Friday, 14 March 2014

Is Manjaro Linux, one of the best option for a new user... Hummm, Yes.

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Is Manjaro Linux ready to be installed, and used as an regular base distro, for a new user? 
Let me see... Yes
Why? - See all about in this article.
For all users that comes from Windows, or already have some time in the Linux world, this operating system (Manjaro Linux) is to take into account. This because, the system had a considerable evolution to become more user friendly, and the system setup is more easier then ever, but in some issues is a few steps behind to other systems available.
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As an Arch-Linux based distro, for me this distribution has a role in the Arch-Linux community, very similar to that Ubuntu took in the Debian community, to bring and promote Debian based distributions, for users that never had contact with this kind of system, or even never heard ...
The work of Manjaro development team has the result, a growing number of people that are using a Arch-Linux systems based, and it is, worthy record.
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However, not all Manjaro main support desktop environments are the most advisable to a new comer. The flagship XFCE, and the KDE Manjaro edition are the most appropriate, for those that want an easy and reliable transition in this Linux distribution.
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I want to also mention, the Cinnamon, and LXDE Editions from the Manjaro communities, that are behind this flavors, and with the KDE Edition they are eye-candy desktop environments, but also has a similar experience with Windows desktop.
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The issue is that, many of the new users, aren't familiar with Linux operating systems, and it is this aspect that the Manjaro development team has played an extraordinary role, in transforming a distribution based on Arch-Linux, where a large part of the config settings, installing software packages, and even installing on the hard drive, is done with command lines. 
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In the end, the Manjaro Linux is a roiling release that have an active and constant developing, and I think in the future this distro will be one of main Linux distributions, to those that are starting a journey in this amazing world that is Linux.

Installation 
When we started the installation, the interface is quite intuitive, able to guide the user through the process, but also gives all the information you needed to install it, without greater difficulties. Even when, it's necessary to format the hard-drive, the user doesn't need extra technical knowledge to do so, since the process is automated.

Source: Manjaro

Configuration, drivers and codecs
Regarding configuration, installing codecs or drivers, for me, Manjaro development team elevated this distribution above the others. This because, they have made it accessible for the average user, by automating this features. For instance, during installation on the hard drive, will find an option that you can install the video card driver automatically on your system, without needing to be on a quest for finding how to install-it, wasting time on doing it.

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Installing Software Packages
Although it's not complicated, installing applications or software through a command line, but first of all, we need to know the name and features of the software that we want to install. And it's here that the Manjaro has it's Achilles heel. 
In all Manjaro desktop environments, we will find by default PAMAC and Octopi applications, that is generally the easiest to install software on Manjaro, but as I mentioned before, whatever software, driver or codec we need to install, is needed to know what are the features, and if is for the purpose for which we intend. Although these applications are practical, and easy to use, has very little information of the packages that are available.
I think that, Manjaro Linux team should introducing an Software Center, with a full detailed information for software packages, and with that, only will benefit of own distribution, and is a way to attract more users. By the way, why not a Software Store whith app's from the community...

Look and Feel...
We are going to find in Manjaro Linux, several desktop environments. XFCE, KDE, Openbox that are supported directly by the Manjaro team, but on the Manjaro community they have available and give support for Gnome, Cinnamon, Mate, LXDE, Enlightenment, Fluxbox, and in this latest edition of Manjaro 0.8.9 we saw the birth of NetBook Edition.
All this desktop environments are excellent in their functionality and purpose, but I will only going focus on KDE Edition, which in my humble opinion, is the most user friendly approach to a new user, either Windows or Linux environment.

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In KDE edition, we will find a modern working environment, with a simply breathtaking desktop environment, that we can change the feel and look, even you can change the way you use this work environment. The Manjaro team, equipped with all the usual KDE tools, and had a genius moment when they create the application called "Turbulence".
The "Turbulence" is an application that appears on the first login, and you will be able to set the your Manjaro KDE desktop right from the beginning.
During the window guide of  "Turbulence", you going have some information about Manjaro, choose the main folders for your Home directory, define the wallpaper desktop, and also you can choose what packages you would like to install on the system ( and this is something like a Software Center, so, why not launch one ).

To end...
Right now, we are currently testing this distribution, and this same article is being done in an Manjaro 0.8.9 KDE edition. Soon, we will make a small tutorial which will be released on our Youtube page.

As always, feel free to comment this article, or share with us your experience with this great distro.