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

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. https://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.

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    How do i fix the Wi-Fi isdisabled by hardware switch error while trying to connect to the web with WiFi. Thanks

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