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Chakra GNU/Linux

Last Update: 2018-03-26 21:46 UTC


Chakra GNU/Linux is a user-friendly and powerful distribution and live CD originally forked from Arch Linux. It features a graphical installer, automatic hardware detection and configuration, the latest KDE desktop, and a variety of tools and extras.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 88 (135), 6 months: 106 (110), 3 months: 117 (99), 4 weeks: 129 (75), 1 week: 118 (63)

Average visitor rating: 8.69/10 from 16 review(s).


Chakra Summary
Distribution Chakra GNU/Linux
Home Page https://chakralinux.org/
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User Forums https://forum.chakralinux.org/
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 • 2017-10-08: Distribution Release: Chakra GNU/Linux 2017.10
 • 2017-03-14: Distribution Release: Chakra GNU/Linux 2017.03
 • 2016-03-01: Distribution Release: Chakra GNU/Linux 2016.02
 • 2015-11-09: Distribution Release: Chakra GNU/Linux 2015.11
 • 2015-03-12: Distribution Release: Chakra GNU/Linux 2015.03
 • 2014-11-12: Distribution Release: Chakra GNU/Linux 2014.11
 • 2014-10-01: Distribution Release: Chakra GNU/Linux 2014.09
 • 2014-05-21: Distribution Release: Chakra GNU/Linux 2014.05
 • 2014-02-04: Distribution Release: Chakra GNU/Linux 2014.02
 • 2013-09-22: Distribution Release: Chakra GNU/Linux 2013.09
 • 2013-05-30: Distribution Release: Chakra GNU/Linux 2013.05
 • 2013-03-10: Distribution Release: Chakra GNU/Linux 2013.03
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Feature 2017.10
goedel
2016.02
ian
2015.11
fermi
2015.03
euler
2014.05
descartes
2014.02
curie
2013.09
fritz
2013.05
benz
2013.01
claire
2012.07
archimedes
2011.12
edn
2011.04-r2
aida
0.3.2 0.2.4 Feature
Release Date 2017-10-08 2016-02-29 2015-11-08 2015-03-12 2014-05-21 2014-02-03 2013-09-22 2013-05-30 2013-01-06 2012-07-03 2011-12-18 2011-07-17 2011-01-30 2010-11-23 Release Date
End Of Life                             End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 1976-1976 2144-2144 2056-2056 1810-1810 1793-1793 1698-1698 1700-1700 1658-1658             Image Size (MB)
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Installation
Default Desktop KDE Plasma KDE Plasma KDE Plasma KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE Default Desktop
Package Management Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Package Management
Release Model Semi Semi Semi Semi Semi Semi Semi Semi Semi Semi Semi Semi Semi Semi Release Model
Office Suite Calligra Calligra Calligra Calligra Calligra Calligra Calligra Calligra Calligra Calligra, LibreOffice LibreOffice -- -- -- Office Suite
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 Processor Architecture
Init Software systemd systemd systemd systemd systemd systemd systemd systemd systemd SysV SysV systemd SysV SysV Init Software
Journaled File Systems                             Journaled File Systems
Multilingual Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ca, cz, de, dk, en, es, nl, pt ca, cz, de, dk, en, es, nl, pt Multilingual
Asian Language Support ja ja ja ja ja ja ja ja ja ja ja ja -- -- Asian Language Support
Full Package List 2017.10 2016.02 2015.11 2015.03 2014.05 2014.02 2013.09 2013.05 2013.01 2012.07 2011.12 2011.04-r2 0.3.2 0.2.4 Full Package List
Package 2017.10
goedel
2016.02
ian
2015.11
fermi
2015.03
euler
2014.05
descartes
2014.02
curie
2013.09
fritz
2013.05
benz
2013.01
claire
2012.07
archimedes
2011.12
edn
2011.04-r2
aida
0.3.2 0.2.4 Package
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- abiword (3.0.2)
alsa-lib (1.1.6) 1.1.0 1.1.0 1.0.28 1.0.28 1.0.27.2 1.0.27.2 1.0.26 1.0.26 1.0.26 1.0.25 1.0.24.1 1.0.24.1 1.0.23 1.0.23 alsa-lib (1.1.6)
ati-driver (16.40) 15.9 15.9 15.5 14.501.1003 13.251 13.251 12.104 12.104 -- -- -- -- -- -- ati-driver (16.40)
bash (4.4.18) 4.4 4.3 4.3 4.3 4.2 4.2 4.2 4.2 4.2 4.2 4.2 4.2 4.1 4.1 bash (4.4.18)
bind (9.12.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bind (9.12.1)
chromium (66.0.3359.181) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (66.0.3359.181)
cups (2.2.7) 2.2.1 2.1.3 2.0.3 2.0.2 1.6.3 1.6.3 1.6.3 1.6.2 1.6.1 1.5.3 1.5.0 -- -- -- cups (2.2.7)
dhcp (4.4.1) -- 4.3.1 4.3.1 4.3.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- dhcp (4.4.1)
e2fsprogs (1.44.2) 1.42.13 1.42.13 1.42.13 1.42.12 1.42.7 1.42.7 1.42.7 1.42.7 1.42.5 1.41.14 1.41.14 1.41.14 1.41.11 1.41.11 e2fsprogs (1.44.2)
firefox (60.0.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- firefox (60.0.1)
freetype (2.9.1) 2.6.3 2.6.2 2.5.5 2.5.5 2.5.2 2.4.11 2.4.11 2.4.11 2.4.7 2.4.7 2.4.7 2.4.3 2.4.3 2.4.3 freetype (2.9.1)
gcc (8.1.0) 6.3.1 5.2.0 5.2.0 4.9.1 4.8.1 4.8.1 4.8.0 4.8.0 4.7.2 4.7.0 4.6.2 -- -- -- gcc (8.1.0)
gimp (2.10.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gimp (2.10.2)
glibc (2.27) 2.25 2.22 2.22 2.20 2.18 2.18 2.17 2.17 2.15 2.15 2.14.1 2.13 2.12.1 2.12.1 glibc (2.27)
gnome-shell (3.28.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.28.2)
gnucash (3.1-1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (3.1-1)
gnumeric (1.12.41) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnumeric (1.12.41)
grub (2.02) 2.02beta3 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 2.00 2.00 2.00 2.00 2.00 1.99 -- 0.97 0.97 0.97 grub (2.02)
gtk+ (3.22.30) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gtk+ (3.22.30)
httpd (2.4.33) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.33)
inkscape (0.92.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (0.92.3)
k3b (18.04.1) 17.08.1 2.0.3a 2.0.3a 2.0.3a 2.0.2 2.0.2 2.0.2 2.0.2 2.0.2 2.0.2 2.0.2 -- -- 2.0.1 k3b (18.04.1)
kmod (25) 22 22 19 19 16 14 14 11 11 8 -- -- -- -- kmod (25)
krita (4.0.3)                             krita (4.0.3)
libreoffice (6.0.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 3.4.5 3.4.4 -- -- -- libreoffice (6.0.4)
linux (4.16.11) 4.12.4 4.2.6 4.1.4 3.18.3 3.12.15 3.12.6 3.10.10 3.7.6 3.6.6 3.4.3 3.1.4 2.6.39.3 2.6.37 2.6.33 linux (4.16.11)
Package 2017.10
goedel
2016.02
ian
2015.11
fermi
2015.03
euler
2014.05
descartes
2014.02
curie
2013.09
fritz
2013.05
benz
2013.01
claire
2012.07
archimedes
2011.12
edn
2011.04-r2
aida
0.3.2 0.2.4 Package
lxpanel (0.9.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- lxpanel (0.9.3)
mariadb (10.2.15) 10.1.25 10.1.10 5.5.44 5.5.40 5.5.34 5.5.34 5.5.30 5.5.30 -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.2.15)
mate-desktop (1.20.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.20.1)
mesa (18.1.0) 17.1.5 11.0.6 10.5.0 10.3.5 10.0.3 10.0.1 9.1.5 9.0.2 8.0.4 8.0.3 7.11.2 7.10.3 7.10 7.7.1 mesa (18.1.0)
mysql (8.0.11) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 5.5.27 5.5.14 5.5.14 5.5.11 5.1.46 5.1.46 mysql (8.0.11)
nautilus (3.28.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- nautilus (3.28.1)
NVIDIA (390.48) 370.28 358.16 352.30 346.35 331.38 331.38 319.49 313.18 -- -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (390.48)
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (10.0.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 6b22 6b22 -- -- -- openjdk (10.0.1)
openssh (7.7p1) 7.5p1 7.1p2 7.1p1 6.7p1 6.2p2 6.2p2 6.2p2 6.1p1 6.1p1 5.9p1 5.8p2 5.4p1 5.4p1 5.4p1 openssh (7.7p1)
openssl (1.1.0h) 1.0.2k 1.0.2f 1.0.1p 1.0.1k 1.0.0g 1.0.0e 1.0.0e 1.0.0e 1.0.0c 1.0.0d 1.0.0d 1.0.0d 1.0.0a 1.0.0a openssl (1.1.0h)
perl (5.26.2) 5.18.0 5.18.0 5.18.0 5.18.0 5.18.0 5.18.0 5.18.0 5.14.2 5.14.2 5.14.2 5.12.3 5.12.3 5.10.1 5.10.1 perl (5.26.2)
php (7.2.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- php (7.2.5)
plasma-desktop (5.12.5) 5.10.5 5.5.4 5.4.2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.12.5)
postfix (3.3.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.3.1)
postgresql (10.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postgresql (10.4)
Python (3.6.5) 3.5.2 2.7.10 2.7.10 2.7.9 2.7.6 2.7.5 2.7.4 2.7.3 2.7.3 2.7.3 2.7.2 2.6.6 2.7.1 2.6.6 Python (3.6.5)
qt (5.10.1) 5.9.1 5.5.1 5.5.1 4.8.6 4.8.5 4.8.5 4.8.5 4.8.4 4.8.4 4.8.2 4.7.4 4.7.3 4.7.0 4.6.3 qt (5.10.1)
samba (4.8.2) 4.5.14 4.3.5 4.1.17 4.1.17 4.1.1 4.1.1 3.6.13 3.6.12 3.6.10 3.6.5 3.5.8 3.5.8 3.5.2 3.5.2 samba (4.8.2)
systemd (238) 231 228 227 218 212 204 204 201 196 44 -- -- -- -- systemd (238)
thunderbird (52.8.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- thunderbird (52.8.0)
vim (8.1) 8.0 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.3 7.3 7.3 7.3 7.3 7.3 7.2 7.2 vim (8.1)
vlc (3.0.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- vlc (3.0.2)
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- xfdesktop (4.12.4)
xorg-server (1.20.0) 1.19.3 1.17.4 1.16.4 1.16.4 1.14.5 1.14.5 1.12.3 1.12.3 1.12.3 1.10.4 1.10.4 1.10.3 1.9.3.901 1.7.7 xorg-server (1.20.0)

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Version: 2017.10
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-04-25
Votes: 2


I use Mint XFCE 32 bit on one laptop and I started using Chakra on another old laptop.

Chakra has proved to be pretty easy to use. I don't see that Mint is any user friendly, taking into consideration the use I give to a computer.

Chakra is much faster and better responding than Mint.

Mint takes about 260mb of RAM upon start up with XFCE (before I had the Mate DE and it took 450mb of RAM). Chakra takes about 340mb of RAM (Chakra is a 64 bit OS).

Contrary to the purist defenders of KDE I find it very useful to be able to use GTK applications.

Since I'm not a linux developer nor have I programming skills, it is very important the ease of use of Chakra, which has been pretty easy to work with.


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Version: 2017.10
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-04-23
Votes: 2


Chakra is my normal distro, since leaving Mepis several years ago, mostly because I like KDE. I'm kind of old and set in my ways, and I'm done playing around with my OS. I do use Firefox, Libre Office, Gimp, Digikam and VLC and it's easy enough to replace supplied applications with those. It's reasonably quick on my older hardware and stable as well. My only issue is the small group of maintainers and users means some software is not available. Maybe I should step up the plate and learn to maintain those packages. On the other hand I don't get lost in the forums as I did with larger distros like Ubuntu and Debian. With the vast Arch Wiki available for help I have no trouble with Chakra.


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Version: 2017.10
Rating: 8
Date: 2018-04-23
Votes: 0


I have used Chakra in the resent past and was good with it had to offer. I was pleased how it dealt with GTK with it's system being QT based. It does a crisp clean looking desktop.

I did find though that as time went on it seemed to be slow and lagging with booting-up and basic web surfing. My internet connection is quick and my machine is way more powerful than what it needs to run (an Intel i5 quad core w/8 g's of ram). Not sure why it has this issue? The text seemed small also. For these reason I give it a low 8.2.

If at some point in time Chakra could get back into the flow of things and fix this slowing issue I would definitely give it a go again. It's good.


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