Arch-Linux 2012/2013 i686 KDE4 Desktop Installation Steps Easy Tutorial

December 7, 2012 | By Regaz | Filed in: Uncategorized.

Arch Linux 2012/2013 KDE Installation Easy Steps

The Tutorial Shows You Step-by-Step How-to Install ArchLinux 2012/2013 and Current 32bit with KDE4 Desktop.

The Steps About Getting and Burning the Arch-Linux ISO Media are Skipped.

All Steps are Simply Delineated and For Sake of Clarity I Do Not Take Into Account the Extra Choices and Customizations to Make Clearer & Easier the Process.

So if You Have Some Doubt or Need Some More Insight you Should Consult the Official Arch-Linux Documentation…

Just Relax & Take the Time of Carefully Reading and Executing the Instructions Contained Here and All should Work Like a Summer Breeze :)

Arch Linux 2012 Installation Steps - Featured
  1. Boot from Arch-Linux 2012/2013 Dual DVD

    Select Boot Arch Linux i686

    Arch Linux 2012 Installation Steps - Booting Screen
  2. Select the Installation Keyboard Layout

    (Necessary Only for Non-US Layouts)


    loadkeys fr
  3. Disk Partitioning
    fdisk /dev/sda

    Here I Suppose you Make a First Partition for Swap a Second One for Root and Third One for Home.

    Here is the Detailed Guide for Partitioning with fdisk:

    fdisk Partitioning Getting-Started
  4. Formatting Partitions

    Formatting Root and Home

    mkfs.ext3 /dev/sda2
    mkfs.ext3 /dev/sda3

    Setting and Enabling Swap

    mkswap /dev/sda1
    swapon /dev/sda1
  5. Mounting Partitions
    mount /dev/sda2 /mnt
    mkdir /mnt/home
    mount /dev/sda3 /mnt/home
  6. Installing Base-System
    pacstrap /mnt base base-devel
  7. Generate a fstab File

    genfstab -p /mnt >> /mnt/etc/fstab
  8. Chrooting into System

    arch-chroot /mnt
  9. Set Hostname

    nano /etc/hostname



    Ctrl+x to Save & Exit :)

    Replicate into /etc/hosts:

    Adding to the End of Lines Containing localhost:

  10. Set Local-Time:

    ln -s /usr/share/zoneinfo/America/Los_Angeles /etc/localtime

    (For a Complete List #ls /usr/share/zoneinfo//)

  11. Generate the System Language-Character Set

    Enable the Needed Locale Language/Character-Set

    nano /etc/locale.gen

    Uncomment (example):

    en_US UTF-8 UTF-8

    Set the Sistem-Wide Language/Character-Set

    nano /etc/locale.conf



    Then Generate the Locale Language/Character-Set

  12. Set the Installed Keyboard Layout
    nano /etc/vconsole.conf

    Inserting (example):


    (Look-for disposables Keymaps in /usr/share/kbd/keymaps/i386/layout)

  13. Set the Root Password
  14. Generate Initial Ramdisk

    Eventually Edit the /etc/mkinitcpio.conf According to System Hardware

    mkinitcpio -p linux
  15. Install Grub2 Bootloader Into System

    Arch-Linux Installing GRUB
  16. Unmount & Reboot

    Exit from Chroot Environment



    umount /mnt/home
    umount /mnt


  17. Login as root
  18. Add Normal User
    useradd spirit -d /home/spirit
    passwd spirit
    mkdir /home/spirit
    chown spirit:spirit /home/spirit
  19. Installing the KDE4 Desktop on Arch-Linux 2012/2013 i686:

    KDE4 OnTop of Arch-Linux

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