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Arch Linux 2017 Installation with Cinnamon Desktop and Apps on VMware Workstation

Arch Linux 2017 Installation with Cinnamon Desktop
Arch Linux 2017 Installation with Cinnamon Desktop on VMware Workstation

This video tutorial shows Arch Linux 2017 Installation with Cinnamon Desktop on VMware Workstation/Player step by step. We'll also install applications such as Firefox, VLC, GIMP, Gedit, Gnome Terminal, FileZilla and LibreOffice on Arch Linux 2017. This tutorial is also helpful to install Arch Linux 2017 on physical computer or server. We'll also install and test VMware Tools (Open VM Tools) on Arch Linux for better performance and usability features such as Fit Guest Now, Drag-Drop File, Clipboard Sharing and Mouse Integration.

Arch Linux 2017 with Cinnamon Desktop Installation Steps:

  1. Download Arch Linux 2017.03 ISO
  2. Create Virtual Machine on VMware Workstation/Player
  3. Start Arch Linux Base Installation
  4. Installing Xorg and Cinnamon Desktop
  5. Installing Firefox, VLC, GIMP, Gedit, Gnome Terminal, FileZilla and LibreOffice Applications on Arch Linux
  6. Installing and Configuring VMware Tools (Open VM Tools)
  7. Arch Linux 2017 Cinnamon Review

Installing Arch Linux 2017 with Cinnamon Desktop on VMware Workstation

What is Arch Linux?

Arch Linux is an independently developed, 86_64-optimized Linux distribution targeted at competent Linux users. It uses pacman, its home-grown package manager, to provide updates to the latest software applications with full dependency tracking. Arch Linux uses a rolling release model, such that a regular system update is all that is needed to obtain the latest Arch software. The installation images released by the Arch team are simply up-to-date snapshots of the main system components. The default install provides a solid base that enables users to create a custom installation. In addition, the Arch Build System (ABS) provides a way to easily build new packages, modify the configuration of stock packages, and share these packages with other users via the Arch Linux user repository.
Arch Linux Website: https://www.archlinux.org/

Arch Linux 2017.03 New Features and Improvements

Due to the decreasing popularity of i686 among the developers and the community, they have decided to phase out the support of 32-bit architecture. Arch Linux 2017.02 ISO was the last that allows to install 32-bit Arch Linux. The next 9 months are deprecation period, during which i686 will be still receiving upgraded packages. Starting from November 2017, packaging and repository tools will no longer require that from maintainers, effectively making i686 unsupported. There's only one option for installing the Arch Linux operating system on new PCs, for 64-bit (x86_64) platforms.

Arch Linux Minimum System Requirements

Arch Linux should run on any x86_64-compatible machine with a minimum of 512 MB RAM. A basic installation with all packages from the base group should take less than 800 MB of disk space. As the installation process needs to retrieve packages from a remote repository, a working internet connection is required.

What is Cinnamon Desktop Environment?

Cinnamon is a desktop environment that is based on the GTK+ 3 toolkit. It was released in 2011. Cinnamon originally started as a fork of GNOME Shell, thus initially as a mere graphical shell of the GNOME software, but became its own desktop environment in Cinnamon 2.0. Cinnamon was developed by the Linux Mint distribution, with wider adoption spreading to other distributions over time.

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