On the DVD

On the DVD

Article from Issue 157/2013

This month's DVD features two terrific distributions, ArtistX 1.5 and Arch Linux 2013.10.01.

Arch Linux

Arch Linux is a "lightweight and flexible Linux distribution that tries to Keep it Simple" [1]. The developers designed Arch on five core principles [2]: simplicity, code correctness and elegance, user-centric control and responsibility, openness, and freedom. Arch installs with a minimal base system, upon which users build their environments by installing only the tools and programs they need. The minimalist nature of Arch, emphasis on user control, and preference for the command line appeals to more advanced users, but a comprehensive wiki [3] and beginner's guide [4] smooth the way for anyone who would like to try this elegant, community-driven distro.

  • Release 2013.10.01
  • Kernel 3.11.2
  • systemd init
  • Pacman package manager
  • qt4
  • Rolling release


ArtistX is a Live distro based on Ubuntu 13.0.4 (without Unity) that "turns a computer into a full multimedia production studio" [5]. With around 2,500 multimedia software packages [6] and 5,000 binaries, ArtistX is a multimedia studio on a disc for amateur or professional digital and audio artists. After sampling the distro on the Live DVD, you can install it to disk or USB stick [7].

  • Version 1.5 based on kernel 3.8
  • Gnome 3.6
  • 3D engine and development software
  • 3D modeling and animation software
  • Audio DJ, synth, and editing packages
  • CAD, DVD mastering, and TV software

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