• Antergos on ARMv8 / aarch64


    Since Archlinux itself has mainline support for arm v7/v8 + the raspberry pi, I’ve got to wonder how difficult it would actually be to port antergos (or at least make a very similar distribution). I know for example the cnchi installer is written in python, which is cross-platform generally speaking.

    I’ve got some experience doing that kind of porting work myself and am debating taking a crack at it. Would anyone else be interested? The main purpose I have in mind would be 64-bit Antergos on the raspberry pi 3 (most distributions for the RPi3 only ship a 32-bit kernel, the only distributions with 64-bit support are openSUSE and ArchLinux, both of which are beyond most users)

    I’m currently running 64-bit Arch on my RPi3 and it runs pretty decently after some setup / tweaking, so the base project is there

  • @restl3ss4 I was thinking the same thing a few weeks back. Having an installer is a good start.

    But, getting a distro out of this is a bit hard, requires some decent man power and budget: some servers, wiki and some sort of forums. I hope devs agree to give this kind of project a starting point, place in this forum etc.

    Anyhow, I am interested in this, keep me posted about the progress.

  • This sounds very interesting! Sadly, I do not have the necessary skills required to aid you in this😞. Hopefully the @developers and @Global-Moderators will have a look at this thread soon enough though😀. It would be great to expand our user base to include Raspberry Pi’s.

    In addition, since you ( @restl3ss4 ) have Arch installed on your RPi3, do you know if Antergos would run smoothly on a Chromebook also? I have a friend who has a Chromebook, but it only has 16 GB of storage on it. Would that be enough?

    Thanks!

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  • @Keegan It should in theory, as long as you stick to a lightweight desktop environment and don’t try to jump straight into something like kde. The power of said chromebook also matters quite a bit, as different models tend to deviate pretty significantly IME.

    In my experience the Pi3 on Arch runs best with LXDE, although XFCE should work pretty well too in theory (I haven’t tried it, mind)

    I’m thinking the best way to go about this may be to start with the Arch image as a base and have a cnchi-style installer (or even a modified version of cnchi itself) when creating the boot medium for the rPi, in that you would set all your options / DE etc and hit install from a different machine with the card plugged in, making the experience very similar to installing Antergos.

  • Thank you for the advice and the detailed response😀. Hopefully Antergos on rPi’s become a realty soon!

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  • @Keegan No problem 🙂

    Would anyone with an rPi3 be interested in trying out a couple of images? I’ve been tinkering.

  • I would love to, but I don’t really have an rPi3😞. Perhaps someone else can?

    Thanks!

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  • I have a Pi2 in my boat so I wish you the best of luck!

    I make things work…
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  • @restl3ss4 I would love to test this in my rpi3!

  • @restl3ss4 @keegan said in Antergos on ARMv8 / aarch64:

    Antergos would run smoothly on a Chromebook also?

    As far as I know, most Chromebooks have Intel processors built in, usually Celeron. Some exceptions, as my Asus C201pa use ARM (Cortex-A17 RK3288C), but it’s a 32-bit machine. It would be cool to see Arch running on it, but it doesn’t make much sense with 16 GB SSD.

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  • Thank you so much @piotr 😃 . I had come to the same conclusion regarding the sensibility of running Antergos on a Chromebook also. With only 16 GB of storage, it just doesn’t make sense.

    Thank you anyways😄.

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  • @keegan said in Antergos on ARMv8 / aarch64:

    With only 16 GB of storage, it just doesn’t make sense.

    However, my wife’s 64-bit Asus Chromebook (Celeron, 32 GB RAM) could be an interesting challenge. 🙂

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  • @piotr said in Antergos on ARMv8 / aarch64:

    but it doesn’t make much sense with 16 GB SSD

    depending on the use of the device… if you want to use it as a kinda “surfboard” for stuff like browsing email watching streams and common office?

    A Live-ISO has only 2GB ith a full featured desktop, so if i run this on a 16 GB USB stick i can make use of a /home partition with 14GB this should work!

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  • @joekamprad said in Antergos on ARMv8 / aarch64:

    depending on the use of the device… if you want to use it as a kinda “surfboard” for stuff like browsing email watching streams and common office?

    Well, if so, it would be just a kind of experiment. For such usage Chrome OS is more than enough.

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  • @joekamprad said in Antergos on ARMv8 / aarch64:

    @piotr said in Antergos on ARMv8 / aarch64:

    but it doesn’t make much sense with 16 GB SSD

    depending on the use of the device… if you want to use it as a kinda “surfboard” for stuff like browsing email watching streams and common office?

    A Live-ISO has only 2GB ith a full featured desktop, so if i run this on a 16 GB USB stick i can make use of a /home partition with 14GB this should work!

    Do you want to make a persistent partition using the livecd? I’d like to learn it if you make it!
    About the iso size it’s usually 2,5x smaller due to squashfs compression and it’s read only mode, so if the iso is 2GB it would be around 5GB decompressed.

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  • @fernandomaroto it was only a thoughtfully construct, i do think of, as i own only usb-sticks with 16 GB and never use the size…

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    my#repo
    my-blog#k
    how to add system logs
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  • A bit off topic but:

    I have an old netbook laptop with 16GB SSD and 1GB of RAM.
    I recently installed the latest available Windows 10 (Fall Creators) to it, and was amazed that it really is working, although quite slow, but not at all impossible to use.

    It is a 32 bit machine, so i couldn’t install (an up to date) Antergos to it.

    But it also works with Debian 9 stable, and Mint 18.3, on a USB stick.

  • Interesting… thank you @manuel for that info! It would be fun to try it out nd see what happens…

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