Distrowatch Prime 5 Distributions Overview: Manjaro

Manjaro Linux is rated quantity three on the favored rankings website, Distrowatch, based mostly on variety of hits to the Distrowatch web page for the OS, not based mostly on precise downloads / user-base. Try my earlier critiques of MX Linux and EndeavourOS right here.

For these unfamiliar with Manjaro, it’s an Arch Linux based mostly distribution that’s usually nicknamed “The Ubuntu of Arch” for it’s user-friendly GUI instruments and beginner-friendly method to the Arch Linux methods of doing issues. Manjaro makes use of its personal devoted software program repositories reasonably than the Arch Linux ones, however there’s additionally entry to the community-maintained Arch Consumer Repository (AUR) that Arch customers are acquainted with.

Manjaro is available in a number of ‘flavours’, using totally different Desktop Environments, corresponding to:

There are additionally community-maintained flavours accessible on the Manjaro downloads web page, that includes:

  • Budgie
  • Cinnamon
  • Deepin
  • I3
  • Mate
  • Sway

Manjaro makes use of the GUI installer Calamares, featured in different distributions, which is a pleasant and straightforward to make use of means of putting in the OS; anybody with even very primary expertise in OS installations will discover Calamares easy and environment friendly to make use of.

For this set up and overview I opted for KDE Plasma.

My Specs:

  • Ryzen 5 3500X
  • 16GB DDR4 3000Mhz
  • System put in on a SATA SSD

Set up

The Manjaro set up by way of Stay-USB was fast, straightforward, and painless. Calamares is my favorite GUI set up utility, making installations very simplistic. There are straightforward selectable choices for disk erasure, changing partitions, set up alongside present programs, and customized partition administration all available for no matter your particular wants are.

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Included Software program and Options

Although Manjaro is predicated off Arch Linux, it’s not Arch, and it’s not as minimal as Arch or different Arch based mostly programs. Nonetheless, Manjaro KDE didn’t include an extreme quantity of bloat. There are the essential frequent functions like a Music participant within the type of the applying Elisa, VLC for movies, OpenOffice on your workplace wants, in addition to Firefox, Thunderbird, and Steam all pre-installed.

Manjaro additionally has some useful graphical instruments such because the superior MHWD (Manjaro {Hardware} Detection) software which permits for simply putting in proprietary and open supply drivers corresponding to on your NVIDIA Video card. As effectively, the Pamac utility makes trying to find and putting in packages from each the Manjaro Repositories in addition to the AUR a easy activity. Manjaro is very advisable for inexperienced customers on this regard, as you are able to do nearly all duties with out the necessity of the terminal, even putting in new Kernel variations by way of a useful GUI software.


Manjaro, like different Arch based mostly programs, may be very fast and responsive, once I examined issues out within the KDE atmosphere. With 5 browser tabs open to varied websites, OpenOffice operating, my three screens linked, and Discord operating, I used lower than 5% of my CPU energy, and below 2GB of RAM. Any fashionable PC could have zero points having a clean expertise with this setup.

Ultimate ideas

I used to completely run Manjaro on my residence system, due to its energy, simplicity, and my love of Arch based mostly programs. Whereas I don’t at present, I’ve zero troubles recommending this OS to anybody who needs to make use of an Arch based mostly system, however not Arch itself. If you happen to’re in search of a pleasant, straightforward to make use of system with loads of GUI instruments, however the energy and suppleness of Arch, you gained’t be disillusioned utilizing Manjaro; not less than in my view!

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