Guten Tag Leute,
I should be sailing now, continuing my legendary Grand Tour. I should. Yes. I fukn know that myself. Shut up and go away!
So, with that outta the way let me talk a bit about Linux, why don’t I? As you’ve seen from the title, I’ve revisited my old favourite Linux distro, which I used for the longest time – since 2013 until early 2018 actually – as my daily rider, my ‘production system’, if you wanna call some SL playing,
movie pirat… file sharing and blogging being productive that is. 😉
Well, I swapped Manjaro for Namib because of stability reasons. They never gave my favourite Mate desktop the love it needed and broke it kinda regularly in each 3rd or 4th system update. But lately I’m hearing good things about the good old Manjo and thought why not give it another run. And to make this a useful writeup I choose the Cinnamon desktop environment, as you kow and love it from your Linux Mint installations. I guess 99.97% of Thar She Blows! readers are on Mint by now, right? So let’s play with Manjaro 18.1.0 for a bit and compare it to your Minty goodness. Look:
No shit, I gotta admit Manjaro is the bestest most complete Linux distro on the “market” right now, as it was since years. Personally I have no idea how and why MX grabbed the #1 position on the DistroWatch charts, Manjaro is so much more than MX will ever be. More versatile, more user-friendly, more girlfriendly, more everything.
It’s also easy to install and to operate (depending on your chosen desktop), and no, there is no need for you to use the Terminal. You’re able to do everything with mouseclickery, like a good girl. EVERYTHING! Of course is the Terminal thousand times cooler but you don’t have to use it. Okay?
So I say it again: As soon as you’re truly at home in your Mint, I see no reason not to branch out into the coolest corner of the cool corner of the schoolyard, where the kidz aren’t just smoking but smoking the funny smelling sport cigarettes. 😉 It’s a good place to be.
Of course, and now we’re entering geek territory where Orca shouldn’t have no business neither, but I gotta tell you that Manjaro is NOT the bestest ArchLinux fork-off. In that highly specialized corner of Linux there are indeed besterer distros waiting for the stuntgurlz among us. The Manjaro guys make no secret about not being a real ArchLinux. Manjo is Arch-based but has its very own repositories. And at least they give us access to the Arch User Repository (AUR), and that is the best thing that can ever happen to you. And still you won’t need to use the Terminal, not even for that nerd paradise! But let’s not go deep into that topic. Just so you know, it’s all there. For you! And Manjaro is the easiest and least painful segue into Archland.
One more thing, if I may:
Our friend Jack M. Germain made a writeup for Manjaro 18.1.0 that sounds more like a paid ad. It’s very unlike him. Or … he’s similarly taken by Manjo as I am. Anyway, I order you to read his far more betterer and professionellerer expertise here …
Yeah, I really had to say a lot of things about Jack’s kinda fluffy article but let’s not go there now. Let’s rather go in the smoking corner where the real kool kidz hang out, and let’s join their purring warm chitchat about ArchLinux love.