Manjaro welcomes another addition to the family in the form of our brand-new Openbox flavour. Designed and built exclusively by the Manjaro team, this lightweight, sleek, and super-fast flavour comes with a unique twist - traditional menus are not used to find and launch applications. Instead, the heart of the desktop is Synapse. At first glance comparable to a typical menu search bar, Synapse is in fact a very powerful and versatile tool that boasts a wide range of useful features, particularly due to the optional plugins available. Some of these features include: locating and launching applications faster than menus; accessing specific file types such as documents, pictures and movies....I have never tried an Arch based distribution before so this was a step into the unknown which is what this year is going to be about for me. I am going to step out of the comfort zone and learn some stuff.
Connecting to the internet
All I had to do to get online was to click the network icon on the task bar, choose the network I wanted to connect to and enter the appropriate security key.
The default browser in Manjaro is Midori which is common among lightweight Linux distributions.
Ubuntu users might get a slight shiver at this point as the results appear in a terminal window. Functionally wise of course there is no difference. The terminal window shows you all the packages that are available and there is a clear instruction that to finish searching all you need to do is press enter on the keyboard.
To actually install packages you have to press the "Install Packages" button on the Pacman-gui screen.
Similarly to the search function the install packages function enables you to search by name or keyword. If you search for a term such as "Gnome" and press "OK" a list of packages will appear that contain the keyword "Gnome".
A list of targets appeared along with the total download size and the total installation size.
After pressing "Y" to proceed with the installation the packages were downloaded and installed.