New ArchLabs Beta ISO available for testing

Same here. My wife has to use Windows 10 for work and Girl Scouts because of QA/QC. Company just got her a new laptop. My kids needs Windows for schoolwork to access their back-office system or whatever it is. Those are the only reasons Windows is installed on any computer.

Back on topic, AL beta iso install running just fine with ssh, ftp, and samba services active. My youngest uses it for gimp; she loves that program.


Hello and thanks for your reply .
I play around for some time and install xfce and awesome with the same beta iso .
I delete awesome , nothing for me but the xfce i like and it runs very good and see no other bugs in the iso . The plasma install the entire kde , no way to chance this .

Cool @Benny , yep Plasma s part of KDE, so loads of dependencies as well.

That’s interesting… I have both my Hotmail and Gmail accounts on Outlook without too much trouble. Although, at one point my Hotmail account wanked out and had to tie it to a Outlook account. That was a major pain. What version of MS Office is she using? n because of this Wuhan virus or Coronavirus, I won’t be back at work till April 28th, so I might play around with this beta install and put it on metal and see what shakes.

I can not login with openbox/xfce/bspwm + ly-dm but lightdm work fine

Thanks for the info, I’ll look into Ly, possibly needs an update.

Clean install on Toshiba Laptop.

Keyboard was working OTOB - so +1 for ArchLabs; usually I have to use a kernel parameter at boot for the keyboard to work.

Everything working out of the box; partitioned before install and ArchLabs found and mounted the efi partition no problems.

Edit - everything all configured (sound etc …) no issues. Well done team.


Error during installation. Seems like couldn’t download base-devel, nor xorg. Happened when GNOME was to be installed, with wifi connection working properly, as I had no such problems when I went with

KDE Plasma.

Wonder if it has anything to do with this link;

You installed with KDE no issues & when installing Gnome it what s the issues come from right !

Interesting… I mean I was installing ArchLabs today from the beta ISO. I wonder that since the newest release was downloaded from the internet today, it probably would not need manual configuration from back in December…?


Not sure tho.

I would try it anyways, never know.

Anyways, you can do whatever you want to.

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Hello Great Team
after one month of test, i have one bug:
with my trackpad sometimes all screens for all desktop are fix. i can do nothing, there are no keyboard response.
just i can poweroff.
my laptop is a teclast f6.
Nonetheless the distribution is very clean and i work everyday with git, freeoffice, gcc without problem.
really nice release.


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If the size of the swap partition is entered manually, i.e. what’s automatically allocated (which works fine) gets modified manually, the installation gives an error.

Doesn’t matter if the swap size is edited in megabyte, or gigabyte units.

I assume you mean swapfile, we don’t use sizes for partitions.

Is the error an installer message? eg.

Swap size must be 1(M|G) or greater, and can only contain whole numbers

I’ve tried a number of times editing the size, make sure it has M or G at the end to define the size type.

Heya Nate - you have a time line yet for an official release?

No time line as yet homie. Its the usual, its ready … when its ready :smiley:
Personally I’d like to release our new website and ISO at the same time.

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LOL - sounds like right out of the Book of Debian :wink:

:slight_smile: LOL Yes

It’s the easiest way to explain it :smiley:

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@halcek Hi. How did you solve that problem? I have the same issue since 4 days and cant install anything. Any helping thoughts are welcome!

Archlabs beta iso

Yes it is your pic. I have exactly the same error Message Screen on the beta iso.

Try dropping to shell with Ctrl-z and run the command in question (in this case just try pacman -Syyu), likely some conflicting files during update.

It’s a real toss up between having things on the live system and copying them over then updating vs full pacstrap but I think the latter is the better way in terms of reliability. When I get some free time I’ll look at adding an option to the installer

  • live usb filesystem copy and update - saves network and faster but less reliable.
  • pacstrap - slower and uses more network but guarantees latest packages at install and no conflicts.

If you want I made a new build which should work fine

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