Manjaro is a user-friendly Linux distribution based on the independently developed Arch operating system. Within the Linux community, Arch itself is renowned for being an exceptionally fast, powerful, and lightweight distribution that provides access to the very latest cutting edge - and bleeding edge - software. However, Arch is also aimed at more experienced or technically-minded users. As such, it is generally considered to be beyond the reach of those who lack the technical expertise (or persistence) required to use it.
Developed in Austria, France, and Germany, Manjaro provides all the benefits of the Arch operating system combined with a focus on user-friendliness and accessibility. Available in both 32 and 64 bit versions, Manjaro is suitable for newcomers as well as experienced Linux users. For newcomers, a user-friendly installer is provided, and the system itself is designed to work fully 'straight out of the box'.
- XFCE 4.12
- Cinnamon 3.0
- KDE 5.6
- MATE 1.14
- simple cli/graphical installer
- systemd/openrc as initsystem
- automatic hardware detection
No one who is just a plain desktop user of Linux takes to heart to read any update information. As a result of the update to use only the terminal just recently caused me reinstall my Manjaro XFCE. I did how ever take the time to try Manjaro KDE 17.0.1 and I believe I will switch from XFCE to KDE. :-) What I really like about Manjaro is that it is a rolling release and not a point release like Ubuntu or Fedora. Pros: rolling release - install once and forget about it easy to install as a desktop user who doesn't know any codeing or programing AUR programs installing - Google Chrome - Clipgrab - and more I like to use codes just works for audio and videos large DE base: KDE, XFCE, now Gnome very large community of DE: LXDE, LXQT, deepin, cinnamon, i3, mate, and many more... Cons: AUR not all programs install (Lightzone - photography application) latest update in design under the hood - I found manjaro from YouTube of Spatry and Don't Call Me Lenny, you are out there, so as ease of use from a simple desktop user who doesn't know code or programing this is why I took off a star
I GAVE 3 STARS BECAUSE IT LOOKS GOOD ILL GIVE YOU THAT. IT RUNS SMOOTH BUT WHAT EXACTLY DOES IT HAVE THAT OTHERS DO NOT? THE ONLY GOOD THING ABOUT THIS IS THAT YOU CAN INSTALL BLACK ARCH ON TOP OF IT AND ONLY THAN YOU HAVE A GREAT DISTRO. OTHER THAN THAT THIS FEELS MORE LIKE A EDU DISTRO. NO OFFENSE
Long time Debian user (both desktop and server) but occasionally play around with other flavors. Was impressed with Manjaro XFCE. No muss, no fuss, no major problems or quirks, and certainly nothing that a bit of Googling could not rectify. Nice distro for anyone who wants to just sit down and do normal end user tasks and not have to think about a thing. Very pleasing. And XFCE is highly customizable so very easy to tweak. With Manjaro being based on Arch, the Arch wiki is a great resource - and better than any forum. Have not eyeballed the forum much... but have not really found anything useful there when I have stumbled across posts... but I'm an advanced user and so...
Just starting with this release. My favorite is with the 'rolling release' and never having to re-install. As long as the updates are kept as current as possible without bugs, this will become perhaps the standard for future Linux users.