Some reasons to recommend Manjaro Linux 18.1

Planmaker is one of the reasons to try Manjaro

The FreeOffice office suite is compatible with Microsoft Office.

There are many reasons to recommend Manjaro Linux. Of course, none are exclusive to this distribution. It may also be that we have different priorities, so I clarify that this list is absolutely personal and that you should try it the same, even if you do not agree with me. Sure that you will find your own reasons pTo discover that the experience is worth it.

My reasons for recommending Manjaro 18.1

It is not based on Debian or Fedora

I start by clarifying that I have nothing against Debian or Fedora. I just think that the more variety there is, the more we all get richer.

Manjaro is based on Arch Linux, a community distribution with its own package installation tools and its own repositories. It is one of the fastest to incorporate the most current versions of the most popular open source programs.

The thing with Arch Linux is that it is intended to be highly configurable, which requires strong user involvement in the installation process. Manjaro solves this for us automating much of the procedure.

Support for proprietary drivers out of the box

Although there are many distributions that allow you to install proprietary drivers, there are few that let you use them in Live mode. In Manjaro you just have to select the option in the initial menu.

Squid

Calamares is not only the installer that Manjaro uses, you can also find it in many other distributions. Unlike Anaconda, the insufferable Fedora installer, you don't have to go looking for the buttons all over the screen, nor do a course at NASA to create a partition.

Ubiquity, the Ubuntu installer, is just as easy. Although it does present a problem, dual installations may require the Windows partition to be unmounted and mounted multiple times for it to work. In that sense, Calamares never presented any inconvenience.

Software

Being a distribution derived from Arch Linux, Manjaro have the new versions available of programs, much earlier than other distributions. But, to ensure that no problems occur, their managers test them before to add them to your own repositories.

Anyway, if you want to take a chance, you can install programs using the AUR repositories. These are repositories created by third parties to install packages that were not originally packaged for Arch Linux

If you are looking for a middle way, this new version 18.1 brings native support for Snap and Flatpak. Since both formats include the necessary dependencies for the operation of each program, they do not cause modifications to the base system.

FreeOffice

For those of us who suffered from OpenOffice during the Sun days, the growth of LibreOffice is impressive. And, as far as I can see, the compatibility with Microsoft Office is pretty good. However, there must be a problem somewhere since there are distributions that choose to include alternatives such as WPS Office or put shortcuts to the online version of Microsoft Office.

The original idea of ​​those responsible for Manjaro was to use FreeOffice as an office suite. But, pressure from their community forced them to include in the installer the ability to choose between this and LibreOffice.

FreeOffice is a very good product that guarantees compatibility with all Microsoft Office formats. You can also create documents in pdf or epub format.

Whether you like the traditional interface or the new tape interface, the program allows you to choose the one that best suits your needs.

Several options to choose from.

We said above that Arch Linux is highly configurable. The developers and the community behind Manjaro take advantage of this to offer different preconfigured options. At the time of writing this post, the ones that are available, from the download page, are the following:

Official versions

  • Gnome
  • KDE
  • XFCE

Community versions

  • I3
  • LXDE
  • LXQT
  • Cinnamon

And there will be more reasons to try Manjaro

The news we gave at the beginning of the week that Manjaro was going to transform into a corporation and at the same time guarantee funding from the community is probably the best news of the year. It is the model that led Red Hat to success but improved. The community will not depend on the financial support of the parent company so they will be able to make their own decisions.

We will see if they make agreements with other software developers like the one they have with Softmaker or hardware like the one they have with Blue Systems. But, I dare to assure that interesting times are coming.


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  1.   Osasuna said

    What I like the most about Manjaro is that nothing is wrong, everything goes fast, everything works and that's it.

  2.   Michael Mayol said

    I migrated to Manjaro "An arch for human beings" to test it, as with many others and I stayed in it. and it already works well until Multisystem - many years giving problems -.

    My main reason is that it updates faster and AURs rather than the PPAs.

    Very good article, but I would add that it is the current distribution with more desktop editions next to Ubuntu
    https://osdn.net/projects/manjaro-community/storage/
    the list of community edtions is longer than what you offer in the article:

    awesome
    bspwm
    budgie
    cinnamon
    deepin
    i3
    kde-dev
    kde-minimal
    kde-vanilla
    lxde
    lxqt
    matt
    openbox

    and being rolling release some not updated like fluxbox
    https://sourceforge.net/projects/manjaro-fluxbox/
    Or the netbook edition
    https://forum.manjaro.org/t/netbook-edition/1068/19

    They can still be installed.

    I would highlight that it is almost the only way to enjoy the deepin desktop without depending on its official Chinese distribution and its slow repositories.

    1.    Diego German Gonzalez said

      Miguel:
      Thanks for your comment
      I tell you that the community versions that I mention are those that are already in version 18,1. The others are still in 18.04 As they come out I will update them
      Reviewing the writing of the article I realize that it is not entirely clear

  3.   Ra said

    Manjaro is the only distribution that has NEVER given me problems. I really liked Antergos at the time, but it was not as stable as it should be. Being a medium level user, I like to install and uninstall programs quickly and I have not come to understand the system of the Debian, Ubuntu and company ppa's, I see it cumbersome and very impractical. With how easy it is to open Octopi or the terminal and have all the programs you need in a couple of clicks. They have KDE tuned to the max and what to say about the ability to switch kernels so easily. I dislike that every time it comes with more and more non-free programs, but uninstalling them is enough.

  4.   Rafa said

    Can it be installed on a 32-bit computer?

    1.    Diego German Gonzalez said

      The older version is available for 32-bit with the XFCE desktop https://manjaro.org/download/32bit-xfce/

  5.   Magda said

    To taste the colors. I've been using Linux (and Windows) since they were born (I know, it's been years). And Manjaro KDE since I discovered it and it blew my mind. But I got tired of certain stories (with AUR and dual boot mainly) and I have returned to Kubuntu which is undoubtedly much more stable (as I say in my case). And because I love KDE. And there are many more similar alternatives.

    And I make an obvious proposal. Let's stop talking about Linux (or Windows) and focus on what's important: applications (free or not, free or not, but essential). This is what operating systems are for. Everything else will never get us anywhere ... or yes: to keep arguing. ;-)

    1.    alacus said

      I totally agree with you. I went from Ubuntu to Manjaro Cinnamon and KDE. Excellent performance, however due to the necessary software, I had to return to Kubuntu. As long as they fail to attract programmers to their packaging, it is difficult to use it for professional work. As an option for normal home use, browsing, listening to music, etc. Perfect.

  6.   alacus said

    I totally agree with you. I went from Ubuntu to Manjaro Cinnamon and KDE. Excellent performance, however due to the necessary software, I had to return to Kubuntu. As long as they fail to attract programmers to their packaging, it is difficult to use it for professional work. As an option for normal home use, browsing, listening to music, etc. Perfect.

  7.   Hanz said

    Excellent distribution, I used Antergos, but it was somewhat unstable, so I was looking for options until I tried Manjaro, I have it with KDE currently. The proprietary software is eliminated and that's it.
    Greetings.

  8.   Lensta said

    In my case, Manjaro never worked for me as it should, many said that it was stable and fast for a low-resource pc but nevertheless the only thing that it achieved was to stay glued all the time, it should be noted that I used the XFCE version that with other distros has worked efficiently ... I had to install linux mint XFCE and it works wonders, the only good thing about Manjaro is that it is based on Arch but the rest is not as good as they say.

  9.   the fan said

    Very nice at first, but the dream ends when Manjaro is updated:

    https://www.comoinstalarlinux.com/mi-experiencia-con-manajro-linux-despues-de-3-meses-de-uso/

  10.   Johnny swahn said

    LSB Version: n / a
    Distributor ID: ManjaroLinux
    Description: Manjaro Linux
    Release: 21.1.2
    Codename: Pahvo