This video tutorial shows Arch Linux 2017.08 installation with KDE Plasma Desktop on Oracle VirtualBox step by step. We'll also install applications such as Firefox, VLC, GIMP, FileZilla and LibreOffice on Arch Linux 2017. This tutorial is also helpful to install Arch Linux on physical computer or laptop hardware. We also install VirtualBox Guest Additions on Arch Linux for better performance and usability features: Automatic Resizing Guest Display, Shared Folder, Seamless Mode and Shared Clipboard, Improved Performance and Drag and Drop.
1- Create Virtual Machine on Oracle VirtualBox
2- Start Arch Linux Base Installation
3- Installing Xorg and KDE Plasma Desktop
4- Installing Firefox, VLC, GIMP, FileZilla and LibreOffice Applications on Arch Linux
5- Install Arch Linux Wallpapers
6- Install VirtualBox Guest Additions
7- Test Guest Additions Features: Automatic Resizing Guest Display and Shared Clipboard
What is Arch Linux?
Arch Linux is an independently developed Linux distribution targeted at competent Linux users. It uses pacman, its home-grown package manager, to provide updates to the latest software applications with full dependency tracking. Arch Linux uses a rolling release model, such that a regular system update is all that is needed to obtain the latest Arch software. The installation images released by the Arch team are simply up-to-date snapshots of the main system components. The default install provides a solid base that enables users to create a custom installation. In addition, the Arch Build System (ABS) provides a way to easily build new packages, modify the configuration of stock packages, and share these packages with other users via the Arch Linux user repository.
Arch Linux Website: https://www.archlinux.org/
Download Arch Linux ISO: https://www.archlinux.org/download/
Arch Linux Minimum System Requirements
Arch Linux should run on any x86_64-compatible machine with a minimum of 512 MB RAM. A basic installation with all packages from the base group should take less than 800 MB of disk space. As the installation process needs to retrieve packages from a remote repository, a working internet connection is required.
What is KDE Desktop?
The KDE Community is an international technology team dedicated to creating a free and user-friendly computing experience, offering an advanced graphical desktop, a wide variety of applications for communication, work, education and entertainment and a platform to easily build new applications upon. In this regard, the resources provided by KDE make it a central development hub and home for many popular applications and projects like Calligra Suite, Krita, digiKam, and many others.
KDE Website: https://www.kde.org/
What is KDE Plasma 5?
KDE Plasma 5 is the fifth and current generation of the desktop environment created by KDE primarily for Linux systems. KDE Plasma 5 is the successor of KDE Plasma 4 and was initially released on 15 July 2014. It includes a new default theme, known as "Breeze", as well as increased convergence across different devices. The graphical interface was fully migrated to QML, which uses OpenGL for hardware acceleration resulting in better performance and reduced power consumption. Plasma 5.0 improves support for HiDPI displays and ships a converged graphical shell, able to modify the graphical shell according to the device in use. It also includes a new default theme, dubbed Breeze.
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