19.3 – March release
new calamares – no swap
new arc themes
sardi ARc + new icons
new lock theme
grub ArcoLinux vimix theme
plank lesser icons
17 new plank themes
SUPER + T = urxvt
fun script bonsai
The 19.03 edition is all about theming
- Grub theme
- New login theme
- New wallpapers
- New lock screen
- New icons
- New Arc themes
- New conky
- New fun script
And a new CALAMARES with the possibility NOT to use SWAP.
And Plasma improvement.
And Deepin tutorials.
Calamares new version – rebranding – iso improvement
Since we have a new calamares version (3.2.4) we took a look at improving the iso and the packages of Calamares.
The most important change for the end-user is the the possibility NOT TO USE SWAP.
Or to use a
- tiny amount of swap (no hibernate) or
- use the swap as we were used to (with hibernate)
You will also notice that the live-iso boots up faster that its predecessors.
Measured in Virtualbox around 5 minutes for ArcoLinux and 2,5 minutes for ArcoLinuxD.
Under the hood there are many changes in the iso and in calamares and its configs.
New arc themes based on Nico Hood github
We have created all our Arc themes plus Aqua and Pink on the basis of the github of Nico Hood.
The result can be installed on your system with
sudo pacman -S arcolinux-arc-themes-nico-git
and replaces arcolinux-arc-themes.
Sardi and surfn are mixed with the mint-y icons
Following a what-if I have created 7 new packages you can install via AUR.
It combines the Mint-Y icon theme from Linux Mint aka horst3180 (Arc theme and icons) with the core Sardi icons and Surfn. More info here.
Added our grub arcolinux vimix theme to the iso
In the spirit of restyling we also added a grub theme that we were developing together with the developer of vimix. See article for more info.
We took a look at the settings of Plasma to set the missing elements that we so love having around on our other desktops. For example our keyboard shortcuts. Let us give a summary of all the changes.
- sardi-arc theme is now standard
- numix-theme is installed
- no splash screen so we boot up faster
- gtk theme has been set to sardi-arc
- desktop effects : desktop cube
- desktop effects : wobbly effects
- desktop effects : grid effect
- 4 virtual desktops in 2 rows with slide effect
- 30+ keyboard shortcuts – same as on other desktops
- start with empty session on next boot
In the other video we see Plasma on SSD (that one has the wobbly effect – virtual box will not) and we go over the same content but this time we check the files that are coming to your system via /etc/skel. A more technical approach and a way to look at the source of all the plasma settings.Talking about skel and bupskel.
There are already 16 tutorials about Deepin. More to follow.
super +t = urxvt
Since we have Seedhost to host our iso’s and repo’s, I have noticed that communicating with a server is best done via urxvt. Therefore we changed the keyboard shortcut Super + T to be a fixed shortcut for urxvt.
We start by changing this in Xfce and will gradually move through all desktops.
You will still be able to launch termite with :
CTRL + ALT + T = termite
SUPER + RETURN = termite
CTRL + ALT + RETURN = termite
TP-TRoll is the new conky
We have added a new conky to your system. Select and use. If you want to know more how it was created or how to add a conky to your ArcoLinux system then you can find an article here.
Fun script of the month – bonsai
The bonsai script comes from John Allbritten at https://gitlab.com/jallbrit/bonsai.sh and as such the copyright is his but also all the questions.
To learn more about the script type bonsai –help in your terminal.
Update your system and type skel in your terminal.
hplip has been removed from the iso.
Every single time the package updated, we had/have to run the hardcode-fixer to change the icon.
Users can install this package with “sudo pacman -S hplip”.
the platinum searcher bin is a great tool to search within the content of your files. It became useful once catfish could no longer give me this functionality.
Xmonad gets an alternative menu called xmobar
Thanks to Nick (ArcoLinux team) and krive001(on Discord) we were able to quickly develop a xmobar version for ArcoLinux. The intention is never to include the system icons in this one. The polybar version of Xmonad has the system icons. This is mainly done for stability reasons and for the design.
Since we now have two distinct possibilities and also two distinct xmonad configurations, we created three new packages
The package arcolinux-xmonad-git will disappear over time and is replaced by arcolinux-xmonad-polybar-git.
If you switch between menu’s polybar or xmobar, pacman will remove the other menu since both use the same folder and files. It will install the packages it needs.
Then you do a skel and logout and login and the menu has changed.
If on ArcoLinuxD or ArcoLinuxB you will see that there are more packages required now in order for the menu of Xmobar to work. Install also
sudo pacman -S xmobar
sudo pacman -S gsimplecal
Future EFFORTS and update
To DO MORE deepin tutorials
We need to continue creating Deepin tutorials..
how to stay rolling or what changed
HOw to stay rolling
Full package list
The full package list of the latest iso’s can always be found on github at this address :
More detailed information can be found in the beta links in the menu Blog
and ofcourse in the commits