Antergos is an arch based linux distribution and by consequence many of the Arch wiki pages can be used to solve eventual hardware issues. But it is not Arch Linux. After downloading the iso you can burn it and boot from it (or write the iso to an usb) and you will be presented with a graphical installation (gnome).
It takes a dozen graphical screens to complete the installation and none of them are highly technical. Antergos does not strand you in a terminal where you should type in commands. In that respect Antergos and Arch Linux are quite different. In Arch Linux you will have to read the beginners wiki and the installation wiki and figure out what to do, what not to do and when to do it. For a beginner in linux – let us be honest – this is an impossible task.
Antergos can be an alternative way to have an arch based system the easy way with the use of their graphical installer – Cnchi. Antergos users will also be able to use the AUR or Arch User Repository. The AUR is a great library, where all the scripts are kept, in order to install thousands of applications.
Like Arch Linux Antergos is a rolling release meaning once you installed the system, you will never need to install it again. You will get the updates and that is that. You will get the latest version of any application. So there is no release distributions like e.g. Ubuntu 17.04 or so. The iso, you can download, will get a monthly update, or so, in order to have the latest kernel/applications on it.
If you used a debian based system then you installed applications with
sudo apt install
On an arch based system it will be
sudo pacman -S
Once you have figured out how to boot from the dvd or usb on your system, you will be presented with the graphical interface. If you have problems with booting then you google your computername and bios or bootsequence and keyboard shortcut. When booting up you get one second or so to see possible keyboard shortcuts. In a hurry then try escape, F2, F8 and delete.
There are two important screens I would like to draw your attention to.
Antergos makes it easy to install a specific desktop environment. Just click on it.
You can choose 6 different desktop environments. The base installation is interesting for example to install budgie or i3.
You can install important applications with a switch
We activate the AUR. It was our big application database which we activate here already. We can install many applications after rebooting.
LTS stands for Long Term Support. We will be using the latest kernel 4.9.x at the moment but we can also decide to install 4.4.x as a fallback kernel.
If you really want to see all the steps I take when installing Antergos, you can see a video tutorial in this article. We will install Antergos Mate in VirtualBox. Ofcourse it can be any of the desktop environments Antergos provides us.
This will be our welcome screen after reboot.