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Manjaro levels up as a serious Linux distribution

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Today, the team at Manjaro [Official Site] shared some pretty big news for the future of the Linux distribution and it sounds great.

A new company was officially formed as Manjaro GmbH & Co. KG, with Manjaro developers Philip Müller and Bernhard Landauer now being able to commit to the Linux distribution full time with the help of Blue Systems in an advisory role. On top of that, they're working towards teaming up with the non-profit groups CommunityBridge and OpenCollective to handle their donation funding which can then be used towards project-related expenses.

They say this will help them do quite a lot like: protect the independence of Manjaro, provide faster security updates and a more efficient reaction to the needs of users, provide the means to act as a company on a professional level, bring in additional contributors on a paid basis and so on.

Something they made pretty clear, is that the way it's run overall won't be changing. So they will continue to interact with the community, take on suggestions and all that. This is all just formal stuff to get them on secured footing for the future. It will help them to partner with other companies of course, since they're now actually a company themselves. You can see their full post about the news on their forum.

I think it's fantastic when a project made from passion can become something serious like this. It reminds me of how we here at GamingOnLinux started off as nothing more than a little weekend project and now we're here full time.

Can't wait to see what Manjaro can achieve now, good luck to them on it.

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Shmerl 8 September 2019 at 7:26 pm UTC
Would be nice if they also focus on KDE as the primary supported DE, and will help speeding up its development.
Whitewolfe80 8 September 2019 at 7:37 pm UTC
ShmerlWould be nice if they also focus on KDE as the primary supported DE, and will help speeding up its development.

Personally I would rather xfce became their primary and only de but thats because I like the fact its very memory efficent and i have plenty of ram i just dont like bloat code that comes with a vanilla kde base.
Shmerl 8 September 2019 at 7:39 pm UTC
I didn't really notice KDE memory bloat. I also don't run stuff like baloo file indexing though. KDE runs with 4 GB of RAM even (I'm using it in a few VMs set up that way) and uses just a small portion of it.


Last edited by Shmerl at 8 September 2019 at 8:50 pm UTC
keturidu 8 September 2019 at 7:56 pm UTC
It's a myth about KDE memory bloat. I installed Manjaro KDE and XFCE for hundreds times. Actually, KDE takes less RAM than XFCE. My daily system without any tweaks uses ~500-600 mb
https://ibb.co/Zds42LC
On more resource hunger system i managed to make it <400 mb on boot up. No XFCE system could beat that.
The bottle neck in KDE responsiveness on weak PC's is compositor, not RAM. Then it's time to shine for LXDE - it works flawlessly on any kind of system. XFCE? For me it's the same as KDE, when you talk about resourses.


Last edited by keturidu at 8 September 2019 at 7:57 pm UTC
Purple Library Guy 8 September 2019 at 8:22 pm UTC
Eh, resources, whatever. I pick my DEs based on feel. Used to like Gnome before the great upheaval. Try KDE now and then, tried XFCE. Ended up using Mate. KDE feels like putting on a gorgeous blingy pair of dress shoes that pinch a bit. Lots of great features but there's always been something a bit "off" or some way of doing things that I'm used to and can't readily figure out how to get KDE to do it (although there's doubtless a way).
XFCE feels like I went to Budget Shoes R Us and got something that more or less fit. A bit too bare-bones-y for me.
Mate feels like slipping on my good old well-broken-in shoes. I can put my second taskbar on the side where I want it, I've got basically the model of computer interaction I've been used to for years, I can just do things the way I want.
(Gnome 3 seems to have done this process where in the name of simplicity they removed all the features that made Gnome 2 any good, and since then have been very gradually putting them back again, or something, but I just don't have the patience to try again)


Last edited by Purple Library Guy at 10 September 2019 at 4:32 am UTC
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Whitewolfe80
ShmerlWould be nice if they also focus on KDE as the primary supported DE, and will help speeding up its development.

Personally I would rather xfce became their primary and only de but thats because I like the fact its very memory efficent and i have plenty of ram i just dont like bloat code that comes with a vanilla kde base.
In just a handful of posts, you can see why more than one DE needs to be supported. Why would you want fewer options for the masses? I don't understand.
pb 8 September 2019 at 8:45 pm UTC
I used to love KDE, using it all the way through v2 and v3. When they released KDE4, I promptly switched to gnome 2. Then came Gnome 3 so I switched to Mate. With Mate losing momentum in favour of Cinnamon, I switched to XFCE and I never felt the need to switch again (though I have sometimes tried other DEs, including newer versions of KDE). The worst thing about open source is that all the time people break something that is working well, and the best thing about open source is that there are always plenty of alternatives to switch to.
Mountain Man 8 September 2019 at 8:56 pm UTC
Whitewolfe80
ShmerlWould be nice if they also focus on KDE as the primary supported DE, and will help speeding up its development.
Personally I would rather xfce became their primary and only de but thats because I like the fact its very memory efficent and i have plenty of ram i just dont like bloat code that comes with a vanilla kde base.
I've heard this argument before, but it makes little sense to me. As the saying goes, empty RAM is wasted RAM. I've been using KDE for years, and it has never been anything other than fast and responsive for me, even when I'm running a RAM intensive piece of software like GIMP, so I've never understood the frequent complaints I hear about KDE "bloat" and "inefficiency".
lectrode 8 September 2019 at 11:10 pm UTC
ShmerlWould be nice if they also focus on KDE as the primary supported DE, and will help speeding up its development.

Whitewolfe80Personally I would rather xfce became their primary and only de but thats because I like the fact its very memory efficent and i have plenty of ram i just dont like bloat code that comes with a vanilla kde base.


Xfce, KDE, and Gnome are the 3 primary DE's for Manjaro. They've been more than willing to pull in the latest development packages for at least Xfce and KDE before they've been released. They've been very quick to report bugs upstream as well for many projects, not just DE's.

I'm not sure what more y'all are asking for...


Last edited by lectrode at 8 September 2019 at 11:28 pm UTC
Cybolic 8 September 2019 at 11:14 pm UTC
I don't really care about which DE they end up keeping as main as I've been running i3 for quite some time and have recently switched to dwm. As long as no DE is a hard dependency, I'm fine with it.
What I'd like to see them focus on is compatibility and stability as the last couple of times I've tried Manjaro, it has either failed to install or locked up on boot. I'm sure it's related to my MSI motherboard not playing nice, so not directly their fault, but plain arch and Antergos (R.I.P.) never failed on me.
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