Manjaro Linux 21.0 Cinnamon

Just a brief look at Manjaro’s latest snapshot, 21.0 today.

I used the Cinnamon edition for various reasons; it’s great n stuff and most of you Mint users know and love this desktop anyway. So why change, right?

I’m gonna use GagaMore, the faster one of my mini-Lenovos for the test. No problems with that thing. Internet connects right away via ethernet.

So let’s see what’s what:

First point to complain about: Manjo didn’t recognize my 1366×768 (16×9) screen but gave me the oldold 1024×768 (4×3) resolution. It only shows in the screenshot

Since Manjaro comes with dedicated ISOs for each of their Official (Gnome, KDE Plasma, Xfce) and Community (Awesome, PSPWM, Budgie, Cinnamon, i3, LSDE, LXQt, Mate, Openbox) Editions the installation only took some minutes. Not like with EndeavourOS where it takes between 20 and 30 minutes.

Let’s not lose many words about the install, it’s a baby easy thing and no problems are to be expected if you didn’t forget your real or made-up name. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I didn’t waste any time with sightseeing but went to town and installed the Singularity SL viewer from the preinstalledArch User Repository (AUR) which went very smoothly. The AUR is preinstalled btw.

Manjaro got its nickname as Ubuntu of the Arch world not without reason. It’s densely packed with goodies/nannyshit to the brim and comes with enough additional software for most people to start working and being awesome right away. Office suites, multimedia players and creators, web browser and emailer, piratey stuff. In other words, Manjaro comes with everything but the kitchen sink. And if you insist you can install the kitchen sink in a matter of just seconds. =^.^=

Isn’t Orca supposed to wear at least some clothes? And hair? But we’re happy to see her anyway. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I don’t even waste any time with such stuff but go directly to town and install a 3rd party Second Life viewer from the Arch User Repository (AUR). The AUR is already preinstalled in Manjaro btw. And, just so you know, if you can install a pretty complex virtual world viewer just like that, every other software shouldn’t pose any problem at all.

But no matter if you use the official Arch repo, or the AUR, Manjo comes with a GUI installer, which means you can install all kinds of shit per mouseclick and will miss the joys of doing it in terminal. ๐Ÿ™‚

After having sorted out the screen problem and some very mild customization Manjaro shows its pretty face. Some yummy, Cinnamoney wallpapers for us to add to the standard fare.

As a negative I must mention that Manjaro at first didn’t recognize my 1366×768 (16×9) screen but gave me a standard 1024×768 (4×3) resolution. No other distro ever had any problems identifying the connected screens. I had to correctify that manually. Hopefully the Manjaro guys have sorted that stuff out in snapshot 21.0. Oh, btw, since Cinnamon is just a Community Edition it hasn’t updated to version 21.0 yet. No idea why Manjaro still insists on this silly 2-class system and doesn’t manage these things centrally. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

I guess I must repeat this test once Manjaro Cinnamon is on 21.0, too. Maybe then little buggies like the missing screen recognition n shit will be sorted.

The great Cinnamon menu is as complete as anyone could wish for, even with search bar.

All in all I gotta say Manjaro is a damn fine allround Linux distro. That it’s based on ArchLinux is just a bonus as from the day to day operation there shouldn’t be a great difference to Linux Mint. You can do everything in Manjaro without ever touching the dreaded Terminal. Why you don’t wanna use the Terminal is a discussion for another day. Just be assured, Manjo, like every Arch-ish distro of course comes with a terminal, and if you dare looking into it you’ll find out how great and elegant your computing will become. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Slowly I begin to understand why Manjaro is such a beloved system and why hubby reverted back to it after sharing my Arch carreer in parallel. He went with me from Manjaro via Namib and Archman to Endeavour … where he finally had enough. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Contrary to more vanilla Arch compatible systems the Manjaro devs are holding updates back for about 2 weeks. For security reasons they claim. In my humble opinion this sometimes causes more trouble but let’s not go there now. In any way, Manjaro is complete right out of the box, like Mint, and it won’t distract you with 10 daily updates but only send you one big packet every fortnight. Yes, I gotta admit, one needs to be a special kind of geek to be happy with Arch’s steadily flowing update policy so they might prefer Manjaro’s more tame update path.

Can I recommend Manjaro Cinnamon? For you? Yes, and yes!

It’s complete like Mint, easy to use like Mint but faster and more versatile. And much more up-to-date!


  1. Hi Orca,

    Three years ago I tried Manjaro just for a short time and I did not like the layout.

    But today, after reading this post, I think I will try to install Manjaro again, on one of my computers .

    Just to see how it works … ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thank you Orca, with or without hair … ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Yes, please! And please write a report about your experiences, make some screenshots of the good and bad stuff and send it to me. With your friendly permission I’ll publish it. ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Thank you

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      • You can have Pamac on EOS as well as on Manjo. And the Cinnamon desktop, too. I never got used to the graphical installer tho.

        Did you find the terminal command too complicated?
        sudo pacman -S software too long a line?

        But it’s true, as an allround system with a more moderate update path Manjaro beats the true Arch distros every day. It’s not called the Ubuntu of Arch for nothing. ๐Ÿ™‚

        Have fun playing.


        • Command line isn’t my favourite option. I installed cinnamon desktop. The welcome panel was more familiar, still both OS are more up to date than mint. Guess I prefer clicking.

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    • Happens to the best of us, Neil. :/ Fortunately I’m a 100% Arch girl so I don’t need to hop too often. ๐Ÿ™‚


    • Yes Becca, Mint isn’t in the top 3 distros for no reason ;it is deffo the most complete distro, for people who just wanna get shit done. Boys, with their insatiable hunger for tinkering and playing and experimenting, find it daft.Their problem, right?

      I noticed hairless Orca is enormously forehead heavy. I guess some more operations are in order. Rest is ok, as she turned out almost like her oldschool original.

      Thx for finding her cute. ๐Ÿ™‚


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