Linux Install Notes for Endeavour OS on Thinkpad E430
Endeavour OS on Thinkpad E430
Why Endeavour OS? This is the only Arch-based distro (other than Arch itself) that I’ve liked. Let me count the ways:
- Just works
- Provides a pleasant and fast install process with sensible defaults and otherwise gets the F out of the way
- Doesn’t install a bunch of crap
- Defaults to a beautifully themed XFCE, the best desktop environment (though still makes it easy to opt for the default XFCE theme, which I did 2nd time around)
- Comes with
yay - a really nice alternative to manual AUR update wrangling.
- Supposedly supports a whole bunch of other desktop environments, but I haven’t tried any of those.
Building Arch from scratch is fun, and I’d still do it for a server image so I know exactly what I’ve installed. But for a “desktop” Linux install, Endeavour OS is my current top pick.
Desktop environment: XFCE
Hardware just works after install, with the exception of Bluetooth/wifi coexistence (see below).
Arch packages installed
- gvim (includes terminal vim + clipboard support)
- lollypop & youtube-dl (optional dependency)
- remmina & freerdp (optional dependency)
- ruby, ruby-rake
- mpc, mpd
- appeditor (app menu editor)
- Super-W - Firefox
- Super-Space - xfce4-popup-whiskermenu
- Printscr - Add -r to command
- Super-T - terminal
- Super-E - File Manager
- Ctl-Alt-D - Show Desktop (default)
- Super-S - systemctl suspend
Vundle for Vim plugin management
git clone https://github.com/VundleVim/Vundle.vim.git ~/.vim/bundle/Vundle.vim
- Not specific to Arch, but this laptop (and based on Google searches, others as well). Happens in Ubuntu and Fedora as well.
- Errant behavior is that wifi gets unusably slow when Bluetooth is in use. I have a Bluetooth mouse, and using it makes the wifi super slow or completely dead, depending on luck.
- This, of course, is addressed on the amazing Arch Linux Wiki under Network Configuration / Wireless - Bluetooth Coexistance.