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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 the gauge symbol to see in which desktop you will login in.

I will show you where to change your keyboard in Gnome – Azerty and Qwerty.

Variety has been started and configured.

Using gnometweaktool we change the theme, icons and cursor.

Changing fonts as well.

We show you how to fix one icon : contacts. It does not have a sardi look. Hardcoded icon that is not fixed with the hardcodefixer script.

There was an issue in Gnome Wayland when we tried to change the icon path with sublime-text. Logging back on with Gnome Xorg solved that issue.

In this installation we are staying as long as possible in the terminal rather than booting in gnome.

What more can you learn in the next tutorial?

  • variety will change and give you new beautiful wallpapers – settings
  • contacts icons will be fixed – new issue discovered
    • .Xauthority was not present – Xwayland
  • plank is added – new theme and preferences
  • aureola conky will be installed
  • gnome-terminal pimping
  • install a transparent gnome-terminal
  • taking a look at the standard extensions
  • change the conky’s picture
  • opening a file with …
  • double click a file and run it – setting this preference


What more can you learn in the next tutorial?

  • this tutorial is going over all the installed gnome extensions
  • gnome-tweak-tool will assist you there
  • glassy-gnome look really nice
  • coverflow is what we would expect
  • system monitor can replace your conky


Arc Theme Colora works on any distro

The scripts to make an Arc theme with a personal accent coloring have been finetuned some more to include three instances where the standard colour was still visible only in gnome. You can change the standard colour from the Arc theme with the scripts of Arc Theme Colora.

We have choosen an orange-red colour accent.

Furthermore we changed the font and the icon in the top left of the shell theme. The tutorial will explain what has been done manually to the newly created Arc Dark Orange Red theme to fit the wallpaper.


More information about Gnome and Arc Colora.

The gnome desktop is coming from
More information about Arc Colora can be found here.