ArchMerge 6.4.1
Kirk
POLYBAR has been launched
Polybar has been launched and added to the long list of ArchMerge packages.

achmerge-polybar-git

This package contains the latest polybar config for your system. Now primed for i3 and openbox. In the future we will add more desktop environments like bspwm, xmonad, herbstluftwm that can benefit as well from a panel.

The package update will be done in /etc/skel. You decide if you want to update with meld or not. The polybar config is in ~/.config/polybar.

You will find lots of tutorials about polybar on ArchMerge.com.

Openbox example

I3 example

SAMBA & co
Added a better configuration to easily open shared folders on an Apple system from inside  your filemanager.
Software
Added software

  • No new packages

Removed software

  • snapd gave us installation issues
AUR UPDATES
  • calamares –hardware clock issue should be fixed
  • conky-lua-archers
  • grub-customizer
  • i3-gaps-next
  • oomox-git
  • python2-pyparted
  • timeshift
  • vivaldi and its codec
  • Sardi icons
  • Surfn icons
XFCE4
We created 2 new Arc Themes.

Hibiscus and Tory

They can be applied to all 3 desktops.

Openbox
  • Lts kernel script made executable and rewrite of code in ~/.config/openbox/scripts
  • change lock icon for menu with icons
I3wm
Polybar is fully integrated in i3.
Better code to start up polybar.
ArchMergeD 6.4.1
Kirk
ArchMERGED-mate

We provide you after the installation of ArchMergeD with all the help you need to get a fully functional system and during the installation process you are free to change anything you like.

You can call fall back on quite a few articles and video’s. Still to be created.

This month we created ArchMergeD MATE.

After installation of ArchMergeD you need to run a few scripts and your pc is up and running.

  • applications
  • themes
  • icons
  • conky’s
  • samba
  • printers
  • bluetooth
  • network

They will all be installed.

General improvements
  • Polkit directory – change and follow permissions from update
  • new calamares – should solve hardware clock issues some have
  • new versions of kernel and applications
ArchMerge 6.3.1
Kirk
100% rolling release
We have found 1 file i.e. conkzen.desktop that was not included in a package. We fixed that.

We will create packages in the future to update your system. Very soon you will see a new package for polybar. Polybar can be used as a panel in i3.

  • archmerge-arc-themes-git
  • archmerge-common-git
  • archmerge-conky-collection-git
  • archmerge-docs-git
  • archmerge-i3wm-git
  • archmerge-iso-skel-git
  • archmerge-oblogout-themes-git
  • archmerge-obmenu-generator-git
  • archmerge-openbox-configs-git
  • archmerge-openbox-themes-git
  • archmerge-pipemenus-git
  • archmerge-plank-themes-git
  • archmerge-root-git
  • archmerge-slimlock-themes-git
  • archmerge-termite-themes-git
  • archmerge-tint2-themes-git
  • archmerge-wallpapers-git
  • archmerge-xfce-thunar-git

They will be reusable when we are on the ArchMergeD iso.

Software
Added software

  • Atom
  • Snapd
  • Awesome terminal fonts
  • vivaldi-codecs-ffmpeg-extra-bin
  • gtop
  • timeshift

Removed software

  • xfce-slimlock
  • pacaur
  • vivaldi-ffmpeg-codecs
XFCE4
15 ArchMerge Slimlock themes added – explained in this article

Openbox
11 ArchMerge Openbox logout themes added – explained in this article

I3wm
We are getting ready to use polybar as an extra 4th way to have a panel in i3.
Still in testing repo and beta phase
ArchMergeD 6.3.1
Kirk
ArchMERGED-CINNAMON
We provide you after the installation of ArchMergeD with all the help you need to get a fully functional system and during the installation process you are free to change anything you like.

You can call fall back on quite a few articles and video’s.

This month we created ArchMergeD Cinnamon.

After installation of ArchMergeD you need to run a few scripts and your pc is up and running.

  • applications
  • themes
  • icons
  • conky’s
  • samba
  • printers
  • bluetooth
  • network

They will all be installed.

TESTING REPO
We needed a repo to distribute our testing configurations and applications out there.

We added these lines to the /etc/pacman.conf

ArchMerge 6.2.1
Kirk
More a rolling release
One of the more important changes is that we are becoming gradually a rolling release.
Here is the list of all the ArchMerge packages on the repo.

  • archmerge-arc-themes-git
  • archmerge-common-git
  • archmerge-conky-collection-git
  • archmerge-docs-git
  • archmerge-i3wm-git
  • archmerge-iso-skel-git
  • archmerge-oblogout-themes-git
  • archmerge-obmenu-generator-git
  • archmerge-openbox-configs-git
  • archmerge-openbox-themes-git
  • archmerge-pipemenus-git
  • archmerge-plank-themes-git
  • archmerge-root-git
  • archmerge-slimlock-themes-git
  • archmerge-termite-themes-git
  • archmerge-tint2-themes-git
  • archmerge-wallpapers-git
  • archmerge-xfce-thunar-git

They will be reusable when we are on the ArchMergeD iso.

Software
Added software

  • Ubuntu fonts
  • Xfpanel-switch
  • Halo icons
  • Adapta theme

Removed software

  • command-not-found
XFCE4
Conkyzen (to select your conky) can now be found in your context menu in xfce.

Openbox
Need to know menu has been updated with all the relevant websites to go to in your hour of need.
I3wm
We added code to the config for correct placement of systemtools on dual screens.
ArchMergeD 6.2.1
Kirk
SCRIPTING
We provide you after the installation of ArchMergeD with all the help you need to get a fully functional system and during the installation process you are free to change anything you like.

You can call fall back on quite a few articles and video’s.

  • Budgie with 17 articles with 27 Youtube video’s
  • i3wm with 25 articles with 35 Youtube video’s
  • Xfce with 19 articles and 25 Youtube video’s

After installation of ArchMergeD you need to run a few scripts and your pc is up and running.

  • applications
  • themes
  • icons
  • conky’s
  • samba
  • printers
  • bluetooth
  • network

They will all be installed.

ROLLING RELEASE
We can reuse the work from ArchMerge here. After a clean installation we can install parts of ArchMerge via these packages.
More support
We keep looking for more support for hardware like graphical cards…
Support for touchpad.
ArchMerge 6.1.1
Kirk
General
You will see other computers in your network and be able to share folders with them or samba.

ArchMerge installer calamares and iso has been further improved. You will be able to see the keyboard layout when you choose a keyboard.

Added service to auto-update our system with the fastest mirrors on a weekly basis.

Added software for better battery usage.

Better touchpad support for laptops.

Alias mirror added to quickly get the fastest Arch linux servers out there.

Software
Added software

  • 78 plank themes
  • libreoffice-en
  • hyphen and hyphen-en
  • ttf-ms-fonts
  • simplescan
  • gufw – firewall
  • screenkey with best settings
  • oomox
  • zsh-completions
  • zsh-syntax-highlighting
  • oh-my-zsh-git
  • command-not-found
  • faba icons
  • paper icons

Removed software

  • grml-zsh-config
Plank
Since ArchMerge 6.1 we have >70 plank themes to choose from.
There must be one that will suit your need.
XFCE4
The xfce menu will only show applications relevant to xfce and NOT for i3 and openbox.
Openbox
You can have a manual menu i.e. xml file as well in Openbox. The file ~/.config/openbox/menu-make-it-yourself.xml has been edited for your convenience.
I3wm
Small change in the script for the number of updates in conkybar of i3.
ArchMergeD 6.1.1
Kirk
General
ArchMergeD uses the same installer as ArchMerge i.e. Calamares. After rebooting you will end up in a black screen. It is up to you to install a desktop environment of your choice.

Here you get a list of all possible desktops.

Touchpad improvement and iso improvement.

This iso will normally not change that much since it does not contain that much applications and almost no specific settings or theming.

Software
Added software

  • gparted
  • mousepad
  • bash-completion
  • noto-fonts
  • alias mirror and more
  • git
  • reflector
  • packer, yaourt and pacaur
  • mlocate
  • dmidecode
  • termite
Budgie-git desktop as example of future development
Our goal in Phase 3 would be to install any desktop we want on ArchMergeD. We will perfect this github of ArchMergeD Budgie. We can then use it as a template. Installing bluetooth support or printer support will be the same on any desktop.

You can find the current github at https://github.com/archmergelinux/amd-budgie.

ArchMerge 6.0.0
Kirk
XFCE4
ArchLabs R2-D2 was already heavily interlaced with XFCE4 applications to give users a proper desktop environment. It seemed only logical to supply you the full desktop experience. In this manner we have the vision that linux enthusiasts can start with XFCE4 and get comfortable in this environment. XFCE4 is ideal for starters in linux.

Learning XFCE4, Openbox and i3 would be an ideal learning roadmap of increasing difficulty.

Openbox
We have chosen to have a menu, that is generated on the spot. No need to edit the menu.xml when you add or delete applications. Your menu will automatically change after installing or uninstalling the software. You can choose to have icons in the menu or not. Standard there are no icons.
I3wm
i3wm next gaps is a great way to discover that there are other ways to manage your work. i3wm is for the more advanced and patient linux user. You get a themed and ready to go i3wm environment. The i3wm environment is an awesome tool for work-flow management and will include 10 desktops each with their own specialty e.g web browser on Desktop 1, Editors. Desktop 2, Multimedia. Desktop 3, you get the idea.
Application comparison of
ArchMerge 6.0 and ArchLabs 5.0 R2-D2
Applications installed
  • baobab
  • nomacs
  • ristretto
  • vivaldi-stable
  • gnome-software
  • evolution
  • ttf-droid
  • xcursor-breeze also for left-handed people
  • mugshot
  • ttf-font-awesome
  • cmatrix
  • cool-retro-terminal
  • pulseaudio-equalizer
  • menulibre
  • hardcode-fixer-git
  • vnstat
  • hddtemp
  • lollypop
  • darktable
  • transmission-cli
  • grsync
  • xfce4 and xfce4-goodies
Applications removed
  • libreoffice
  • vivaldi-snapshot
  • archmerge-hello
  • rofi
  • lftp
  • deadbeef
  • polybar
  • xfce4-artwork
  • gpicview
  • viewnior
  • elinks
  • clipit-gtk3
  • smplayer
  • oomox,
  • terminator
  • gtk-theme-arc-grey-git
  • terminus-font
  • cantarell-fonts
  • ttf-monaco