Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 6
Manjaro is based on Arch, but with its own repository. It is still rather bleeding-edge, but it aims to be more stable and easier to set up. I tested the 32-bit Xfce version. The installer (with a choice of a graphical or curses interface) is run from the live session, with a user guide accessible from the desktop.
The software includes Firefox, Pidgin, Thunderbird, Gimp, VLC, Xnoise, LibreOffice, Steam, codecs, and flash. All worked well, except that, like last time, I had tearing problems when scrolling LibreOffice Writer. Since no-one else seems to have this, it must be blamed on my unusual hardware. Previously, Manjaro had automatically used my USB speakers, but this time it couldn’t even find them. The firewall is switched off by default, but gufw is installed to enable it.
This is a pleasant distro, but perhaps better suited to recently-built computers.