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Not so long ago, it felt as if ev­ery new dis­tro that ap­peared was a re­spin of Ubuntu. That wasn’t such a bad thing: Ubuntu is a solid base and pro­vides soft­ware for mak­ing respins that was fairly easy to use and con­sis­tent. But it did mean a pa­rade of dis­tros that were al­most but not quite Ubuntu.

Then peo­ple cot­toned on to Arch Linux, a dis­tro aimed at the more expert end of the mar­ket, but one that pro­vided greater op­por­tu­ni­ties for cus­tomi­sa­tion. So now we have a num­ber of dis­tros that use Arch Linux as their base. One of the pi­o­neers in this ap­proach was Man­jaro and we have the lat­est re­lease on the DVD for you. There are a few vari­ants of Man­jaro, each with a dif­fer­ent desk­top. We’ve in­cluded the XFCE ( see LXF236) ver­sion in the past, but this time we’ve gone for the full Gnome desk­top.

While Arch Linux is aimed at the more ex­pe­ri­enced user, that doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily ap­ply to dis­tros based on it. Man­jaro is as easy to use, in­stall and man­age as Ubuntu, thanks to the ad­di­tion of graph­i­cal ad­min­is­tra­tion tools such as pack­age man­agers (Man­jaro has two of these as well as the com­mand line pac­man). As a re­sult, Man­jaro is gen­er­at­ing a lot of in­ter­est these days, and now you can see what all the fuss is about.

We know that some of you like to boot the DVD in a vir­tual ma­chine for test­ing. This is use­ful but it of­ten re­sults in the dis­tro run­ning slower than on real hard­ware. This ap­plies to al­most all dis­tros, es­pe­cially those that use 3D ac­cel­er­ated desk­tops, but some­times there are more sig­nif­i­cant is­sues, such as when the dis­tro doesn’t in­clude sup­port for the vir­tual hard­ware, and this is the case with Man­jaro. It does work with Vir­tu­alBox but can fail to boot, both as a live disc and when in­stalled to a vir­tual hard disk, when used with Qemu. It’s not a big deal, as you can in­stall and use Vir­tu­alBox, even if you are a Qemu die hard, and it in no way af­fects run­ning Man­jaro, ei­ther live or in­stalled, on a “real” com­puter.

Lo­gin de­tails: user­name man­jaro; pass­word man­jaro.

The easy Man­jaro in­staller high­lights the dif­fer­ence be­tween Man­jaro and its base dis­tro of Arch.

Man­jaro, the lat­est ver­sion in its GNOME in­car­na­tion, is ideal for intermediate open source users.

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