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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.