Manjaro Linux is one of the famous Linux distributions present in the Linux world alongside big names such as Arch, Ubuntu, Fedora, and Debian. According to DistroWatch, Manjaro has the most searches beating Linux Mint and Ubuntu. Manjaro is famous for being a Stable, Speed, Vast repositories and Beginner-friendly distributions. Manjaro Linux is based on Arch but it is stable as the repositories are behind 2 weeks cycle and are tested by Manjaro developers.
I have been a Linux user for the last 2 years. I have tried several distros such as Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Debian, Fedora, Kali, and Centos. But from last 1 year, I am on Manjaro and haven’t looked back since I installed this great distro.
Manjaro currently offers many desktop environments for installation. Manjaro offers Deepin, Gnome, Cinnamon, KDE, and Xfce environments. Iso images can be downloaded from here. Community and Official releases both are offered on original site.
The installation process for Manjaro is the easiest part. It can be installed in just a few clicks. The tricky part is just the partitioning. All this can be done in the live mode. Where you can test the distro and also that which of your devices are working or not. Driver support for Wi-Fi and graphics card can also be tested in live mode.
Boot up time for Manjaro is quite fast. If you install it on HDD it will boot in under 30 seconds. While on SSD it will boot under 10 seconds. After Login into Manjaro, you will see a welcome screen call Manjaro Hello. From a user experience perspective, this is a good way to introduce users to their new environment. It offers them some resources to help them familiarize themselves.
The Desktop Environment
For this review, I used the Xfce version of Manjaro. By default, it includes all the basic applications such as Firefox, LibreOffice, Vlc and many other default applications for everyday use. The customizing distro is made easy as everything is present in settings manager.
There is an additional manager for Drivers, Language and Kernel installation. Here you can install drivers, kernels and language pack. Which makes Manjaro more easy to use.
Steam comes installed by default in Manjaro for Gamers. Steam has by default support for over 2000 games for Linux so it is not bad as Linux have way fewer games than Windows.
Manjaro is based on Arch Linux so it uses Pacman as a package manager for the command line. GUI based package manager such as Octopi and Pamac is installed. AUR repositories which are those repositories in which user maintained packages which are not officially supported are present is also managed through these GUI managers
AUR is one of the main features of Manjaro which makes it different from Ubuntu and other newbie distros. Installing software is easy which can’t be found in normal repositories.
Manjaro is definitely a distribution you must try. If you are new to Linux, you must try Manjaro to the Linux world. This distro is good for daily stuff such as Programming, Browsing, Word Pro and Music. This distro is based on Arch. which is a rolling release model. So it has its drawbacks such as if updates come and it is buggy. It can cause crashes but for Manjaro this is not the case. Because Manjaro repositories are 2 weeks behind. They are tested but sometimes a few updates can cause problems. Overall it is a great experience to use distro aside a few minor issues. The Driver support works out of the box and finding software is easy.
So that’s a windup on my review. If you want to add something, please let me know in the comments. I’ll come back soon with another review.