KDE Neon on ZFS

Based on this excellent guide.

WARNING:  You’re going to be messing with hard drives.  You’ll probably be doing most of this as root.  As the old adage goes, “The good thing about Linux is that it does exactly what you tell it to do.  The bad thing about Linux is that it does exactly what you tell it to do.”  I strongly recommend you to disconnect/remove drives you don’t want touched during this procedure so you don’t inadvertently wipe a disk you don’t want wiped.

Note: at the time of this writing, KDE Neon is based on Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial.

The whole process looks something like this:

  • Boot into Xenial Desktop live environment
  • Install ZFS packages in live environment
  • Prepare array
  • Debootstrap base system into array
  • Chroot into array
  • Install the rest of KDE Neon
  • Tweak
  • Reboot into new KDE Neon system on ZFS

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Chinese Input + KDE Neon

Managed to get Chinese input on KDE Neon using fcitx. These are the packages I have installed:

sudo apt install fcitx fcitx-bin fcitx-config-common fcitx-config-gtk fcitx-data fcitx-frontend-all fcitx-frontend-gtk2 fcitx-frontend-gtk3 fcitx-frontend-qt4 fcitx-frontend-qt5 fcitx-module-dbus fcitx-module-kimpanel fcitx-module-lua fcitx-module-x11 fcitx-modules fcitx-ui-classic im-config libfcitx-core0 libfcitx-gclient0 libfcitx-qt5-1 libgeoclue0 libgettextpo0 libjavascriptcoregtk-4.0-18 libpresage-data libpresage1v5 libtinyxml2.6.2v5 libwebkit2gtk-4.0-37 libwebkit2gtk-4.0-37-gtk2 presage zenity zenity-common fcitx-libpinyin

To start at login:

sudo cp /usr/share/fcitx/xdg/autostart/fcitx-autostart.desktop /etc/xdg/autostart/

I was having an issue where the fcitx configurator window would pop up at login, which I did not want. I edited the Exec= line as shown, which seems to have alleviated the problem:


Not sure why fcitx-autostart also opens fcitx-configtool at login. If I close everything and run fcitx-autostart from xterm, it does start the little systray applet thing, but not the configurator. From what I can tell, it only opens the configurator when it runs at login.

Fcitx Homepage

KDE Neon System Settings Workspace Theme Picker Missing

sudo apt update
sudo apt dist-upgrade
sudo apt install qml-module-org-kde-kcm

Source: https://muhdzamri.blogspot.tw/2018/01/problem-with-kde-look-and-feel-and.html

More info:

# apt show qml-module-org-kde-kcm
Package: qml-module-org-kde-kcm
Version: 5.42.0-0neon+16.04+xenial+build54
Priority: optional
Section: libs
Source: kdeclarative
Maintainer: Neon CI <neon@kde.org>
Installed-Size: 63.5 kB
Depends: libkf5declarative5 (>= 5.42.0-0neon+16.04+xenial+build54), qml-module-org-kde-kirigami2, libc6 (>= 2.14), libkf5quickaddons5, libqt5core5a (>= 5.9.3+dfsg), libqt5qml5 (>= 5.9.3), libstdc++6 (>= 4.1.1)
Homepage: https://projects.kde.org/projects/frameworks/kdeclarative
Download-Size: 15.6 kB
APT-Manual-Installed: yes
APT-Sources: http://archive.neon.kde.org/user xenial/main amd64 Packages
Description: provides integration of QML and KDE Frameworks - kconfig
 This import contains KDE extras that are visually similar to Qt Quick
 This package contains the QML files used by libkf5declarative.