Ya we show them the news and improvements that Plasma 5.2 brings us, and this time I will show you how to install and configure this new version of KDE from Antergos, only with the base system. This works the same if we install ArchLinux from scratch, because Antergos uses the same repositories.
Installation of Antergos
The installation process of Antergos is really simple, it is very similar to Ubuntu and everything is done graphically. The only difference is that in the step where we choose the Desktop Environment of our preference, we will select the option Base, that is, we will not install any desk.
We will do it this way because if we select KDE, it will install KDE version 4.14.4 and it is not the idea.
Installing Plasma 5.2
Assuming that we already installed Antergos and we have everything ready, we will install the necessary packages to enjoy Plasma 5.2. If for any reason they have problems with the Network Ethernet (memo to me) and they use DHCP, they can activate it with the command:
$ sudo dhcpcd
Now we just have to run:
$ sudo pacman -S xorg plasma-meta konsole plasma-nm sni-qt oxygen kate
Now we install:
$ sudo pacman -S kdebase-dolphin kdemultimedia-kmix oxygen-gtk2 oxygen-gtk3 oxygen-kde4 breeze-kde4 kdegraphics-ksnapshot networkmanager
These are the packages necessary for everything in KDE to display correctly. We cannot forget some details:
- The meta-package xorg allows us to choose what we want to install. We don't all have the same video card.
- We must activate NetworkManager and SDDM which is now the KDE session manager.
$ sudo systemctl enable sddm.service $ sudo systemctl enable NetworkManager
We can restart now 😀
Tips for KDE 4.14.X users
With the gradual arrival of the packages of the next version of KDE to the current version, the configuration files are now hosted differently as I explained in the other post. Although for KDE4 the user settings will be kept in ~ / .kde4 /, for new applications they will be saved in ~ / .config / as the Arch Wiki.
Now within ~ / .config there is a very important file called kdeglobals which I mention because of the following: it happened to me that applications like Kate o Console They didn't take the font that I had in place for the rest of the system, so I had to put it manually. How? Easy.
In the event that this happens to you, we open the file and look for the General section that should look more or less like this:
[General] ColorScheme = Breeze Name = Breeze shadeSortColumn = true
and we leave it like this:
[General] ColorScheme=Breeze Name=Breeze XftAntialias=true XftHintStyle=hintslight XftSubPixel=rgb fixed=Ubuntu Mono,12,-1,5,50,0,0,0,0,0 font=Tahoma,10,-1,5,50,0,0,0,0,0 menuFont=Tahoma,10,-1,5,50,0,0,0,0,0 shadeSortColumn=true smallestReadableFont=Tahoma,8,-1,5,50,0,0,0,0,0 toolBarFont=Tahoma,9,-1,5,50,0,0,0,0,0 widgetStyle=Breeze
And of course, they must substitute Tahoma and Ubuntu Mono for the fonts they use for the system. It is not necessary to restart the PC or exit the session, we simply close the application with a problem and that's it.
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