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Manjaro 0.8.9 Released – A Ultimate Linux OS with Windows Feel, Review and Installation Guide

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Here we are reviewing Manjaro Linux, the latest in the list. We would be covering Features, Installation, Updation, look and feel and lot more.

What is Manjaro

Manjaro Gnu/Linux is a Unix Like Operating System which is Arch Linux Based. This desktop oriented Distribution has desktop environment Xfce by default and any other desktop environment can be installed and configured later.

Features of Manjaro GNU/Linux

  1. Package Manager – Pacman for command Line
  2. Package Manager Pamac for GUI
  3. Compatible with Arch Repository
  4. Usages 3 sets of Repository – The Unstable, The Stable and the Testing.
  5. Dedicated Software repositories
  6. Fully tested and stable software packages
  7. GUI Installer besides Command Line Installer (CLI)
  8. Advanced and Robust Hardware Detection (Manjaro HardWare Detection, MHWD)
  9. Rich Multimedia Support
  10. Multiple Kernel Support
  11. Supports Rolling Release Model, which means Upgradation is smooth and Simple and you don’t need to reinstall the whole System after every major Release.
  12. Supported Desktop Environment – GNOME , LXDE , MATE , KDE , Cinnamon , OpenBox, XFCE and Enlightenment
  13. Available for Architecture x86 as well as x86_64

Minimum System Requirements

  1. 1 GB RAM
  2. 30 GB HDD
  3. 1 GHz Processor
  4. Working Internet Connection
  5. Latest Graphics card and Monitor to utilize system resource to the fullest.

Download Manjaro ISO Images

Get a copy of Manjaro, suitable for your architecture from the below links.

Direct Download
  1. manjaro-xfce-0.8.9-i686.iso
  2. manjaro-xfce-0.8.9-x86_64.iso
Torrent Download
  1. manjaro-xfce-0.8.9-i686.torrent
  2. manjaro-xfce-0.8.9-x86_64.torrent

Testing Manjaro

I’ve used the following operating system to test the Majaro Linux on Virtualbox.

  1. Operating System: Debian 7.4
  2. Architecture: x86
  3. Virtualbox 4.1.18

Installation of Manjaro 0.8.9 with Screenshots

with eager to test this new distro, I setup the environment, Source disk file Location etc on virtualbox. The installation went very smooth without any single glitch and it was as simple as installing any other distribution. Here it goes.

1. The very first, welcome window on Booting

Welcome Screen Manjaro

Welcome Screen

2. Boot Selection Menu.

Manjaro Boot Menu

Start Manjaro

3. Kernel Loading Window.

Kernel Loading

Kernel Loading

4. Processes Being Started.

Starting Manjaro

Starting Process

5. The Desktop First View in Live Mode.

Welcome to Manjaro Desktop

Welcome to Manjaro Desktop

6. Installing Manjaro from Live Mode in GUI.

Installing Manjaro

Installing Manjaro

7. Location Setting Window.

Select Location

Select Location

8.System Checking and Confirming Window.

System Configuration Check

System Configuration Check

9. Setting your Geographical Location.

Select Geographical Location

Select Geographical Location

10. Selecting Keyboard Layout.

Select Keyboard

Select Keyboard

11. Installation Type configuration and setting – Encrypted Installation / LVM / Home directory Setting.

Select Installation Type

Select Installation Type

12. Final call before Installation.

Automatic Installation

Automatic Installation

Proceed Installation

Proceed Installation

13. Setting up Username, Password and Computer Name, Visible to Others.

Submit User Details

Submit User Details

14. Extracting and Installing Packages. This may take time based on Your System Configuration and Resource.

Installing Manjaro Packages

Installing Manjaro Packages

15. Finished Installation. Reboot!.

Installation Finished

Installation Finished

16. Boot Prompt After successful Installation of Manjaro.

Boot Menu

Boot Menu

17. The User Log-in Window, Seems Lucid to Eyes.

Manjaro Login Screen

Login Screen

18. The Initial Manjaro Desktop, without any modification or change of theme and wallpaper.

Manjaro Desktop View

Manjaro Desktop View

Install Manjaro from Bootable USB

Making USB Mass Storage boot-able with Manjaro, either to run in Live mode to Install later from there. We already have written an article on how to make USB bootable at.

  1. http://www.tecmint.com/install-linux-from-usb-device/

Creating bootable USB device is very easy, just put Source ISO location and Destination USB Disk location. I cross checked my Destination USB Disk, just to make sure I am not over writing any other USB Storage Disk which remains connected to my Debian Server all the Time.

After making bootable pendrive which barely took 10 minutes, I booted on unused PC in my office, and manjaro run in Live mode, without a single issue.

Taking a Tour to Manjaro

With Firefox 27.0.1 and Adobe Flash Player Installed by default running a Youtube Video was nothing more than a cake walk.

FireFox

Firefox View

VLC Streaming Video smoothly.

VLC Streaming

VLC Streaming

Audio Files Being played, without the need of any codes or any extra package.

Media Player Streaming

Media Player Streaming

No need of any extra office suite or packages, LibreOffice is already Installed.

Manjaro Menu View

Manjaro Menu View

Inbuilt Firewall, to harden the System.

Manjaro Firewall

Gufw Firewall

Extra Application like Bulk Rename makes this New OS very useful.

Rename Multiple Files

Rename Multiple Files

Good Support for Developers, with several inbuilt developing Applications.

Development Applications

Development Applications

Settings – Customize Your Desktop

System Settings

System Settings

The digital distribution, digital rights management, communication platforms for multiplayer developed by Valve Corporation. Steam is needed to play source Engine games Viz., Counter Strike. Steam is available for Manjaro, all you need to do is to create an account.

Steam Application

Steam Application

Other Notable Application, already Installed.

  1. 7-Zip File Manager
  2. Clipman – Clipboard Manager
  3. Orange Globaltime – Clocks from all over the world
  4. Xfburn – Cd/DVD Burning Application
  5. Document Viewer
  6. GIMP
  7. Hexchat – Chat Application
  8. Pidgin – Chatting Application over IM
  9. Thunderbird – Mail and News Reader
Other Applications

Other Applications

Installing an Application say bluefish using package manager – pacman

Command Line View

Command Line View

Refresh The package Database and upgrade the whole System.

Update Manjaro

Update Manjaro

Conclusion

I really enjoyed this tour to Manjaro. Everything seems to work. I didn’t felt for a second that I am New to this Distribution. The time of booting into Live mode and Installation as well as response time is too short, which surely is a plus Point.

Not over rating but this distro is as much simple that even a newbie finds it comfortable. But this does not means it is not for Advanced and Experienced users. There is something for everyone. Moreover the distro seems very promising.

The arch package manager may be trouble for some of the users but certainly this wont be an issue. You must give it a try and mind me you wont regret. Share with us Your experience with this new distro.

That’s all for now. I’ll be here again with another interesting article. Till then stay tuned and connected to tecmint.

I am a major in computer science, love to research nix. I love to write codes and scripts, review distros, experiment Foss Technologies, write technical articles, Hack, of course Ethically. I am working as System Administrator (nix) for a NGO.
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19 Responses

  1. Gilbert Dion says:

    I am trying to log in a live DVD with user manjaro and password manjaro but the login fails. What to do?

    • Avishek Kumar says:

      Dear @ Gilbert Dion,
      From where did you downloaded the ISO image?
      Please Use the Official Download Mirror, as suggested above in our download section.

      I should login automatically without the need of any password in Live Mode.

      Feel free to contact us, for any further assistance.

      • Gilbert Dion says:

        I downloaded the ISO image (manjaro-xfce-0.8.9-x86_64.iso) from right here on this page. It keeps rebooting wether I let it login automatically or I type a login name & password

        hould I Try the 32 bit version?

        • Avishek Kumar says:

          Dear Gilbert Dion,
          In some cases (on some machine) it was found, Users could not login to Manjaro. It is Ridiculous.

          In Live mode it should login directly.

          i am Hereby creating a thread in Manjaro User Group, to fix the issue/ for a solution.

          • Gilbert Dion says:

            Thank you. I find it strange that this behaviour occurs on some machines but not on others. I just tried Manjaro Live CD on a third machine (Acer Extensa 44420, 2008) and it logs in directly.

    • dogbert0360 says:

      Same thing happened to me too. Manjaro kept on rebooting to login screen each time I put in the required user and password. Very weird!

    • cascades says:

      While running the 64 bit version from the DVD in ‘LIVE’ mode I wanted to install the updates which requires a root password. I figured out that this password is ‘manjaro’ (without the quotation marks)

  2. linuxuser says:

    Very Nice Article, but archlinux works best for me , i am newbie with computers but i did not find archlinux installation difficult as some suggest and OS management including pacman too very easy.

    Once you get a hang of archlinux you will not use any other distro.

  3. tuxmaster says:

    I have a issue with linux when multiple apps are using internet , for eg , i am using transmission and firefox/epiphany , i would prefer firefox/epiphany to get higher priority/bandwidth but transmission does not allow firefox/epiphany to use the BW and firefox is waiting indefinitely and transmission is using full BW ,

    Any suggestion for my issue.

  4. Gilbert Dion says:

    So? I tried the DVD on 2 different machines, I still can’t run it. Impossible to log in. How do you manage to run it? You won’t get a lot of users with this kind of bug.

  5. PH says:

    The issue with live refusing to login is being addressed. Several users have reported it in the forum. Did you try from USB or DVD, as it appears that this happens mostly on DVD. If you create a bootable USB it works fine.

  6. mora says:

    I’m having a problem with the Majaro XFCE-netbook. The installation works fine on my asus laptop and loaded fine too. But with my acer laptop, it’s always rebooted to “operating system not found”. I have checked the iso installer and no error. I don’t know anymore how to solve this.

    I thought it might be the grub problem so I installed it alongside Ubuntu. Then tried not installing the bootloader (because there is Ubuntu GRUB already) but it is still the same problem after reboot “operating system not found”.

    I downloaded the iso from the website directly (“Manjaro Community Edition”).

  7. Paul von Elsner says:

    I have been using Manjaro since reading your review. I’m an advanced newbie who had no problems installing or configuring the desktop to my liking.
    I installed Google Chrome, setup Skype and am learning how to video edit using Kdnlive.
    I use Manjaro “Cup of Linux” version from Spatry.

    My system
    CPU: Intel Core2 Duo CPU E8400 @ 3GH GPU: GeForce 8400 GS Rev. 3 RAM: 2g

    Thanks,
    Paul

  8. MaxTheCoder says:

    Hi, I have been trying to use Manjaro on VirtualBox
    Could you please tell me how I do this because I would like to start running Manjaro, but I want to test it first.

    Thanks,

    • Avishek Kumar says:

      Dear MaxTheCoder, so where is the problem?
      Have you setup virtualbox?
      If yes then boot and install.
      If not tell us where you are stuck.

    • Braydon Hawkins says:

      Loosely, what you want do is:
      – open virtualbox
      – create a new VM (arch linux)
      – go to settings; disable floppy in boot order
      – add your ISO to the virtual CD/DVD drive
      – ^ be sure to not place your ISO on the host desktop
      – run Manjaro, the rest is self explanatory and on this webpage
      – good luck and welcome!

  9. Shardul says:

    Hello I’ve installed manjaro xfce edition 0.8.10 today. After complete installation i cannot login into manjaro even though i have correctly entered the username and password. Please help.

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