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