A Complete Guide to Manjaro 17.05 (GNOME Edition), its Features and Installation steps

Manjaro Linux or simply called as Manjaro is a user-friendly, open source desktop operating system that is based on Arch Linux. The main objective in the development of Manjaro Linux is to provide a complete user friendly linux operating system. It is designed to be operated “straight from the word go” once installed with the help of its pre-installed software.

Some of its salient features that makes Manjaro Linux standout from other linux desktop distributions is its intuitive and easy to use user interface, simple installation system and the ability to detect hardware automatically along with various desktop configurability options. It also comes with a stable rolling release model and contains special bash scripts to advanced desktop configuration abilities and also for managing graphic drivers. The lively Manjaro community also provides great support for its users.

The Manjaro GNOME brings with it a nice and beautiful desktop environment with advanced features. The layout is neatly laid with the menus arranged perfectly on the left and the background theme also seems to be pretty cool. It is originally designed and developed to provide a simple and easy desktop environment with complete customization options along with a load of extensions available from https://extensions.gnome.org/. The calamares installer has been redesigned to provide an easy to install system which is pretty light as you won’t get many pre-defined apps except for Firefox and some minor application. No office apps comes with the package, but you can always add or remove apps using  (Add/Remove Software) GUI.

Following are the minimum System requirements for Manjaro Linux 17.05:

  • 1 GB RAM
  • 1 GHz Processor
  • 30 GB free hard disk size
  • Bootable media ( ISO, DVD &s USB drive)
  • Internet Connection (Optional)

Note: We can also try the Manjaro Linux in Virtual Box VM. First create a new virtual machine, define the VM name, compute resources like CPU , RAM and Hard disk Size and boot the VM with Manjaro 17.05 ISO file and follow the beneath steps

Installing Manjaro Linux 17.05 (GNOME Edition)

Installing Manjaro GNOME Linux 17.05 is pretty much simple with the easy to use calamares installer. It is extremely informative and helpful and installation can be completed within just minutes.

Step 1) Download Manjaro GNOME 17.05 desktop Edition

Download Manjaro 17.05 ( Gnome edition) 64-bit  ISO file from its official web site:

https://manjaro.org/get-manjaro/

Burn the downloaded ISO file either into USB drive or DVD and make it bootable.

Step 2) Boot your system with the above created bootable media

We will get the window something like below:

Boot-Manjaro-Gnome

Select the option “Boot: Manjaro.x86_64 gnome” and then press enter. We will get the next window as shown in step3.

Step 3) Select “Launch Installer” Option

Launch-Installer-Manjaro-Linux

Step 4) Select your Language accordingly

Language-Selection-Manjaro-Linux-Installation

Click on Next

Step 5) In the next window, Select the Region and Zone accordingly and then click on Next

Select-Region-Zone-Manjaro-Linux-Installation

Step 6)  Select your Keyboard layout as per your language and Setup

Keyboard-Layout-Manjaro-Linux-Installation

Step 7) Select Your Partition scheme either as automatic or manual partitions

Manual-Partition-Manjaro-Linux-Installation

If you don’t want to create your own partition scheme or table then select the first option “Erase Disk“, it will delete all the existing data on disk and will create new partition table for Manjaro Linux automatically.

If you are planning to have own customize partition table, then select the second option “Manual Partitioning“, in my case I will be creating manual partition table on 40 GB hard disk with followings partitions.

  • /boot        –   1 GB  ( ext4 file system)
  • /                –   10 GB ( ext4 file system)
  • /home     –    20 GB  ( ext4 file system )
  • /var          –    7 GB   ( ext4 file system)
  • Swap        –    2 GB

Create new partition Table and select partition table kind as “Master Boot Record (MBR)

Partition-Table-Type-Manjaro-Linux-Installation

Now Select the disk and create our first partition as boot and specify the Size as 1 GB and /boot as mount point,

boot-partition-Manjaro-Linux-Installation

Create slash root (/) partition of size 10 GB with ext4 file system

Slash-Root-partition-Manjaro-Linux-Installation

Similarly Create /home and /var partition of size 20 GB and 7 GB respectively

Home-partition-manjaro-linux-installation

var-partition-manjaro-linux-installation

Now create Swap partition of Size of 2 GB

Swap-partition-manjaro-linux-installation

Once you are done with partitions, then your partition table should be something like below:

Overview-Manual-Partition-Manjaro-Linux

Click on Next

Step 8) Specify Local User Name, Password & Hostname

Here it is time to personalize your Manjaor GNOME Linux, so provide your name, name used to log in, name of the computer and password.

User-Creation-Manjaro-Linux-Installation

Click on Next to proceed further

In the next window we will see overview of Installation summary, Click on Next

Overview-Installation-Summary-Manjaro-Linux

Click on “Install Now” option to accept the changes to the disk and to start the installation

Accept-Changes-Manjaro-Linux-Installation

Step 9) Installation of Manjaro GNOME 17.05 has been started and in progress

Manjaro-17-05-Installation-Progress

Once the installation has been completed successfully, installer will prompt us to restart the machine.

Step 10) Select “Restart Now” and then click on “Done” option to reboot your machine.

Restart-Manjaro-Linux-After-Installation

Step 11) Remove the Installation media and boot your machine with newly installed Manjaro 17.05

Manjaro-Grub-Menu

Use the same user name and its password whatever you specify during the installation, In my case user name is “linuxtechi”

Manjaro-Linux-Login-Screen

Manjaro-17-05-Welcome-Message-Gnome

If you want to install any software, first we need to refresh packages database. In Manjaro Linux “pacman” is the command which is used to install, remove and update package database.

[[email protected] ~]$ sudo pacman  -Sy

pacman-sy-package-database-update

Now You can you install software either from the command line using pacman or GUI ( Add/Remove Software)

To Install Package from command line using pacman

[[email protected] ~]$ sudo pacman -S {pkg-name}

To remove package from command line using pacman without dependencies

[[email protected] ~]$ sudo pacman -R vlc

Remove package along with its dependencies.

[[email protected] ~]$ sudo pacman -Rs vlc

Installing and Remove Packages from GUI ( Add/ Remove Software)

Open Add / Remove GUI and search the package to be installed, in below example I am installing thunderbird. Click on apply to install the package

Install-Package-Add-Remove-software-Manjaro-Linux

Similarly to remove the software

Remove-Package-Manjaro-Linux

This concludes the Installation of Manjaro 17.05 (Gnome edition). Explore the Manjaro Linux and have fun 🙂

Please do not hesitate to share your feedback and comments.

2 Responses

  1. Davis "Egghed" Payne says:

    I’m a longtime MS self-taught (mostly) IT tech and I’ve played with Ubuntu and Knoppix in the past, unfortunately, I have not had the time to sit down an learn much about it. I recently showed my 12 year old daughter the differences of OS’s, trying to explain how rooting an Android can be different and open up new opportunities, rather than just “jailbreaking” an iPhone. We got onto the subject of how PC’s are so much more open to doing more than Apple products, so I installed Manjaro and we geeked out and bonded together. It was awesome. I decided to mess around some more and play with reinstalling Manjaro my way and found this article which was very helpful, but it held me up on one little key part. Your screenshot says to install the bootloader on the HDD, and it kept failing on me over and over. And, although it was Christmas and I haven’t been getting much sleep, plus my attention has been split, it took me a little bit of rest to see that there was an option in the drop down for the /boot in there. That worked great. Just a thought to suggest to others if they run into that and have troubles. Thanks for this site for the help for a newb like myself, and my little blonde geek girl…who’s quickly surpassing my skill sets!

  2. shah says:

    man thanks a billion times. i was totally stuck here.

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