Manjaro Linux 0.8.7 Xfce
|Company / developer||Roland Singer, Guillaume Benoit, Philip Müller|
|Working state||Current (Beta)|
|Source model||Open source|
|Initial release||TBA 2013|
|Latest stable release||0.8.8 / November 24, 2013|
|Kernel type||Monolithic (Linux)|
|Default user interface||Xfce, Openbox, KDE
LXDE, GNOME Shell, E17, MATE, Cinnamon (Other Community Editions)
Manjaro Linux, or just Manjaro (pronounced like Kilimanjaro), is a Linux distribution, with Xfce as its default user interface. It is a primarily free software operating system for personal computers aimed at ease of use. Like its base, Arch Linux, it uses a rolling release model.
Relation to Arch Linux
Manjaro Linux is based on Arch Linux, and has its own set of repositories. The distribution aims to be new user friendly, while maintaining the powerful Arch base, most notably the Pacman package manager and compatibility with the Arch User Repositories. Manjaro itself uses 3 sets of repositories: the unstable repositories contain the most bleeding edge Arch packages, possibly one or two days delayed; the testing repositories contain packages from the unstable repos synced every week, which provides an initial screening; and the stable repositories contain only packages that are deemed stable by the development team.
As of mid 2013, Manjaro is in the beta stages, though key elements of the final system, such as a GUI installer (currently a Mint installer fork), a packager manager (Pacman), mhwd (Manjaro HardWare Detection), and Manjaro Settings Manager (for system wide settings and user management) have been implemented.
Manjaro Linux is currently still in the beta stages.
|Version||Release date||Supported until|
|Older version, yet still supported: 0.8||2012-08-20|
|Older version, yet still supported: 0.8.1||2012-09-21|
|Older version, yet still supported: 0.8.2||2012-11-10|
|Older version, yet still supported: 0.8.3||2012-12-24|
|Older version, yet still supported: 0.8.4||2013-02-25|
|Older version, yet still supported: 0.8.5||2013-04-11|
|Older version, yet still supported: 0.8.6||2013-06-02|
|Older version, yet still supported: 0.8.7||2013-08-28|
|Current stable version: 0.8.8||2013-11-24|
The current series of release versions are the 0.8.x series. The desktop environments offered, as well as the amount of programs bundled into each separate release have varied for different releases.
Officially supported desktop environments include XFCE (primary DE) and OpenBox. Community supported versions include: E17, MATE, LXDE, Cinnamon/Gnome-shell, and KDE/Razor-qt (a Manjaro Turkey project). A NET-Edition is available for those that want to configure their own graphical environment. i3, and others are also available for install in the repos.
Manjaro 0.8.5 was to be the last edition to feature Cinnamon as a community release due to Cinnamon not being compatible with gtk 3.8, while Gnome Shell support was dropped with the release of version 0.8.3., however efforts within Arch Linux made it possible to restart the Cinnamon/Gnome edition as a community edition.
Manjaro Linux comes with out-of-the-box multimedia support, a robust hardware recognition package, and multiple kernel support. It comes with both a CLI installer and a graphical installer. The rolling release model means that the user does not need to reinstall the system to keep it up-to-date. Package management is handled by pacman, and a simple GUI program is available pending a more complex graphical interface in future versions. Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions exist and it is binary compatible with Arch Linux. It can be configured to be either a stable system (default) or a bleeding edge system in line with Arch.
The repositories are managed with their own tool called BoxIt which is designed like git.
In January 2013 Jesse Smith of DistroWatch reviewed Manjaro Linux 0.8.3. He noted, "Manjaro does just about everything quickly. The system is light and the Xfce desktop is very responsive. The distribution seems designed with the idea it will stay out of the way as much as possible." Smith ran into problems with updates breaking the installation, "the one serious issue I ran into during my trial came in the wake of an update. After several days of smooth use I ran into a problem when, after an update, Manjaro Linux would no longer boot. Attempts at booting in fallback mode or with various kernel parameters failed to get the system to a stage where I could login. Sadly, this signaled an end to my trial and acted as a reminder of the risks in maintaining a rolling release distribution." Smith concluded that the distribution is geared towards experienced Linux users as it requires a great deal of knowledge to install and run.
- "About page on the Manjaro Wiki". Retrieved 2013-01-08.
- "Repo page on the Manjaro Wiki". Retrieved 2013-01-08.
- "Mhwd page on the Manjaro Wiki". Retrieved 2013-01-08.
- philm (24 November 2013). "Manjaro 0.8.8 lands on our servers". Retrieved 24 November 2013.
- "Manjaro 0.8.5.2 got unleashed!". Manjaro.org. 2013-05-29. Retrieved 2013-04-23.
- "Manjaro 0.8.5 Community Editions released (MATE, LXDE, KDE)". Retrieved 2013-04-23.
- "Desktop Environments page on the Manjaro Wiki". Retrieved 2013-01-08.
- "Manjaro 0.8.3 has been unleashed!". Retrieved 2013-04-24.
- "Manjaro 0.8.5.2 Community Releases unleashed (KDE, Cinnamon, Mate)". Retrieved 2013-05-29.
- Linux Magazine (Spanish Edition), Issue 88 - "Furthermore, Manjaro is a rolling distribution, i.e. it can be continually updated without ever having to install a new version. And speaking of installation, despite the primitive aspect of the text-based installer, the process is very easy and has many assistants to detect and configure your hardware"
- "About page on the Manjaro Wiki - features". Retrieved 2013-01-08.
- "Muktware - manjaro linux - Arch linux for noobs". Retrieved 2013-01-10.
- Smith, Jesse (14 January 2013). "Return to Manjaro Linux 0.8.3". DistroWatch. Retrieved 20 January 2013.