Monday, June 20, 2016

Hello Manjaro

Using Debian, or any one of it's derivatives such as Linux Mint or Ubuntu is fine. Multiple systems let me enjoy some of those, but I felt that I wasn't exploring enough of the Linux goodness out there.

Maybe something different would be educational and more fun.

Ladies and gentlemen, my new friend Manjaro.
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I won't go into details about Manjaro, as there are plenty of reviews and related sites out there. I doubt the world needs another one. The fact that is Arch based is important. The change is a challenge.

I grabbed the a recent Xfce edition only because I have never tried that desktop environment. Manjaro has lots of desktop choices. I could have picked KDE, BspWM, Budgie, Cinnamon, Deepin, Enlightenment, Fluxbox, Gnome, i3, JWM, LXDE, LXQT, MATE, Netbook, Openbox and PekWM.

Since my install, just days ago, they have another offering using JWM (Joe’s Window Manager), it is a lightweight stacking window manager for the X Window System written by Joe Wingbermuehle. Incredibly,the system boots up with less than 111MB of RAM usage. Not too shabby considering how powerful Manjaro is.

For me, I like Manjaro a lot. I was concerned with Xfce, having been used to stuff like KDE and MATE, but I am really digging the lighter interface.

That's it! No lengthy review or any of that. Go try Manjaro.

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