Arch Linux + KDE Installation Log: KDE SC Installation


We already saw how install Arch Linux and get the system ready, so now it's time to install KDE which is the Desktop Environment I use.

The first thing we have to install are the Xorg related packages. As everyone has their needs, what they must do is execute:

# pacman -S xorg

This will return a list of Xorg related packages like this:

:: There are 77 members in the xorg group: :: Extra repository 1) font-misc-ethiopic 2) xf86-input-evdev 3) xf86-input-joystick 4) xf86-input-keyboard 5) xf86-input-mouse 6 ) xf86-input-synaptics 7) xf86-input-vmmouse 8) xf86-input-void 9) xf86-video-ark 10) xf86-video-ast 11) xf86-video-ati 12) xf86-video-cirrus 13) xf86-video-dummy 14) xf86-video-fbdev 15) xf86-video-glint 16) xf86-video-i128 17) xf86-video-intel 18) xf86-video-mach64 19) xf86-video-mga 20) xf86 -video-modesetting 21) xf86-video-neomagic 22) xf86-video-nouveau 23) xf86-video-nv 24) xf86-video-openchrome 25) xf86-video-r128 26) xf86-video-savage 27) xf86- video-siliconmotion 28) xf86-video-sis 29) xf86-video-tdfx 30) xf86-video-trident 31) xf86-video-v4l 32) xf86-video-vesa 33) xf86-video-vmware 34) xf86-video -voodoo 35) xorg-bdftopcf 36) xorg-docs 37) xorg-font-util 38) xorg-fonts-100dpi 39) xorg-fonts-75dpi 40) xorg-fonts-encodings 41) xorg-iceauth 42) xorg-luit 43) xorg-mkfontdir 44) xorg-mkfontscale 45) xorg-server 46) xo rg-sessreg 47) xorg-setxkbmap 48) xorg-smproxy 49) xorg-x11perf 50) xorg-xauth 51) xorg-xbacklight 52) ​​xorg-xcmsdb 53) xorg-xcursorgen 54) xorg-xdpyinfo 55) xorg-xdriinfo 56) xorg-xev 57) xorg-xgamma 58) xorg-xhost 59) xorg-xinput 60) xorg-xkbcomp 61) xorg-xkbevd 62) xorg-xkbutils 63) xorg-xkill 64) xorg-xlsatoms 65) xorg-xlsclients 66) xorg-xmodmap 67) xorg-xpr 68) xorg-xprop 69) xorg-xrandr 70) xorg-xrdb 71) xorg-xrefresh 72) xorg-xset 73) xorg-xsetroot 74) xorg-xvinfo 75) xorg-xwd 76) xorg-xwininfo 77) xorg-xwud Enter a selection (default = all):

We just have to select the ones we want and that's it, putting the number in front of what we want to install. In the case of being more than one option, we make a multiple selection separating the numbers with commas.

Now to install KDE we can do it in 3 ways

# pacman -S kde

This will install the packages toooooodoooossss KDE. This option takes much longer for all the packages you need to download, but it will leave us the Desktop Environment ready, with everything we need and even what we don't need.

# pacman -S kde-meta

This option allows us to control a little more what we want to install, since it allows us to choose the meta-packages related to different KDE tasks. This was the method I used and everything worked for me the first time.

# pacman -S kde-base

If we know what we want and what we need to install later, this option works great for us because it installs only what is necessary for us KDE works correctly. Then later we will install the packages that we are going to use.

What if we cannot forget is to install the package together with any of these options:

# pacman -S kde-l10n-es

Now for what KDM start we have to activate the service:

# systemctl enable kdm.service

And that's it. We restart and we can enter our KDE.

Other useful tools

Once KDE is finished, everyone should proceed to install the packages they need. In my case, there are many applications that I use, which I list below:

  • amarok
  • calligra
  • chokoq
  • clementine
  • encfs
  • firefox
  • fuse
  • gimp
  • inkscape
  • ipcalc
  • k3b
  • kate
  • keepassx
  • kmail
  • libreoffice
  • mc
  • pidgin
  • qemu-kvm
  • recon
  • synaptiks
  • virtualbox

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  1.   TooManySecrets said

    Question; What you install are binaries or do you download sources and compile? Sorry if I'm asking a truism, but I don't know the distro and what I have heard is that it compiles in the style of gentoo.

    1.    Ankh said

      Binaries. Compiling is optional, using simple build scripts, which do not resolve dependencies, nor do they handle compilation options; in other words, it is in no way like Gentoo.

      1.    TooManySecrets said

        You just helped me make the leap to try Arch once (I've been wanting for several years, but I always stop this (since to start compiling I better use a FreeBSD 😉)).
        Thank you!!

        1.    elav said

          I'm glad it served you 🙂

        2.    mitcoes said

          Try MANJARO, Arch for humans
          Installs as simple as Ubuntu
          And then if you want, you have all the arch power to configure
          Save a lot of time

          1.    msx said

            Arch _es_ for humans 😉
            Although yes, Manjaro is well built and saves a lot of time in its installation, a few days ago I tried 0.86 Openbox and it works really well, I almost like it more than ArchBang!

            Of course, the KDE SC version of Manjaro is the fattest and ugliest thing I've ever seen>: [

          2.    Ariki said

            Arch for human beings hahaha that made me laugh, the truth is to install arch is not very difficult it only takes you a while the first time but once you get used to it, you leave your OS as you want, apart from that better have the archwiki in your andoid to follow it! ! I leave the link for those who want! greetings Ariki


  2.   Omar3sau said

    One question… What plasma theme do you use? Are you going to use qtcurve? Smaragd?

    1.    elav said

      I use the openSUSE theme. And yes, I use QtCurve too.

      1.    Tarkin said

        With the plasma theme for Kde, do you mean Produkt? In that case to the original variant (orange tones) or the version included in opensuse 12.3 (green tones), if the latter, could you share it?

        1.    elav said

          Yes, I mean the openSUSE variant. You can download it from here.

  3.   St0rmt4il said

    Sorry elav, but why build your own Arch + KDE if you already have a distro with extremely good reviews, which is CHAKRA?

    It is just knowing why, maybe you could have ergonomized all these steps, but in the same way you are thanked, added to favorites!


    1.    elav said

      It's simple:

      I don't like that they are controlling the applications that I want to install, and I use some that are GTK. Are the Chakra repositories the same as Arch's? If not, it doesn't work for me, as I would have to download packages from the Internet and my connection doesn't help me with that. I think these are the two main reasons.

      1.    Archers27 said

        In the latest Chackra ISO a netinstall is incorporated that allows you to do a minimal installation, similar to Archlinux's kdebase. They also left aside the bundles and now incorporates an extra repository for GTK applications.

        1.    elav said

          But can I use the same Arch repositories?

          1.    Archers27 said

            No, the repositories are not the same. There are methods to use them, but it is not recommended.

            1.    elav said

              What a pity, then Chakra does not serve me 🙁

          2.    eliotime3000 said

            And have you tried Slackware 14? I tried it and the KDE looks like XFCE. I really like that distro because you can fix with slapt-get and add dependencies individually with slackpkg.

            The best: its well-made console (it helps you down to the smallest detail).

      2.    mitcoes said

        Test MANJARIO are ex Chakra but in addition to being simple it is multi-desktop and totally arch compatible.
        Save a lot of time with excellent presets and Ubuntu-like installation

  4.   Tarkin88 said

    A small suggestion so that when a base installation is done it remains at least functional, it is recommended that phonon-vlc be added, so the command would be:
    pacman -S kde-base phonon-vlc kde-l10n-es

    otherwise a good guide for those who still do not dare.

    1.    ridri said

      Normally when installing kde pacman it asks you which phonom to install.

      1.    Omar3sau said

        That's right ... when you do a pacman -S kdebase pacman asks you which phonon you want to install ...
        I love pacman! 😀

  5.   Yoyo said

    Long ago I had Arch with Gnome, Xfce and KDE

    I always hit the big updates and I changed for laziness

    But Arch is Arch, big words 😉

    1.    eliotime3000 said

      Use Slackware. It's somewhat trite, but not on the level that Arch has.

  6.   archdeb said

    elav, I make a suggestion: publish a step-by-step guide on installing Arch with encrypted LVM and with TRIM support for SSD I want to install Arch on my laptop, but not in the official installation guide does not contemplate this possibility, and I think that it would be helpful to many people. Thanks and best regards.

    1.    elav said

      I'd love to help you but I don't have an SSD to do the tests with .. 🙁

      1.    archdeb said

        Well, the SSD part is the most trivial, but I remember wrongly it was to put an option in cryptab, another in lvm and another in partitions. But an installation with the 100% encrypted system and LVM is complicated. I can find you if you want a link that had that explained the process a bit but for Gentoo, it might help: p

  7.   eliotime3000 said

    Arch is very good, but the arch way is KISS + RTFM philosophy, so I may install MATE + Openbox and put Iceweasel as the default browser.

    Besides, will there be an LTS version of Arch to use?

  8.   Mr. Linux said

    Using ArchLinux again thanks to its installation guides.

  9.   a said

    Let's see if one day I try ARCH, While I'm still with Mageia 3 with KDE 4.10.4 X86_64

  10.   Blitzkrieg said

    I can't find a player like winamp for kde D:

    1.    ridri said

      qmmp is one of the best sounding players in linux and it is quite similar to winamp. It is written in qt. The equalizer is great although with few channels.

    2.    eliotime3000 said

      Google Audacious, and then tell me if you've found a Linux equivalent of Winamp.

  11.   serfraviros said

    I've been with Arch for almost five years and as long as my two computers (a five-year desktop and a one-year-old netbook) support the rolling release of this distro, I am not going to change it for anything, when I can no longer transfer them to Debian. I had used Openbox on the netbook and on the desktop for a long time but I was crazy and installed KDE on the notebook to test. I liked KDE a lot, the bad thing is that it eats up the battery, in Openbox (after configuring it) it only needed 10 minutes to last the 3 hours it lasted in Windows and with KDE it only lasts 2 hours no matter how many programs or settings I modify .
    Finally, Arch Linux asks for as much or more attention than your girlfriend: if you don't update it in more than a month and then decide to update it suddenly, it will break, if you update it without reading the news you will surely break it. Therefore, do not abandon this distro and if you want something, check first how it feels

    1.    Leo said

      It is best to always have a live cd handy to enter the official site and read how to solve the question.
      By the way: downloading arch !!!!

  12.   Alf said

    This distro catches my attention, I'm going to see if this weekend I have time to test it.