Manjaro Webdev Edition. The version of Manjaro for web designers and programmers

Manjaro Webdev, a version of Manjaro for developers

KDE-based Manjaro Webdev desktop

Manjaro Webdev Edition is a special version of the Arch Linux-based distribution. It is designed specifically for web developers and programmers. The compilation includes most of the most widely used programming languages, compilers, editors and Integrated Development Environments (IDEs). How graphical interface uses the KDE desktop.

We must clarify that it is a project of a particular user and not an officially supported alternative

Manjaro Webdev is a private user project

Unlike official and community projects, Manjaro Webdev is just a variant of the KDE version of Manjaro with added programs

What's Included Manjaro Webdev Edition for Web Designers and Developers

As I said above, the desktop is KDE Plasma. We can configure it to our liking by installing any of the widgets available.
We can do the software installation via Pamac, the graphical package manager based on libalpm with support for AUR and Appstreamos.
In turn, we have specific package managers to install libraries used by different programming languages. Some of them are:

  • NPM: Package manager for JavaScript.
  • Pip: A package manager for Python.
  • Save: The Ruby language package manager.
  • Compose: It is the standard package manager for installing PHP modules.

If you are a programmer and you use Linux, you will work a lot with the terminal emulator. Yakuake is a drop down terminal. This means you can press, for example, F12, and it swipes down from the top edge of the screen. After you're done, you can hit F12 again and it slides back to the top.

The graphical Pamac package manager

With the Pamac package manager, you can install many programming and development tools from the Arch Linux repositories.

Pre-installed programs

Some of the programs included in the default installation are:

      • Firefox Developer edit: It is a version of the browser with the addition of tools for developers.
      • Visual Studio Code: MIcrosoft's integrated development environment with support for multiple programming languages.
      • BueGriffon: The closest thing to Adobe Dreamweaver that Linux users can get. It is a visual website editor based on the Firefox rendering engine. If you want the most advanced features, you will have to pay for a license.

    BlueGriffon allows us to identify the components of a website.

  • GitG: User interface for the Git version control system
  • PyCharm CE: Integrated development environment for Python.
  • QT's GUI Builder.
  • Scratch: A development environment for the visual programming language created by MIT

To my taste there are missing programs that a web developer might needr, such as Inkscape for SVG graphics management or The Gimp for image manipulation. Also, in an increasingly multimedia website, a video editor is not included. On the other hand, a launcher for the Microsoft Office 365 web is included and the Calligra Suite is installed, an office suite in which I do not understand why the KDE project continues to insist. Anyway, I already said that this is an individual user project and not an officially supported variant.

Inkscape, the best tool for creating vector graphics, is not included among the pre-installed applications

Inkscape is a vector graphics manipulation tool. If we want to use it we must install it from repositories

As I said a few days ago on Twitter, Manjaro is a distribution that represents all the virtues of the Linux world. They do not make decisions based on ideology or hatred. They look for the best options for users and translate it into an easy-to-install distribution that is pleasant to use.

I don't know how Manjaro Webdev Edition will evolve, but at the moment it is just the KDE version with added programs. It is best to download some of the original versions of Manjaro and install the applications that you like the most.

Manjaro download page

On the Manjaro website you have a wide range of options to create your own distribution to program.

You can download Manjaro Webdev Edition from here


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  1.   Diego regero said

    Does this one also have bloatware?

    1.    Diego German Gonzalez said

      It is debatable. There are programs that I would not have put on.