Meet Manjaro Linux, a brand-new distro on the rise

With simplicity for newbies and flexibility for experts, this new Linux distro aims to offer something for everyone.

By Katherine Noyes, PC World |  Operating Systems, Linux, Manjaro Linux

With virtually countless Linux distributions available for every taste and purpose, it's no secret that choice is a defining feature of the Linux world. What's not always apparent, though, is that the range of choices actually gets bigger every year.

New distros come onto the scene on a fairly regular basis; SolusOS and Fuduntu Linux are two I've covered over the past few months, but recently another one caught my eye as being particularly worth covering.

It's Manjaro Linux, a brand-new contender that launched last August and has already sprinted up DistroWatch's page-hit rankings to No. 15. Why all the interest? The project has released a few key updates this month. Here's a rundown of some of the distro's best features.

1. Based on Arch Linux

Arch Linux is a very popular distro among more experienced users in the Linux community, and it's renowned for its simplicity, power, and speed.

I recently covered Cinnarch, which adds the Cinnamon desktop to this longtime favorite, but now Manjaro presents another option.

"Manjaro provides all the benefits of the Arch operating system combined with a focus on user-friendliness and accessibility," the project team explains. "Available in both 32 and 64 bit versions, Manjaro is suitable for newcomers as well as experienced Linux users."

2. User-friendly yet powerful

Manjaro strives to preserve the power of Arch Linux for enthusiasts while also making it more accessible for newcomers to Linux.

Targeting the latter group, the distro includes a user-friendly installer and is designed to work fully "straight out of the box," its makers say. Toward that end, it also includes preinstalled desktop environments, automatic hardware detection and driver installation, multimedia codecs, and graphical applications for installing software and updating the system.


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