In the beginning we only rebuild Plasma with the latest Calamares version a.k.a. v3.2.53 because of the incompatibility between the automount service and Calamares in the latest Plasma version.
Later we decided to build all the core isos – XL – XS – XS-LTS and D as well and give them also the Calamares version v2.3.53.
That is why you will see two versions of these. We kept the v22.03.07 isos as well.
All the other B isos will have Calamares v3.2.52 and number v22.03.07.
Bottomline: Calamares is the major difference between 07 and 08
Calamares has now more packages to select
Many packages have been added to the repo and to the Calamares installer.
- hardinfo-gtk3 (previously hardinfo)
New module has been added.
Preservefiles will keep the Calamares log and save it to your system.
Calamares – selecting packages has consequences
In this video we respond questions like these:
I DO NOT SELECT APPLICATIONS AND DESKTOPS AND I STILL GET THEM
THE INSTALLATION SEEMS TO TAKE FOREVER
All that is required is more knowledge of Arch Linux and ArcoLinux.
Do not choose sweet-kde-theme-mars-git unless you are on Plasma
It will install the complete Plasma desktop
Calamares – BTRFS
BTRFS has always been possible on ArcoLinux.
We followed the default settings of Calamares.
Now we make our own choice regarding the subvolumes.
Starting from this release we choose two ways of making snapshots:
Both selections are possible during the installer.
Select the btrfs filesystem and choose either all Timeshift packages or all Snapper packages.
Change the BTRFS settings (or any other) on the fly in Calamares
ARCH LINUX BTRFS
Discovering and learning new implementations is always done first on ARCH LINUX.
Then we implement them with Calamares.
Many tutorials have been written for Phase 7.
How to install Arch Linux the Arch way and use btrfs as filesystem.
Now we can add our personal repo to any ArcoLinux iso containing our own personal packages.
It all started with the creation of an icon theme
We created a series of videos.
How to create a new icon theme combining elements from others?
How to create a github to host it?
How to install the theme manually?
How to install the theme automatically with a script?
How to create a pkgbuild and build a package?
How to create a personal repo and put our package on it?
How to create more icon themes and pkgbuilds and put them on the personal repo?
How to build ANY package from AUR and put it on the personal repo?
How to add your custom repo in /etc/pacman.conf via scripts?
Bottom-line : you do not need us to create packages – take control
If you want to use a personal repository, you can
- build packages from AUR (yay, paru, …) and copy/paste them to the repo
- learn about PKGBUILDs – how to create packages
Add your own repository to our ArcoLinux isos – any of them
You can add your own personal repository to our isos. Any of our isos.
Explained in these two articles.
Bottom-line : take control what comes on your iso
We have created a new iso for AA and checked if the code from the ALIS project had changed.
CARLI AND ALCI
CARLI – ALCI
We use Calamares 3.2.52 now.
We have updated both projects and made tutorials on how to maintain/update your iso.
We have added a new module called preservefiles to the Calamares installer. This module will copy/paste the Calamares log and json file to /var/log/.
It helps to analyze Calamares and help the user.
Read about the changes on alci.com.
Often I will explain the process ONCE.
Whether I do the work on Carli or ALCI – it is the same thing all over again.
We have updated to Calamares v3.2.52 and added the nemesis_repo to the list.
[nemesis_repo] SigLevel = Optional TrustedOnly Server = https://erikdubois.github.io/$repo/$arch
No packages have been added to the list.
Remember this command to see what packages are on a repo
sudo pacman -Syl nemesis_repo
ICON THEME CREATION
Papirus Dark Tela
Create your own icon theme and put it on your personal repo.
It is not difficult to combine icon themes and as a result have your own personal look.
Bottom-line : take control of your icon themes
Surfn Vimix Black
New icon theme created with the combo of the folders from Vimix.
Surfn Tela – new icon theme
We combined our Surfn icons for the apps with the places icons from Tela-circle-dark to have a new theme.
We created a package to ensure all applications have an icon.
There is nothing more annoying than a 99% success rate.
We want all apps to have an icon.
Surfn icons are the fallback theme.
If you remove it again, all changes will be reverted.
ARCOLINUX TWEAK TOOL
ARCOLINUX TWEAK TOOL
You can easily add the nemesis_repo (from Erik Dubois) to your /etc/pacman.conf with the click of a button in the ATT.
A while ago we created a script to install and activate Slickgreeter.
We have added a button to the ArcoLinux Tweak Tool or ATT to run the script.
Development of Berry and Worm
When the desktops get more mature we can add them.
Arch Linux is using a new /etc/nsswitch.conf.
We have chosen to change some variables.
More info on the Arch wiki.
ARCH LINUX systemd-boot
Thanks to the project AA – combining Arch Linux and ALIS scripts – we look over the fence and try to broaden our scope.
After learning about Grub and rEFInd we have now the knowledge to boot up with systemd-boot on Arch Linux.
Arcolinux = Arch Linux = ArcoLinux
Many people do not understand that Arch Linux and ArcoLinux are basically the same thing.
In 6 videos we show you how easy it is to start with an Arch Linux iso and arrive at the look and feel of ArcoLinux.
It boils down to knowledge, time and choices.
What packages to choose?
Choices, choices choices.
This is particularly interesting for people who can not install ArcoLinux because of an issue with Calamares.
Is there a way to install ArcoLinux without Calamares?
Nvidia and ENVYCONTROL
We have added envycontrol to our repo.
Use it if you need it.
LEFTWM – new themes
40 ways to install ArcoLinux/ArchLinux
Virtual box service check
The service to check on what virtual machine you are is now moved to the ArcoLinux installation package.
It will not be on your future system anymore.
Renaming and streamlining other services like the service to remove nvidia if not needed.
SYSTEMD FIX – UEFI IN VIRTUALBOX
If VirtualBox was set to UEFI boot – any Arch Linux iso would not see the standard UEFI boot up lines.
We saw some images from users who could not boot up. The last line was TLP.
Either tlp was stuck or the service behind it was. We can not be sure but…
We keep the application but do not enable it.
sudo systemctl enable tlp
and all laptop users have it back.
Youtube keep up to date with last videos
TO DO NEMESIS_REPO
what is new
How to stay rolling
Full package list
The full package list of the latest isos can always be found on github at this address :
More detailed information can be found in the
beta links in the arcolinux.info menu
and of course in the commits