Not sure where you’re located but here in UK you can buy laptops without any OS installed from Novatech eg:
I’ve had several laptops from them over the years and they work well with Ubuntu, Mint and Antergos.
Tuxedo in Germany also do laptops and desktops with various flavours of Linux installed, or no OS. I have no experience of these, but they seem to have a reasonable range:
I also did internet search with no luck, tried general search, also Archwiki, KDE forums, etc. It could correspond with the recent kernel update, last update was 4.17.4-1 on 2018-07-07. I see there’s version 4.17.5-1 in testing at moment, so maybe it will be fixed when that is released.
Have you tried setting these packages as ignored in Pamac?
Open Pamac, then preferences (3 dots, top right corner)
Enter your password, when requested
Under General tab, go to box at bottom
Click ‘+’ to add packages to ignored list
Dialogue box opens with list of all packages
Select packages to ignore, click on 'Choose’
Ignored packages should now be listed on ‘General’ tab of Preferences
This has worked for me in the past when an updated package has caused problems
As someone who has just changed from Gnome to KDE, I would recommend you take a good look and consider trying it. I was unable to login to Gnome after the update to 3.28 due to a problem in my config files. A few Gnome Shell extensions had also been problematic for a couple of months. As I’ve been running Antergos Gnome since May 2014 I decided a fresh install would do no harm, and having seen good reports of KDE went for that to try it out for a few weeks.
So far, the experience has been very positive. RAM usage is about 450MB when started. It is modern, responsive, very versatile, attractive and fun to use! Maybe a bit retro in a nice way with wobbly windows, desktop cube and desktop shortcuts, if you choose to enable them. The ability to customise almost everything is refreshing, and slightly overwhelming at first. Most things can be modified and enabled from within system settings without the hassle of installing Gnome Shell extensions with their associated problems. Additional desktop widgets, etc can be downloaded from within settings. A very versatile system for setting up your desktop just how you want.
There is a good selection of KDE applications. I was already using several KDE apps under Gnome, so these are more attractive now. I’m still using a few Gnome apps because they work better for me, these are Simple Scan, Gnome Calculator and Deja Dup. They all work well without dragging in loads of Gnome dependencies and look good. You can configure the look of Gnome apps under system settings.
It does take time to explore, and remember, all the settings available, the KDE apps, also the desktop and panel widgets. You do need to approach it with an open mind as it does work differently to Gnome. Once or twice in the first week I’ve thought about going back to Gnome, probably due to the comfort factor, but as time goes by I’m feeling much more at home with KDE and can’t see any real reason to go back to Gnome for the time being. Highly recommended!
It usually takes about 2 to 3 weeks for the latest version of Gnome to become available in the regular repositories. It will usually be available first in the testing repositories, but it’s not recommended to install unless you know what you’re doing, as it may break your system, hence the reason it’s in testing.
A few Gnome packages are shown as being due for update:
Details about Arch repositories can be found here, but take notice of the warnings about using testing:
If you are desperate to try Gnome 3.28 you can download OpenSuse nightly build ISO to try it out from:
The best advice is to be patient and wait for the regular repositories to be updated, Arch is always one of the first to make the latest version available.
Welcome to Antergos!
For general Linux try:
If you’re using Gnome you may find these useful:
Antergos is based on Arch Linux. Good page to check for information about Arch updates and any possible problems is:
Arch Wiki is a huge and comprehensive source of technical information, maybe a bit overwhelming at first:
General Linux news:
https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk - mainly Ubuntu news, but can be useful for new and updated applications
Further to my post above, I found this on Arch forums:
The solution seems to be to downgrade the gjs package to V 1.50.2-1
download it from:
and install it:
sudo pacman -U gjs-1.50.2-1-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz
Ignore upgrades for gjs for now, in Pamac go to ‘Preferences’ in hamburger menu, top right. Under the General tab, go to ‘Ignore upgrades for:’ click ‘add’, scroll down list and tick gjs.
Hope this works for you, seems OK here after a quick check, icons appear and disappear from dock as they should, with no freezes after reordering icons.