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Your recommendations, not everybodies.
I hate such " 10 things to do after installing distro xyz", cause they are subjective, don’t cover everybodies needs and especially yours mainly apply to Gnome only and could cause problems on systems that do not use your DE/ hardware/file system.
By the way: BTRFS= Better Try a Real File System
While I don’t agree with anything you mentioned, I do understand the point about Gnome and I think it’s better to make that clear. Since I’ve always been mainly a Gnome user, I forget to see the variety in the Linux DE scene.
joekamprad, unless I’m not respecting some kind of policy, I don’t appreciate at all you modifying my own posts. And for the record, except for one tip, this topic has nothing to do with BTRFS. I edited it back
Have you both even read the disclaimer before complaining:
“Some of these tips are opinion based and mean that I think they are good to apply. Think twice about every tip to know if they are useful for you.”
News for you guys: these top lists are ALWAYS subjective. This form of writing a title is just one way of doing it.
Thanks for filling this page with useless posts instead of keeping it on topic, with the goal to help people out that actually have a use for these specific tips…
I want to write a short guide on what steps I recommend people to take after they installed Antergos, because the base install isn’t completely okay. Some of these tips are opinion based and mean that I think they are good to apply. Think twice about every tip to know if they are useful for you.
- First of all I recommend you to remove lightdm and install gdm. Lightdm limits several options on Antergos and GDM is Gnome’s main display managed and every feature it provides will work together with it. Note that if auto-login is important for you, Antergos doesn’t provide built-in support of that feature with GDM, only with Lightdm.
So download gdm, disable lightdm with systemctl, enable gdm and reboot. You can also remove light-locker. Instructions:
sudo pacman -S gdm sudo systemctl disable lightdm sudo systemctl enable gdm sudo pacman -R lightdm sudo pacman -R light-locker sudo systemctl reboot # warning will immediately reboot and unsaved stuff will be lost in warp space!
- Enable your monitor to turn of after x time when the computer is not used. This is very important if you care about your hardware and don’t want your monitor to die too fast.
Go to the Gnome Control Panel > Energy and set the black screen or turn screen off option to the wanted time. My Antergos isn't in English so can't say how it's called exactly.
- For the same reason above and for less noise: enable standby times for your hard drives.
Open Gnome Disk Utility, select the drive, open the menu > drive settings and there set the time after you want to drives you want to go into standby mode.
- Change the default sorting order to type so folders are grouped together sorted alphabetically before files, instead of having them in between them.
Open a Nautilus window, go to options (the three vertical dots) and select Type as sorting order
- For a better UI experiece download the Arc theme and Papirus icon set and enable them like this:
Open Gnome tweak tool and go to themes (or layout or whatever it's called in English). Set the applications theme to Arc-Darker, the cursor to Adwaita, icons to Papirus and Shell to Arc-Dark. Note that for the last one you need the User Themes Gnome extension for it to work. You can get that on extensions.gnome.org. Leave the global dark theme disabled (first option).
- If you’re using an SSD enable the fstrim.timer and disable the automatic trimming done by BTRFS or any other filesystem to improve performance. For BTRFS that means you have to remove the “discard” mount option.
systemctl enable fstrim # then remove the discard mount option from fstab for BTRFS filesystems or whatever else in other cases. Duckduckgo is your friend.
- For security reasons, disable the bash history because it keeps all the command you perform. If you accidentally type a password as a command, that will make it visible for hackers or malware.
- Disable pulseaudio delay for HDMI. If you’re passing through sound through an HDMI cable, your sound could be a bit delayed after some time or some part could be cut off in the beginning.
- Remove yaourt and install pacaur. Not much to say about this, I’ll just forward you to this page which will explain all:
sudo pacaurdoesn’t work. You have to
pacaur -S applicationalways, which will then ask you to type the sudo password when necessary.
- Disable archives auto extraction. That’s an annoying feature that wastes unnecessary write cycles of your SSD. It also takes up unnecessary time to extract big archives when you don’t really want all the files.
Right-click on an archive file and select file roller (archive tool or something) as the default application for the archive to always show you which files and folders are in the file instead of extracting everything immediately on a double-click.
@mmain70 It’s actually quite fast because almost every software release is taken from Arch’s database. Perform a pacman -Syu to be sure you’re not missing on any updates because for me pamac is not getting updates anymore for some reason. I didn’t see Firefox 57 available as an update yet tough.
@Bryanpwo Fighting back against what? They stand no chance against Chrome because Google has a lot of publicity power. Everyone uses Google, everyone uses Youtube and don’t forget aside from being to able to constantly show messages about using to Chrome on these websites, they have free advertising on the entire internet with their Adwords. They can manipulate anything towards their own interests. Mozilla can’t beat that in any way, not even if there are a few graphs in benchmarks that show that they “beat” Chrome in performance for some specific things. Even the privacy argument won’t help them, because they don’t prove to be very privacy friendly except for a silly and basic anti-tracking feature that is built-in , but for the rest they are using Google services for “security”.The majority of browser ports are also Chromium based. Even Opera did it.
They should keep their loyal customer base who turned everyone else towards using Firefox and have them keep trying to convince people. But they are taking more and more steps against these loyal users that are familiar with how FF used to work. And that’s a sad thing that will bring them closer towards destruction. I’m very convinced that Firefox will be dead in a few years, statistically speaking. I already said it, Mozilla is run by the wrong management.
I personally don’t care about a few crashes every week and slower page loading than Chrome if I can keep the usability that I have now. Otherwise I would have turned to a chromium based browser a long time ago.
@Krugar I totally get that. And I completely support frequent updates on a monthly basis, and even more frequent if they are security updates, but not when it’s just to keep “innovating” and just to provide more and more features until the software becomes bloated crap. I’m also using Antergos for the reason to have the latest features available to me. Especially for browsers it’s very important to have frequent updates, not only to increase security, but to be up-to-date with the latest standards.
But the thing that was messed up was how they started giving every release a major version number. That’s not functional, that’s marketing. Many add-on devs weren’t ready for that I noticed personally. Before a major version meant it could contain UI changes and therefore potentially mess up add-ons, now it’s just a big number for each (small) change. They pissed off a lot of users that way and now they’re doing it again by going “the Google way” of supporting add-ons. The only good thing about it, but just in its name, is that it’s a standard.