antergos-logoWe are glad to announce the release of Antergos 2013.08.20 with a lot of improvements in the installation process for you to be able to enjoy of your system from the start.

This new release comes after several months working mostly in our graphical installer, Cnchi, and me personally on Remendo, an “Oh my God! Help me please!” software that we announced some time ago [here].

Antergos 2013.08.20 comes with some user-wanted features that we saved in our notebooks to have a happy community such the ability of install a base system through our installers, or the option of not install a bootloader, that was being requested for some time now.

 

Openbox

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Antergos Openbox

Openbox has been included as an option to be installed along with Gnome, Cinnamon, Xfce, Razor-qt or Base.

You will end up with a lightweight desktop, while having up to date software.

The software included with Openbox was choosed to be in the line of the Openbox spirit.

 

Base Installation “No X”

The community often asked us if an installation of a base system could be managed through our installers. Now it is possible. Just like an Arch Linux installation, with some extra command line software, you would be able to choose “Base” as your type of installation instead of one of the several Desktop Environment choices.

 

Third-party software installation

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Cnchi with third-party software installation

Like other GNU/Linux distributions does, you now have the choice of install or not third party software that could contain propietary code like Flash.

 

Here it is the complete list of changes and new features with this new release.

Cnchi:

  • [Feature] Openbox installation
  • [Feature] Base installation. This feature will install just a base system, without Desktop Environment, but with some useful extra command line programs.
  • [Feature] Give Cnchi a custom package list in xml format. Take http://install.antergos.com/packages-0.3.xml as an example.
  • [Feature] Initial UEFI support.
  • [Feature] Choose your bootloader from a parameter. Force type to install. Can be ‘bios’, ‘efi’,  ’ask’ or ‘none’

E.g.: sudo cnchi -g efi

  • [Feature] Third-party software installation. Check if you want to install some propietary software.
  • [Feature] Give the user the choice of not install any bootloader
  • [Feature] LVM2 support
  • [Feature-Experimental] Use aria2 to download the packages. This should speed up the download process, but it is on an early stage.

E.g.: sudo cnchi -a

  • [Feature-Experimental] Enable alongside installation. This will allow you to install Antergos alongside another Operating System. Feature also on an early stage.

E.g.: sudo cnchi -s

  • [Fix] Smoother transitions between screens when the installation is running in the background
  • [Fix] Migrated paths to /usr/bin
  • [Fix] Fixed root alwasy being formated as ext4
  • [Fix] Fixed keyboard-variant configuration
  • [Fix] User name can’t contain dots. Cnchi doesn’t allow now to go on if user name contains dots
  • [Fix] Missing strings to be translated
  • [Fix] Hide mount points when ‘swap’ filesystem is selected
  • [Fix] Allow to go on with the installation using battery on laptops
  • [Fix] Fixed problem where the locale is not saved if the locale is only used in one country
  • [Fix] Use /etc/sudoers.d/ to avoid overwriting /etc/sudoers
  • [Fix] Set SNA acceleration method when Intel card is present
  • [Fix] Not freezing anymore when a fatal error happens

CLI Installer

  • [Feature] RAID5/6 support for btrfs
  • [Feature] Same desktops to choose as in Cnchi

Gnome:

  • Antergos logo on GDM screen
  • Extra Empathy packages to use several networks
  • Included networkmanager-pptp for VPN
  • Included in default installation:

gnome-disk-utility, gnome-tweak-tool, gnome-shell-extensions

  • Show Minimize and Close buttons by default

Cinnamon:

  • Extra Empathy packages to use several networks
  • Included networkmanager-pptp for VPN
  • Included gnome-disk-utility in default installation

Xfce:

  • Included networkmanager-pptp for VPN
  • Included gnome-disk-utility in default installation

Razor-QT:

  • Using Openbox as Window Manager instead of KWin
  • Removing KDE dependencies
  • qconnman-ui as network manager (QT Connman interface to avoid KDE dependencies on networkmanager applet)