First setup xorg and graphics.


Install graphics drivers, my main system is nvidia.

pacman -S nvidia lib32-nvidia-utils


pacman -S xorg-server

Set dpi in ~/.Xresources, I use 192 for my 4k screen.

nano ~/.Xresources
Xft.dpi: 192

Nvidia - Tearing Fix

My Nvidia card tears. This removes the tearing.


nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/20-nvidia.conf
Section "Screen" Identifier "Screen0" Option "metamodes" "nvidia-auto-select +0+0 { ForceFullCompositionPipeline = On }" Option "AllowIndirectGLXProtocol" "off" Option "TripleBuffer" "on" EndSection


To fix laptop using DRM kernel mode setting.

nvidia 364.16 adds support for DRM kernel mode setting.

Add the nvidia-drm.modeset=1 kernel parameter, and add nvidia, nvidia_modeset, nvidia_uvm and nvidia_drm to mkinitcpio modules.

Pacman hook

To update initramfs after an NVIDIA driver upgrade, use a pacman hook:

[Trigger] Operation=Install Operation=Upgrade Operation=Remove Type=Package Target=nvidia [Action] Depends=mkinitcpio When=PostTransaction Exec=/usr/bin/mkinitcpio -P

Setup a Window Manager or Desktop Environment

KDE Plasma

Install KDE Plasma package as well as some KDE meta-packages. I dont install kde-meta-kdeaccessibility, kde-meta-kdeedu, kde-meta-kdegames, .kde-meta-kdemultimedia, kde-meta-kdepim, kde-meta-kdesdk, kde-meta-kdewebdev.

Choose phonon-qt5-gstreamer, libx264, cronie, phonon-qt4-gstreamer.

pacman -S plasma kde-meta-kdeadmin kde-meta-kdebase kde-meta-kdegraphics kde-meta-kdenetwork kde-meta-kdeutils

I disable baloo since it seems to make my system chug.

balooctl disable

Display Manager

I use sddm, simple and works well. For an onscreen keyboard install qt5-virtualkeyboard.

pacman -S sddm

Setup config at /etc/sddm.conf.

nano /etc/sddm.conf

Tell it to start a desktop file from /usr/share/xsessions/, set dpi, and user.

# Set DPI based on display ServerArguments=-nolisten tcp -dpi 192 # Name of session file for autologin session Session=plasma.desktop # Username for autologin session User=john # Current theme name Current=breeze

Enable sddm.

systemctl enable sddm

Reboot into KDE!


Can access current display or create new session.


To access the entire system over vnc, install tigervnc.

Configure startup run vncserver.

Setup a systemd unit to start vnc, note this connects to physical display, other options are available.. Change user.

nano /etc/systemd/system/x0vncserver.service
[Unit] Description=Remote desktop service (VNC) [Service] Type=forking User=john ExecStart=/usr/bin/sh -c '/usr/bin/x0vncserver -display :0 -rfbport 5900 -passwordfile /home/john/.vnc/passwd &' [Install]
systemctl start x0vncserver


Install ttf-google-fonts-git (AUR).

pacaur -S ttf-google-fonts-git

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