Make your GRUB menu more eye catching with Vimix

Boring with the original black and white GRUB menu ? Don't worry, we can easily change or beautify GRUB menu using Vimix. Vimix is actually an addon for Grub Customizer that can be used to change the background of the Grub. It is good to have something like this upon system boot. 

Its nice isn't it? But how to make it? 
OK, first, we need to install two package. First, install Grub Customizer and also Vimix. You can use Pacman Software Manager or via Terminal. 
Search for vimix on the search box. And make sure you have enabled AUR repository. 
Install the package called grub2-theme-vimix-git. Don't forget to install Grub Customizer as well. 

How to change GRUB Background

  1. Open Grub Customizer and switch to Appearance Settings tab. 
  2. Select Vimix from theme list and then select background.png from the left panel.
  3. Load your own .PNG image using the Load file button at the bottom. 
  4. Once finished, go to File | Save.
  5. Reboot Manjaro.  

Grub Customizer, a GUI application to modify Grub menu

Grub Customizer is a special application that can be used to modify the Grub menu entries, color and some other settings. Its a handy application that comes with nice GUI. Grub Customizer can be installed on Manjaro via Pamac Software Center. When this post is being written, the Grub Customizer 5.0.6 can be installed through Pacman command or Pamac Software Center. 

install grub customizer on manjaro

What Grub Customizer can do?

  • Edit boot menu
  • Change Grub background color
  • Change the default Grub entry
  • Modify boot delay

How to install Grub Customizer

Use the following command to install Grub Customizer on Manjaro
sudo pacman -S grub-customizer
Thank you

How to install Gnome Desktop Environment on Manjaro 17.0

This tutorial is going to show you how to install GNOME desktop environment on Manjaro 17.0. As you know, we may install multiple desktop environment on top of a distribution. For example, we can run Budgie Desktop and GNOME together. So we can choose which one to use. Its pretty simple and straight forward to install GNOME on Manjaro 17.0.

Steps to install GNOME on Manjaro 17.0

Step 1. Update Manjaro

To update Manjaro, execute this command on Terminal
sudo pacman -Syu

Step 2. Install GNOME

Use this command to install gnome and gnome extra packages
sudo pacman -S gnome gnome-extra
Output example:
[dhani@dhani-manjaro ~]$ sudo pacman -S gnome gnome-extra[sudo] password for dhani: :: There are 47 members in group gnome::: Repository extra   1) adwaita-icon-theme  2) baobab  3) empathy  4) eog  5) epiphany  6) evince   7) gdm  8) gdm-plymouth  9) gnome-backgrounds  10) gnome-calculator   11) gnome-contacts  12) gnome-control-center  13) gnome-dictionary   14) gnome-disk-utility  15) gnome-font-viewer  16) gnome-keyring   17) gnome-screenshot  18) gnome-session  19) gnome-settings-daemon   20) gnome-shell  21) gnome-shell-extensions  22) gnome-system-monitor   23) gnome-terminal  24) gnome-themes-standard  25) gnome-user-docs   26) gnome-user-share  27) grilo-plugins  28) gtk3-print-backends   29) gucharmap  30) gvfs  31) gvfs-afc  32) gvfs-goa  33) gvfs-google   34) gvfs-gphoto2  35) gvfs-mtp  36) gvfs-nfs  37) gvfs-smb  38) mousetweaks   39) mutter  40) nautilus  41) networkmanager  42) sushi  43) totem   44) tracker  45) vino  46) xdg-user-dirs-gtk  47) yelp
Enter a selection (default=all): 
Press enter to install all packages. Follow on screen installation wizard until it completed. Please note that this step requires internet connection. Make sure you are connected to the internet. 

How to fix error: could not open file /var/lib/pacman/sync/extra.db: gzip decompression failed

I was trying to update/upgrade my Manjaro 17.0. I thing something went wrong with my internet connection and after that I got the following error:
error: could not open file /var/lib/pacman/sync/extra.db: gzip decompression failed
The error appear every time I tried to install package using pacman command. So actually Pacman was unusable at this point. 

How to fix this error?

I was searching around google and found a simple solution for this error. Simply run the following command on Terminal
sudo pacman -Syy
Wait until the repository synced and now the error should be fixed.

Manjaro 17.0.2 RC2 is now available

Manjaro 17.0 aka Gellivara gets an update version 17.0.2. Even it still in Release Candidate version, the Manjaro 17.0.2 brings a lot of refreshment on board. Manjaro 17.0.2 is available XFCE, KDE and Gnome edition for 32 and 64 bit systems. 

What's new on Manjaro 17.0.2

  • Updated stock kernel to linux49 4.9 LTS
  • Updated the Xorg-Stack to v1.19 series
  • Released Pamac v4.3 with native AUR-Support
  • Enhanced and improved our Manjaro Tools & Profiles
  • MHWD we adopted a more efficient way to handle libglx binaries
  • Some of our themes got updated and new got designed