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Let’s lookeewatchee the video and talk afterwards, ok? Gotta sort my thoughts.
Manjaro recently released 19.0 Kyria for their main editions which are XFCE, GNOME and KDE Plasma. I spend a few minutes looking at each to see what’s new and what we can expect from this release. Note that I was looking at the release candidates just a few hours before the main release was made available so the video reflects the final release with possibly some small changes.
00:24 – GNOME
15:50 – KDE Plasma
29:42 – XFCE
41:42 – Final Thoughts
Manjaro just coming out with a new snapshot is a good opportunity to talk about this very very beloved and widespread Linux distro and its usability and see if its suitable for normal, non-geeky human beings and domestic goddesses.
Let’s get one thing straight first: The Manjaro guys can say whatever they want, it is in fact an ArchLinux distro. Mitigated and defanged and made easy for beginners – but still an Arch under the hood. Which doesn’t matter. Not anymore. In the year 2020 there is no reason for why Arch should be only for the super geeky computer nerds. I go as far as stating that something like Manjaro is easier to use and maintain than a vanilla Debian!
Manjaro was indeed the first Arch distro coming up with an easy installer, that’s what makes – or made – it so special. Now that other distros have figured out the trick, too, there are only some “special care” ingredients that make Manjo stick out from the crowd. Slower update cycle, more nanny state behaviour, all that childish shit. Not all of them necessary or even desirable … but maybe helpful for the less clever and self-reliant among us. 😉
Nevertheless I deem Manjaro a good jump-off point for when you wanna get into Archy stuff.
So … why am I always on about Arch here and Arch there and Arch everywhere? And why do I want to convert y’all over to Arch after you left the initial n00b phase? Because reasons! You’ll find out for yourself. Really. Eventually you will. Arch ain’t for every Linux user. Manjaro/Arch equals speed and cutting edge newness, which makes it a fashion statement, a useless Toy OS according to Karmi; super chic must-have for us housewives and kat lovers. =^.^=
The rest of you will sort yourself into one of the other camps. Orca’s too precious to deal with Deb/Ubu, SuSE, Fedora, Puppy or any of the countless other distros. She wants and gets simple, stable and spunky power!
What about Arch breaking all the time, ruining your day? For me it’s plenty stable enough. And I’m not even on Manjaro anymore since over three years now, and failed updates never happen. And even if, it’s no problem. Your system won’t stop working, you’ll just have to wait a couple days before you can enjoy the absolutely latest software.
And while all the “lesser” distros, and their respective users, are dabbling around with flatpaks and other crutches if they wanna have some special software/app that’s not in their repositories, we Archies just sneer at them poor bastards and find everything under the sun in the Arch repo or the unbelievably vast AUR (Arch User Repository), where the one or other super clever demi-god has already made it available for their fellow Archies. I’ve even found super duper fringe software like the Firestorm and Singularity (even the Alpha version) Second Life viewers in there, quick and easy to install and no problems.
That’s a trick no other Linux distro can do! WinMac even less. Not as simple and sexy as Arch can do it.