I switched to Manjaro Linux on my main machine
I bought an SSD and installed it last week in my main machine at home. I had Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on it before but I decided to put Manjaro on the new drive. Why the switch?
As I have several machines to maintain, a few years ago I decided to only use LTS releases of Ubuntu. I was fed up with installing new releases on about 8 machines in every 6 months. With the LTS everything is peaceful for 2 years :) However it also means that I don’t get the hot stuff, I need to wait for the next LTS release.
I met Manjaro less than a year ago when I installed it on an older laptop of mine. I played with it and it turned out to be a very nice system. It has several advantages:
- It is based on Arch, but much easier to install. The relation between Arch and Manjaro is somewhat similar to Debian and Ubuntu.
- Manjaro uses a rolling release model, which means a continually developing software system. In the case of Ubuntu when a new release comes out, you need to reinstall it over the previous version. Rolling software, instead, is continually updated, in contrast to standard release software which is upgraded between versions. (source) Thus, you install Manjaro once and you are done. Just update it regularly and you have an up-to-date system. When a new release comes out, you have nothing to do. Thanks to the regular updates you have the latest version.
- Its package manager is very easy to use. For instance, it’s enough to execute “
yaourt -Syua” to keep my system updated.
- The AUR (Arch User Repository) is a community-driven software repository. It is similar to Ubuntu’s PPA but much easier to use. Just select a package and install it with a command. PPAs need to be imported first.
- Fast, easy to install, easy to use. I also have Windows 7 on my machine but its installation with all the updates took almost a day. Manjaro and its updates were installed in 30 minutes. Windows 7 occupies 40 GB after a clean install. Manjaro needs about 7 GB. Since last week I’ve installed several other softwares but its size is still 14 GB.
It took me a few days to configure everything, but now I can do anything that I could do with Ubuntu.
The blog will go on under the same name (“The Ubuntu Incident”), don’t worry. I still use Ubuntu at my workplace for instance :) But expect more posts on Manjaro in the future.