Pantheon is the default desktop environment originally created for the elementary OS distribution. It is written from scratch using Vala and the GTK3 toolkit. With regards to usability and appearance, the desktop has some similarities with GNOME Shell and Mac OS X.
Pantheon is split into several packages which are available in the AUR. To get a minimal desktop interface, you may start by installing AUR. This will pull the following core components:
- AUR: Watchdog service to keep core Pantheon apps running
- AUR: Window Manager
- AUR: Top panel
- AUR: Application launcher
- AUR: Pantheon bottom dock
Additionally, you may install the following packages:
- AUR: Video player
- AUR: Service for sharing data between apps
- AUR: Contacts manager (does not build)
- AUR: Simple screencaster
- : elementary icons
- AUR: Simple scan utility
- AUR: elementary GTK theme
- AUR: RSS feeds reader (does not build)
- AUR: Note taking app
- : Email client
- AUR: Session indicator
- AUR: LightDM greeter
- AUR: Calendar (does not build)
- AUR: Web browser
- AUR: Audio player
- AUR: Calculator
- AUR: File explorer
- AUR: Notification daemon
- AUR: Print settings
- AUR: Terminal emulator
- AUR: Pantheon theme for plank
- AUR: Text editor
- AUR: Webcam app
- AUR: Settings manager
- AUR: Web services contracts for use with contractor-bzr
I have set up an unofficial repository for pantheon packages: http://pkgbuild.com/~alucryd/pantheon/. Add the following lines at the top of your sources in
[pantheon] SigLevel = Optional Server = http://pkgbuild.com/~alucryd/$repo/$arch
All Pantheon related PKGBUILDs can be found on my GitHub repository: https://github.com/alucryd/aur-alucryd/tree/master/pantheon
You will need to build at least bamf from there because the AUR package is out of date. Some other packages which do not belong to me can be found in the AUR, you should build those packages from the GitHub repo if available as they are packaged differently.
Packages based on older evolution-data-server
AUR, AUR and AUR do not build because they are based on evolution-data-server 3.2. Arch Linux provides version 3.8 which uses a different Vala API.
The pantheon wallpaper drawer,AUR, has been deprecated in favor of the GNOME drawer. This used to be handled by nautilus, but since GNOME 3.8 it is handled directly by gnome-shell, which means we can't have GNOME drawing the wallpaper anymore.
Somehow, we can't useeither because gala seems to paint a black background all over it (kill gala and the wallpaper appears). Please keep using the deprecated drawer until a solution is found.
Via a Display Manager
AUR provides a session entry for display managers such as or .
You can also use
~/.xinitrc with to launch the Pantheon shell. The following code will successfully launch a Pantheon session:
#!/bin/sh if [ -d /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc.d ]; then for f in /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc.d/*; do [ -x "$f" ] && . "$f" done unset f fi gsettings-data-convert & xdg-user-dirs-gtk-update & /usr/lib/polkit-gnome/polkit-gnome-authentication-agent-1 & /usr/lib/gnome-settings-daemon/gnome-settings-daemon & /usr/lib/gnome-user-share/gnome-user-share & eval $(gnome-keyring-daemon --start --components=pkcs11,secrets,ssh,gpg) export GNOME_KEYRING_CONTROL GNOME_KEYRING_PID GPG_AGENT_INFO SSH_AUTH_SOCK exec cerbere
Pantheon, when launched via
~/.xinitrc, does not support XDG autostart. However, there are 2 other ways to achieve this for applications which do not provide a systemd unit:
- You may add any program to your
~/.xinitrc, preferably right between the cerbere and gala lines. This is the better choice for one-shot programs.
- Or you may edit the
org.pantheon.cerbere.monitored-processeskey using dconf-editor and add the programs of your choice. This method is best for applications which keep running in the background.
Configuring Pantheon is done via
org.pantheon key. Use dconf-editor for easy editing.
Also, part of the configuration is handled byvia a dedicated plug, which unfortunately does not support GNOME 3.8. Use itself and instead.