A layman at Manjaro KDE


Today we are going to know the history and reports of our reader Davidson Souza with Manjaro Linux with the KDE interface.

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“Hello Diolinux! My name is Davidson Souza and I live in Vespasiano, Minas Gerais.

I would like to write a little about my experience with Manjaro KDE for people who like your blog.

I never imagined that someday I would stop using Windows to use an operating system with a Linux kernel, because sometimes, for me, the system was good, but the interface was not pretty; or the system had personality, but the icons were old-fashioned … Outside when the system was show, but it did not install correctly on the pc and the solutions were complicated.

All of that changed when I met Manjaro KDE Capella. The Manjaro Brasil community is very user-focused and this is a reflection of the official system community and the project leaders themselves.

As a result, the system has personality and an excellent visual finish, as new elements are updated over time to bring good visual cohesion, as was the case with the standard wallpaper and LibreOffice icons that were changed after version 15.12 – 3rd update. Although in version 0.8.12 Manjaro was very ‘KDE’ bringing many ‘KDE-Apps’ applications, the current version brings others more popular among users although many QT apps like Kmail and related are still preserved.


I joke that if you don’t have an internet with 5 mb / s speed, then forget about having Manjaro. It brings many updates and it is necessary to have a good connection to install them. Bearing in mind that in Manjaro an update can even amount to an «arc change», that is, I know many people who used Manjaro 0.8.9 (who had KDE 4) and who are still using the system without reinstalling it today. it but updated to the current version 15.12 Capella.

When installing it it is interesting to create the partition / home for the user files and the / tmp to install the apps from the AUR repository, which is fantastic. If the user has a PC with 4 GB of RAM, or more, the / tmp it is not necessary, but with less it is essential, because sometimes there is not enough space for the process of installing AUR packages if it is not created.

Who has older PCs (from 2009 as is my case), can create a spanned volume and within it create the partitions you want. The installer Squids it is very easy and intuitive. The complete installation of the system takes an average of just 7 minutes (counting from when we stick the USB stick to the restart).

Another interesting feature is that we can choose the kernel that best fits our machine, because sometimes the versions that come with the installation ISO may not be compatible.

In my case, I had to use 3.18 until Linux 4.4 arrived. In the meantime I installed Virtualbox and used my PC normally. In fact, Manjaro offers some extra modules and in AUR there are other kernel versions with additional modules to the user’s taste. Just read the documentation and recommendations from more experienced users. Even the installation of Virtualbox is papaya with sugar in Manjaro, as they offer the compiled modules and the way to install the program.

As people say, Virtualbox on Manjaro is ‘thin’! (srsr). Only in Manjaro can I use Virtualbox 5.0: in Windows and other distros with linux kernel, no.

Another thing we do and do not see often among other operating systems with Linux kernel with ‘fixed release’ is that we have to update security keys and synchronize the download mirrors, because if we don’t do this, the update will go to beleléu. It will take us a long time to download the pkg.tar.xz packages. When an update doesn’t work, most of the time we can do the downgrade of the package, until the next one can be compatible with our hardware.

Why did I choose Manjaro when there are other “easier sayings”?

Well, one of the things that won me over at Manjaro is the AUR and the Arch Linux guys (they may look stupid, but deep down they have a good heart srsr), because these people simply WANT to use technology around Linux. That’s why almost every major software you’ll find on AUR.

The good software that you realize that the crowd praises and that are serving the end user, regardless of any philosophy, they are quickly at AUR. An example: there is no Google Chrome for Manjaro, but in AUR you think… Simple Screen Recorder is already in the official repositories… That is ‘bye’ Record My Desktop srsrs.

In the case of Manjaro, the creator focused more on the novice user (which is my case) and ‘created’ a more pleasant system and decided to take a little while to launch the packages waiting for the corrections to provide the most stable ones. However, if the user wants to have the same ‘Arch Linux rhythm’, just enable the unstable repository.

In addition to the programs, I could not stop talking about the official theme of the system called Maia: it is fantastic! I won’t even talk about it much because it would also fall on the KDE interface and it deserves a text by those who understand it better. In addition to the icons, we have another advantage: the news that many expect to see, we simply have it!

So I don’t feel like changing the operating system, because I know that at any time I can have new cool software installed on my PC, unless it is exclusive to any community. However, the price we pay is not having the stability that a company would need. Just remember: Manjaro could even be used in companies, but the cost to maintain it could be much higher compared to an Ubuntu LTS of life …


Manjaro has matured a lot during the last 2 years, thanks to the humility of the developers and the community that helps in its development. Because it is focused on the home user, the system seeks to be ‘unique’, and it is worthwhile for those who only want a system for home use or even for work, but individually. Due to the huge amount of programs and solutions available to the user, it is ideal for those who have ‘done a lot with various Linux distributions’ and who want to ‘quiet down’ and build a history with few distributions. “

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We appreciate the participation of our dear reader and an additional for you who want to know more about Manjaro, check out our review distribution with the XFCE interface.

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