Manjaro Linux vs Arch Linux

Manjaro Linux vs Arch Linux

Arch Linux and Manjaro are two popular linux distributions, or distros, that have been getting more attention and gaining more users over the years. Although the two distros have a lot in common (in fact, Manjaro is an Arch Linux derivative), there are still many differences. These differences stem from each project’s philosophical approach, goals, and target audience. This results in pros and cons to using each. This article will help you learn about the similarities and differences between the two, and help you decide which one to use if you are not sure.

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A new installation of Manjaro Linux, running Xfce desktop environment

Manjaro Linux Installation

In this guide, we’ll perform an installation of Manjaro Linux. Manjaro is a versatile and user friendly Linux disribution with minimal system requirements. It’s quickly rising in popularity and making a name for itself in the Linux world. Now is a great time to get into it.

You’ll be able to follow along with the steps in this tutorial whether you are installing Manjaro onto a physical system or as a virtual machine. Let’s get started.

In this tutorial you will learn:

  • How to download Manjaro Linux ISO image
  • How to create bootable installation media
  • How to install Manjaro Linux

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Create Manjaro Linux Bootable USB

In order to install Manjaro on your PC, you’ll need to make bootable installation media. The easiest way to do this is by writing Manjaro to a USB stick and making it bootable. That’s exactly what we’ll show you how to do in this guide.

You’ll be provided with the insructions for making a bootable USB stick from both a graphical user interface and the command line. We’ll cover the steps for Linux users and Windows users alike.

In this tutorial you will learn:

  • How to download Manjaro Linux ISO image
  • How to create bootable USB from Linux command line
  • How to create bootable USB from Linux GUI
  • How to create bootable USB from Windows

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Bootloader asking which operating system to load into

Manjaro Linux Windows 10 dual boot

Wouldn’t it be great to run Manjaro Linux on your system without having to give up Windows 10? Well, you can! As a matter of fact, you have two options for doing this. One option is to create a dual boot system, which gives you a prompt when your computer boots up, asking you which operating system you’d like to load into. The second option is to install Manjaro on a virtual machine.

Each method has their pros and cons, but running a dual boot system means you have no virtualized hardware or unnecessary overhead. Both operating systems will have direct access to your computer’s hardware. The big downside is that you will have to reboot your PC every time you want to load into the other operating system. If you can live with that, then let’s get started.

In this tutorial you will learn:

  • How to resize Windows 10 hard disk partition
  • How to install Manjaro alongside Windows 10
  • How to load into Manjaro or Windows 10 at system boot

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Manjaro with KDE Plasma desktop environment

Manjaro Linux KDE installation

Manjaro Linux has several default desktop environments available for download. The official site’s download page lists Xfce as the top recommendation, although KDE Plasma is among those on the list available for download.

If you currently have Manjaro installed and aren’t using KDE Plasma as your default desktop environment, it’s easy enough to install it and start using it. There’s no need to install Manjaro all over again with the Manjaro + KDE Plasma ISO file.

In this guide, we’ll show you how to install KDE Plasma on the Manjaro Linux distribution and begin using it as an alternative or a replacement to your current desktop environment.

In this tutorial you will learn:

  • How to insall KDE Plasma on Manjaro
  • How to install KDE application packages
  • How to set SDDM display manager for KDE
  • How to install Manjaro configuration and themes for KDE

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A fresh installation of Manjaro Linux

Manjaro Linux System Requirements

Manjaro is a popular and fast growing Linux distribution geared towards home computing. If you are thinking about installing it on your system but need to know the system requirements first, we’ve got you covered in this guide.

Manjaro is available for download on its official site, but there are several versions available. “Official” editions of Manjaro include either the Xfce, KDE, or GNOME desktop environment. The “Community” editions feature either Cinnamon, Budgie, LXDE, or a slew of others.

Why do we mention this? Well, the desktop environment you choose is going to impact Manjaro’s system requirements. Some of these GUIs run better on older hardware than others. But regardless of which one you choose, you’ll be given all of the relevant requirements in this article.

In this tutorial you will learn:

  • Manjaro system requirements
  • Desktop environment performance impact on Manjaro

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