We have finally arrived at the part that you've all been waiting for, installing and interacting with the XFCE desktop environment.
Logged in as your user account issue the following command:
- sudo pacman -S xfce4 xfce4-goodies gamin firefox
- Then press enter, enter, Y to install the packages and continue the installation
We're almost ready to start our desktop environment but first we need to copy then edit the xwindow config file.
- cp /etc/skel/.xinitrc ~
- nano .xinitrc
Now uncomment the following line:
- exec startxfce4
Exit the file then save.
At this pont the graphical user environment is installed so let's boot it up with the following command:
Yay! Welcome to Arch Linux! A panel will pop up with two options, just select use default config and you'll be all set to go!
Bonus - Login Manager
This isn't a requirement but if you are one who likes to have a login screen this part is for you. The first thing we need to do is install slim.
- sudo pacman -S slim slim-themes
- sudo systemctl enable slim.service
Then to set the theme for our login screen we have to edit the slim config file.
- sudo nano /etc/slim.conf
Look for the line that has:
- current_theme default
Change default to Arch minimal then exit and save then reboot the system:
- sudo reboot
There you go! you now have a login screen!
This concludes the Arch Linux series. If you have any questions or concerns leave a comment below!