How To Download, Install And Run Linux Part 4: Manjaro – An Intermediate Linux Distribution
In the fourth episode of this series we will be focusing on installing and using Manjaro, the operating system from the Manjaro development team that is based on Arch Linux.
Manjaro is designed as a suitable replacement for Windows or OS X, and has several different desktop environments, but for this tutorial, we will be use the KDE desktop environment as it nearer mimics Window’s look and feel.
Also, unlike the previous three distributions covered in this series, which were are based on Ubuntu, and had a typical 6 month version release cycle.
Manjaro actually based on Arch Linux and adopts the rolling release cycle, which means that once you install the distribution, in theory, you would never need to re-install once all updates are applied, as at that point you would be classified as running the latest version of the distribution.
Arch Linux does have a reputation for breaking systems if an update has not been fully bug tested, so in response the Manjaro development team test all updates before releasing to minimise breaking an installation, which leaves it roughly 2 weeks behind Arch’s update cycle.
This tutorial will focus on booting and installing the distribution, updating the system, a brief tour of the desktop environment, using the pre-installed applications and installing new applications.
If you have used Windows for majority of your life it may seem that switching to Linux is a daunting task, however the greatest advantage of using Linux is that you have some much choice in regards to the desktop environment, the package manager, the window manager, the pre-installed software and generally how the operating system as a whole works.
Although undoubtedly this is a good thing, it also leads to the biggest problem with Linux, especially when it comes to potential new users, as having too much choice can put them off. This can be expected if they are used to the Microsoft’s limited versions of their operating systems.
For example, Windows 10 typically has the options of Home, Professional and Enterprise aimed at different customer groups, whereas in comparison Linux could have hundreds of variants of the same base Linux distribution.
This series will aim to allow potential new users of Linux to approach Linux with an open mind, as these videos will focus on covering, in my opinion, the six most popular Linux distributions based on their user friendliness, community support and most importantly commercial backing.
The distributions that will be covered in this series are Ubuntu, Pop OS, Fedora, Manjaro, openSuse and Linux Mint, in no particular order.
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