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"We are proud to announce our default Manjaro edition featuring Xfce 4.10, Linux kernel 3.4.9, X.Org 7.6 with X.Org Server 1.12.3 and GCC 4.7.1. Manjaro Linux targets beginners and advanced users at the same time. We provide user interface tools and scripts to make life easier. Manjaro supports NVIDIA's Optimus technology out of the box. You can choose between Nouveau/Intel or NVIDIA/Intel drivers combination. Manjaro hardware detection tool will configure your graphic cards automatically and with help of Bumblebee bbswitch it is possible to switch to your desired graphic mode."
Would you recommend the product? no | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 5
Manjaro is an Arch derivative which claims to offer easier installation and more stable software: the repository is Arch compatible, but slower to accept new programs.
There doesn’t seem to be any manual to read, so I just booted the CD. The start screen offered 3 live sessions: GUI with free drivers, GUI with proprietary drivers, or CLI. When I opted for the first, the computer eventually hung. A little investigating revealed that they’d omitted to provide any graphics drivers other than Nvidia, ATI, and Intel: not even VESA! To install, I had to run the installer from a CLI session. Then, after rebooting, I used pacman in a virtual terminal to find and install a driver, after which I could use my GUI.
There were few applications installed: just Firefox, Parole, Thunderbird, Pidgin, and Gimp. Codecs were installed and working, also Flash. Unlike other Arch derivatives, my USB speakers were ignored even after creating ~/.asoundrc.
A graphical package manager was provided – Fedora’s GPK – but it didn't seem to do anything except offer updates, so I used pacman.
If you have the average computer, then graphics would be available from the start. But that sort of error suggests carelessness. If you want Arch with Xfce and a quick installer, Bridge is probably a better choice