Antergos Linux

Install Antergos Linux

Installing Antergos Linux

Antergos is a Linux distribution based on the very popular Arch Linux distribution. Antergos was previously known under the name Cinnarch. Antergos is a pre-built rolling release distribution. As Antergos is a rolling release, this means that it will always be fully updated with new features and the latest versions of software. After installation, there are no additional steps that are required, You will be able to surf the web, listen to music, watch videos.

Antergos comes pre-installed with the popular "Chromium" browser, CD/DVD burning software, Video/Music players. At installation, you get the option to install "Libre Office" (Full office suite). Software is included for viewing images/photos. Additional software can be installed easily using the built in package manager tools.

There are several version of Antergos available for download in both 32bit and 64 bit versions. The version used in this guide is the full version, however there is a minimal build available for download too. To download your copy of Antergos Linux, simply click the download link below:

Download Antergos Linux

Once you have your downloaded your "iso" image of Antergos Linux in either the 32 bit or 64 bit form, you will need to burn this image file to a DVD. If you do not have the necessary software to burn an iso image, then you can search for "dvd iso burning software" in the search box located above. Your computer will probably already have DVD burning software installed such as "Brasero, K3B, Nero, CDBurnerXP or Roxio". (If you are using virtualization software for your installation, then simply place the selected iso image in the relevant directory). Once you have successfully burned your chosen "iso" image of Antergos to your media, you will need to place this into the target drive of the system you are going to install Antergos on. You will then need to reboot your computer. As your computer boots, you may need to press the appropriate key to access your system's BIOS settings. On many computer systems this key will be "F8", "F11", "F12" or another key. Most systems will display a message indicating which key needs to be pressed to access your systems BIOS. Once you have access to your BIOS settings, you will need to modify the boot order of your system to boot from CD/DVD first if this is not already set. Once this change has been made and saved, you can reboot your system and follow the instructional guide below.

Starting the Antergos Installation Process

Antergos will automatically load to a "Live Desktop" after a short period of time.

Antergos Linux Boot Process

Antergos Linux Live Desktop

Antergos comes as standard as a Live DVD image. This means when you boot your system, you are taken to a live desktop where you can try the operating system out before you install anything to your hard drives. There are three options available from this screen. "Try it", allows you to test Antergos without actually installing. The other two options are for installing Antergos to your system. In the example that follows I have chosen to use the graphical installation option. To make your selection, simply click on the relevant option.

Antergos Boot to a Live Desktop

Welcome to Antergos - Select Installation Language

From this screen, select the language that you would like to use during your installation of Antergos. In this example, I have chosen the language "English". Once you have made your selection, click on the ">" arrow in the upper right corner of the information area.

Antergos Welcome Screen

System Check

This next screen is a simple reminder that you need at least 4GB of available storage and an active internet connection. If you are happy to continue with the installation, click on the ">" arrow.

Antergos System Check Screen

Select your Location

At this screen you must choose your location. This setting is used to help determine your system locale settings. As indicated, this is normally the country that the computer resides in. In the example, I have selected "English (GB), United Kingdom" as this is my location. Once you have made your selection, click on the ">" arrow to continue.

Select your Location

Select your Timezone

At this screen you are asked to select your timezone from the selection screen. In this example, "Europe", "London" has been automatically selected. The option to use NTP is automatically chosen. (NTP is used to synchronise your clock times). Once you have made your selection, click on the ">" arrow to continue.

Antergos Timezone selection screen

Select your Keyboard Layout

From this screen you will need to select the keyboard that matches your system. In the example, "United Kingdom" has been chosen automatically. Once you have made your selection, click on the ">" arrow to continue.

Antergos Keyboard Selection screen

Choose your Desktop

At this screen you can select which desktop you would like to install. Seven options are available with Gnome being the default.

Base: This option will install Antergos as a command line only system. There will be no graphical environment.

Cinnamon: Cinnamon is a fork of GNOME 3 developed by (and for) Linux Mint. Cinnamon provides a more traditional desktop interface.

Gnome: Gnome 3 is an easy to use elegant desktop that has now become the default on many systems. Gnome 3 is the default desktop in Antergos.

KDE: A feature rich attractive desktop used by many Linux distributions.

MATE: Mate is a fork of GNOME 2 providing an attractive intuitive desktop.

Openbox: Provides a highly configurable next generation window manager. Known for its minimalistic appearance and flexibility.

XFCE: XFCE is lightweight desktop environment. XFCE is Ideally suited to older systems with lower hardware specifications. XFCE is a very popular desktop.

Once you have chosen your desktop, click on the ">" arrow to continue.

Antergos Desktop Selection

Feature Selection

From this screen you will need to choose any additional options. You can choose to add the "AUR" community repository (recommended). You may add support for "Bluetooth", and add additional fonts. If you require a full "Office Suite", then choose to enable the "Libre Office" option. By default, printing support and the "Uncomplicated firewall" are enabled. Once you have made your selections, click on the ">" arrow to continue.

Gnome Feature Selection

Firewall Summary

A pop up message will appear to indicate the default settings that will be in use by the firewall.

Uncomplicated Firewall Summary

Installation Options

This next screen allows you to choose from various installation options. Here you can choose to encrypt your data (recommended for portable systems). You may also activate "LVM" Logical Volume Management. You also have the option of creating your home area on a different partition. In this example, I have gone with the default options.

Installation Options

Confirm Installation target

At this screen you need to confirm the drive you will be installing Antergos to. If you are happy to go ahead and install Antergos, then click on the ">" arrow to continue. You will be asked to confirm this one more time before you can continue. Simply reply "Yes".

Confirm Target Disk

Create your User Account

From this screen you will need to give the name of an account to be created. You are asked to provide a password for this account and specify a name for your computer on your network. By default, the option "Require my password to log in" has been selected. It is recommended you stick with this option. Once you have entered your credentials, click on the ">" arrow to continue.

Create an account

Installing Antergos

No further action is required from this screen while Antergos is installed. A small presentation of some of the features available will be displayed whilst the system is installed.

Antergos Slide show Presentation

Installation Complete

Congratulations, you have now successfully installed Antergos Linux to your system. To start using your system, you will need to reboot first. Please remove any media (CD/DVDs) from your drives first. Click "Yes" to reboot now.

Antergos Installer Confirmation

Antergos Login Screen

At this screen, simply click on the user account that you created earlier. When asked, enter the relevant password details. If you chose not to enter a password at boot, then you will be directed straight to the desktop.

Antergos Login Screen

Gnome Desktop

Congratulations, you can now start using your new system. You can click on the Activities option to access your software.

Antergos Login Screen