- Must be relatively easy to install
- Must have an intuitive desktop environment
- Must be easy to use
- Must have a standard set of applications pre-installed (i.e. web browser, audio player, media player)
- Must have a decent package manager in order to install further software
- Must be ready to use from the get go
I have incorporated a video from the Linux Help Guy who really likes Manjaro.
I can't really comment on the ease of installation or indeed on much else about this distribution. Instead therefore I have incorporated comments from other bloggers.
First off here is how Dedoimedo summed up the KDE version of Manjaro last year.
How shall I put it? Let there be no doubt. Manjaro 0.8.11 is a better version than 0.8.5 that I tested a while back. But calling it the best and most awesomest KDE around, as I've seen here and there in various forums and social media sites is literally pushing it. Now, it does deserve a lot of praise, A LOT, regarding its visual appearance. However, that is not enough to distract from or reduce the impact of the underlying system bugs.
Desktop effects, printing, broken Steam packages, weird menu entries, misbehaving media player, an identity-confused collection of software, installation issues, missing swap use and very high memory consumption, all of these are big problems that the Manjaro dev team needs to address. But overall, the important thing here is progress.
But if you're asking me, the distro needs to simplify its mission statement, and focus on the core message of practicality. Hopefully, we will see that happen soon. Let's call it the emergence of Manjaro into its own rightful place. At the moment, it's trying to do so much, at the same time, it's like a juggler with one ball too many. Grade wise? Hmmm, well, something like 7.5-8/10, and I am being generous. However, if all else fails, it so damn beautiful. Definitely one of the top three. Imagine Plasma 5 there. Looking forward to the next version. Ciao!
For a ying to the yang here is a summary by the Hectic Geek:
I love how Manjaro developers have presented the KDE Plasma 5.5 desktop. It’s a beautiful looking, responsive, power efficient, and a stable desktop. I’m also okay with it using a bit of memory as well. But you know, I can’t wait for 50+ seconds for an operating system to boot (again, part of that has to be blamed upon systemd developers) and 12.6 seconds of shutdown times is also a bit high for my taste, it just ain’t my cup of tea. I like lean & fast operating systems. But hey, that’s just me. And these days, one doesn’t get to see blisteringly fast booting KDE distributions either (in my short experience).
I reviewed CentOS in September 2015 and it was the first time that I had tried it.
The installer for CentOS is the same one that ships with Fedora and so it is reasonably easy to install. When I booted CentOS for the first time it went straight to the GNOME classic desktop which is ok but looks a bit old hat. (old Red Hat?)
Switching to the normal GNOME desktop makes for a very pleasant experience. Basically with CentOS you get the stability that Fedora doesn't offer.
The software installed is much the same as the other distributions in this list with Firefox, Evolution and you know the rest.
Multimedia codecs requires a few extra steps to get installed but there is a good wiki page showing how to do this and I have linked to good guides in my review of CentOS for creating the perfect CentOS desktop.
The GNOME package manager is used to install applications but you could always install Yum Extender if you wanted to.
CentOS has really good hardware support and it found my printer and network storage easily. I would recommend CentOS over Fedora for the Everyday Linux User.
Oddly at number 10 on the list is Android x86. Should we be surprised though that people want to run Android as their desktop operating system.
Android works very well on tablets and smartphones and it is even very decent when used on gaming systems such as the NVidia Shield.
I tried Android x86 on a standard laptop and it really doesn't live up to being an operating system you could use on a daily basis.
It has too many little flaws such as screen rotation issues and it is built for a touchscreen and not a standard mouse or trackpad.