Arch Linux Day 2: Setting up GNOME

15 Dec 2015

Tags: linux installation GNOME Xorg

For this day, I didn’t read up on any tutorials or guides. I just followed the instructions from this video: From Post Install to Xorg. As a result, the rest of this post will mostly be me trying to transcribe the video into written (typed) words.

Software Installations

To enable 64-bit libraries, I edited /etc/pacman.conf and uncommented the lines that were about multilib. To update the system, use pacman -Syu.

To install the 64-bit development libraries, I did:

sudo pacman -S multilib-devel fakeroot git wget jshon make pkg-config \
autoconf automake patch

Unmuting ALSA

sudo pacman -S alsa-utils
alsamixer           # Unmute ALSA channels
speaker-test -c 2   # Test sound (2 speakers)

Installing Xorg Base Packages

sudo pacman -S xorg-server xorg-xinit xorg-server-utils mesa
sudo pacman -S xf86-video-vesa   # Video driver fall-back

Testing if Xorg works

sudo pacman -S xorg-twm xorg-xclock xterm
startx

A few terminals opened up, so that I knew that xorg was good.

Installing GNOME

sudo pacman -S gnome gnome-extra
sudo systemctl enable gdm.service

After this, I rebooted, and voila, one GNOME login screen was presented. I logged in, and everything was fine, so I began to personalize my setup.