An ArchLinux-based lightweight desktop system

CTKArch is a minimalistic Arch Linux setup (and not a distribution), that comes with a set of carefully selected applications and provides maximum hardware support, exclusively using free open-source software.

It aims at providing the indispensable base applications for a desktop installation, while saving time on the installation process by autoconfiguring the system, in the same way you would have done by hand.

The included applications are chosen among the lighter available, yet keeping the interface user-friendly and the benefits of a rolling-release distribution: CTKArch has become the running proof that this is possible!

Its base principle is to leave the users with a choice, when there is one: applications are only included if their usefulness isn’t questionable.

CTKArch features a powerful add-on system, and support for a persistent data partition, that allow to easily add custom applications to the live system, leaving the base ISO devoid of any piece of software some people may not appreciate.

The CTKArch live CD/USB can be installed, for instance on your hard disk or memory card.

Once installed, it becomes a classical Arch Linux installation, with applications for web browsing, e-mail, chat, FTP, file-management & archiving, office, image, audio and video viewing & edition, and CD burning; just as if you had spent your day choosing them.

Optionally, and in order to upgrade the system after that, please read the documentation, part installation, and follow the RSS feed.


New components for CTKArch

2014 / 06 / 09

The project isn't dead; I was just lacking the time for it.

You'll have noticed the new Dev section on the site.
In the last three years, I had time to think about the development process for CTKArch, and it eventually seemed obvious that its components had to be packaged. That way, updates can be distributed via the repositories, thus limiting manual intervention.

The goal, of course, is that the CTKArch setup not be broken by Arch updates.

CTKArch 0.7 released

2011 / 04 / 07

CTKArch features a new optional bright theme!

Files are ordered in the iso to fasten the boot and Asunder (for cdrip) was added. This version allows you to turn your live into a “nomad install” by saving all system changes in a folder of the persistent data partition. MKaddon supports AUR packages.

Interface details have been improved: default file associations, environment menu, support for laptops' volume buttons…
Links: forum topic | ArchLinux BBS forum topic | (FR) ArchLinux-fr forum topic | (FR) LinuxFR announce

New website

2011 / 01 / 16

CTKArch has a new website!

It uses the graphics of the official Arch Linux site and is written simply, as it should be. ☺
If you are interested, the sources are available here.


CTKArch: figures

  • 44MiB RAM used at boot
  • 1.7GiB of system/apps,
    gzip-compressed down to 560MiB
  • 10-15s at boot on a netbook

rss feedRSS feed: updates

To stay informed about changes and tips when updating (pacman -Syu).
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