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First Take on Manjaro Linux March 17, 2017

Hey Guys,
You know, like most linux users, I have found that I do quite a bit of distribution hopping. I look to see what is different and what has changed and find it interesting to see what is out there outside of Windows. The distro that you use is dependent on what you are more familiar with. I have used Debian / Ubuntu releases, Redhat / CentOS releases and Arch releases. All of them have a place somewhere, but I find that I like Arch for my personal usage. As I am a big fan of the whole open source, bleeding edge concept, this works for me. I felt like I want to have the latest and greatest when it came to the Linux applications and tools that I use. Most Linux operating system don’t go along with the bleeding edge concept and that is fine.

While distro hopping, I came across an OS several months back called Manjaro. I looked at it for some time, try different desktop environments from Gnome, Cinnamon, KDE, Mate, XFCE and even LXDE and LXQT and have finally settled on two that I find work best for me. The two that I finally settled on are Mate and XFCE. These two desktop environments work quite well and are customizable for your needs. The Manjaro operating system “just works”. I haven’t had much issue with Manjaro with the exception of an occasional wifi issue but I can’t honestly say that the problem is with the drivers just yet. I am still looking into the issue that I found as it caused a major slow down in internet access. The installation process for Manjaro is very easy as they use the installer called Calamaros. This has made life so much easier in installing an Arch release. Just following along the install process and in no time at all, you will be up and running as well.

When it comes to package management, I feel that Manjaro and or Arch in general have better repositories than other distros out there. I feel that some distros need to keep their repositories trim because they are used in enterprise environments and you don’t want to introduce anything that may compromise customer servers. Since Manjaro is listed as a rolling release and has bleeding edge packages, in my opinion, this makes my experience better. I have compiled a list of applications that I use that I thought I would share to see what you all think and if you have suggestions on applications to try, let me know.

First, before looking at any applications, you need to choose the right desktop environment that works for you. I am a big fan of Cinnamon but had to move more toward XFCE and Mate due to the compositor that Cinnamon uses had caused some anomalies in the screen recording software which makes my laptop very unhappy. If I go to Cinnamon (Software Rendering) it seems to work just fine but a little slower because it uses software and not hardware graphic rendering. I read that you can’t turn the compositor off because that is what Cinnamon is based on and by turning off the compositor, you break your desktop environment. So just choose what you feel comfortable with and make sure that you don’t have any unexpected issue crop up before locking the system down.

The same software packages that you install can run on any of the desktop environment that you choose. Here are some of the software packages that I have found that I wanted to share. These are in the Arch repository or in AUR. I want to give a shout out to Len from the youtube channel (Don’t Call Me Lenny) for some of the suggestions below. I have enjoyed his reviews and he has given some valuable information which has turned me more toward the Manjaro and the desktop environments that I have chosen. Thanks Len for your help and I hope your health gets better!!


Make sure that your system is kept up 2 date with the following two commands.

Sync the package databases:
sudo pacman -Syy

To update the system and packages:
sudo pacman -Su


Just go to this URLs and choose the Manjaro release with the desktop environment that you like. The first one is for the Manjaro supports release and the second one are community created releases.

Manjaro OS Release 17
Manjaro Community Releases

Besides Manjaro, there are a few other Arch distros as well which are as equally good.

Antergos –

Antergos Builds –

OBRevenge –

Apricity –

Bluestar –


* – Installed Packages


Atom editor
* pyCharm
* Zerynth – A python Internet of Things (IoT) design suite




* Transmissions


Office / Text Editing:


* Libre Office
* leafpad – text editor
* wmail – GMail Client


Screen Recording and Streaming:


OBS Studio – screen recording and streaming
* simplescreenrecorder – screen recording
* guvcview – Webcam capture
EasyScreenCast – Gnome Extension


3D Printing Applications:


Repetier Host
Cura Engine

For the Prusa based 3D printers you can download a newer slic3r from this URL –


Remote Communications:


* skype – There is new release that introduces video conferencing now
* pidgin – IM App (Tested with the FB extension and works great)
* Hexchat – IRC Chat Application




* Chromium
Google Chrome


Terminal Emulation:


terminator – Multiple window SSH terminal
terminology – Enlightenment terminal


Note Taking:


leanote – Open Source equivilant to Evernote (A lot of Chinese characters and I’m not sure how to convert to english as of yet)
If you want to migrate to simplenote from evernote use this,
Here is a great URL for migrating from Evernote since they raised their prices again. LifeHacker How To Migrate From Evernote


Google Related:


Google Drive


Audio and Video Related:


* Kdenlive – Video Editor
* mpv-full
* WinFF – compression application and frontend for audio and video.
* ffmpeg-full-nvenc – backend compression application and all codecs (1.2 Gig)
* Handbrake – Video Encoder App
Pithos – Pandora app


Downloading and File Sharing:


* youtube-dl
* 4kvideodownloader
* 4kstogram – Instagram image downloader
* uGet
ramme – instagram app
* flashgot – Firefox Extension
* aria2 – to be used and selected in uGet
* Nitroshare- multiple platform file sharing. Can use TLS for secure transfer

For more on Nitroshare, click on Robs youtube page here.




* Gnome Boxes – much faster virtualization software


Docks / Task bars:


* Docky


System Backups and Data Protection:


* Timeshift – A backup app with similar capabilies as Mac TimeMachine and Windows System Restore
* Back in Time


Random Linux:


fdupes – duplicate file finder
*angryip – network IP scanner
fslint – file duplication finder
* etcher – burn ISO to USB Drive
* gufw – graphical ufw firewall interface

fdupes -rSm (your folder location)

-r = recursive includes files in subdirectories
-S = shows size of duplicate files

-m = summarizes dupes information

For more information on etcher, visit Robs youtube site here.



Infinality Fonts




ClamAV – CLI ClamAV

Clamtk – Graphical ClamAV



Sophos – CLI only it looks like



Mate / XFCE Add-Ons:


* Synapse – Use Alt-Space to bring up a search bar on the screen for easy app searches
* ClipIt – GTK+ Clipboard Manager
* Redshift – Eyestrain Relief app
* Caffeine – App to disable screensaver temporarily if running apps that you need to keep a close eye on
* psensor – App to monitor hardware temps



Graphite Zero


Also, if you are running XFCE, make sure that this is installed. It should be, but worth a check.
sudo pacman -S xfce4-goodies
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