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We have just finished this Arch Linux base installation following this article. The operating system is not meant to be run on a virtualbox. That is only for educational purposes. You should install it on a proper ssd.

We have chosen to install

Some desktop environments come with their own window manager or you can install additional ones.Then you install lots of applications.



Tips and points of attention

You can clone a VirtualBox and experiment on it without fear to wreck it. We show you how in the tutorial.

We will download the scripts for an easy and quick installation. Scripts will continue to evolve and improve. They will differ from the video in the future.

sudo pacman -S git
git clone

Mind the xorg installation. Choose the right script depending if you are installing on VirtualBox or not.

  • Virtual box – use
  • SSD or harddisk – depending on your graphical card (Nvidia, Intel, …)

I have an Nvidia Geforce 9600 GT so I would need to install nvidia-340 driver if I wanted to install an Nvdia driver. But I have been choosing the opensource driver xf86-video-nouveau for years now without any issues. But it might be important to tell you that I am no gamer. Here is the link If you need more information about the video drivers like xf86-video-nouveau, xf86-video-intel, … This topic might be challenging depending on your hardware.

Since we are on virtualbox we install a completely different graphical driver (see special virtualbox script) :

sudo pacman -S virtualbox-guest-utils

Logging back in, check to see in which desktop you will login in.

Contents of the tutorial

  • explaining how easy it is to clone the base installation and installing different desktop environments
  • install git
  • git clone
  • going over all the scripts to install
  • change the title and icon of the cinnamon menu
  • change the nemo settings to have more icons
  • change the keyboard from qwerty to azerty
  • changing the font to Noto Sans Regular and a larger size
  • changing the settings of variety
  • aureola conky will be installed
  • activating plank and settings CTRL + right mouse click  + themes
  • changing gnome-terminal – no transparency?
  • installing the transparent gnome terminal
  • make sure that plank will start at next boot


What more can you learn in the next tutorial?

  • changing the icon in the aureola conky
  • we will use the blue config of the conky
  • keyboard shortcuts
  • loading the saved shortcuts on a new installation
  • going over the personal scripts
  • sublime text personal settings copied to .config
  • showing how to install zsh and the nice themes
  • sudo chsh erik -s /bin/zsh


More information about Cinnamon

The cinnamon desktop is coming from Linux Mint and I have written many tutorials about Linux Mint over the years so you can read all the articles about Linux Mint Cinnamon and apply many of the tutorials on Arch Cinnamon.

All the Cinnamon related articles are here and all information about Linux Mint 18 and Linux Mint 18.1 can be found on this website.