How to create your personal look of any desktop – power project

want to build the iso?

Git clone the code and run script number 40 like any other build.

want to have this plasma theme?

sudo pacman -S edu-power-git

Activate the nemesis-repo with ATT if needed.


Project Goal: The author is creating a personalized look and feel for the Plasma desktop environment on ArcoLinux. This includes customizing themes, icons, and overall visual appearance.


  • Customization: Modifying desktop settings, themes, icons, the application launcher, and the dock. Adding or removing applications as needed.
  • Workflow Streamlining: Optimizing desktop settings and application selection to enhance the user experience and improve efficiency.
  • Packaging: Creating a custom package (edu-power-git) to make the personalized look easily installable on other ArcoLinux systems.
  • Troubleshooting: Resolving issues like missing icons, incorrect wallpaper settings, session restore problems, and package conflicts.
  • Sharing: Documenting the process and the custom package to help others in the ArcoLinux community.

Challenges and Solutions

  • VirtualBox issues: Switching to real hardware solved problems like freezing and performance issues.
  • Missing Icons: Resolved by using the correct icon theme.
  • Wallpaper and Session Restore: Required adjustments to configuration files.
  • Package Conflicts: Addressed by modifying package build scripts.


  • edu-power-git theme: A new Plasma theme installable on ArcoLinuxB Plasma using the nemesis-repo.
  • Customizable Plasma experience: Users can personalize their Plasma desktop with the new theme.
  • Project outcome: A video series demonstrating the customization workflow, a custom Plasma package, and a personalized look.

Additional Notes

  • The approach emphasizes personalization and streamlining workflow.
  • The project involves experimentation and troubleshooting.
  • The author plans to revisit the project after the release of Plasma 6.

We change the package edu-power-git during the many videos.

Via gitahead or online you can study what we change when.

We change the PKGBUILD of the package edu-power-git during the many videos. We want it to be installable on ArcoLinuxB Plasma as well.

All you need is someone explaining the workflow

In this video, the author discusses their project of creating a personalized Plasma look for ArcoLinux. They explain the process of installing Plasma, modifying the appearance, and packaging it for their personal repository.

It is the workflow that matters not the fact that we choose Plasma.

We have done similar videos on the

  • Carli project
  • Alci project

How to make a desktop look nice?

The narrator apologizes for not recording the video but promises to record it in the future.

0:00 – πŸ€” I’ve been working on a series of videos about building your own ISO on ArcoLinuxB and I have a new idea for creating a customized Plasma look.

2:35 – πŸ“ The goal is to create a personalized Plasma by adding specific files and packages to the system.

6:58 – πŸš€ The first phase is to install a clean version of Plasma and make any necessary changes to the look and feel.

11:25 – 🎨 The second phase involves copying important files from the many folders and incorporating them into the system.

16:42 – πŸ“¦ In the third phase, the files are packaged and added to the Nemesis repository for easy installation.

24:10 – πŸ”§ The video demonstrates the installation process and the changes made to the Plasma look.

40:30 – πŸ”„ The system is rebooted to apply the changes and make sure everything is working correctly.

46:55 – βœ… The new Plasma look is successfully applied, and the personalization process is complete.

1:29 :50 – πŸ“¦ A package is created for the customized Plasma look and added to the personal repository.

1:31 :15 – πŸ’» The package is installed, and the new Plasma look is tested on the system.

1:36 :20 – πŸŽ‰ The customized Plasma look is successfully installed and ready to use.


In this video, the author discusses their project of creating a personalized Plasma look for ArcoLinux. They explain the process of installing Plasma, modifying the appearance, and packaging it for their personal repository.

0:00 – πŸ˜” The video recording for the ArcoLinux: 3894 Power project 2 failed, resulting in lost footage.

1:20 – πŸ–±οΈ Changes made to the mouse cursor, Yakuake, Dolphin, and Latte dock. Variety was removed.

2:20 – 🧰 Changes to packages and applications, such as adding Chromium, Inkscape, and Sublime Text 4.

3:20 – ❌ Removal of Conky and Kvantum, addition of VLC, and changes to various other packages.

5:00 – πŸ“‚ Explanation of the process of comparing folder contents and making adjustments.

7:30 – πŸŒ„ Working towards creating a personalized look for the Plasma desktop.

8:40 – ⏭️ Transition from video one to video two, showcasing the changes made.

10:30 – πŸ•’ Further adjustments to the console, appearance, and themes.

13:10 – πŸ–₯️ Testing the ISO on a virtual machine and discussing future improvements.

15:30 – πŸ“Έ Issue with the wallpaper settings and the need to investigate and make changes.


Use PERSONAL option

No need for packaging and repos

ArcoLinux Power project is about creating custom Plasma looks using personal folders. No need for packaging or repositories, simply copy-paste your desired files.

Let us just copy/paste our dotfiles in

00:00 – πŸ’‘ ArcoLinux: Power project – creating a new Plasma look

01:37 – πŸ“¦ Building personal isos with the latest packages

02:42 – πŸ“š Exploring the personal folder and its contents

05:13 – πŸ–₯️ Adding personal configurations to any ArcoLinux iso

07:47 – πŸ” Easily copying personal files using the “personal” alias

09:25 – 🎨 Creating multiple personal looks with different folders

10:43 – βœ… No need for packaging or repositories


Let us keep ricing elements

You’ve embarked on a detailed and intricate journey to customize your Plasma desktop and streamline your workflow, encountering various challenges and applying numerous tweaks along the way. Here’s a summarized version of your process, highlighting key points:


  1. Customizing Plasma Desktop: You aimed to create a customized Plasma desktop, focusing on aesthetics and functionality, including modifying themes, icons, and the application launcher to better suit your preferences.
  2. Workflow Optimization: The process involved streamlining your workflow by adjusting desktop settings, adding useful applications to the dock, and ensuring that essential tools like Sublime Text, Discord, and Spotify were readily accessible.
  3. Challenges with Thunar and Icons: You encountered issues with Thunar and missing icons, indicating a potential problem with the icon theme or symbolic links. This required further investigation to resolve.
  4. Wallpaper Settings and Session Restore: You aimed to fix the wallpaper settings to enable slideshow functionality and addressed session restore settings to prevent previous sessions from influencing the current session’s state.
  5. Latte Dock Customization: There was a focus on customizing the Latte Dock to include more applications, enhancing the usability and accessibility of frequently used apps directly from the dock.
  6. Package Conflicts and Dependencies: Throughout the customization, you managed package conflicts and dependencies, especially concerning the installation of your custom edu-power package on an ArcoLinux system, necessitating adjustments to package build scripts to accommodate conflicts with existing packages.
  7. Thunar Icon Issue on Virtual Machines: The Thunar icon issue persisted, especially in virtual environments, suggesting a discrepancy between the virtual and real metal installations. This highlighted a need for additional packages or configuration tweaks to ensure consistency.
  8. Experimentation and Learning: The process was iterative, involving trial and error, experimentation, and adjustments based on the outcomes of each change. This approach underlines the complexity and flexibility of Linux desktop customization.
  9. Documentation and Sharing: By documenting and sharing your experience, including challenges and solutions, you contribute to the knowledge base available to the Linux community, aiding others in their customization efforts.
  10. Future Exploration: The journey underscored the ongoing nature of desktop customization, with plans to further explore and refine settings related to session management, wallpaper configuration, and application accessibility, ensuring a personalized and efficient computing environment.

Switch from VirtualBox to real metal

remove the .config and most of .local/share and skel

– πŸ’‘ Working on a real metal machine can be more efficient than using a virtual machine, as it eliminates potential compatibility issues and allows for faster troubleshooting.
– πŸ’‘ Comparing configuration files can help identify and fix issues with system settings.
– πŸ’‘ Using the correct icon theme is crucial to ensure all icons are displayed correctly and prevent missing icons.
– πŸ’‘ Adjusting power management settings can help customize the system’s behavior and prevent unwanted wake-ups.
– πŸ’‘ Wallpaper references in Plasma can cause issues if not properly configured, and removing or adjusting these references can resolve the problem.

Favorites apps

No session restore

Wallpaper nextΒ  – slideshow

Energy – do not sleep

Numlock on always

Project Summary:

  • Goal: Create a customized, personalized look and streamlined workflow for the Plasma desktop on ArcoLinux.
  • Methods:
    • Modify themes, icons, application launcher, and dock appearance.
    • Add/remove applications to suit user preferences.
    • Create a package (edu-power-git) for easy installation.
    • Troubleshoot issues throughout the process.

Challenges & Solutions:

  • VirtualBox Issues: Switching to real hardware improved performance and fixed freezing.
  • Missing Icons: Corrected by using the appropriate icon theme.
  • Wallpaper/Session Restore: Resolved by adjusting configuration files.
  • Package Conflicts: Addressed by modifying package build scripts.


  • Plasma Theme: A new, installable theme for ArcoLinuxB Plasma (available via the nemesis-repo).
  • Personalized Plasma Desktop: Users can customize their experience with the new theme.
  • Documentation: Video series and shared resources for the ArcoLinux community.



+ we have now a edu-power-git theme to install on ArcoLinuxB Plasma

  • Intro: The author is working with a clean install of ArcoLinuxB Plasma, preparing it for release in March.
  • Workflow Focus: The project emphasizes the workflow involved in customizing Plasma, which is more complex than other desktop environments.
  • New Package (edu-power-git):
    • Available on the Nemesis repo using the ArcoLinux Tweak Tool (ATT).
    • Replaces existing ArcoLinux configurations with personalized Plasma settings.
    • Includes the additional application Latte Dock.
  • Installation and Outcome:
    • Run a command (skel) to apply the theme.
    • Optionally, delete config and local files before applying for a cleaner install.
    • Reboot the system after installation to experience the changes.

Theme & Installation

  • New Plasma Look: The author has created a personalized Plasma look with a custom design and white icons.
  • ISO: An ISO image exists with this theme, pre-installed with applications like Spotify, VS Code, Sublime Text, Inkscape, etc.
  • Installation on ArcoLinux: Users can install the theme and applications using the distro’s tools.

Theme Details

  • Wallpaper Issue: The author is still encountering problems with wallpaper settings.
  • Icons: The custom icon set is complete, and icons appear as applications are installed.
  • Apple-inspired Vibe: The theme and login screen have elements resembling Apple’s design.
  • Settings:
    • Dark themes are used throughout/
    • Custom cursor (white).
    • No boot splash screen selected.

Project Status

  • Power Project on Hold: The author is pausing the “Power” theme project until the release of Plasma 6.
  • Focus on Workflow: The videos emphasized the workflow of customizing ArcoLinux, which is applicable beyond Plasma.

want to build the iso?

Git clone the code and run script number 40 like any other build.