed. According to the Arch wiki, “Arch is installed as a minimal base system … upon which [the user’s] own ideal environment is assembled by installing only what is required or desired for their unique purposes.”

This emphasis on simplicity and building from the basics makes Arch an ideal candidate for users who want to create homegrown Live CD, DVD, or USB boot images. You can easily tailor-make your own custom Arch-based distro without contending with the code bloat and package proliferation that afflicts so many other popular Linux alternatives.

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