19.4 – April release

development of qtile
tweaking of cinnamon
tweaking of Mate
only Arcolinuxb full has been built – why
compton 6.2.2
arc themes everywhere
super + Q
alias cb
mirrorlist
hblock and redshift
oomox is out
NEW IN .bin
Conky – ja smooth-information
general improvements
future efforts
Stay rolling

development of Qtile

This month we have been perfecting Qtile. Making sure everything works and that all the ArcoLinux custom keyboard shortcuts are there. We have added a new one to our list.

 

Super + q closes a window here too. It has been implemented in other desktops too now.

Tweaking of CINNAMON

We restyled Cinnamon desktop and added our ArcoLinux custom keyboard shortcuts to it.

We have added gnome-keyring to all desktops so that vivaldi can ask the password when it starts for the first time. Otherwise it will not start with the latest release of Vivaldi. Depending if you use vivaldi, you may still need to do that on your system

sudo pacman -S gnome-keyring

More in this article.

Tweaking of mate

We restyled Mate desktop and added our ArcoLinux custom keyboard shortcuts to it.

More in this article.

only arcolinuxb full iso’s have been built – read why

We have only built the full ArcoLinuxB iso’s and will put them online.

It takes a lot of energy for the ArcoLinux team and all betatesters to test all the iso’s.

There are ArcoLinux and ArcoLinuxD – 2

There are ArcoLinuxB Full iso’s – 13

There are ArcoLinuxB Minimal iso’s – 13

That brings us to a total of 28 iso’s to test EVERY MONTH.

That is a huge drain of energy and time for all concerned.

That is why we have restricted ourselves to the full iso’s only, which was still 15 iso’s to install and test.

The idea of the BYOI project is NOT to download it but to BUILD it yourself.

If building is not your thing, you can always download an older full or minimal iso and start updating. We do want to keep rolling anyway and you know we have scripts to do that.

Thank you betatesters for giving us your time, energy and hardware to test all these iso’s.

Compton 6.2.2 and its new configuration file

  • Awesome
  • Bspwm
  • i3
  • Openbox
  • Qtile
  • Xmonad

We have a new compton.conf file for all the above mentioned desktops. Compton is in full development. In a short period of time we have seen major updates from 4 to 5 to currently 6.2.2.

Features have been changed, variables do not work anymore – our config needs to follow the development.

Tip: run compton with its configuration file from the terminal to see the warning messages.

arc themes based on Nico Hood  are implemented everywhere

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.

Read more here.

super + Q

From the development of Qtile we have learned to use the keyboard shortcut super + q to close a window.

We were so used to this shortcut that we have implemented it also in :

xfce, openbox, i3, awesome, bspwm, qtile, xmonad.

alias cb

Our bashrc is one of the most important files on any linux system. It contains our aliases for one. We assume and advise that you add your own aliases to your personal bashrc as explained in this article.

When an update comes in for your bashrc, we always need to copy/paste its content from bashrc-latest to bashrc and if we want to make sure that a skel later will not undo your work, you need to copy/paste the content also in /etc/skel/.bashrc.

The alias “cb”  will do that job for you and will load (source) the new bashrc for you.

Two letters and the job is done.

alias cb=”cp ~/.bashrc-latest ~/.bashrc && source ~/.bashrc && sudo cp /etc/skel/.bashrc-latest /etc/skel/.bashrc

Mirrorlist

We are now relying on seedhost and github and no longer on driesdubois.be.

Hblock and redshift

New update of Hblock is in –  remember if you are using Redshift then you can whitelist the url so Redshift can find out, what part of the globe that you reside in.

/etc/hblock.d/whitelist.list

Make sure you delete the # in front of this line

location.services.mozilla.com 

analytics.google.com – This line is for webmasters that are using google analytics.

oomox is out

Oomox is an application to create themes. The PKGBUILD has been changed by the maintainer. As from now it will take very long to build it and it will use a lot more MB just to be able to build it.
Those users, that do want it, will not see the cpu time and harddisk space as disadvantages and can install it themselves after a clean installation of ArcoLinux.

Openbox menu

All google+ community links have been removed.

fun script square in .bin

Conky – ja smooth-information

general improvements

  • Getting rid of the two xfce related wallpapers in /usr/share/backgrounds/xfce after installation
  • bluez-firmware is orphaned – out of packages list

To DO 
ArcoLinuxB QTILE tutorials

We need to start creating Qtile tutorials..

how to stay rolling or what changed

HOw to stay rolling

We have dedicated an article to this particular topic since it is probably FAQ number 1.

How to update any ArcoLinux or how to stay rolling

geoip service is Working again
Future will tell us for how long

More detailed information can be found in the beta links in the menu Blog
and ofcourse in the commits
On github.