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DistroWatch.com: Manjaro Linux

Manjaro Linux

Last Update: 2017-03-27 15:50 UTC


Manjaro Linux is a fast, user-friendly, desktop-oriented operating system based on Arch Linux. Key features include intuitive installation process, automatic hardware detection, stable rolling-release model, ability to install multiple kernels, special Bash scripts for managing graphics drivers and extensive desktop configurability. Manjaro Linux offers Xfce as the core desktop options, as well as a minimalist Net edition for more advanced users. Community-supported GNOME 3/Cinnamon and KDE flavours are available. Users also benefit from the supportive and vibrant Manjaro community forum.

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Average visitor rating: 8.74/10 from 69 review(s).


Manjaro Summary
Distribution Manjaro Linux
Home Page https://manjaro.org/
Mailing Lists https://lists.manjaro.org/
User Forums https://forum.manjaro.org/
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation https://wiki.manjaro.org/
Screenshots LinuxQuestions.orgDistroWatch Gallery
Screencasts LinuxQuestions.org
Download Mirrors https://manjaro.org/get-manjaro/LinuxTracker.org
Bug Tracker https://manjaro.org/feedback/
Related Websites Manjaro BrazilManjaro Geek BrazilManjaro ChinaManjaro Czech RepublicManjaro FranceManjaro GermanyManjaro ItalyManjaro NetherlandsManjaro PolandManjaro RussiaManjaro SpainManjaro Turkey
Reviews 17.x: Tehnojam.pro (Russian)
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2017-03-07: Distribution Release: Manjaro Linux 17.0
 • 2016-10-31: Distribution Release: Manjaro Linux 16.10
 • 2016-09-01: Distribution Release: Manjaro Linux 16.08
 • 2016-06-06: Distribution Release: Manjaro Linux 16.06
 • 2016-04-03: Development Release: Manjaro Linux 16.06 Pre 2
 • 2016-03-06: Development Release: Manjaro Linux 16.06 Pre 1
 • 2015-12-31: Distribution Releases: Manjaro Linux 15.12 "i3", "bspwm"
 • 2015-12-23: Distribution Release: Manjaro Linux 15.12
 • 2015-12-18: Development Release: Manjaro Linux 15.12 RC2
 • 2015-09-27: Distribution Release: Manjaro Linux 15.09
 • 2015-09-09: Development Release: Manjaro Linux 15.09 RC2
 • 2015-09-03: Development Release: Manjaro Linux 15.09 RC1
 • More Manjaro releases...

  Headlines:
 •2016-08-30 Change in Manjaro leadership
 •2016-05-10 Manjaro website certificate expired
 •2016-05-07 Calamares to support encrytion
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Feature stable 17.0 16.10.3 15.12 0.8.11 0.8.8
Release Date 2017-03-27 2017-03-07 2016-11-27 2015-12-23 2014-12-01 2013-11-26
End Of Life            
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free
CDs -- -- 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop   GNOME, KDE, Xfce KDE, Openbox, Xfce KDE, Openbox, Xfce KDE, Openbox, Xfce Xfce
Package Management Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman
Office Suite LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice
Processor Architecture i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64
Journaled File Systems Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS
Multilingual de, en, fr de, en, fr de, en, fr de, en, fr de, en, fr de, en, fr
Asian Language Support -- -- -- -- -- --
Full Package List stable 17.0 16.10.3 15.12 0.8.11 0.8.8
Package stable 17.0 16.10.3 15.12 0.8.11 0.8.8
abiword (3.0.2) 3.0.2 -- -- -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.3) 1.1.3 1.1.3 1.1.2 1.1.0 1.0.27.2 1.0.27.2
ati-driver (16.40) 15.201.1151 15.201.1151 15.201.1151 15.201.1151 14.10.1006 --
bash (4.4) 4.4 4.4 4.4 4.3 4.3 4.2
bind (9.11.0-P3) 9.11.0-P3 -- -- -- -- --
chromium (57.0.2987.110) 57.0.2987.110 -- -- -- -- --
cups (2.2.2) 2.2.2 2.2.2 2.2.1 2.1.2 1.7.3 1.7.0
dhcp (4.3.5) 4.3.5 4.3.5 4.3.5 4.3.3 4.3.0 4.2.5-P1
e2fsprogs (1.43.4) 1.43.4 1.43.4 1.43.3 1.42.13 1.42.9 1.42.8
firefox (52.0.1) 52.0.1 51.0.1 50.0 43.0.1 29.0.1 25.0.1
freetype (2.7.1) 2.7.1 2.7.1 2.6.5 2.6.2 2.5.3 2.5.0.1
gcc (6.3.0) 6.3.1 -- -- -- 4.9.0 4.8.2
gimp (2.8.20) 2.8.20 2.8.20 2.8.18 2.8.16 2.8.10 2.8.6
glibc (2.25) 2.25 2.24 2.24 2.22 2.19 2.18
gnome-shell (3.24.0) 3.22.3 -- -- -- -- --
gnucash (2.6.16) 2.6.15 -- -- -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.34) 1.12.33 -- -- -- -- --
grub (2.00) 2.02.rc1 2.02rc1 2.02beta3 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 2.00
gtk+ (3.22.11) 3.22.10 3.22.8 2.24.31 2.24.29 2.24.23 2.24.22
httpd (2.4.25) 2.4.25 -- -- -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.1) 0.92.1 0.92.1 0.91 -- -- --
k3b (2.0.3a) 2.0.3a 2.0.3a 2.0.3a 2.0.3 2.0.2 --
kmod (24) 24 24 23 23 17 15
libgnome (2.32.1) -- -- -- -- 2.32.1 2.32.1
libreoffice (5.3.1) 5.3.1 5.2.5 5.1.6 4.4.7 4.2.4 4.1.3
linux (4.10.6) 4.10.4 4.9.13 4.4.33 4.1.15 3.12.20 3.10.20
Package stable 17.0 16.10.3 15.12 0.8.11 0.8.8
lxde-common (0.99.2) 0.99.2 -- -- -- -- --
mariadb (10.1.22) 10.1.22 10.1.21 10.1.19 10.1.9 5.5.37 --
mate-desktop (1.18.0) 1.18.0 -- -- -- -- --
mesa (17.0.2) 17.0.1 17.0.1 13.0.1 11.0.8 10.1.4 9.2.3
mysql (5.7.17) -- -- -- -- -- --
nautilus (3.24.0) 3.22.3 -- -- -- -- --
NVIDIA (378.13) 375.39 375.39 370.28 355.11 331.79 331.20
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 -- -- -- 3.5.2 3.5.2
openjdk (8u121) 8u121 8u121 8u112 8u66 7u55 7u45
openssh (7.5p1) 7.4p1 7.4p1 7.3p1 7.1p1 6.6p1 6.4p1
openssl (1.1.0e) 1.0.2k 1.0.2k 1.0.2j 1.0.2e 1.0.1h 1.0.1e
perl (5.24.1) 5.24.1 5.24.1 5.24.0 5.22.0 5.18.2 5.18.1
php (7.1.3) 7.1.3 -- -- -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.9.4) 5.9.3 5.9.2 5.8.4 5.4.1 -- --
postfix (3.2.0) 3.2.0 -- -- -- -- --
postgresql (9.6.2) 9.6.1 -- -- -- -- --
Python (3.6.1) 3.6.0 3.6.0 3.5.2 3.5.1 3.4.1 3.3.2
qt (5.8.0) 5.8.0 5.8.0 5.7.0 5.5.1 4.8.5 4.8.5
samba (4.6.1) 4.5.6 4.5.4 4.5.1 4.3.3 4.1.7 4.1.1
systemd (233) 232 232 231 228 212 208
thunderbird (45.8.0) 45.8.0 45.7.1 45.5.0 38.4.0 24.5.0 24.1.1
vim (8.0) 8.0 -- -- -- -- --
vlc (2.2.4) 2.2.4 3.0.0svn 2.2.4 2.2.1 2.1.4 2.1.1
xfdesktop (4.12.3) 4.12.3 4.12.3 4.12.3 4.12.3 4.11.6 4.10.2
xorg-server (1.19.3) 1.19.3 1.19.2 1.18.4 1.17.4 1.15.1 1.14.4

Reader Ratings
Reader supplied reviews for Manjaro

Average rating
8.7
from 69 review(s)



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Version: 16.10.3
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-02-13
Votes: 10


Stable, fast, and up to date. Having found Manjaro, there's no reason anymore to distro hop.

Rolling release model, but the regular updates have so far (1+ year) been without any hassle. Not bleeding edge (like its mother Arch), but certainly cutting edge (since testing for stability for a few days longer).

I'm running the flagship XFCE desktop environment, have tried the official KDE edition, the community editions i3wm and bspwm, and have installed from the NET edition herbstluftwm, which I'm using next to XFCE. All perfect. Manjaro allows *a lot* of flexibility from installing a fully function desktop environment, where you never have to use the terminal at all, to building whatever you want from prompt, using the terminal all the time.

By far, the two most important contributions are the ability to switch between a multitude of kernels (running the latest 4.9 future LTS) and mhwd, the Manjaro hardware detection command. The latter has so far been able to perfectly set up my optimus graphic card from installation(!) A feat I was not able to reproduce even on Mint at the time.

Also, the Manjaro fourm is amazing! Welcoming, friendly, and supportive.

Can't think of any cons. The few times I've run into anything, the solution is either well documented online or support possible to find quickly from the forums.


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Version: 16.10.3
Rating: 2
Date: 2017-01-23
Votes: 2


This rating and the review is for the version 16.10.3 (cinnamon). If you have laptop with Bumblebee (NVIDIA Optimus) and Wi-Fi card that requires broadcom-wl driver, you should run as far as you can from Manjaro. Live USB booted more or less alright on UEFI system (after I figured out that I grabbed wrong 32 bit image somehow), with exception that Wi-Fi did not work. During installation, even though my laptop had two disk drives with GPT partitions (One Windows 10 and other Linux), both with ESP partitions and I wanted to install GRUB on ESP on second /dev/sdb drive, it said that it will install boot loader on /dev/sda no matter what I chose and did for partitioning scheme. After "installation", it seemed that it didn't touch /dev/sda, so that was ok. System booted and I got login screen. I thought great, from here it will be easy, but system was stuck past login screen. I thought maybe install had some outdated packages, so I logged in a terminal and manually run update over the network cable, but to no avail (could not get past login screen). After that, I gave up on Manjaro and went to Antergos (which is closer to pure Arch) with cinnamon desktop and its installer did the job without any of the Manjaro problems, including installation of the proper broadcom-wl driver from the first try. Only conclusion that I could draw from this is that what ever customizations Manjaro team did (compared to the base Arch), they were not good customizations and could tell me that the team behind Manjaro is not well versed in different Linux configurations as Arch folks are. My decision to move away from Manjaro (beside obvious failure to install it on the system) was driven as well with the concern that security (and sometimes stability) updates are moving slower to the Manjaro that they do in Arch world and the premise that slower (delayed updates) means more stable is wrong to begin with.


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Version: stable
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-02-06
Votes: 2


Manjaro is the distribution that made me switch from Windows to Linux on my home PC.

As a long-time Linux user, I always found me fighting with software installation and update. With traditional distros, installing fresh software was in the best case a pain, often simply impossible. Thus I was forced to periodically upgrade my Linux installation - a very problematic process. I was about to give up, and conclude that Linux was only usable for environments where software changes slowly, such as on servers.

Then I discovered Manjaro Linux. With its rolling release model, Manjaro grants that you always run up-to-date software, derived from its parent distro Arch Linux. Additional care is taken so that software is stable: this is achieved by delaying package deployment sligthly (1-2 weeks), so that they get tested twice, by Manjaro developers and by the broad Arch community, before putting them into production on Manjaro users' machines. Some automation is added to perform maintenance tasks. On my main PC, Manjaro installation is 2.5 years old, and it still works like a charm and runs shiny new software (with some minor manual intervention required sporadically).

System installation is a breeze. Hardware is detected automagically thanks to Manjaro tools. I installed the OS on several old PC's without any problem, revitalizing them.

Running an Arch-derived system is fun, because you keep a high degree of control. The system is designed so that you can tweak it, replace or customize every single piece. The Arch wiki, and the friendly Manjaro forum and tools (e.g. Manjaro Settings Manager, a program to switch kernel or graphic drivers), are great sources of knowledge and help. Be careful, if you heavily customize your system (e.g., by installing packages from the AUR instead of official repos) you may void warranty - your system may break on future updates.

I warmly recommend Manjaro Linux since it is a great Linux distro made with love by passionate friendly people.


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