NEED TO KNOW
This concerns all ArcoLinux editions
Dual screen
Use the application Display in the xfce4-settings-manager to tell xfce or openbox NOT to mirror the displays.
Laptop users
Battery

The application xfce4powermanagersettings can be used to display a battery icon if needed. You can also set your display brightness there.

Double tap on touchpad

You will find the setting in xfce settings manager, mouse and touchpad.

Conky's

FONTS

Conky’s can be activated via conkyzen in XFCE4 and conky chooser in Openbox. Many conky’s are beautiful because they use fonts with copyright on them. In order to avoid any lawsuits in this regard, you should download the fonts yourself. Downloading the fonts is ok for personal use but not for a distribution. You can find the download links in the folder ~/.config/conky/fonts.

There is an alias for you to load your fonts in the system.

alias fc=’sudo fc-cache -fv’ 

LUA

Starting from ArchMerge 6.1 we have conky-lua-archers installed by default. Lua conky’s should work out of the box.

Many conky’s have three letters in their name. This means that in order to enjoy that conky you will have install LUA support for your hardware from aur. It is best to start with the first one and test if that one works for your hardware.

CONKY FIXED OR CLICKABLE

A conky will always react differently in each desktop environment. The conky’s have been set to the be fixed on the desktop in Openbox. In XFCE you will see that you can click on a conky. As a result the conky moves in front of a window. It is not a problem but you can change this behaviour in XFCE. You will loose transparency. You need to change the code in the conky from

to

Icons
Sometimes icons are not following the chosen theme. That is not due to the icon theme. That is because software engineers are making a hardcoded path to the icon. So whatever icon theme you choose, it will always take /usr/share/icons/example.png. This is hardcoded.

The solution is simple. After installing ArchMerge and after every update of that particular software package, you should run

Here we see HP as an example. There are about 5-6 icons that do need to be changed on September 2017.

Before

After

Termite
79 termite coloring schemes have been added. Change the terminal the way you want it.
You will find these schemes in the folder and also the configuration file.

Plank themes
You can access the many plank themes with right mouse click on the plank with holding in the CTRL key pressed. Since ArchMerge 6.1 we have > 70 plank themes.
Install Arch Linux the Arch way

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.

There is a guide for a BIOS installation for older computers
There is a guide for an UEFI installation for newer computer.

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.

In this process we created new installation scripts for Deepin desktop.

More info can be found on https://arcolinuxd.com.

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.

More information can be found on both websites :

https://arcolinuxd.com/category/arcolinuxd/byoi/

https://arcolinux.com/category/arcolinux/byoi/

TSC_DEADLINE DISABLED DUE TO ERRATA - MICROCODE
You can fix this issue IF you have it. That depends on your hardware.

Type these lines in your terminal

We have added the alias update-grub starting from 6.2 to run previous command.

XFCE4
XFCE4 has no conky after installation. It is meant to be KISS. You can activate one with conkyzen. If you want it to autostart then you need to add am-conky-session to the autostart applications.
Openbox
Tint2
Up to 43 tint2 themes to choose from. Some will match the arc themes we provide.

Openbox Themes
25 themes
to choose from to make your openbox menu change appearance and as well your windows.

Openbox Configuration
The folder ~/.config/openbox contains the most important files for your system. Check them out and use the scripts that we provide for your advantage. Read and run.

I3
i3 Configuration
The folder ~/.config/i3 contains the most important files for your system. Read in particular the config file. This is the heart and brains of your i3 system. We provide you with 3 coloring schemes already.
ArcoLinux 6.7.1
Kirk
ArcoLinux iso
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
NEOFETCH
Neofetch provides us with an Ascii logo now. You can at any time switch back to the previous config. The files are in ~/.config/neofetch. Shown in the video.

The following applications are part of this project of theming our terminals.

  • 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.
  • arcolinux-neofetch-ascii has been added to have an ascii look instead of the logo in termite and urxvt.

Rofi themes
Arcolinux-rofi-themes 4 Arc themes have been created – more will follow to cover all Arc colors from the Arc themes.

Faces for xfce
We added a package so you can choose more colored logo’s in mugshot xfce.

APPLICATIONS
Added applications

  • discord – application to chat with users and ArcoLinux team
  • dconf-editor

Deleted applications

  • hexchat
  • qt4
  • broadcom-wl – better support for macbookpro as a result
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. There is no longer need to wait till we put an iso online on sourceforge. Just build it NOW.

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

You can find this information on ArcoLinux.com under Phase 4  BYOI and on ArcolinuxD.com under Phase 4 – BYOI.

Development of Deepin 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.

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.

XFCE4
  • 2 workspaces instead of 4
  • improve qt5 settings for font noto sans
Openbox
  • nothing changed
I3wm
  • nothing changed
ArcoLinuxD 6.7.1
Kirk
ArcoLINUXD ISO + scripts
ArcoLinuxD iso :

  • The liveuser is booting into bash rather than zsh. Aliases like pksyu can be used in the livecd.
  • BYOI – iso improved for users to build their own iso – lightdm

ArcoLinuxD scripts

  • Bspwm scripts have been created
  • Awesome scripts have been updated + new theme has been added (compton to xrender)
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.
AWESOME
We created a new colored theme for Awesome and updated the Awesome configuration.
ArcoLinux 6.6.1
Kirk
From ArchMerge to ArcoLinux
THE NAME

At the time it seemed not a big task to change names from ArchMerge to ArcoLinux but in retrospect we had quite a big drain in resources because of it. It involves everything till the social media channels, websites etc. But luckily not a financial drain thanks to our partner https://how2.be.

We are happy with the new name as it shows we do more then just merge 3 desktops in one iso.

More information about the name change and the vision of ArcoLinux can be found in this article: Archmerge evolves into ArcoLinux.

NUMBERING

We did not change the name “Kirk” or the numbering schema. We want all users to know that this is the next ArchMerge version with a different name and a different logo. Behind the scenes many technical things have changed ofcourse.

CLEAN INSTALL

We recommend you to do a clean installation for ArcoLinux. We have changed quite some elements (configs, githubs, …) and want to spare you (and us) the frustration when upgrading from ArchMerge to ArcoLinux.

ROLLING RELEASE

After the clean installation of ArcoLinux you can expect again a rolling release with updates coming in via the new ArcoLinux repo and from all the new arcolinux packages.

LOGO

We added more colorful logo’s of ArcoLinux that can match any wallpaper or theme.

Github
Most of the packages in Linux come from some kind of collaboration platform. Github is just one of them.

ArcoLinux shares all its files and settings on github.

https://github.com/arcolinux

https://github.com/arcolinuxd

So you can always check there what changed if you are interested.

We had already a lot of githubs in ArchMerge but making all these ArcoLinuxD environments we felt we needed more granularity or detail in our packages. This was a great time to do just that and consequently we needed to change all 8 desktop environments on https://github.com/arcolinuxd. That was also a large investment of time and resources. We trust it will be better in the future for our users. You can now hand-pick what settings you want to import.

ArcoLinux-iso-skel is now replaced by 9 githubs.

  • arcolinux-config
  • arcolinux-neofetch
  • arcolinux-variety
  • arcolinux-local
  • arcolinux-nitrogen
  • arcolinux-geany
  • arcolinux-plank
  • arcolinux-tint2
  • arcolinux-rofi
Sardi and Surfn update
Sardi and Surfn got an update. More icons have been created for ArcoLinux.
ArcoLINUX ISO
GENERAL

  • fix for double linux word at bootup
  • BYOI – improvement in the scripts
  • New alias : unlock=sudo rm /var/lib/pacman/db.lck

ADDED SOFTWARE

  • oomox used instead of oomox-git
  • trizen – AUR helper like yaourt, packer, …
  • zoom – video conferencing
  • asciinema – for user support when on ArcoLinuxD
  • pragha music player is now the standard music player

 

REMOVED SOFTWARE

  • deadbeef
  • lollypop
  • intel-ucode is removed from iso as it needs to be installed by the user like polybar.
XFCE4
  • Conkyzen application is shown in xfce settings.
  • ctrl + alt + enter = terminal
  • right mouse click – context menu- no applications anymore – icons too small
  • Whisker Menu:  icons size for category icons is a bit bigger
Openbox
  • Conky chooser renamed to Conkyzen
  • ctrl + alt + enter = terminal
  • Changed fading in compton.conf to smaller number to get quicker response
  • new tint2-theme : arcolinux-minimal-white
I3wm
When i3 starts only thunar will autostart. It is up to the user to decide if other applications should start as well. The codes are hashtagged out.

During our work on Awesome we felt that the workflow improved if applications were not bound to a specific workspace. As a result applications are no longer fixed to a workspace on i3 but the lines are still in there -hashtagged out. Reuse the lines if you want it.

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

ArcoLinuxD 6.6.1
Kirk
From ArchMergeD to ArcoLinuxD
THE NAME

At the time it seemed not a big task to change names from ArchMerge to ArcoLinux but in retrospect we had quite a big drain in resources because of it. It involves everything till the social media channels, websites etc. But luckily not a financial drain thanks to our partner https://how2.be.

We are happy with the new name as it shows we do more then just merge 3 desktops in one iso.

More information about the name change and the vision of ArcoLinux can be found in this article: Archmerge evolves into ArcoLinux.

NUMBERING

We did not change the name “Kirk” or the numbering schema. We want all users to know that this is the next ArchMerge version with a different name and a different logo. Behind the scenes many technical things have changed ofcourse.

CLEAN INSTALL

We recommend you to do a clean installation for ArcoLinuxD. We have changed quite some elements (configs, githubs, …) and want to spare you (and us) the frustration when upgrading from ArchMergeD to ArcoLinuxD.

ROLLING RELEASE

After the clean installation of ArcoLinuxD you can expect again a rolling release with updates coming in via the new ArcoLinux repo and from all the new ArcoLinux packages.

Github
Most of the packages in Linux come from some kind of collaboration platform. Github is just one of them.

ArcoLinux shares all its files and settings on github.

https://github.com/arcolinux

https://github.com/arcolinuxd

So you can always check there what changed if you are interested.

We had already a lot of githubs in ArchMerge but making all these ArcoLinuxD environments we felt we needed more granularity or detail in our packages. This was a great time to do just that and consequently we needed to change all 8 desktop environments on https://github.com/arcolinuxd. That was also a large investment of time and resources. We trust it will be better in the future for our users. You can now hand-pick what settings you want to import.

ArcoLinux-iso-skel is now replaced by 9 githubs.

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

  • fix for double linux word at bootup
  • BYOI – improvement in the scripts
  • New alias : unlock=sudo rm /var/lib/pacman/db.lck

ADDED SOFTWARE

  • trizen
  • asciinema – terminal support for users of ArcoLinuxD

 

REMOVED SOFTWARE

  • intel-ucode is removed from iso as it needs to be installed by the user like polybar.
AWESOME
Many articles and video tutorials have been created for the windows tiling manager Awesome.

All articles can be found on arcolinuxd.com.

Do a clean install of ArcoLinux.

ArchMerge will disappear.

ArchMerge 6.5.1
Kirk
Arc Themes
4 Arc Themes and matching Oblogout themes:

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

Rofi and Rofi themes
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 update
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.

To emphasize the importance of this tweak I have written a second article about it.

XFCE4
We made the icons in the whisker menu for category a little bit bigger.
Openbox
  • Rofi has been added to Openbox and in the keyboard shortcut keys
  • Script to boost your system has been added to ~/.config/openbox/scripts
I3wm
Rofi has been added to the i3 config with 3 keyboard shortcuts.
ArchMergeD 6.5.1
Kirk
ArchMERGED-Gnome
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 Gnome.
You can find all Gnome related articles here.

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.

ArchMERGED-Awesome
Development of Awesome is in its final stage. After the launch of 6.5.1 we will make the tutorials and articles of this amazing tiling window manager based on lua.

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

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

General improvements
  • added smb.conf for ease of comfort – just config
  • xfce background gone in live cd
  • bigger font in calamares