Antergos is one of the great-looking free Linux distros meant for everyone. The first version of antergos was launched in 2012, and since then, it has gained substantial popularity and community. It went into the top 25 Linux distros in a record time and now stands in 12th place in the distrowatch.
Antergos is based on Arch Linux. The icons used in the OS are so beautiful that one may want to lick them! Antergos installer is called Cnchi, which initially closely resembled Ubuntu’s Ubiquity but has evolved into a unique original installer. The desktop environment supports GNOME, Cinnamon, Openbox, Xfce, and the new KDE 5. So pretty much all GTK bases there. By default install, Antergos ships with GNOME.
What’s special about Antergos
Antergos is a fork of Arch Linux, so basically, you are running Arch Linux at the system level. It’s a known fact that Arch Linux is not for everybody. It’s suited for a user who already has some Linux knowledge. Antergos capitalizes on what looks like a drawback of Arch Linux and gives a desktop that’s meant for everyone.
Like Arch Linux, Antergos is also a rolling distribution release, which means installing it once and updating forever. So there is no need to track the end-of-life and reinstall a new version later.
Install Antergos 2016
Before you head to install, you need to keep two things ready:
- Antergos Live USB drive or CD
- Prepare your PC for Linux installation and make two partitions, including ext4 and SWAP.
STEP 1: Insert or plugin the Antergos Live CD/USB drive to your computer and boot into it. You may have to enable UEFI mode to boot into USB flash drives.
STEP 2: Once you boot into the Live image, you should see the Antergos boot options as shown below. Select ‘Start Antergos Live’.
STEP 3: You should now see the Live desktop environment. It would be best if you had an internet connection enabled via Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection. Without that, you can’t proceed further. Antergos’s installer Cnchi updates real-time, and then you will see the ‘Welcome to Antergos!’ pop-up window. Click ‘Install it’.
STEP 4: Choose your language and then click >
STEP 5: You should see a checklist of things to do for the best antergos experience. Click >.
STEP 6: Select your location from the list. You can get more locations by enabling the checkbox ‘Show all locations’. Click >.
STEP 7: Confirm your Timezone and click >. Optionally you can enable/disable the ‘Network Time Protocol (NTP) for the clock synchronization option. This option, when turned ON, will synchronize the clock time automatically. Click >.
Antergos Installer – Select Your Timezone
STEP 8: Select keyboard layout style and click >.
STEP 9: Select your Desktop version. You have 6 options to choose from. GNOME is selected by default. If you are a newbie to Linux and confused about choosing one, I would suggest Cinnamon. It is a powerful and user-friendly desktop developed by the Linux Mint community and suits users migrating from the Microsoft Windows platform. I will go with GNOME in my test PC, which is also an elegant and user-friendly desktop environment. Click >.
STEP 10: This is the best part of the installation, you can turn ON the third-party software, plugins, and even Google Fonts right here, and the installer will download and include it during OS installation. If you have a very slow internet connection, I recommend leaving with default selections and proceed.
STEP 11: In the next critical step, you have two options to choose from regarding installation type.
Option 1: Erase disk and install Antergos.
I would suggest Option 1 only when your PC has nothing on the hard disk, or you want a clean swipe of hard disk and install Antergos, and that’s it – no other OS. Antergos will automatically create the ext4 partition and SWAP partition. The entire hard disk, including all partitions, will be formatted in this option!
Option 2: Choose exactly where Antergos should be installed.
This is what most people do. You have complete control of where to install Antergos, and so only the partition you will indicate will be formatted.
I will choose option 2, i.e., ‘Choose exactly where Antergos should be installed’.
STEP 12: In the next step, you will be presented with the current situation of the entire hard disk. If you have followed my Prerequisites #2 above, you should have your ext4 and SWAP configured already.
For example, I have partitioned my 54 GB hard disk to a 48 GB ext4 file system and 5 GB to the linux-swap file system. You can see the ‘Mount Checklist’ status. Initially, both Root and Swap will not be good. We will have to configure and make them good.
STEP 13: Select the ext4 partition and click ‘Edit’. In the pop-up window, select ‘Mount Point’ as ‘/’ from the drop-down list. Tick the box ‘Format’. Click ‘Apply’.
STEP 14: Similarly, select the swap partition and click ‘Edit’. Make it a ‘swap’ partition. Click ‘Apply’.
STEP 15: You should now see the ‘Mount Checklist’ status updates with a green good sign.
Bootloader: This is one more critical thing. The bootloader is the screen that loads first when you start your computer. Linux’s bootloader is GRUB. It can automatically identify OS installed on your computer and include them in the list when you start the PC. For example, if you have Windows installed on another partition, GRUB will add a Windows boot line along with the antergos. You can select the OS to boot into. The bootloader should not be installed on a partition. It should be on the hard disk itself. Typically this is selected by default. Click >.
STEP 16: The installer will finally show the summary of what’s going to happen. This is the last chance before the selected hard disk partitions will be formatted. So proceed cautiously! Click > and confirm.
STEP 17: Next, you will have to create your User Account. Click ‘Save’.
STEP 18: Sit back and relax while antergos is downloaded and installed!
STEP 19: After installation is complete, remove the Live CD/USB and restart the PC. Enjoy Antergos!