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10 Reasons to Use Manjaro Linux

Reasons to Use Manjaro Linux
Written by Martins D. Okoi

Manjaro Linux has been trending in Linux communities and even beyond for over a year now. One, for its beauty, and two, for its success at simplifying many of the overly-technical aspects in Arch Linux e.g. installation.

If you are among those on the fence and aren’t sure of why you should switch to using Manjaro Linux then here are 10 reasons to convince you.

1. Manjaro is Arch Linux Made Easy

This statement will make sense to you from the moment you burn Manjaro onto a LIVE CD or USB and begin setting it up.

In 2018, a Linux newbie can easily pick Manjaro as his first Linux distro but the same cannot be said about even Arch Linux (in most cases).

The Manjaro team has successfully made Arch Linux available to everyone, newbie or professional, and because it carries all the goodies in Arch with it, more people can now access the awesomeness of Arch Linux through Manjaro.

2. No More PPAs

Manjaro Linux boasts a customized repository which ensures that all accessible software packages whether updates, fixes, or applications, are fully tested to be stable and are 100% compatible with your system.

Manjaro’s repo is a lot more organized with fewer broken and/or outdated packages which makes it more reliable to use.

3. No More System Updates Craze

The very first issue I had the first time I used Ubuntu is its persistent updates. Although I got past that issue and stuck with it over the years, I can’t deny that I would like it if I had to worry less about updating my system. Enter Manjaro Linux.

Manjaro Linux, unlike Ubuntu and folds of distros like it, is a rolling release, which means that its core system is always up to date.

You don’t have to worry about any updates clashing with your settings or even making clean installations because the Manjaro team makes sure to release only updates that are compatible with your system.

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4. The Arch Wiki

The Arch wiki is a comprehensive body of knowledge containing documentation for virtually any task you want to complete in Arch Linux and even other distributions.

Because Manjaro Linux is an Arch Linux derivative that stays close to the heart of Arch, you can take advantage of this elegant knowledge base

5. Pacman Package Manager

Pacman is the package installer that Arch Linux uses just like Ubuntu uses APT and Fedora uses DNF. As far as I know, it is more efficient than APT and is more minimal to use seeing as you wouldn’t need to type a lot of commands to get stuff done.

For example, installing any package is done with:

# pacman -S package-name

Updating the entire system is done with:

# pacman -Syu

Pacman is a CLI app but you can use it with any of many package managers including Pamac.

6. Easy Kernel Switching

Currently, Manjaro users can easily switch between using any of the Linux kernel versions from 3.10 to 4.18 straight from the Kernel section of the Manjaro Settings Manager.

Here, you can see the recommended Kernel version to use, manage all the available kernels for installation, and view their changelogs and type (LTS versions).

7. Arch User Repository

The coolness of the AUR cannot be over-emphasized. It is a collection of software that Arch is yet to officially provide for its users (i.e not in the Arch repository) and apps like Yay and Octopi make it convenient to work with.

Its applications are added by community members to enable other users to use applications without the stress of downloading and compiling source files and be cautious when using the AUR though, to avoid some issues. And you should check out the Manjaro Wiki AUR page too.

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8. Easy Access to Software

To add some sugar to the fact that Manjaro uses the AUR, many software that is more or less tricky or tedious to install on other distro are readily available for Manjaro users.

For example, all the time that Ubuntu users were struggling to set up steam and Spotify on their machines, Arch users were chilling.

9. A Welcoming Community

Manjaro Linux has a community of users that welcomes everybody and is ready to help anyone have an enjoyable computing experience.

This means that if the Arch Wiki seems to compact and search engines are of no help, you don’t need to look too far. Because apart from the social media pages, the official Manjaro forum is always there for you.

10. A Beautiful Desktop Environment

Saving the first thing for the last, Manjaro’s DE is the first instance of the OS you will focus to interact after booting and it is nothing short of beautiful and easy to use.

You can decide to use GNOME, Cinnamon, or any other preferred DE with customizable panels, icons, etc.

You don’t have to worry about compulsorily typing commands because Manjaro features a settings manager with a huge array of controls and customization options.

So, now you have 10 solid reasons to use Manjaro Linux. There are more but I will leave that to our readers to add and for you to discover.

Have you got any suggestions for us? The comments section is down below, and don’t forget to share.

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About the author

Martins D. Okoi

Martins Divine Okoi is a graduate of Computer Science with a passion for Linux and the Open Source community. He works as a Graphic Designer, Web Developer, and programmer.