Install Deepin Desktop Environment in Arch Linux
A while ago, we have published Arch Linux installation guide. Check the following link to install Arch Linux.
As you might know, Arch Linux, by default, will have only the command line mode. We need to install Desktop Environments like Gnome, LXDE, XFCE, Cinnamon, MATE, Budgie, and Deepin in order to get full desktop experience.
In this guide, we will see how to install Deepin desktop environment in Arch Linux.
About Deepin desktop environment (DDE)
Deepin desktop is a lightweight, elegant desktop environment. It was originally created for Linux Deepin distribution. Now, DDE will support most Linux operating systems such as Arch Linux, Ubuntu, Fedora, openSUSE etc.
Install Deepin desktop environment in Arch Linux
Make sure your Arch Linux distribution is up-to-date.
To update Arch Linux distro, run the following command as root user from Terminal:
Once the system is updated, reboot it to apply the changes.
Now, we need to install xorg (X Window System) that provides graphical environment.
pacman -S xorg xorg-server
Press ENTER to install all packages that needed for X Window environment.
Finally, run the following command to install Deepin desktop environment.
pacman -S deepin
This will show the list of softwares to be installed in your Arch Linux. Just press ENTER to install all packages.
Additionally, you can install deepin-extras package to install Deepin game center, Deepin video player, Deepin music player, Deepin screen-shot tools, and Deepin terminal etc.
To do so, run:
pacman -S deepin-extra
That’s it. Deepin DE and Deepin extras have been installed. Let us go ahead and configure the display manager.
Configure Deepin DE display manager
Deepin DE uses lightdm display manager (login manager). To use DDE’s lightdm greeter, you must edit light configuration file.
To do so, Edit:
Find the following line:
And, uncomment and change it as shown below.
Then, start and enable lightdm login manager to start at boot as shown below.
systemctl start lightdm.service
systemctl enable lightdm.service
That’s it. Now, reboot your Arch Linux to log in to the Deepin DE.
Login to Deepin DE
Here it is how my Deepin DE login screen screen looks like. Enter your password to login.
Done! Start using Deepin DE.
Deepin Control center:
Believe me or not, Deepin DE look and feel is very impressive. DDE works fine just out of the box, and has all goodies that brings a near perfect desktop experience. Give it a try, you will know.
If you have any sound problems, install pulseaudio packages. These packages will enable very every ring and bells, and will give a nice sound experience.
pacman -S pulseaudio pulseaudio-alsa
That’s all for now. Hope this tutorial will help you. We will be posting installation guides for other Desktop environments in our upcoming articles.
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