3 Months on Manjaro

… and still going strong, enjoying every second on it. Okay, I swapped desktops from Mate to Cinnamon at some time but I stayed true to the Manjaro awesomeness. Not regretting the pretty fundamental move. Cinnamon is very stable, comfortable like my favourite pair of fur slippers, and fast. I guess it was slowly time to bid farewell to my beloved Mate desktop after almost 8 years.

So Manjaro/Cinnamon it is. Probably one of the most used Distro/DE combinations in the Linuxverse. Not creative, not hair-raisingly stuntgirly but pretty much bourgeois and boring by now. Some people even call Manjaro the Mint of the Arch community. And I plan to continue exactly like this. Old enough now for not always needing the absolute cutting edge software but I can wait 2 weeks or so in between updates. So, I’m not on a hot rod anymore but on a moderate racing machine … but it’s so relaxing not having to update the whole system every two hours. ๐Ÿ˜‰ And, as mentioned already long ago, installation of the Nvidia driver and SL viewer went soooo smoooooth. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Smoooooooooooth af. =^.^=

And still I have all the advantages that come with ArchLinux: Pacman, AUR, bestest, most comprehensive Wiki ever (not that I’d read it) … We Manjaro users just can’t ever say that we use Arch, btw. The real Arch disciples would kill us right away. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

So all good on Orca’s side, I’m just tensely waiting for Becca’s report about how she fares with Manjaro/KDE so far. I’ve never really tried that desktop but I hear Manjaro has the bestest implementation of it.

Howzit going, Becs?

4 comments

  1. ๐Ÿ˜ฒ Huh? You made the switch to the Cinnamon desktop environment? I thought that you would have stayed with the MATE desktop environment forever?

    By the way, did you make the switch to the Cinnamon desktop environment on your EndeavourOS machines too?

    Anyway, I am glad to see that you are having a wonderful time with Manjaro Linux.

    I clearly remembered the days when you used to make fun of me for using Manjaro Linux (Those were the days when you used Namib/GNU Linux as your daily driver).

    I will admit that the folks at Manjaro Linux did a great job with their implementation of the Cinnamon desktop environment.

    The Cinnamon desktop environment is a bit buggy on Vanilla Arch (But, then again, I am the one who put the damn thing together; I probably missed a few dependencies).

    On a positive note, the MATE desktop environment works well on Vanilla Arch Linux (As a matter of fact, the MATE desktop environment tends to work as it should on most distros of Linux).

    I always made it a priority to install Pamac on Vanilla Arch Linux (Which is something that already comes preinstalled with Manjaro Linux).

    Lately, I have been thinking about using Manjaro with the Deepin desktop environment. Should I do it?

    I am also waiting to read Becca’s upcoming blog post about Manjaro Linux with KDE Plasma.

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    • “I thought that you would have stayed with the MATE desktop environment forever?”
      This is GNU/Linux, Renard, the fastest moving OS on the planet. I was on Mate for nearly 8 years, that is as close to “Forever” as anyone can claim. ๐Ÿ™‚

      “did you make the switch to the Cinnamon desktop environment on your EndeavourOS machines too?”
      Nope. Only on this one. I switched my netbook to Manjaro but left it on Mate. The other machines, the mini Lennies … oh, I don’t even know what’s on them.

      “the days when you used Namib/GNU Linux as your daily driver”
      A truly wonderful distro. First time ever I didn’t feel discriminated as a Mate user. To bad that frederic2ec decided good grades in school, are more important than distro developing. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

      “the folks at Manjaro Linux did a great job with their implementation of the Cinnamon desktop environment.”
      I don’t know i how far it differs from the original Mint version but it’s true: The Manjaro guys have a knack for making good looking and functional environments.

      “The Cinnamon desktop environment is a bit buggy on Vanilla Arch”
      In what aspects and where please? I wanna avoid tripping into the same trap. ๐Ÿ˜ But, as with everything conceived by Clem and his Minty crew, it always gets better and better. If you had problems with Cin a few gens ago, chances are those probs are remedied by now. You remember the first Cinnamon versions in 2013 or 14 or so? Pretty but clunky, heavy and slooow and full of bugs. No comparison to what we have today.

      “As a matter of fact, the MATE desktop environment tends to work as it should on most distros of Linux”
      And why wouldn’t it? Mate in its base version is as simple as a VW Beetle, goes everywhere and loves you long time. ^.^

      “Pamac on Vanilla Arch Linux”
      Can’t say anything about that. I don’t use it. The few times I wanna install additional softwares and apps I use pacman on the terminal. Faster and more elegant and makes your little correspondent look like a Hollywood hacker. ยฐ.ยฐ

      “Manjaro with the Deepin desktop”
      I guess I’ve tried it once, dunno on what distro. Not using it now, so it probably wasn’t to my liking. That’s all I gotta say about Deepin.

      “I am also waiting to read Beccaโ€™s upcoming blog post”
      \o/ That makes already 2 of us! \o/ Come on Becs, a majority of Arch(ish) users are waiting for your progress report!!! How about a “Sweet Autumn Plasma Girl” story?

      … I hope she’s reading this …

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      • ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, Orca. It was an older version of the Cinnamon desktop environment and at the time, the Nemo File Manager was a bit glitchy on Vanilla Arch.

        On a positive note, I have never experienced any sort of technical issues using EndeavourOS’s version of the Cinnamon desktop environment (And, it is the closest thing to Vanilla Arch Linux).

        My first experience with an Arch Linux-based distro was with Manjaro; therefore, I have grown accustomed to using Pamac.

        By the way, you can install packages from the Arch User Repository via Yay on EndeavourOS (That makes Pamac redundant).

        And, I hope that Becca shares her experiences of using Manjaro with the KDE Plasma desktop real soon.

        Do enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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        • “Yay on EndeavourOS (That makes Pamac redundant).”
          I really love how I only have to type yay now, in order to start a total system update/upgrade, Pacman repo and AUR. It supports my lazyness and makes my love for Arch growing immeasurably. ๐Ÿ™‚ Just to bad that I can only use it fortnightly now on Manjaro.

          And for me Pamac has always been redundant. ๐Ÿ™‚

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