*and similar ArchLinux derivatives
Hello again Linux hopefulls!
After the great success of yesterday’s writeup about Linux Mint, I’ve decided to get you to do the next step up your personal Linux ladder. “But Orca, didn’t you say there is no need to step up from Mint?”
Yes, fraggelz, that’s right. You can get old on Mint without ever looking like a fukn n00b. But maybe you’re one of the quickly bored play-kiddies, a stuntgirl at heart, and Mint’s near-perfect goodness is a bit bland for your taste? Maybe you wanna use the freshest kernels and latest versions of all your apps. And you want all that good stuff delivered right onto your system, every day?
If you could answer with a loud and clear “Yes!”, then you’re more than welcome to explore the wonderful quirky world of rolling release distros, and always super duper cutting edge software. Welcome to the ArchLinux universe.
Still let’s not forget you’re just a housewife, a silly moo with with a spare computer, not a fukn computer geek and code monkey. Basically you’re Orca. 😮 LOL And if you are anything like Orca you want the coolest Linux distro that’ll make you look like the geekiest sex goddess ever … without the hassle to really turn into a geek and/or wear horn-rimmed glasses. In other words: You want a haute couture ArchLinux distro, without having to install it the Arch way. And you want a complete system, like your boring Mint.
And that’s when the world’s most famous Arch distro, Manjaro (and similar distros, like Namib GNU/Linux and Archman), comes to the forefront. There is a reason why Manjaro was also dubbed the ‘Ubuntu of the Arch world’; it is based on Arch and works basically the same but uses its own Repository and is on a much more conservative update path. Which means you won’t receive a dozen updates every fukn day, but only one fortnightly … or so or thereabouts.
And another thing about those clever derivatives is that you still won’t need to use the dreaded terminal. Only at this point in your Linux life you’re curious enough to learn the small handful of most needed Terminal commands because you’ve seen how elegant and fast you can do your chores if you don’t need to click through countless layers of windows, boxes, and files, but just type in a one-liner in your terminal and look like the geekiest sex goddess again. 🙂
For the rest, yes, it is kinda exactly like your good old and trusted Minty goodness. Haha, ‘kinda exactly’, what an elegant way to say ‘not at all’ or ‘maybe’ or ‘sometimes’. This all depends on your personal know-how and joy of experimenting. ArchLinux as such is an empty shell, just like Windows, and you have to add all the programs and apps you want by yourself. Manjaro, Namib, Archman and others are a bit better equipped but not as complete as Mint.
Well, at this point in your career you won’t see that as a drawback, since you’re happy to find no bloatware on your computer, and installing your favourite softwares is easypeasy child’s play for you. At least what you will find is an option to install Manjaro (or Namib or ArchMan) with your favourite desktop environment right out of the box. Liked Minty’s Cinnamon? You shall have it in Manjaro and the others too.
And don’t let Karmi with his “DOS Arch” phobia fool you. Again: No need to ever use the terminal if you really can’t be bothered. You’ll miss out on so much fun by not using it but you won’t be forced.
Disclaimer: Adding to the general warning that Linux ain’t Windows, let’s make it clear that Arch – and not even Manjaro, Namib et al. – ain’t beginner distros! They are not overly complex but demand a certain grade of know-how and resourcefulness of its users.