• check you have the correct archiso version
  • git clone the project

git clone
  • change content of archiso/packages.x86_64 or not
    • use meld to compare the other packages files – example-packages.x86_64 and original-packages.x86_64
  • change content of pacman.conf or not
    • use meld to compare the other pacman.conf files – it adds ArcoLinux or Chaotic repos
    • if you want the extra repos on your future system change /archiso/airootfs/etc/pacman.conf too
  • choose a build script in folder installation-scripts
    • 30 – cleans cache and downloads all packages (first time build)
    • 40 – reuses the cache – less downloads (second time build)
  • burn the iso (iso is in the ~/Alci-Out folder)

In the video you see every step I take to create your own Arch Linux Calamares iso.

Then we test it in VirtualBox and install Xfce4 later.

Commands I used after the installation of ALCI are:

  • sudo pacman -Syyu
  • sudo pacman -S xorg-server xorg-apps
  • sudo pacman -S lightdm lightdm-gtk-greeter
  • sudo pacman -S xfce4 xfce4-goodies
  • sudo systemctl enable lightdm
  • sudo reboot

Learn about the ALCI PROJECT
how to build the ALCI iso
Longer version – educational

How to install ALCI

how to build the ALCI iso
Shorter version – fast and dirty

Moving around in the live environment

It is basically a very minimal i3 environment.

Remember the following keyboard shortcuts

Super + Return opens xterm

Super + x shuts down the system
Super + s shuts down the system
Super + r reboots the system

Super + Shift + q kills a window
Super + q kills a window

You have 4GB of space to install other packages on the live environment.
We like to install thunar for example to navigate.