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

More in this article.


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

We have added gnome-keyring to this desktop and 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.
More in this article.


We kept working on the configuration of qtile and made it a great window tiling manager just out of the box.

As always all improvements on the ArcoLinux 19.04.4 iso will reflect on this one.


Plasma lightdm

Since the ArcoLinux iso has a new welcome screen, we update the welcome screen for Plasma as well.

Plasma setting

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.



Deepin sardi and surfn proof

All Sardi and Surfn icons got an update so that they look consistent in deepin.

New icon has been created for dde-file-manager. Now we can tell the difference between dde-file-manager and thunar.

Deepin re-examined

After an issue, reported on the forum, regarding icons and themes that did not change, we investigated the matter. Keep reporting issues on the forum. We can track issues that way.

We discovered Deepin reacts completely different, if you install qt5ct.

IF you install qt5ct, you can only change the icons and themes with qt5ct and NO LONGER with the deepin-control-center. (transparent bar at the right). We prefer that we can set our icons via the deepin-control-center so we do NOT include qt5ct on the iso anymore.

We gave Deepin its own configuration package : arcolinux-config-deepin-git.

Now we can change and tweak deepin any way we want without interfering with the other desktops.

We have already added tons of keyboard shortcuts that we use all the time on all our other desktops.

We have already chosen a deepinterminal theme that is very similar to our own. There are many more to choose from and the terminal can be made transparent.

Compton config

We started out with a compton.conf that was the same for all 5 desktops

  • awesome
  • bspwm
  • i3
  • openbox
  • xmonad

Soon we realized that we had to make adjustments to the compton.conf depending on the desktop but also depending how they react on Virtualbox.

We will probably make more adjustments until we find the “sweet spot”. Users are encouraged to do just the same. Experiment with the settings until they are suited for your HARDWARE.
See tutorials about compton. 


New calamares version

New version for calamares 3.2.3 – more info


transmission is out and qbittorrent is in


Updated AUR packages

  • conky-lua-archers
  • i3-gaps-next
  • inxi
  • oomox
  • pamac-aur
  • perl-linux-desktopfiles
  • vivaldi
  • vivaldi-codecs-ffmpeg-extra-bin
  • yay-bin
  • zafiro

Rebuild of Calamares (qt version to 5.12) + added package qt5-xmlpatterns