KDE live environment image size


Manjaro-architect? Is that KDE? I’ll check it out.

Ah, Plenty of PITA about.


Manjaro-Architect is a CLI network installer, there is no DE. More complicated than Calmares, but much more powerful and flexible installer.

Boot the ISO to the command line, sync to a mirror, and run setup.

The latest version of all packages to be installed are downloaded as needed.


I had more success with m-a than with the regular ISOs actually. Even complex setups are handled well with the latest version. Very good work!


It is a network-ready Linux installer based on the Architect Arch Installer Script (AIS), which was based on the E/volution AIS, which all originated with the old Helmuthdu script.

It has been altered to give the user very fined-grained control of installing Manjaro with whatever available DE, etc. the user wishes.



I haven’t tried it yet. I’m so used to using the old Architect AIS I’m half-afraid I’d skip right past some of the cool features that have been added. :wink:

Do we have a primer for new Manjaro-Architect prospects?


Yes, but it is outdated. It has grown quite different from the architect installer. The most up to date primer is probably this tutorial:

Also see

It now uses the task based menu structure that @sueridgepipe envisioned: after mounting partitions you choose what you want to do: install desktop system, just the base system, some kind of custom system (unconfigured desktops) or do system rescue tasks.

You get to choose from all kernels provided by mhwd. Desktop system is the basic case: it let’s you choose from all existing manjaro editions, by using manjaro iso-profiles as a template. All options also let you add arbitary extra packages, choose exact drivers with mhwd, chroot to installation and choose the default shell for created users. Oh, and you can choose bootloader as well (grub, systemd-boot, refind).

Also worth mentioning is btrfs support. Almost all the usual kinks have been ironed out: sane mount options are suggested based on whether the disk is ssd or not, grub is automatically configured not to throw errors, right hooks are added to mkinitcpio.conf, TLP is configured to avoid filesystem corruption, grub-btrfs is set and so on. The default subvolume layout is sane and you can freely set your own layout if you want to.

But this is getting way off topic. Sorry about that…


Typical Linux user responses everybody complaining about the size of the KDE ISO. and old 2gb USBs well for windows you would need 8gb. Even here 4gb is cheap as chips 8 gb a couple of dollars more,
Dropping 32 bt well my oldest laptop is nearly 14yrs old and 64bt. how many times do the normal user change their laptop/desktop in that time,then bring them out when 32bt is being dropped,

old 32bt destops/laptops pre 2003 of will not run a modern linux distro so its best to let them use specialist distros MX is a good choice for them. The later ones well its sad for users and I feel for you but then there is void a modern distro and many more that will cater for you needs so not all is lost.

Its just to much work for most OSs to cater for 32bt not unfortunately.

I would never use a regular install as a choice, net install is the way, Void is the exception cinnamon 64 bit around 500mb just the basics so you can build your own very simple even with a year old ISO 5 mins to install update done.


This wasn’t the point. The KDE installer was 2.2GB, so trimming it to just under 2GB would mean it fits on a 2GB USB drive instead of needing to use a 4GB one.

It’s similar to saying just use a DVD-RW for writing a 710MB image instead of asking whether 10MB could be trimmed so it would fit on a CD-RW.

If the KDE image was ~3GB I wouldn’t have bothered asking.


I agree and disagree I have never owned a 2gb usb never seen one for sale since the early 2000s but I have a 128mb one that I used years ago to install something small, So could the KDE ISO trim down that far.?
The problem is KDE ISOs are made large to suit the majority of KDE users that complain of lack of their favourite software, so its a balancing act of what to include and leave out.
My answer is and allways has been net install solves it all.
The other point again a DVD-rw is as cheap and a better technical media than a cd-rw. that’s a bit like saying don’t have more than 2 kids if you have a 4 seater car.


I’ve just found an old 2GB SD card. It has Macrium Reflect on it. Oooh, it still has 1.8 Gb of free space. What a waste.


I can understand Jonathon’s point to some degree. It does seem wasteful to have unusable storage on a much bigger card.
Want to buy a new 2 GB card if one is not to hand? Well, on this website, a 4 GB card is cheaper. The cost per GB is not really valid for higher capacity cards unless making it bootable maintains read and write access to other files without screwing up boot time, which is something I don’t know about.


Thank you! And it isn’t all that far OT since we are talking about “how do I install Manjaro KDE from an alternate, smaller image” essentially.



I also preferred vlc till I bought my new laptop. It just won’t work well there no matter what I do. After opening a video I hear sound but video starts after 5-10 sec. and then has also another freezes and show pixels all around the screen, then it stabilize after 15s. Skipping to another video point starts the same situation again. This is unusable. Tried to fix it with settings but nothing helps. All other video players work correctly… But that’s individual problem and aside of that vlc usually check out well.


Try using smplayer its qt5 as good as VLC and is working fine


My copy of Manjaro KDE is 1.87GB on USB.


As to basic programs, there are also: irc clients, torrent clients, picture browsers, picture editors, DVD burners, pdf reader, etc. I actually like full Manjaro install. There are only few things there which I uninstalled and added a whole lot more ;).

Internet is quick, USBs are cheap so I see no reason to introduce artificial space caps. I bet that even in underdeveloped countries people download window and mac installator images that are way bigger. They just want it so size doesn’t matter.

I remembered in Internet early days downloading movies for days… Like I said, if someone want something file size is not so important.


Yeah, that is what I’m using instead. It’s a very good vlc alternative.


To quote myself again:

And this was done, so this thread can be closed. :slight_smile:


This is very true Here in Peru 4gb is the minimum USB size people buy the most common 16gb for goodness sake its not like you throw the damn thing away after installing just format correctly


It happened already…