Linux Manjaro : A summary of Editions

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Manjaro Linux is an operating system, suitable as a free replacement to Windows or Mac OS. There are a number of editions of Manjaro Linux available on official website of Manjaro Linux for download and installation for users free of cost. However, many a times users are quite confused while choosing the correct version which suites their requirement. This article tries to help out the users in arriving at a decision to choose the best suited edition by highlighting the key features associated with each edition in different ways.

The following table displays the matrix of features associated with each edition of Manjaro Linux in tabular format for a quick glance by the user:

Features → Official / Flagship Edition Community Edition Beginner-Friendly Resource-Efficient Traditional Workflow Pre-Installed Desktop Environment with selected Popular Software Applications
Manjaro Editions ↓
XFCE O   O O O O
KDE O   O O O O
Cinnamon   O O   O O
Openbox   O   O   O
Awesome   O   O   O
BSPWM   O   O   O
Budgie   O O     O
MATE   O   O O O
i3   O   O   O
Architect O     O    
Deepin   O O     O
Gnome O   O     O

In the above matrix, a circle in a cell represent the availability of a feature mentioned in the particular column with the associated Manjaro Linux edition mentioned in the particular row.

For e.g.

  1. XFCE, KDE, Architect and Gnome are Official Edition.
  2. XFCE, KDE, Cinnamon, Budgie, Deepin and Gnome are Beginner Friendly.
  3. Cinnamon, Openbox, Awesome, BSPWM, Budgie, MATE, i3 and Deepin are not flagship editions

In similar way, user may derive the best suited edition by creating their own logics to arrive at a decision based on their feature requirement.

Key Feature of each Edition:

S.No. Edition Feature
1 XFCE For People who want a Reliable, light weight and Fast Desktop
2 KDE For People who want a modern (plenty of functionality and options) and very flexible/ highly customizable Desktop
3 Cinnamon For People who look for a traditional Desktop with modern technology
4 Openbox For power users and developers dealing with everyday computing tasks
5 Awesome For power users and developers dealing with everyday computing tasks
6 BSPWM For people who want to use a tiling window manager
7 Budgie For people who want a simple and elegant Desktop
8 MATE For people who look for a traditional experience
9 i3 For people who want to use a tiling window manager
10 Architect For people who want to setup and configure Manjaro from the ground up. It is not recommended for beginners but for intermediate or advance users.
11 Deepin For people who want a simple and elegant Desktop
12 Gnome For People who want a very modern and simple Desktop with set of applications to fill the most common needs

You can choose any one of the above editions as per requirement. If you are not sure or do not have a specific requirement you can choose XFCE edition. You may even try out test run of more than one edition to check out the best suitable edition for you. It may be noted that the installation process is same for all editions.

Once you are ready with selection of the Linux Manjaro Edition, read the article: Install Manjaro Linux by creating bootable USB Flash Drive on Windows for detailed procedure of how to Install Linux Manjaro as a Single Host Operating System on a Computer by creating a bootable Manjaro Flash Drive on an existing Windows System.

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