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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.

Then we installed the Budgie desktop on Arch Linux following this article.

We have chosen to install Budgie in a previous article. We choose

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

The download also contains the config files you will need to run i3 and other config files.  In the tutorial we have downloaded the zip, extracted it and moved it to ~/.config/i3.
You can achieve the same result with this line of code

sudo pacman -S git
mkdir ~/.config/i3
git clone ~/.config/i3

We followed the tutorial about Budgie so many of the scripts present are already in place.

You will need absolutely to run these two scripts :

  • i3 wm core script
  • distro specific applications

has been installed and started. But unless you run the script, it will not change the wallpaper.

Use lxappearance to change the theme and icons.

Follow the explanation in the tutorial and install the required scripts.

Do not logout but reboot and you will see the following login screen.

 What can you learn in the next tutorial?

  • variety will work due to a script we ran
  • full screen mode
  • explaining how xrandr works
  • xrandr can also set which screen goes to the left/right if you have two monitors
  • design of the gnome-terminal with transparency
  • installing screenkey as an example
  • preferences of nemo to have a terminal icon
  • two menu’s to start your applications
  • quiting an application
  • moving to another workspace
  • pasystray is nerdy but it is complete – I use it for my bluetooth headset
  • CTRL + ALT + T  / CTRL + ALT + F
  • installing vivaldi with packer
  • opening the config file – this is your configuration file
  • how to exit, quit, log off
  • You have 5 statusbars you can use – we will go over them
  • installing awesome font to have a nice conky statusbar
  • CTRL + SHIFT + R reloads your config file – for some options you need to really log-off.
  • how to set elements to full screen
  • how to tile or float elements


More information about i3

The i3 desktop can be installed on many distributions and I have written many tutorials about i3. You can read the articles and apply many of the tutorials on Arch Budgie i3.

All the i3 related articles are here.