Antergos Review

This post is a short review on Antergos, as you can tell by reading the title.

What is Antergos?

Antergos is a Linux Operating System that opted to use Arch Linux as its base. While this is not a bad thing, it does mean that there is no native apt support, which is what Debian based operating systems use. It instead uses pacman, and many of the packages available for Debian/Ubuntu, can be installed with

pacman -S package_name

or with

yaourt -S 

which, from my understanding, compiles the package with all of its dependencies.

Driver Support

The main problem I run into when using any Linux distro is Wi-Fi drivers. In any Ubuntu-based distro, the Wi-Fi would constantly drop out, even after installing drivers. Antergos seems to fix this issue, as the Wi-Fi has yet to drop out in the middle of doing something. Linux, in general, has amazing support for more or less anything. Where Windows has to search for drivers, and then install it fifteen times because it keeps crashing in the middle, Linux just works. The main exception is Wi-Fi, but some distros get around that. Antergos also surprised me with support for the volume and brightness control keys, which Ubuntu also had problems with.

App support

While Arch Linux is a bit behind with packages, at least when comparing it to Ubuntu, there hasn’t been any package that didn’t have an Arch replacement. Google Chrome doesn’t seem to have an Arch option when downloading from their site yet, but Chromium works just fine with all of my extensions. I’m also learning to like Firefox, especially after their new update. I still think Google Chrome looks the best, but the other browsers are catching up fast.

Anyways, let me know what Linux distro you use in the comments 🙂

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