Because I need this from time to time and I find this not interesting enough to remember it, I'll leave it here.
Previously, I kept it in my Dropbox/Documents folder.
First of all, make sure you have disabled Secure Boot and enabled Legacy Boot in your BIOS.
Configure Disk with
When asked if you want to use GPT, or DOS or whatever else.. CHOOSE DOS, or you will be screwed.
Usually, you'd start
cfdisk like so
But as it turns out, some fucking laptops have a device called somewhat like nvme0n1, which resulted in 3+ wasted hours of ours, because I was a dumbfuck and did not simply check
lsblk (list block devices).
So in this case, you have to start
cfdisk like this
I prefer to make three partitions: - a boot one (I tend to make it 1GiB), - a root one (I prefer to have it equal the remaining space - swap size) and - a swap one (with increasing amounts of RAM this isn't really a big deal, but I like to have it anyways. Make it 8 GB and you're good).
Partition the first one as bootable HPFS/NTFS/exFAT.
Then partition the second one (the root one) as Linux filesystem, and the last partition (the swap one) will be also Linux filesystem.
Then write the changes and exit
Keep in mind that you might not have sdaX, but nvme0n1pX
mkfs.ntfs /dev/sda1 mkfs.ext4 /dev/sda2 mkswap /dev/sda3
Mount the boot and root partition
mount /dev/sda2 /mnt
Base installation and setup
Install base and base-devel tools (install all by default)
pacstrap -i /mnt base base-devel
Generate the mountpoint in fstab
genfstab -U -p /mnt : sed 'ss/rw,realtime,data=ordered/defaults,realtime/' >> /mnt/etc/fstab
Chroot into mnt and setup some basics
Uncomment your desired language.
For me, that's
en_GB.UTF-8 and also the ISO ones.
Generate language files
Put your desired language in the
locale.conf file and
export the default language
echo LANG=en_US.UTF-8 > /etc/locale.conf echo LC_TIME="en_GB.UTF-8" >> /etc/locale.conf echo LC_PAPER="en_GB.UTF-8" >> /etc/locale.conf echo LC_MEASUREMENT="en_GB.UTF-8" >> /etc/locale.conf export LANG=en_US.UTF-8
Enable the DHCP daemon
systemctl enable dhcpcd.service
Enable multilib repo in pacman config (uncomment multilib and save)
Generate userspace for loading kernel modules and stuff
mkinitcpio -p linux
Change password for the root user
Setup default user
useradd -m -g users -G wheel -s /bin/bash marco && passwd marco
Synchronize pacman and setup boot-loader
pacman -Syy && pacman -S grub-bios os-prober grub-install /dev/sda grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg
Exit chroot and reboot
Install a graphical UI and superuser tools
pacman -S sudo xorg xorg-xinit gnome gnome-shell git wget openssh bash-completion tmux keepassxc exa xclip rxvt-unicode unzip p7zip unrar nemo-fileroller gnupg
Enable GDM Service
systemctl enable gdm.service
yay (Yet another Yogurt - An AUR Helper written in Go)
git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/yay.git && cd yay && makepkg -si # Cleanup cd .. && rm -rf yay
I like to grant all users of the group wheel access without prompting them to enter their passwords, but choose as you like.
LOGIN AS NORMAL USER - IN THIS CASE MARCO
Clone my dotfiles
mkdir -p ~/Code/marco && cd $_ && git clone https://git.superevilmegaco.com/marco/dotfiles cd dotfiles && git submodule init && git submodule update && cd
yay -S neovim-git
Install Python and Neovim's Python modules
yay -S python python2 python-pip python2-pip pip install neovim pip2 install neovim
Install Ruby and its Version Manager
yay -S ruby curl -L get.rvm.io > rvm-install && bash < ./rvm-install # Cleanup rm rvm-install
After the script has finished,
then add the following line to the end of your
~/.zprofile or whatever)
[[ -s "$HOME/.rvm/scripts/rvm" ]] && source "$HOME/.rvm/scripts/rvm"
Now, close out your current shell or terminal session and open a new one.
You may attempt reloading your
~/.bashrc with the following command:
Then install Neovim's Ruby Module globally (and some other awesome gems)
rvm @global do gem install serve &&\ rvm @global do gem install neovim
Clone setup my neovimfiles
wget --no-check-certificate -qO- https://git.superevilmegaco.com/marco/neovimfiles/raw/master/update.bash | bash
yay -S nodejs
Check Neovim health with
:HealthCheck in Neovim.
Make it beautiful
We need the following packages to make Gnome sexy as hell:
- Google Chrome
- Chrome Gnome Shell
- Gnome Tweak Tool
- Arc Theme for Gnome
- Numix Circle Arc Icon Set
- Powerline Fonts
- Gnome Terminal - One Dark Theme
yay -S google-chrome chrome-gnome-shell-git gnome-tweak-tool arc-gtk-theme numix-circle-icon-theme-git powerline-fonts-git exo
I also like to have the minimize and maximize buttons on my windows, so I fire up the Gnome Tweak Tool -> Windows -> Titlebar Buttons -> Tick Maximize and Minimize.
Under appearance I also check the Global Dark Theme tick-box.
For the themes I go with this configuration:
- Applications -> Arc-Dark
- Cursor -> Adwaita (default)
- Icons -> Numix-Circle-Arc
- Shell -> Arc-Dark
To make Gnome-Terminal look really awesome, check out the Gnome Terminal - One Dark Theme.
And these Gnome extensions
For Chrome, you'll also need the GNOME Shell integration extension.
Import PGP Keys
I usually download them (the private ones) from via my keybase account and then I import them.
gpg --import --pinentry-mode loopback keybase-private.key
The next time I do a Git commit, a prompt will ask me for my private key password, which I enter via my KeepassXC Password Manager (I also check the save this password tick-box).
exo-preferred-applications in the Gnome-Terminal and select your preferred applications (hint: it is Nautilus for your default file-manager and Google Chrome for your default browser!!!).
Nvidia Graphics Card
If you happen to have a Nvidia Graphics Card that causes Gnome to freeze with the Nouveau Open-Source Drivers (like me), you'd better install the proprietary drivers, because they tend to work flawless (until you upgrade your kernel and then everything goes to hell).
Because I cannot recall what model I have, I have to look it up (every single time..).
sudo update-pciids # Look for Nvidia GT... lspci -v | less
Then I head over to the Nvidia Drivers Download Page and select the appropriate one.
Then I disable the GDM Service and reboot
sudo systemctl disable gdm.service && sudo reboot
I log in as root and make the installer executable and run it. The first time it fails, because the nouveau drivers are still loaded, but it'll ask you, if you want to blacklist the nouveau drivers, which I answer with of course, yes.
Then I simply reboot, run the installer again and everything should work as expected.
Re-Enable the GDM Service and reboot
systemctl enable gdm.service && reboot
This is it.