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"on behalf of the Manjaro development team I'm happy to announce our new stable release of Manjaro Linux 'Ascella'. A special 'thank you' goes to Arnt who joined our team. His work, Octopi 0.2.0, gets introduces with the Openbox edition. This new front-end for pamac makes it really simple to keep your boxes up-to-date. With the additional support for Yaourt the whole AUR repository extends the official Manjaro repositories. With a new welcome screen we ease up the introduction to Manjaro Linux. Important information and links to our forum, wiki and documentation plus buttons to start our graphical and text installers give you an amazing entry to this distro. Features: Linux kernel: 3.4.59 LTS, X.Org 1.14.2, Firefox 22.0.1, Thunderbird 17.0.8, VLC 2.0.8a...."
Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9
fast performing, makes Arch install very simple, gorgeous, comes with GUI package manager
GUI package manager is not as robust ans Debian's synaptic GUI package manager; Certain obscure apps are harder to find than in the Debian-based distros.
I installed the xfce version and install cinnamon DE since I love the cinnamon Desltop environment. Very modern looking and fast performing.
I install midori, docky, and cinnamon post install.
Manjaro gives you a ready to go arch-based distro with a gui package manager and a easy to use GUI installer. It is the first arch-based distro that I could easily recommend to a beginner user of linux outside of Linux Mint/Zorin/Ubuntu (many more).
It may be mere perception, but regardless of Desktop environment when compared to the other non-arch-based distros, it performs faster, crispier and more snappy. Less lagginess.
The biggest con is the GUI package manager not being as robust as synpatic (debian)sometimes as well as the fact that Ubuntu/Debian has undisputably the greatest package repository.