Sunday, June 9, 2013

Adventures in Arch (Part III): Customizing

Arch Linux
Last updated: 2013-06-15

In this part I will show the customizations I made in the desktop environment.

I will keep updating this post in the next weeks, in case I have other tips.


Fonts

I like Ubuntu fonts so:
$ sudo pacman -S ttf-ubuntu-font-family

GNOME Tweak Tool
GNOME Shell tweaks

Install GNOME Tweak Tool:
$ sudo pacman -S gnome-tweak-tool

Some changes I made:
  • Files Menu: activated the option to always use the location entry.
  • Fonts: I changed all the fonts to Ubuntu.
  • Shell: activated Show Date in clock; chose All in the arrangement of buttons on the titlebar.
  • Theme: enabled dark theme.
  • Typing: chose Control + Alt + Backspace to kill the X Server.

GNOME extensions

Using GNOME's Web browser go to: https://extensions.gnome.org/

I'm using:
  • Activities Configurator
  • Advanced Volume Mixer
  • AlternateTab
  • Autohide Battery (not working with my UPS)
  • Dash to Dock
  • Places Status Indicator
  • Quit Button
  • TopIcons
  • User Themes

Region and Language

Go to Settings > Region and Language and in the Input Sources I add the Portuguese keyboard.
Don't forget to also add it in the Login Screen menu.


Online Accounts

Go to Settings > Online Accounts and add Google and Facebook, for example.


Themes

Change the themes with GNOME Tweak Tool

Cursor theme:
$ yaourt -S xcursor-human

Shell and GTK theme:
$ yaourt -S gtk-theme-numix