Installed applications:

upgraded calamares installer from 3.1.12-4 to 3.1.13-3.


Installed applications:

updated the following AUR packages

  • peek
  • sardi-icons
  • surfn-icons
  • discord
  • grub-customizer
  • inxi
  • pamac-aur
  • python-pywal
  • sublime-text-dev
  • trizen
  • vivaldi
  • vivaldi-codecs-ffmpeg-extra-bin



Deleted applications:

Because of issues with login into Xfce we found out that the new Xorg-server and Xorg-server-common where to blame. But after further investigation we think there must be a conflict between the new version of xorg-server and the xf86-video-nouveau. As a result we do not install this package anymore.



xfce action button plugin

XFCE Action buttons plugin

Thanks to a report on the forum we found out that we can actually theme this as well to our liking.


Installed applications:

added python-pywal
added gnome-screenshot for jpg support
added gnome-software-packagekit-plugin to get images in gnome-software
added ~/.bin in bashrc to path
added Xscape for super key in openbox

Deleted applications:

nothing yet


more uniformity between two neofetch configs
arcolinux i3 has python-pywal with keyboard shortcuts
bspwm has python-pywal with keyboard shortcuts
awesome has python-pywal with keyboard shortcuts
more xfce custom actions
Hardcode-fixer is present in xfce settings
variety config update to latest version and compatible with bspwm and awesome
bashrc was updated to include a local .bin folder

XFCE More custom actions

We have added more custom actions to thunar – the file manager of XFCE like

  • change ownership to root
  • change ownership to user
  • md5sum check
  • sha1sum check
  • symbolic link

Quick system info

New application added to xfce settings

Installed via arcolinux-applications package


Available in xfce-settings
New package created for it – arcolinux-applications

More xfce settings

Common and important applications available in xfce-settings
New package created for it – arcolinux-applications

  • pulse audio volume control
  • disks
  • dconf-editor
  • gparted
  • grub-customizer
  • hardinfo

Nanorc coloring

Added coloring of syntax to help us analyze files

Tint2 themes

Created arcolinux-numix.tint2rc

Rofi themes


All ArcoLinux packages received an number update to 6.7. Through this number we know the packages are created for the iso ArcoLinux 6.7 or May 2018.

ArcoLinux iso :

  • The liveuser is booting into bash rather than zsh. Aliases like pksyu can be used in the livecd.
  • gksu is now used – we will see what good replacement we can find
  • urxvt-perls is used to give better support for urxvt users (=terminal)
  • urxvt-resize-font-git is installed to make it easier to increase or decrease font size on the fly
  • .Xresources has been updated to have the Ascii logo in ArcoLinux and is improved
  • termite got a new coloring scheme to make sure the Ascii logo looks good.
  • neofetch got a new config so the Ascii logo looks good.
  • polybar has been updated for Bspwm
  • variety has been given support for Bspwm

Installed applications:

  • arcolinux-rofi-themes (4 Arc themes have been created – more will follow to cover all Arc colors from the Arc themes
  • arcolinux-neofetch-ascii has been added to have an ascii look instead of the logo in termite and urxvt.

Neofetch logo with Ascii

Development of BSPWM

We have developed a new desktop aka windows tiling manager called Bspwm and its configuration can be installed with arcolinux-bspwm package. More tutorials will follow on a later date.

Development of Rofi themes

We have developed 4 new Rofi themes. This is casablanca. More themes will follow. They will follow the coloring theme we use in the Arc themes so you can have a desktop that looks awesome.

Phase 5 is finished – Install Arch Linux the arch way

ArcoLinux’s learning path includes an Arch Linux installation following the wiki. This is our phase 5.
We explain to you a BIOS installation for older computers
We explain to you an UEFI installation for newer computers.
After 20 minutes you have Arch Linux installed with the desktop of your choice. Then we theme and tweak it with more packages and tools.

All the articles can be found on arcolinuxd.com.

Development of DEEPING SCRIPTS

When we were writing the Arch Linux guides for phase 5 : how to install Arch Linux the arch way we seized the opportunity to have a new desktop environment. This can be installed on ArcoLinuxD too. They are on the github of ArcoLinuxD. Tutorials and articles will follow later.

BYOI or build your own iso

ArcoLinux added a phase in the learning path. Phase 4 is when you build your own iso (BYOI) on the basis of ArcoLinux or ArcoLinuxD.

At any moment in time you can now build/burn your own iso and boot from it.


Installed applications:

added discord for a chat channel with users and ArcoLinux team

Deleted applications:

deleted hexchat – discord is our way to communicate


ArcoLinux iso :

logical order in packages.both for BYOI

improvement for BYOI in scripts


ArcoLinux Xfce :


ArcoLinux General:


Deleted applications:

broadcom-wl – now wifi works for macbookpro


ArcoLinux iso :

added dconf-editor

deleted qt4 – not necessary for any application we use

deleted hexchat – in favor of discord

qt5 settings will work with Noto sans or Noto mono regular 10 – important for vlc

improvement for BYOI in scripts


ArcoLinux Xfce :

Standard 2 workspaces rather than 4


ArcoLinux General:

Neofetch logo has matching colors with Arc themes


ArcoLinux iso :

Removing intel-ucode from packages.both.

This needs to be installed by the user like polybar.


ArcoLinux iso :

Using another way to start calamares

Updates from AUR

  • menulibre


ArcoLinux iso :

comparison between arcolinux and arcolinuxd

Updates from AUR

  • vivaldi
  • i3 gaps next
  • trizen


ArcoLinux Iso :

deleted deadbeef and lollypop and pragha music player is the now the standard music player

improved building script 20 for easier installation for BYOI.


Major shift in githubs :

We need to have more granularity for the future projects like BYOI.

github arcolinux-iso-skel is replaced with 9 githubs

  • arcolinux-config
  • arcolinux-neofetch
  • arcolinux-variety
  • arcolinux-local
  • arcolinux-nitrogen
  • arcolinux-geany
  • arcolinux-plank
  • arcolinux-tint2
  • arcolinux-rofi

Added more colorful logo’s in arcolinux-neofetch


ArcoLinux Iso :

added deadbeef to test it again

added 3 new slimlock themes


ArcoLinux Iso :

added zoom

added asciinema

added tint2 theme : arcolinux-minimal-white


ArcoLinux Iso :

fix for double linux at bootup

using oomox instead of oomox-git

Added trizen to the packages – AUR helper

ArcoLinux(D)-iso : improving build script for BYOI

New alias : unlock=sudo rm /var/lib/pacman/db.lck

All conky names and images have been updated to ArcoLinux.

ArchMerge to ArcoLinux

ArchMergeD to ArcoLinuxD

  • all website references
  • slim.conf


Xfce :

Conkyzen application is showing up in xfce settings now

ctrl + alt + enter = terminal

xfce right mouse click no applications anymore – icons too small

xfce : icons size for category icons is a bit bigger (2)


Openbox :

Conky chooser renamed to Conkyzen

ctrl + alt + enter = terminal

openbox : Changed fading in compton.conf to smaller number to get quicker response





i3wm :

arcolinux-i3wm-git  – only thunar starts – applications are no longer fixed to a workspace

i3 : Changed fading in compton.conf to smaller number to get quicker response


Sardi and Surfn icons : 

created sardi and surfn icons for ArcoLinux


4 Arc Themes and matching Oblogout themes:

  • Punch (dark red)
  • Orchid (pink)
  • Niagara (green)
  • Boticelli (blue)

When developing ArchMergeD Awesome we have decided to add Rofi to that tiling windows manager. It can be an easy way to start your application. As a result Rofi has been added to the iso of ArchMerge.  We can use rofi only in i3 and openbox and not in xfce.  Next month we will create Arc Rofi themes that will match our Arc themes. The Rofi themes, you will receive now, are the standard ones from Rofi.

Rofi keyboard shortcuts have been added

  • CTRL + ALT + R = rofi-theme-selector
  • Super + F11 = full-sceen rofi application selector
  • Super + F12 = smaller screen rofi application selector

Sardi and Surfn got a major update. More icons, spring clean in the svg code and Sardi Ghost Flexible is back in for Arch based distro’s. Read more about Sardi here.

Boost your system

While testing ArchMergeD desktops we were developing a script to make sure that all cores of our processor are involved in the building and compressing task for applications coming from the AUR.

Added script “000-use-all-cores-makepkg-conf-vx.sh” to speed up compiling your applications from AUR in ~/.config/openbox/scripts. You can find more info about this in this article.

ArchMergeD users will find it on the github.


Connecting to shared folders on an Apple or Mac system is now easy to do in filemanager.


Polybar has been added. A bar or panel for Openbox and i3 and many other desktops coming in the future.
Giving you 33 modules to display in your panel/bar.

2 extra Arc themes

  • hibiscus
  • tory

i3 config improved for polybar

Openbox config changes

  • make lts kernel script executable and rewrite of kernel scripts
  • change icon to lock openbox

Packages removed

  • snapd gave us issues in January 2018

AUR packages update

  • conky-lua-archers
  • grub-customizer
  • i3-gaps-next
  • oomox-git
  • python2-pyparted
  • timeshift
  • vivaldi and its codec
  • Sardi icons
  • Surfn icons

Calamares – installer for ArchMerge should not give an hardware clock error upon installing.



  • oomox
  • vivaldi
  • sardi icons
  • surfn icons
  • peek
  • yad
  • halo icons

Typo’s in pacman.conf and setting ATOM as standard editor instead of Geany.


  • Polybar – toolbar to be used for i3 or even openbox
    • i3wm and openbox ArchMerge packages prepared
  • Software added :
    • atom
    • snapd
    • awesome-terminal-fonts for polybar
  • Bug fixing
    • variety has better scripts – wallpaper stays the same when switching desktops


  • ArchMerge-oblogout-themes updated – 9 themes
  • ArchMerge-slimlock-themes updated –15 themes
  • Xfce-slimlock from AUR is not needed anymore
  • pacaur is no longer maintained – not installed



  • Move to a bigger ssd to build iso
  • changed scripts how to make the iso
  • archmerge-keyring added


Software added

added vivaldi-codecs-ffmpeg-extra-bin
removed vivaldi-ffmpeg-codecs


Software added

  • added gtop
  • added timeshift
  • added youtube support for vivaldi – alternate package

Rolling release

conkyzen added to package


improvement AUR-all-in-one

new conky WO-conky-system-lua

new conky WO-clock-system-lua


Panel up or bottom


added ttf-ubuntu-font-family as extra font


Finalizing iso.
Script improvements.
Packages list clean up.

Video support packages shortlist.


Biggest change is that many more archmerge packages have been created. They will help us in the upgrade process to become more and more rolling.

But they will also help us when we are on ArchMergeD and want to get all the latest settings from ArchMerge!



  • added xfpanel-switch
  • added blacklist for watchdogs and others


  • command not found is out
  • updating calamares configs
  • locale configuration
  • airootfs completely changed


  • Aur-Acros no cloud services – conky shorter
  • evaluating current services update


  • vivaldi mpeg out – not needed anymore to see youtube in vivaldi

Packages for more video support have been added

  • libva-intel-driver
  • libva-vdpau-driver
  • mesa-vdpau


  • termite config change no scroll
  • extra information about 304 and 340 nvidia on forum
  • termite to be the standard terminal in xfce in the shortcuts
  • synaptics is out – libinput as standard for touchpad
  • pacman.conf – parameters changed for display when updating
  • halo icons in there


  • Calamares update + theming with new images
  • new aliases
  • conkyzen in contextmenu in xfce
  • i3 toolbar/tray improvement for dual screens


  • Need-to-know application reflects the 4 new websites we bought
  • More rolling : created termite theme package
  • Added adapta-gtk-theme
  • Added printer support for other applications
  • Improved thunar custom actions


  • extra logo’s for ArchMergeD in conky folder
  • paper icon theme included now


  • calamares improvement – installation screen – keyboard image shows layout
  • Installed software
    • gufw – firewall
    • simplescan
    • 78 archmerge-plank-themes
    • conky-lua-archers
    • zsh-completions
    • zsh-syntax-highlighting
    • oh-my-zsh-git
    • command-not-found
    • faba icons
    • paper icons
    • iso improvement – service error
    • Typo in slim.conf – erik out

Removed software

  • grml-zsh-config


  • alias mirrors=mirror
  • extra logo archmerged
  • old reference to ArchLabs in menu-make-it-yourself.xml gone + menu update


  • improving calamares – installer
  • tlp service active
  • changing code in i3 conky to get number of updates


  • screenkey settings in .config
  • tlp for laptops – service for laptop/energy


  • laptop users should test the touchpad new settings – double click?
    • x11/xorg.conf.d/70-synaptics.conf
  • calamares will ask autologin and root same password
  • conflicting keyboard shortcut between openbox and xfce out – ctrl +esc
  • arandr not showing in xfce menu
  • mimeapps.list improved


  • screenkey added to applications
  • Samba has been added to the system
    • check if you see all computers in the house
  • lightdm bug – added active-monitor=0



  • detection of other computers in network
  • samba



  Compared with 6.0.0 till 6.0.3



deleted in xfce menu

alias mirror added
new logo conky

reflector service and timer

breeze-snow cursor everywhere