About Manjaro

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'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...' Philip Müller - Manjaro Developer

Overview

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Manjaro is a user-friendly Linux distribution based on the independently developed Arch operating system. Within the Linux community, Arch itself is renowned for being an exceptionally fast, powerful, and lightweight distribution that provides access to the very latest cutting edge - and bleeding edge - software. However, Arch is also aimed at more experienced or technically-minded users. As such, it is generally considered to be beyond the reach of those who lack the technical expertise (or persistence) required to use it.

Developed in Austria, France, and Germany, Manjaro provides all the benefits of the Arch operating system combined with a focus on user-friendliness and accessibility. Available in both 32 and 64 bit versions, Manjaro is suitable for newcomers as well as experienced Linux users. For newcomers, a user-friendly installer is provided, and the system itself is designed to work fully 'straight out of the box' with features including:

  • Pre-installed desktop environments
  • Pre-installed graphical applications to easily install software and update your system, and
  • Pre-installed codecs to play multimedia files


For more experienced - and adventurous - users Manjaro also offers the configurability and versatility to be shaped and moulded in every respect to suit personal taste and preference. Furthermore, a minimalist NET-Edition is also available in both 32 and 64 bit versions. Stripped of any pre-installed software, this provides a base installation on which to build your own system; starting from a command line, be completely free to chose your own greeters, desktops, hardware drivers, software applications, and so on!


Features

Manjaro shares many of the same features as Arch, including:


However, Manjaro boasts a few extra features of its own, including:

  • A simplifed, user-friendly installation process
  • Automatic detection of your computer's hardware (e.g. graphics cards)
  • Automatic installation of the necessary software (e.g. graphics drivers) for your system
  • Its own dedicated software repositories to ensure delivery of fully tested and stable software packages, and
  • Support for the easy installation and use of multiple kernels.


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Latest Stable Releases

Note: Community Editions differ from official releases insofar as they are not subject to the same release schedules, and will only be developed when the time and resources are available to do so.


The latest stable Manjaro release is 0.8.9, released 27 february 2014. Both 32 and 64 bit official versions (i.e. maintained by the development team) of Manjaro 0.8.9 are available in the following flavours:

  • XFCE
  • Openbox
  • NET-Edition (no desktop)
  • KDE


The latest Community Editions of Manjaro, released for both 32 and 64 bit systems, are also available in the following flavours:

  • MATE
  • Cinnamon
  • KDE
  • LXDE
  • E17


More information about the release of Manjaro 0.8.9 can be found here, [1]. IceWM, FluxBox, AwesomeWM, i3-WM, Gnome 3.8, and Razor-QT are also available for installation from the Official Manjaro repositories.

Latest Testbuild

The latest test-builds of Manjaro are available from [2]. This introduces our new minimalist version of Openbox ManjaroBox, and the coming Netbook and developing Englightenment flavour.

Recommended System Requirements

Recommended rather than minimum system requirements have been provided in order to ensure that you get the most out of your Manjaro system. Although many distributions will list the bare minimum specifications necessary to run, it wouldn't be a particularly fun or useful experience to actually use them! As such, it is recommended to have at least:

  • One gigabyte (GB) of memory
  • Thirty gigabytes (GB) of hard disk space
  • A one gigahertz (Ghz) processor
  • A high definition (HD) graphics card and monitor
  • A broadband internet connection


Reviews

As Manjaro employs a rolling release schedule, the reviews listed will always be for the latest version available.

  • "Review: Manjaro Linux 0.8.7" - by JtheLinuxguy (Youtube Video)
  • "Manjaro 0.8.7 "Ascella" XFCE Review: Superb performance with professional looks!" - by Arindam Sen (Blog Article)
  • "Review: Manjaro 0.8.7 :: The Future of User Friendly Linux!" by Spatry (Youtube Video)
  • "Manjaro Openbox Review" - by runlevelzer0 (Youtube Video)
  • "Manjaro Linux 0 8 7 Review" - by OhHeyItsLou (Youtube Video)


Further Information


The Manjaro Development Team

Core Team

Roland Singer - Project Leader, Designer, Developer, Web Developer, Packager

Guillaume Benoit - Server Manager, Packager, Moderation

Philip Müller - Mirrors Manager, Packager, Developer, Web Developer

Alexandre A. Arnt - Octopi, Community, Forum, Developer (Octopi)

Carl Duff - Openbox Flavour, Community, Forum, Documentation, Wiki


Website and Artwork Team

Tillman Ebert - Design, Testing, Website


Forum, Community and Support

Allesandro Calo - Community, Forum, Website

Ajay Chahar - Community, IRC Support

ringo32 - Forum and Community Support, IRC(admin)

handy - Forum, Community and Wiki Support

FadeMind - Forum, Community and Wiki Support

Holmes - Manjaro Brazil and Mirror Support

Ruziel - Forum and Community Support

Cumali - Community Releases and Forum

Tulliana - Community Releases and Forum

Aaditya Bagga - Forum and Wiki Support

mips - Forum and Community Support

Esclapion - Community Releases and Forum

See Also