Aloha, my dear wannabe Archies! (She wrote knowing quite well that she can count herself lucky when and if some of you are at least doing their computing business on Linux Mint, and there’s nothing wrong with that …)
You might have heard – or better said, read – that your editrix often refers to Manjaro as “Ubuntu of the Arch world”. And since Ubuntu is really crappy these days and far away from being the fabled “Linux for human beings” I shall refer to Manjaro as “Mint of the Arch world” from now on.
Well, I’m not using either, neither Mint nor Manjaro but I still love both systems to bits and regard them highly, particularly for their human factor. And really, there is no reason to be afraid of the supposedly super geeky and 100% terminal driven operation. You can install and operate Manjaro as easily as your beloved Mint and do everything with just your mouse/trackpad. It even comes with a community version of Cinnamon desktop. Which should run a bit faster and more stable than Mint’s Ubuntu based version plus gives you all the magic of the Arch repositories and the Arch User Repository, AUR. Also you’re not abused as test user and lab rat when Mark Shuttleworth is selling his Canonical bizniz to Microsoft. And once that happens Mint will probaby shift their distro from Ubuntu- to Debian-based LMDE versions.
Manjaro, the nifty thing, has a much brighter future, since it will stick to its Arch roots!
That’s why I’m kinda reblogging this article from It’s FOSS. And since they won’t let me reblog it directly, Imma gonna try to copypasta the whole shit.
Manjaro 20.0 Lysia has been released lately. In this article, I’ll take a look at the features of Manjaro Linux in general, discuss why people like Manjaro and compare the performance of Cinnamon desktop with Linux Mint 19.3 Cinnamon edition.
Manjaro Linux: Why so popular?
To every stereotype there is some element of truth. One of the main reasons that Manjaro is so popular has to do with its roots. Manjaro is based on Arch Linux and inherits many elements of Arch Linux but it is a very distinct project.
Unlike Arch Linux, almost everything is pre-configured in Manjaro. This makes it one of the most user-friendly Arch-based distributions. A lot of new users get attracted to this idea and I can’t blame them.
Will Manjaro then can be the new Ubuntu for a new comer? My answer is Yes!
Just as Ubuntu made “Linux for human beings”, Manjaro made “Arch Linux for human beings”.
But his doesn’t mean Manjaro is a Linux distribution for beginners only. Manjaro can be suitable for both and experienced users.
Let me go over some of the main features of Manjaro.
If you want to take control in your own hands, you can use Manjaro Architect. It provides a terminal-based installer. It is still easier than installing directly through commands.
Desktop environments and Window Managers of your choice
Officially Manjaro Linux supports Xfce desktop as the default choice. The Xfce in Manjaro looks good thanks to the customization. Manjaro also offers GNOME and KDE Plasma variants.
X86 architecture is not a limitation for Manjaro
You are not limited to X86 architecture with Manjaro as it is ARM architecture friendly.
Rolling release but not rolling blindly
Manjaro is a stable bleeding edge rolling release and is claimed to be more tested than Arch Linux because it performs some additional testing before releasing the updates.
New hardware? One click and it’s done.
Manjaro comes with a hardware detection tool known as MHWD. If you need drivers for your hardware, just open it, click on “Auto Install” and wait until it’s finished. That’s it.
Ease to switch Linux kernels.
Power-users and people who need special features of the Linux Kernel that don’t come with the default one, can just switch to a different Kernel with one click.
RT-Kernel (Real Time) is suitable for a multimedia user and for applications real time features.
LTS kernel is the way to go if stability your priority.
Latest kernel has the latest features and supports the latest hardware. Did you get a recently introduced to the market graphics card? The newest kernel is for you.
Manjaro supports multiple installed Kernels at the same time. Just re-boot your system and make your selection in the boot menu.
Access to the massive Arch User Repository (AUR)
What doesn’t work so well with Ubuntu-based distributions is managing Personal Package Archives (PPAs). A PPA is a repository for a single or several applications, usually from an independent developer.
Managing PPAs can become troublesome. They should be purged as they can become abandoned and orphaned without notice. You need to reinstate them if you reinstall Ubuntu.
Snap and Flatpack support in the Pamac software manager
Pamac 9.4 series has enabled Snap and Flatpak support by default. You can now install snaps or flatpaks with Pamac in GUI or terminal and access an even larger selection of the Linux applications.
Global set of mirrors
No-matter your location Manjaro has a great number of servers which is known as mirrors and you can choose the closest available.
If you are a frequent traveler all you have to do is to open the terminal and run the following command:
sudo pacman-mirrors –geoip && sudo pacman -Syyu
This simple command will ping a list of mirrors for your country only, rating each one and reordering the list so the faster mirrors are at the top. Don’t forget to run the command once you get back home!
ZFS filesystem support
As mentioned previously, command line interface installer is called Manjaro Architect and if you are an experienced user there is a guide to follow. You can use ZFS filesystem as root in Manjaro 20.0 Lysia Architect.
Performance comparison of Manjaro 19 Cinnamon with Linux Mint 19.3 Cinnamon
I am not an expert on performance comparison and other low-level stuff. So, please forgive me if you dislike this comparison.
Manjaro feels snappier than Ubuntu and its derivatives. So, what can explain the speed benefits?
A possible explanation could be the RAM and active tasks usage on idle.
Here are the stats for idle Manjaro Cinnamon. The idle memory usage is 577 MB.
Here are the stats for an idle Linux Mint Cinnamon. The idle memory usage is 656 MB.
By running the below command you can check the running services in Linux:
systemctl list-unit-files --state=enabled --no-pager
The results on Manjaro:
The results on Linux Mint:
Each of these services consume system resources, and more specifically system memory and kernel time.
Manjaro takes most of the risk out of the rolling model by delaying the release of new applications and features for several weeks. The rolling distribution, out-of-the-box Arch experience will win you over.
Superior packaging system
Excellent hardware detection
Fast & responsive
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Oh my, that guy made it more complicated than necessary. Just go directly to the Cinnamon download and install with the normal baby easy Manjaro installer. I promise you, if you’re not a total dummy bear, everything will go as smoothly as your old and trusted Mint. Only even easier since you’re on a rolling release distro now and don’t need to re-install or manually update from release to release every 6 months.