20.2.8

Calamares config change

Changed the sequence of the modules for shellprocess – now same as on ArcoLinuxD
Also bumped nr on ArcoLinuxD to follow the numbering
Should have no impact – no real difference between  20.2.7

ArcoLinuxB Xfce creation.

Meld between ArcoLinux, ArcoLinuxD, ArcoLinuxB Xfce, ArcoLinuxB Xfce Minimal and ArcoLinuxB Xfce Bare makes it necesary to re-organize the packages file. New number for the iso is a way to check if no mistakes were made by comparing the packages list files of new and old version.

Python-pyparted was updated. A package required for Mintstick. That is the default application we use to burn isos.

Variety needs to autostart

As it turns out we do need variety to autostart so it can set a wallpaper on the odd occasions the desktops can not.

Xfce4 will not set a wallpaper on a screen it does not recognize. Variety will always apply the missing setting.

20.2.7

Move from development to stable

Applying major changes to stable branch

20.2.6

General changes

Variety is installed on your system but NOT started automatically. You can quickly change to the next wallpaper with Alt + n  and variety will load and change the wallpaper. The user decides whether to set variety to autostart next time or not. That results in setting the wallpaper with nitrogen in Openbox and with feh in i3. Packages have been updated.

Plank and its themes are installed on your system but will not autostart at boot on Xfce. The user decides whether he/she wants to start it up at boot. Plank is started on Openbox. The user decides this in the openbox config. i3 does not require Plank. Dmenu is our default menu.

ArcoLinux-config-git is back on the iso. By omitting the package from the iso of 20.2.5 we decided we can live without plank and variety autostarting. The autostart files have been deleted from this package.

20.2.5

Calamares improvement for arcolinux iso

We have choosen to go forward with the kpmcore-git package as a backend for the partition creation.

Delete all partititons with gparted and then install ArcoLinux with Calamares.

Much more applications can now be installed via Calamares.

Calamares improvement for arcolinuxd iso

We have choosen kpmcore-git package as a backend for partition creation.

Delete all partititons with gparted and then install ArcoLinux with Calamares.

Many more applications can now be installed via Calamares.

We have deleted more left-overs from the Xfce delivery system giving the user a more Arch Linux feel after installing any desktop.

20.2.4

Calamares improvement

More packages have been added to the list in Calamares.

The user has more installation choices.

20.2.3

arcolinux-root-git

Pkgbuild for this package was upgraded. We do not need .bashrc-latest anymore to overcome building issues.

The alias “cb” has been changed to a shorter version.

When you “update” your system and you did a “skel”, logout to apply the new bashrc with the new “cb”.

20.2.2

arcolinux-local-applications-git

This package is a desktop trick for Xfce only. We add or remove applications from the menu and the xfce settings with it.

These solutions are no longer necessary and have been deleted.

  • elinks
  • cmake-gui
  • electron

20.2.1

Calamares improvement

New Calamares backend – kpmcore-git

Calamares improvement

If you select your native language in the first screen of Calamares you will have the desktop and libreoffice in your native tongue.

$LOCALE will be replace with your language choice and will install additional 

  1. language packages for libre-office
  2. spelling correction packages

Lxqt packages list

We added the following packages to the iso

  • lximage-qt
  • trojita
  • qpdfview
  • obconqt

We remove the following packages from the iso

  • evolution

Xmonad volume icon

Polybar will get an icon in its polybar. The application is called volumeicon. You can set your volume with it but also get to pavucontrol to set more complex elements like recording and selecting bluetooth devices.

F12 will launch xfce4-terminal in Herbstluftwm

We want all our desktops to have some kind of drop down terminal. We use a native application when present.

F12 will launch guake on Gnome

We want all our desktops to have some kind of drop down terminal. We use a native application when present.

F12 will launch guake on Budgie

We want all our desktops to have some kind of drop down terminal. We use a native application when present.

Xmonad – recompile xmonad automatically

Xmonad is actually an application that is running. When updates come in, you are sometimes stuck at the lightdm login screen because you forgot to recompile Xmonad before rebooting. Solution to this issue is described here.

With our solution we hope this issue is in the past.

A pacman hook is going to recompile xmonad when an update is coming in.

Qtile assign applications to workspaces

We have added code to be able to assign applications to specific workspaces.
Browsers on 1, editors on 2, etc..

Budgie Wallpaper

Budgie will start with the standard wallpaper of ArcoLinux.

Budgie  Super + X

The keyboard shortcut to shutdown the desktop was missing in Budgie.

Deepin Wallpaper

Deepin will start with the standard wallpaper of ArcoLinux.

VARIETY HAS BEEN UPDATED TO 0.8.2-1

We have changed our configuration to follow the new release.

Variety is started at boot.

Variety will NOT change your wallpaper. Not on start and not after x minutes.

Only /usr/share/backgrounds is there as the source for wallpapers.

Desktoppr is back as source. We leave it up to the user to activate it.

We have added several issues on the github of variety. We have asked for support for these desktops to change the desktop without using our ArcoLinux solutions.

  1. awesome
  2. jwm
  3. herbstluftwm
  4. qtile
  5. xmonad

As a result the next variety release will support them out of the box.

ZSH SUPPORTED – OH-MY-ZSH-GIT SUPPORTED

Packages added to acquite zsh support – more to follow

  • arcolinux-zsh-git
  • oh-my-zsh-git

GENERAL IMPROVEMENTS

Packages added to the iso

  • archiso
  • arcolinux-zsh-git
  • oh-my-zsh-git
  • breeze (cursor)
  • breeze-icons

Packages remved from the iso

  • xcursor-breeze
  • oxygen neo

20.1.4

New conky with “powered by ArcoLinux” sticker created by zver43

We have created a new conky to show this powered by ArcoLinux sticker. Also for plasma package.

New xfce setting to center windows

Calamares no longer centers itself when booting up. We will change a setting in Xfce so that any new window centers itself in this desktop. There has been a github commit on calamares regarding the issue. This is the proposed solution.

Herbstluftwm

Several keybindings for herbstluftwm have moved to sxhkd file.

Awesome

Changed text in menu of awesome – more clarity by also omitting some menus.

F12 dropdown terminal does not tile any more.

Border color for focused windows is blue.

Xmonad

The F12 dropdown terminal will behave as a dropdown and not be tiled.

Multimedia buttons (play, stop, …) will not work for mpd but for spotify and other players.

Xmonad will also draw a blue line around a single window.

Arch Linux – Xorg cleaning

Arch Linux is cleaning out the xorg group package.

xf86-input-mouse and xf86-input-keyboard have been deleted from the Arch Linux repos.

Carli continues – booting into plasma – Carli 4

The article about the goal and vision of Carli has been updated.

https://arcolinuxiso.com/goal-and-vision/

Lightdm wallpaper for plasma changed

Arcolinux websites makeover

We have taken a look at the database and amount of MB our websites take up. We have made our database and our images smaller. As a result it might be that you are visiting a page where there is an image missing.

Report a missing image and we will fix it.

We can not visit every page on our websites.

It does not weigh up against the amount of webspace we have saved by this actions. Some are now half the size they were last year.

A big thank you goes to our revision-team, who give me corrections for grammar and spelling.

Improvements concerning all the sites

  • consistency in home page
  • homepage – gets list of the latetst articles
  • start here menu is consistently present
  • start here is built up as first start guide for the user – begin at top and end at bottom of menu
  • there is just one gallery – only on arcolinux.info – others have been deleted  – webspace reacquired
  • choose your project is present on all websites – it is important to see the projects and the websites that support them

We emphasize the two major pages you should visit as a first user of ArcoLinux but also later you can revisit them

The last link – fast-track – is a new page. We will keep improving it over time.

Fast-track = concentrated ArcoLinux and Arch Linux knowledge

The who page has been updated to show the ArcoLinux Team.

Use the listing menu in all our websites to do a quick search or perform a quick overview of the content available.

Download link is more predominant in menu. Request of users.

Download page has a quick download section at top. Request of users.

Download for cheatsheet is present also in sidemenu.

Adding more social media to the sidemenu.

Adding the most important article there is about Calamares.

We have added a privacy policy concerning all our websites.

The ArcoLinuxB beta webpage will not longer be used – stays for the archive links. 

Reorganizing of content via menus and categories.

Same structure on ArcoLinux and ArcoLinuxD in our start menu.

New category – pre-installation gathers knowledge you should have before starting out your journey in linux.

New category – post-installation gathers articles concerning the topic “what to do after a clean install”.

Youtube overview – make people aware we use playlists on youtube

We create videos on the demand of our users.

We have created a compact guide to get you started after a clean install.

All the information about dual-booting and more is gathered in the menu.

Bios and UEFI are common questions when installing Linux. If everything is set right, it will function forever.

Superflex is gathering articles that show you how easy it is to install more desktops on your current computer.

Reorganizing of content via menus and categories.

Same structure on ArcoLinux and ArcoLinuxD in our start menu.

New category – pre-installation gathers knowledge you should have before starting out your journey in linux.

New category – post-installation gathers articles concerning the topic “what to do after a clean install”.

We have included also here a link to the superflex articles since it is that important.

Arch Linux installation pages have been updated – nicer look to visually see what is the minimum you should type in your terminal.

Reorganizing of content via menus and categories.

Same structure on ArcoLinux and ArcoLinuxD in our start menu.

Get-started page has been updated.

Goal and vision article has been rewritten. After reading this page you will know the difference between the ArcoLinuxB project and the Carli project.

This website will be revisited at a later stage when the Carli project has more content.

20.1.3

FUN SCRIPT – DNA

XFCE custom actions

We have added sha256 checksum to our context menu in thunar.

Install latest linux kernel

We have added the possibility to install also the latest linux kernel.

When we build the iso, it will contain the latest linux kernel but not after several weeks.

We give the user now the possibility to try out at 2 linux kernels either the one from the iso or the very latest from the net.

Build script provides two extra files

We have added a few lines in the build script.

As a result you will get two extra files

  1. a list of all the packages on the iso and their version
  2. a checksum file containing
    1. sha1
    2. sha256
    3. md5

20.1.2

microcode or amd-ucode and intel-ucode

We changed the calamares configuration to include the choice to install either intel-ucode or amd-ucode.

Read on Arch Wiki microcode for more info.

If you are planning on a dualboot, you may have to manually edit /boot/grub/grub.cfg to include initramfs-linux.img IF you are installing the microcode. It is the user’s choice now.

Calamares is programmed to delete the microcode that you do not need even if you select it. For example on an intel cpu, you can select amd-ucode but it will be removed later on.

20.1.1

Calamares 3.2.17.1 and choose what to install

We have eliminated the nvidia module from calamares and went completely for the netinstall module to install

  • linux lts kernel
  • nvidia with linux kernel
  • nvidia with linux-lts kernel
  • nvidia 390xx with linux kernel
  • nvidia 390xx with linux-lts kernel
  • libreoffice still
  • libreoffice fresh
  • WPS Office

No internet – No packages installed

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