July 09, 2019

Manjaro Linux

Manjaro Linux is an Arch-based Linux distribution available for free to download. It's lightweight, user-friendly distribution popular among Linux newbies. As it's Arch-based, it uses pacman package manager for managing packages. It also ships with a graphical package manager called pamac.

Manjaro comes with many popular Desktop Environments like Gnome, KDE, XFCE, Deepin, OpenBox etc. Some are official and others are community-maintained.

It comes with a lot of pre-installed apps which I don't really like. There are some applications in my system which are completely alien to me. I have no idea what they do. This maybe good for some users.

Manjaro works great with XFCE desktop environment on low-end systems. I've run it with KDE, XFCE and and LXDE. And all of them work really well with it. Suggestion: Don't go for KDE if you're on a low-end device. It needs a lot of system-resources to run properly.

Manjaro have three software branches viz Unstable, Testing, Stable. By default, one uses stable repository. You can change it easily:

sudo pacman-mirrors --api --set-branch {branch}

Then update your system using the following command:

sudo pacman-mirrors --fasttrack 5 && sudo pacman -Syyu

Additionally, you could take advantage of Arch User Repository(AUR) if you want. To use AUR, install an AUR helper and you are good to go! Here's the relevant resource for the same.

You could do almost everything graphically in Manjaro!

I've been using Manjaro for around 7 months and it's time to say Hello to Debian! Yeah, apt install instead of pacman -S 😂

Honestly, I enjoyed using Manjaro. It's a fantastic distro for anyone who want to try out an Arch-based distribution! And I would definitely recommend it!