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Manjaro Linux 0.8.5
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1 20185 04-15-2013
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100% of reviewers None indicated 6.0

Description: "We are happy to announce the release of Manjaro 0.8.5. We worked hard to make this release the best Manjaro experience featuring Openbox 3.5.0 and Xfce 4.10. A graphical installer got added and a Manjaro settings manager handling user accounts, keyboard layouts and locales and translation packages is also included. Pamac got enhanced and is now translated to several languages. Following changes are made since Manjaro 0.8.4: LXDM/Slim as display manager; Linux 3.8.5 as our kernel; systemd 198; X.Org Server 1.14.0; proprietary driver support for AMD and NVIDIA graphic cards; additional multimedia support, applications and access to the AUR have been pre-installed."
Keywords: Arch-based Xfce Openbox graphical-installer kernel-3.8.5 LXDM/Slim

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Old 04-15-2013, 06:30 PM   #1
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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 6

Pros: Easy to use, with reliable software
Cons: May give trouble on older or less common hardware

Manjaro is based on Arch, but has its own repository. It is still rolling-release, but not bleeding-edge and it also aims to be easier to set up.

I tested the 32-bit Xfce version. The live session has a user guide accessible from the desktop, with detailed instructions on installation. At my first attempt, the installer crashed. I then rebooted using the ‘safe kernel’ and it worked.

The software includes Firefox, pidgin, Thunderbird, Xchat, Gimp, VLC, Xnoise, LibreOffice, Steam, codecs, and flash. Those programs I ran from the CLI left no complaints. There’s a new graphical front end for pacman called pacmac, which is excellent. Manjaro recognised my USB speakers and switched to them automatically, a rare feature.

The last two times I tried Manjaro, I had serious problems with video and they were still present. The graphical display was fine, but text suffered tearing to the point where LibreOffice was unusable. The problem was a buggy SiS driver, and when I switched to VESA text displayed perfectly. Unfortunately, VLS and Flash no longer worked. It seems that Manjaro, like a lot of distros, works well on modern computers designed for home use, but not so well on older office machines.


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