Manjaro Linux is an open source operating system based on Arch Linux. It is built using a tool called BoxIt, a server/client application that provides a complete repository management system similar to a Git repository. Even if it was released only two years ago, this user-friendly Linux distribution became quite popular among Arch Linux users, especially because it features a graphical, easy-to-use installer.
Distributed in multiple flavors, offers a rolling-release model
In addition, the operating system is distributed in many flavors, with the Cinnamon, Enlightenment, MATE, Xfce, Openbox, KDE and LXDE desktop environments. Just like Arch Linux, Manjaro follows a rolling-release model, which means that users will always have the latest version of the operating system installed on their computers, via regular updates.
The Netboot edition of Manjaro
This is the Netboot edition of Manjaro, which means that advanced Linux users can install the operating system over the network, allowing them to model it as they see fit. The boot menu lets users to start the live environment with or without non-free drivers, boot the operating system that is currently installed on their computer, check if the hardware components are correctly recognized, and test the RAM (system memory).
Getting started with Manjaro
Booting the media will drop users at a shell prompt, where they have to login using the manjaro/manjaro username and password combination. From there, you will need to execute the sudo setup command, as instructed. The Manjaro Linux CLI Installation Framework will immediately fire up, offering two versions of the CLI (Command-Line Interface) installer, stable and testing. While the stable CLI installer works flawlessly, it won’t receive new features.
Supports Btrfs, EFI and RAID
On the other hand, the testing CLI installer gets all the bleeding-edge goodies, such as support for the Btrfs filesystem, EFI support, RAID support, and much more. From here, users will need to follow the installation instructions in order to deploy Manjaro Linux on their computer. The whole process depends entirely on your network bandwidth, computer specs, and installed packages.