RebornOS is a SuperDuper Cool Arch Linux Distribution …

… exactly like all the others.

Everything, including the kitchen sink!

Hello lovers of feisty Linux distros with that extra bit of special sauce, namely distros that stem from the Arch family.

Yesterday I installed and had a short look and standard test of RebornOS. And to say it right away, it was good, it was all that one expects from an Archy distro … and more.

First let me clear up one thing: When I say “like all the others” I didn’t really mean it all-inclusive, but Reborn is in its conception comparable with Archman and Endeavour in so far as it comes with a whole bunch of desktop environments and window managers included in a single installation file (ISO). And in that regard Reborn beats the older competitors since it gives us more choice right from the get go. Also it uses the Cnchi installer which seems to install the distro a bit faster than the other’s Calamares installer.

Apart from that, once installed the differences between Archman, Endeavour and Reborn are minimal. But let’s get into it and see how it goes:

I install RebornOS on Gaga (the small 15.6″ screen)
My choice of desktop is typical for Orca: Mate!
In the next box things get nifty, as we’re ‘building’ our system here. We get to choose from various softwares we wanna find preinstalled with the system. Our standard browser, multimedia players, office suites, Linux kernel, system tools, all that funny stuff so our Reborn Arch will be ready for work after the very first boot! Super duper idea. ๐Ÿ™‚
After installation we’re greeted by Mate’s buttfugly standard desktop. Honestly, I can understand all you guys for going with something that looks nifty right out of the box, like Cinnamon, which is in Reborn’s ISO as well. So no panic, guys! ๐Ÿ™‚
Of course the initial update is a must for Archy installations as you know we’re on a rolling, permanently updating distro here. And that’s how we roll.
Flatpack? And Parental Controls? Really? Grrr. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Of course is the menu full with shit we neither want nor need. This is Arch, ffs. If we want anything we install it ourselves.
Installation of Brisk Menu is a must in Mate. It gives us all the amenities of modern systems that are missing from bog standard 3-pronged Mate menu.
Look how much stuff there is in the Sound & Vision department. As I said already. We want our Arch base systems nice, clean and empty and then add the stuff we want and need. Now I’m forced to delete 80 – 90% of preinstalled nonsense. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
As I trust everything to work perfectly, I just do one, very important test: Installation of Singularity-alpha viewer for Second Life from the AUR. 98% of my readers are SL residents, no?
And there she is, my second oldest alt-sister Mowry Rubble in all her 2007-ish glory up on Orca’s platform above Triumphal. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Geeze that girl needs some serious TLC methinks. But at least we see SL works just fine on Reborn … and why wouldn’t it?
Another special treat, reborn stole from Manjaro I guess: The Kernel manager. While in Archman and Endeavour we just roll with the new Kernels in true Arch manner, as they come along, Reborn lets us choose between the standard kernel and the cowardish Long Term Support and Zen and hardened kernels. Those youngsters are all so fukn lame. Pfffrz. ๐Ÿ˜
Did I mention already how much I hate that stupid Parental Control shit thing? If my fukn parents don’t want me to pirate movies, they should’ve left me a hefty inheritance and didn’t let me move to Africa and should know what a computer is in the first place. Fukkaz! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Okay, the conclusion: I like RebornOS. Like it a lot indeed. Of course I like it, it’s an Arch-y Linux distro that comes – among others – with my personal favourite Mate desktop. Plus a whole shitload of other DEs and WMs, more than any other distro on the planet. Arch or not, Reborn beats them all.

I also loved the self-service shop where we could assemble our most beloved software already before installation. Too bad they ruined this cool gimmick by having millions of warez already preinstalled anyway. So for a minimalist like me there is lots of labour waiting when I wanna get rid of all that shit. I hate it when distros are not consistent. Minimal or Full House distro, both make sense for their specific clientรฉle. But when distro maintainers don’t know what they want, when they cannot decide if their Linux is supposed to be fish or chicken, that irks me. :/


I can’t say much about Reborn’s speediness. I found it a bit more tardy than its older siblings but that might be the hardware I tested it on. Gaga’s 4th genย  i3 cannot compete with GagaMore’s 6th gen i5. Law of evolution I assume. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Reborn has a rather huge team of motivated devs, and a lot of social presence in Discord, forum, IRC, Twitter, reddit and facebook, which is always good. Look, they even have their own YouTube channel! Weirdly enough I couldn’t find reborn on DistroWatch. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Maybe it’s too young to be deemed worthy of being entered? (Naaw, it’s first mentioned in 2017) A shame, since Reborn is a really big thing, and many many hardly functional hobby projects of your granny’s coffeeklatsch group are actually represented in DW. Hmm…

And the rest? Arch is a stable, versatile and super usable Linux base, we use it with desktops of our chosing. And it’s the desktops that make all the difference. I love to work in Mate, so I rate a distro, any distro, that uses Mate rather high. And if you’re a fan of any other desktop, Xfce, Cinnamon, KDE Plasma, Budgie, LXQt, GNOME, deepin, or when you prefer tiling window managers … whatever, you’ll love it, too!

Or maybe you’ll just like it, like I did. Because you’ve found your perfect system already, the perfect pairing of base and desktop that fits you like a glove.

So, after this rather long explainification this is my final conclusion:

There is lots to like about RebornOS. For many users it might even be the perfect love affair! Maybe there’s even a possible marriage in your future?




  1. Hi,

    I’m one of the RebornOS devs, and I just wanted to say thanks for the article. ๐Ÿ™‚

    We are currently in the process of developing a new installer completely from scratch that will eventually be much better Cnichi and will fix a lot of the preinstalled cruft that comes along with it (I share your thoughts on the preinstalled software bloat, but a lot of that is a bit of a leftover from Antergos). You can see the new installer, Fenix, hosted on our GitLab here:

    There’s currently not a DistroWatch entry due to trademark issues we had with Cnichi back in 2017. We are currently waiting to go through the DistroWatch process once we have a stable release of Fenix.

    I hope this answered any questions you had. If you want to know more, then our Discord is fairly active. A link to server can be found on our website, and you are more than welcome to join us there. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks and have great day,

    Liked by 1 person

    • Ooooh, what an honour. A distro dev reads my humble and clueless little bloggy!
      Thx for letting me know about Fenix and the legal problems with Cnichi. I’m not a Linux forumist, as I’m not clever enough to talk about all the technical stuff. I’m obviously a very rare animal, as I’m a 100% Linux user, don’t even have any Windows/Apple computers. But I’m really just a user, a Linux housewife and not much of a beta installer tester. Honestly, I wouldn’t know how and what to do. ๐Ÿ˜‰


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