My Ubuntu OS was blown up three days ago (ㄒoㄒ).
Long story short, I stuck in an infinite and helpless login loop in Ubuntu, and there was no feasible workaround to address the problem (with 2-hour intensive googling). Well, since I need to re-install my operating system anyway, why not try something new.
Though I’ve spent more than one year on Ubuntu Linux (daily use and at work), it’s still took me two nights + one day to configure everything in Arch.
I would definitely NOT recommend a total Linux newbie to try Arch Linux. IT’S TOO “LIGHT”!
Installation & Configuration
Since there are plenty of decent and mature online tutorials, it would be pointless for me to reinvent the wheel.
I will recommend some of them below that I followed with.
- Make sure you understand how each command works (use
<cmd> --helpto display commands’ description)
- Always refer to Arch Wiki when you are confused
Tutorial in English
Tutorials in Chinese
Everything works out of box
My installation was really smooth, thanks to above authors’ hard work on their posts. I’d like to thank Thinkpad as well, since it doesn’t require extra time to configure any hardware ^_^
My arch-linux configurations:
|Service Name||Type / Version|
|Desktop Environment||KDE Plasma 5|
|Shell||zsh + oh-my-zsh|
Things Outside the Tutorials
Here I’d like to talk about some stuff that are not covered in aforementioned tutorials but are helpful to know.
Reducing reboot waiting time
At early installation & configuration stage, you need to reboot the system frequently,
during such period you might see a message like
A stop job is running for session ... (1 min 30s).
This waits for 90 sec to continue the reboot process.
You can reduced the time out in
/etc/systemd/system.conf (Here reduced to 30s):
Then you need to reload system manager with
Calling terminal using keyboard shortcut
In my configuration, it didn’t come with the default
ctrl+alt+t to call a terminal.
If you are using
KDE desktop environment, this can be set in
First, press the
Win) key to show the menu. Then, just search with
One lesson I learnt form this time is to: first explore available settings via GUI, then play with the command-line & scripts. In next point, I will talk about my exhausted experience to merely remap caps-lock and ctrl key via scripting, which cost me more than 3 hours…
Remapping caps-lock & ctrl
Actually, this can be set with GUI if you’re using
KDE, or with
gnome-tweak-tool if you’re using
Keyboard and Hardware Layout -> Advanced -> Ctrl Position -> Swap Ctrl and Caps Lock
Before I knew this can be easily set with GUI, I tried a trillion times to modify scripts/settings like
and rebooted a trillion+1 times.
All the scripts either worked on current run but fails to load after a reboot,
or didn’t auto-load/parse due to low priority in
or cost me extra few seconds to wait on login…
Again, go through settings that available on GUI first! Just like reading an instruction before using a product (I know lots of people skip this, including me…).
Changing Weird Font on Google Chrome
I change my web browser to Google Chrome as I have a lot of important bookmarks and plug-ins on Chrome
(the default web browser
Konqueror is also way too “hacker” to use for me).
Anyway, the font can be set in Chrome built-in settings.
Open Chrome Browser -> Settings -> Advanced -> Customized Fonts
HiDPI Settings for High Resolution Screen
If you’re using high resolution screen, the first thing you will complain is that, everything is surprisingly tiny! The font size is around 1-2 mm.
I copied the KDE settings below, by Arch wiki:
KDE You can use KDE’s settings to fine tune font, icon, and widget scaling. This solution affects both Qt and Gtk+ applications.
To adjust font, widget, and icon scaling together:
- System Settings → Display and Monitor → Display Configuration → Scale Display
- Drag the slider to the desired size
- Restart for the settings to take effect
To adjust only font scaling:
- System Settings → Fonts
- Check “Force fonts DPI” and adjust the DPI level to the desired value. This setting should take effect immediately for newly started applications. You will have to logout and login for it to take effect on Plasma desktop.
To adjust only icon scaling:
- System Settings → Icons → Advanced
- Choose the desired icon size for each category listed. This should take effect immediately.
Update: you might find weird horizontal lines appear and disappear in Konsole after you scaling, this is a known bug.
Adjusting Google Chrome DPI
If you feel Chrome toolbar is too small and want to scaling it, using following method (source):
- change it to
Exec=/usr/bin/google-chrome-stable --force-device-scale-factor=1 %U.
- Change to your desire scale factor, floating point acceptable.
If above is not working, using following, (source):
sudo touch /usr/bin/google-chromecreate a file as workaround;
sudo chmod a+x /usr/bin/google-chromemake its executable;
sudo vim /usr/bin/google-chromestart editing
- add & save (adjust scale factor to your need)
#!/bin/bash google-chrome-stable --force-device-scale-factor=1
- start Google Chrome in terminal using
- I find that if I start Chrome from menu, it remains the old settings. I assume this must be a path problem. Will try to find a workaround so that I don’t need to start Chrome from terminal every time.
Note: I only tested this with my configuration (as listed above) There are a lot third parties application can also achieve this (just google it!).
For Main Screen:
1. right click anywhere of main screen -> Configure Desktop 2. choose a file
For Login Screen:
System Settings -> Start up and Shutdown -> Login Screen (SDDM) -> Background
Recommended Software (Updating)
I’m still exploring on this part. QAQ
A full list of applications can be found at here (Arch Wiki).
- Network Manager:
- VPN clients:
guvcview(work for X1C, haven’t check for other machines)
- Office suites:
- Notepadqq: GitHub link (I treat it as a complimentary to Vim)
Yeahhh, finally done the configuration and post.
Let me first show something:
I’ve set so many personal first-time during this week:
- first time to encounter an un-fixable system bug in Ubuntu
- first time to use a terminal in
ttymode in Ubuntu (the entire machine just have no GUI, and terminal font size is like 2mm large)
- first time to install Arch from scratch!
- first time to write scripts for installation & configuration
In addition, I found myself have become much more sensitive and picky on the installation of application/dependency/package since I started using Arch.
For instance, I once installed an undesired application.
When I wanted to delete it later, I unconsciously wanted to compare all installed related dependencies one by one with the
pacman Rcns xxx list.
Honestly, I was feeling quite uncomfortable until I was certain that every redundant dependency had been removed. Oops, am I becoming software mysophobia?