Manjaro 15.12 Xfce - It started almighty but then

Discussion in 'all things UNIX' started by Mrkvonic, Jan 29, 2016.

  1. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    This ought to be interesting. Here be a long, thorough review of Manjaro 15.12 Capella 64-bit edition with the Xfce desktop, covering live session, installation in a multi-boot setup with Windows 10 and other Linux distributions on a laptop with UEFI, Secure Boot, and GPT, and post-install use and configuration, including look & feel, network connectivity - Wireless, Bluetooth, Samba sharing and printing, multimedia support - HD video, Flash, MP3, smartphone support - Ubuntu Phone, Windows Phone, iPhone, partitioning wizard and associated risks and problems, package management & updates, applications, resource utilization, performance, responsiveness, stability, suspend & resume, hardware support, Touchpad, customization, other changes and observations, issue with Windows not showing in the GRUB menu, subsequent big problems with network freezes and kernel panic, and more. Take a look.

    http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/manjaro-15-12-xfce.html


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    Mrk
     
  2. dogbite

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    Very interesting, as usual.
    Have you tried installing it with Calamares or CLI instead of Thus (which -if I am not mistaken- is still beta)?
     
  3. azrielle

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    Odd. As a complete Linux noob, I still managed to get it installed from a live USB stick--using Calamares--as the second Linux install (over AntiX-MX-15), along with Win-7 in a triple boot configuration in GRUB. On an Acer i-5 11.6" notebook with 8 GB RAM, onto a 16 GB logical Partition. The AntiX resides in a 10 GB Partition.
     
  4. Balthazar

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    I read that the latest Lenovo Laptops aren't that Linux friendly anymore especially when compared to the olden & glory days of the Thinkpad. That's why I am not that surprised reading about difficulties on a G50 or a similar model. I don't see much advantage if you're not a gamer.

    I just installed Arch on an older Thinkpad workstation laptop and it runs very well. Of course, it's not an out of the box experience like Manjaro but at least I know exactly what's on my computer and what I need. (I've got the package list from my Parabola laptop as well).

    The only error I received so far was something about the backlight but that's working anyways. I've had more trouble with the backlight on OpenSuse (the only thing that really bothered me).
     
  5. dwarflord

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    Just curious, why not Antergos? It's been treating me better than Manjaro (which once threw me a Kernel Panic error too!). They're both Arch under the hood.


    @Balthazar Do you have a link to your reference? I'm a Thinkpad fan, but mostly of the older generations. I own a X200 and more recently a X230. Everything works out of the box, including backligt (no errors).
     
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  6. Balthazar

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    It is more of a conclusion of mine based on different Linux forums and articles like this one. To be honest I did not check out the cause of all complaints and I don‘t have one of the latest Lenovo laptops.
    I just think that today Lenovo isn‘t better or worse than most of the other brands (well, superfish wasn‘t so super). I guess I wanted to say that Lenovo laptops seem to have lost the special status (notably with Linux) Thinkpads had and still have. I don‘t know if Lenovo was ever meant to work well with Linux but as far as I can tell it did. Today it is getting more and more difficult just to install Linux that works out of the box. Not a Lenovo problem at all but one of a lot of modern laptops. I think of (U)EFI and all the different boot options, wifi problems and so on.

    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/choose-best-laptop-linuxubuntu/

    Exactly! I have two older Thinkpads myself and almost every distro I tested worked out of the box.
    The backlight error is just something I have to look up in the journal and figure out what it's about. (The only error message in the boot up process, it is working anyway.)
    By the way I became a Thinkpad fan partly through this forum. Not long ago there were a few enthusiasts here (I think @mattdocs12345 and a few others) praising the Thinkpads (durability, build quality, displays). I bought mine not so long ago and I liked them very much.
     
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