Installation Guide for the NET Edition 0.8.10

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Overview

Tip: If possible, ensure that you are connected to the internet prior to booting from your installation media(e.g. disc, USB flash drive, or even an ISO file directly if booting in Oracle's Virtualbox). If you have a hard-wired connection via an ethernet cable, then Manjaro will automatically connect to the internet without you having to do anything. Otherwise, once you have started the installation process, you will be able to manually connect to your wireless network. The Stable Installer section of the User Guide for Experienced Users provides further information about this.

The NET edition of Manjaro provides a base installation without a pre-installed display manager, desktop environment, or any desktop software applications. It allows you to build your own version of Manjaro from the ground up. However, in keeping with our user-friendly philosophy:

  • Virtualbox Guest Additions are pre-installed
  • Your hardware should be automatically detected, and
  • The appropriate hardware drivers (e.g. for graphics cards) will still be installed for you

See Manjaro_Hardware_Detection for more information.

As such, the NET edition will allow you to shape your system exactly the way you want it, with exactly the software applications you want and need, but without the time, difficulty, or technical expertise otherwise necessary to manually install and configure the appropriate hardware drivers, codecs, and so on. This makes installing the NET edition accessable even to beginners, and can offer a wonderful opportunity to build your own system and learn more about how it works in the process.

Pre-installation: Setting Your Language and Resolution, custom boot options

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Once Manjaro has booted, you should be presented with the Manjaro boot screen. However, don't actually boot into anything just yet! First it will be necessary to set your preferred language and other boot option - if needed. While the benefits of using your main language and keyboard layout for the installation process itself may be obvious, setting these now will also make configuring your installed system much faster and easier, too.

Don't worry if your preferred language isn't listed, as a far wider range of languages can be selected during the installation process itself, if necessary.

Tip: Setting the language - as shown below - are undertaken through pressing the Function (F) keys. As many computers have multiple functions assigned to each function key, it may be necessary to hold down another key first to use them. For example, on a HP G62 laptop, to use the function keys, the 'fn' key must first be pressed and held.


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First, set your preferred language by pressing the F2 key. The options available can be highlighted for selection by using the up or down arrow keys on your keyboard. In this instance, British English has been highlighted for the user.

Tip: Not all supported languages may be initially shown on the list. Keep scrolling down past 'Romanian' to see a few extra languages that are supported, including Turkish.

Once selected, press <enter> to confirm and to be taken back to the boot menu.

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Second, set your preferred resolution by pressing the F3 key. Again, the options available can be highlighted for selection by using the up or down arrow keys on your keyboard. In this instance.

Once selected, press <enter> to confirm and be taken back to the boot menu.


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Third, set optional boot flag by pressing the F4 key. Again, the options available can be highlighted for selection by using the up or down arrow keys on your keyboard. In this instance.

Once selected, press <enter> to confirm and be taken back to the boot menu.

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With the initial preparations completed, Manjaro can now be booted to begin the installation process. Two primary options are available:

1. Start Manjaro Linux - boots using free / open-source graphics drivers developed by the Linux community
2. Start Manjaro Linux (non-free drivers) - boots using proprietary graphics drivers (i.e. drivers developed and owned by the manufacturers of graphics cards)
Tip: For the best results, select the 'Boot Manjaro Linux with non-free graphics drivers'. This should match the right manufacturer's driver(s) your particular graphics card(s).

In this instance, Manjaro is being booted using the non-free graphics drivers option. Again, use the arrow keys to highlight your choice, and then press <enter> to continue.


Starting the Installation Process

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Log into Manjaro.

Upon booting into the command line interface, it will be necessary to log into the system in order to start installation process. As illustrated, both the username and passwords are manjaro.

Upon logging in, you will also be presented with another opportunity to change your preferred language and keymap (i.e. keyboard layout) if you were unable to do so at the beginning. These tasks may also be undertaken during the installation process itself. However, if you wish to take the opportunity to do so prior to starting the installation process, please see Set Locale (optional) and Set keymap (optional) in the Installation Guide for Beginners.


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Start the CLI Installer.

To start the actual installation process, enter the command:

sudo setup

Now you can choose from two installers: the stable installer (older, tested more), and the testing installer (offers features like EFI support, btrfs, etc).

The usage of the stable installer is explained in the next section.

Installing The Base System

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Please select the installation guide appropriate for you:


1. Installation Guide for Beginners: a simple guide to get you started.

2. Installation Guide for Experienced Users: manually partition your hard disk and edit the necessary configuration files.

Links have been provided in both guides to return here. Once you have re-booted and logged into your newly installed system, update it by entering the command:

sudo pacman -Syu


Installing a Display Manager

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Display Managers - also known as a Login Managers - are responsible for proving a login screen. They therefore act as a security barrier to prevent unauthorised access to your system, although it is possible to enable automatic login in many instances. They can also allow you to select from multiple desktop environments, should you have them installed.

A choice of four good display managers - GDM, KDM, LXDM (as shown here), and SLiM - are available in the Install Display Managers guide.

note: If you decide to use SLiM, additional configuration will be required to get it working. Otherwise, GDM, KDM, and LXDM will detect any installed desktop environments automatically for you.

A link has been provided in the guide to return here. Once your chosen display manager has been installed and enabled, you will then be ready to install your choice of desktop environment(s).


Installing Desktop Environments

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Please note that unlike those pre-installed with the full editions on Manjaro, your installed desktop environment(s) will not have any Manjaro-specific configurations or themes already set up. They will instead be basic, 'vanilla' installations to start off with.

A choice of six desktop environments - XFCE (as shown here), KDE, Gnome 3, Cinnamon, Openbox, and Razor-QT - are available in the Install Desktop Environments guide.

Tip: If you didn't know already, you can of course install more than one desktop environment!

A link has been provided in the guide to return here. Once your chosen desktop environment(s) have been installed, reboot your system, and log in using your new display manager.


Adding Printing Capabilities

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While optional, adding printing capabilities is highly recommended.

Full instructions on installing the necessary software are provided in the Printing Enablement guide.

Once the necessary software has been installed - and printing capabilities have been enabled - printers can be added and configured using the Printer Configuration guide. Links have been provided in both guides to return here.


Recommended Software Applications

While you are of course entirely free to chose the applications you wish to install, a couple of system-related recommendations to make life easier have been provided. To install these programs, you will have to first open up your terminal in order to enter the necessary commands.

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Octopi.

Octopi is a GUI package manager built on QT. It is capable of handling system updates & the installation of individual packages from both the official repositories & from the AUR. To install it, enter the command:

sudo pacman -S octopi


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Pamac.

The Pamac Manager is a very simple, yet powerful tool to add and remove software packages (applications) from your system. It is based on the GTK3 toolkit. To install this application, enter the command:

sudo pacman -S pamac


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