19.6 – June release

calamares new version 3.2.8
NEw project ArcoLinuxB XFCE Bare
Qtile tutorials and projects
Qtile oblogout
qtile memory widget
qtile net graph widget
qtile net widget
Qtile battery
qtile Super + shift + X
Breaking Bad conky
maintenance of githubs
NEW IN .bin
general improvements
future efforts
Stay rolling

calamares

We are using the Calamares 3.2.8 release.
You can read about it here.

We have used this release to work on our configs (including ALL ArcoLinuxB’s) as well.

Due to the fact that we have changed both the calamares version and the calamares configuration files, we have built and tested all iso’s. So this month we will have all iso’s available. You know this will not be the case every month. ArcoLinuxB needs to be built by you with your preferences of applications and not ours.

All 26 ArcoLinuxB iso’s have been built.
and ArcoLinux
and ArcoLinuxD
+ 1 new project

Project ArcoLinuxB Xfce Bare

A conversation between two people turns into a what if and turns into a project.

Let us make and ArcoLinuxB Xfce edition but let us strip the iso down even further than the minimal version.

ArcoLinuxB Xfce Bare was born.

More info can be found here : 

https://arcolinuxb.com/project-arcolinuxb-xfce-bare-let-us-make-the-smallest-iso-possible/

Qtile Tutorials

We started creating qtile tutorials on 

https://arcolinuxd.com/category/arcolinuxd/qtile/

23 articles and counting.

We plan to make more tutorials in the future.

Qtile Oblogout

A new oblogout configuration file lets us shutdown faster. No waiting time.

 Use the keyboard shortcut  Super + X to access it.

 sudo reboot in the terminal is NOT DONE on qtile – ends up in a waiting period

Qtile Memory Widget

At some point in time we noticed that the amount of memory usage was different in the Qtile widget than the conky, htop, gtop,…

We filed an issue on the qtile github and the changes have been implemented in the qtile core code already. We have to wait for an official release.

In the meantime we have our own arcomemory.py that works.

Once the update comes in, this file can be deleted.

Qtile Net widget

While making tutorials we went to the qtile documentation website and we created this new widget called Net.

More info here : https://arcolinuxd.com/20-creation-of-a-new-widget-on-qtile-called-net/

Qtile Battery

 

We have been developing widgets  for laptops to display the state of the battery.
We created 4 different options to display the condition of your battery. So just for laptop users.

In order to keep our config.py in a ‘clean’ state we have chosen for one design and we moved the code for the other three widgets to a folder called backup.

From left to right you see the following trials 

  1. horizontal changing icons depending on state of battery – no text
  2. vertical changing icons depending on state of battery – personal icons
  3. vertical changing icons depending on state of battery – qtile icons
  4. fixed image + text

Option 1 will become our default look.
The first blue horizontal battery icon you see in the image.

Qtile Keyboard Shortcut Super + Shift + X

We have put a hashtag in front of this keyboard shortcut. 

If you accidentally press this keyboard shortcut, qtile shuts down without asking for confirmation.

Too many tutorial video’s have been lost with this super speedy shutdown sequence.

Maintenance of repositories

Our 5 ArcoLinux repositories (see pacman.conf) need some cleaning up.

Git is an awesome tool. It keeps track of all the changes over time but with all these packages you easily have 2GB in your .git folder. There is no need for that.

We used the time to make a tutorial for ArcoLinux.iso website.

If you are planning to make your own iso, you will need to maintain your repo’s.

https://arcolinuxiso.com/monthly-clean-up-of-our-arcolinux-repositories/

Qtile Net Graph Widget

While making tutorials we went to the qtile documentation website and we created this new widget called NetGraph.

More info here : https://arcolinuxd.com/21-creation-of-a-new-widget-on-qtile-called-netgraph/

Monthly Fun script – colorwheel

General improvements

lsb-release

Lsb_release will change to the latest version e.g. 19.06.1 when you run the stay rolling script.

ArcoLinux System Config

Redundant file in this package was deleted. These settings are now default in the Arch Linux kernel.

Awesome configuration update

Lain has been updated in the Awesome config.

  • 2 additions
  • 15 deletions

To DO  More ArcoLinuxB Qtile tutorials

We will create more 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 arcolinux.info menu
and of course in the commits
On github.