1. For sake of consistency, I also install Papirus icon theme as I use a few non-GNOME (non-GTK if you like) applications.

  2. Did you do a minimal install or install everything required for GNOME shell? (Not including apps) Some people reported issues caused because of missing packages for the shell

  3. Don’t forget the arch wiki while installing and if you have ntfs drives install ntfs-3g package so arch can read ntfs partitions

  4. Use pacman in the terminal to install apps and packages, not the gnome software app. You can also use the extension manager to customize gnome how you like.

  5. I've noticed that myself. I have no problem installing software using cli but why doesn't gnome-software work?

  6. Use flatpak to install everything. The software that you don't find there, install it using pacman. When it is not also available in official repos, try a AUR helper like yay.

  7. Change the damn background. Then install every extension you like, use them for 3 days, uninstall 90pcnt of them. Voila, you will be left with a very nice desktop

  8. Not hard to get to. Gnome itself isn't small. Between sound, screen, wifi, bluetooth, and all the other myriad functions of a device, easily hundreds of those are small library binaries. A fresh install with KDE will probably be 1000 packages.

  9. I recently installed Arch on my laptop after running it on my desktop for a while. I'd highly recommend removing the gnome-software package. It's not meant to work with Arch and could cause issues in the future.

  10. An important thing I've learned is to not use Gnomes built in software update feature for arch packages.

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