Manjaro my impressions of it not a complete review

With a lot of good reviews of it I thought I’d give Manjaro a try. I used the latest version 18.04 and the XFCE desktop. Downloading a booting into the live session is fair straight forward although it is worth reading the notes before you do so.

Installing was different to many other Distros that I have tried, but not too complicated and completed fairly quickly. One thing that did confuse me was on the first boot it wasn’t that clear what to do, but that may be me and not it.

Without doubt it is a great Distro, while not (in my opinion) as user friendly as Mint or Ubuntu are, I really can not fault it. It does make you think a bit more than Mint does and that is not a bad thing as it helps to avoid mistakes. I found no problem with installing any thing, nor setting the printer and wifi. Okay a bit of a codicil here, Chrome, I couldn’t find a way to install during my trial, but as it has Chromium in the software packs it doesn’t really matter. Updating was also easy and I loved the fact you could chose what kernels to use.

So the conclusion I have come to is that it is worth all the good reviews it has and is a good alternative to the Debian and Ubuntu based Distros out there. I am not going to make the switch from Mint, but if ever there came a time when I might do so then, I think I would switch to Manjaro given my experience of it over the last couple of days.

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A tip for Manjaro users: If you open Octopi (package manager), install trizen and pacaur which will then allow you to enable searching in AUR. This will give you access to even more apps, like chrome, discord and many others that otherwise don’t show up in the standard Manjaro repos.

Also, just throwing this out there: if you like XCFE, then disregard. But I found XFCE as a DE to be one of the less user-friendly DE’s out there. To me it seems dated and not very intuitive in how it functions. IMO, there are too many menu layers to sift through and trying to find a specific utility or option can be quite tedious and time-consuming. It can be made to look nice/modern and you can get used to it with time, I don’t deny that. It’s just not for me. Only mentioning this so as to not conflate the distro with the DE. :wink:

Another point to note: There are multiple DE’s available with Manjaro. XFCE, KDE, Mate, Gnome, Deepin, i3 and even Cinnamon. I’m currently trying out Gnome, Deepin and i3 in VMs, just for curiosity. Ubuntu somewhat turned me off of Gnome since 18.04, but Manjaro might have restored my enjoyment of Gnome as they include a lot more tweaks and customization options right out of the box.

As a distro, Manjaro is fantastic. It’s fast, stable, efficient and has great community support. :slight_smile:

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I only tried the one for my test Mike. I know there are others, but I had not tried the XFCE before so I went with that one. I might try the Gnome as well later.

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Hi ElectricDandySlider.
Your words above about Manjaro made me want to try it out.
As soon as I have some free time I’ll make an USB with it.
Like you, I’m a Mint fan and I use the Cinnamon flavor.
Just to make note of a mistake you made (IMO) but not only for you:
If one wants to try something new (a DE or a Distro) go for it but, please, never try 2 things new at the same time. Your experience won’t be clear.
If there’s something you can’t do or something that’s not working right, you’ll never know if it’s the Distro’s fault or if it’s a DE’s fault.
I’ve learned that in my electronics profession: never change 2 variables at the same time!

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Thanks for the the reply Dreis
Wise words about never trying 2 new things at the same time as it will muddy the water.
You might have a different experience that I have with it. I wanted to try something that was very different to Mint with a different DE to Cinnamon outside of the Mints.
As I said I couldn’t fault it, just found it harder to use with quite a steep learning curve.
Be interested to know how you get on as another Mint Cinnamon user trying Manjaro

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As soon as I try it, I’ll post it here… And that’s a promise!

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