Linux Philosophy

Hej piipels.

Know what? I’ve decided to make my life easy. Erm, it’s already very easy, at least in regards of computing n stuff. But I’ve decided to go radikal! Cutting all the krap and only focus on The Best! Or at least what I deem to be the bestest for the up-and-coming fresh faced housewive.

So, believe it or not, I reduced my recommendation list to only 1 item!

That I don’t have much love for MX is well-known, right? In fact my love and sympathy is split in between Endeavour and Manjaro but when it comes down to a single distro I’d recommend it must be Manjaro!

Yes, EOS is more up to date, and gains you more bragging rights and you can fiddle and configure and experiment with it until the cows come home, buuuuut we don’t want that, do we? We are ladies, we are never bored but have stuff to do on our computers. And once the stuff is done we switch it off and go shopping or do some housework.

And we’re grown up adults, smart and resourceful. We won’t waste time on a souped-up Ubuntu called Mint or on any other Debian-based distro. We demand our software to be sexy. And easy to use. And maintenance-free. And stable and robust. And complete and usable right outta the box, as we know it from Mint. But still fairly up-to-date!

Have a hunch where this is going? Yes, Manjaro!

I stated we’re clever and resourceful, didn’t I? So as long as you managed to download Mint, put it on a bootable USB thumb drive and install it on your machine – and everybody got that, no? – doing the same with Manjaro shouldn’t pose a problem for you. See, it even comes with your favourite Cinnamon desktop. Cool eh? ๐Ÿ˜‰

And that’s it. I promise you, there won’t be any big difference in operation, compared to your fancy Mint. You gotta click on Update, like, weekly or fortnightly … and the rest is very similar. Only that you’ll have a much much newer kernel and never ever need to reinstall your system. Unlike the static Mint will Manjo roll with you into eternity.

That dreaded terminal? Don’t use it if you don’t wanna. Manjo has GUIs for everything. Often “stolen” from Mint. Really. You’re good on Mint, you’ll be good on Manjaro! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Please believe me, girls, I’m in this Linux universe since 2013/14, and I had my fair share of trubbelz and frustrations, particularly with earlier versions of Manjaro. Their carelesness even drove me off, into the embrace of other Arch-ish distros. But nowdays, in 2020/21/22, Manjo is on a level of maturity that matches ours and Mints. And, just like Mint, it just steams along and does its job.

Of course, you can use EndeavourOS (I do it, too, on my laptop) if you wanna play and experiment and be real cool. But you don’t have to. For a productivity-focused system Manjaro is sooo much betterer!

So, yes! For the first time ever I will recommend Manjaro as a first-timer system.

Don’t believe me? Maybe you’ll believe your fellow reader Becca, who went from Mint to Manjaro.

Okay, n00b, here’s your challenge: Install Manjaro on an appropriate piece of hardware, get it running and then, if you choose to accept, maybe write a little report about your experience. And don’t forget to snap some screenshots. ‘kay?

5 comments

  1. Hey Orca.. I have an even older iMac than the one I’m using now, that’s been sitting unused for 10 years. One of the early Intel models in the white plastic case with a Core Duo (not sure what speed, I’d have to fire it up and check). Out of curiosity, would it be possible/worth it to bring that dinosaur back to life with Manjaro? I’m a complete Linux noob. Thanks

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    • Hello again Izi.

      Far as I know were the Core Duos Intel’s first 64-bit generation. In so far your museum piece should be able to run any modern Linux, incl. Manjaro. Here’s the download with Cinnamon desktop, the fave of the masses: https://manjaro.org/download/#cinnamon

      Buuuuuut! I guess it’ll be a rather laaaaaggy experience. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

      Aaaand also … WHY? Your iMac was specifically made for MacOS, which it ran rather adorably, right? As much as I’m a fan of Linux I don’t really see what you will gain from switching from a semi-professional system to an amateur effort. Don’t you have some cool Apple-compatible softwares on your machine you wanna save?

      If not, then feel welcome to dabble in Linux to your heart’s content.

      Here are 2 distros I can recommend in case your CPU turns out to be 32-bit or too slow to handle Manjo and similar systems:

      LMDE: https://linuxmint.com/download_lmde.php

      Sparky: https://sparkylinux.org/download/
      https://sourceforge.net/projects/sparkylinux/

      These are the 2 most do-able systems I guess. And we should be grateful for both to still keep 32-bit ISOs available. All the other 32-bit stuff is a bit like DIY kit and geeky shit for geeky boys. And the Arch world has abandoned 32-bit completely.

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  2. Thanks Orca. You’re right, I wouldn’t consider installing Linux on my current (old-but-still-in-use) iMac. I’m talking about my previous 16-year old iMac that’s been sitting unused in my spare room since 2012. I’m just curious about Linux, with no real intention to use it for anything.
    Buuuut… I just started it up and I see it’s the original Intel Core Duo, which according to online info is 32-bit. And it has only 2GB 667MHz RAM, and a Radeon X1600 128MB. So I’m thinking it won’t be such an interesting experiment after all.

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    • Remains to be seen. There are some ultralight Linux distros in existence, stuff that should run speedily on your Mac. But they won’t be very comfy to use and more like lab experiments … stuff for curious boys.
      LMDE and Sparky are not particularly lightweight but fully fledged distros with all the bells and whistles we expect nowadays. They just run on 32-bit. Give it a try. If that fails I shall look into the murky waters of oldstyle Linux.

      I remember we once had an iMac from ’99. Still on Motorola chips and – back then – gigantic 128 MB RAM. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ But I edited some video from our camera with that thing and it was great for media consumption since it already had a DVD player! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Yep, the best, the grey iMac is what we had.

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