UPDATE 06/27/2020: Am reclaiming Media Library space by deleting old pics.

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2nd day of retesting … Manjaro 18.04.4 is #2 on Page Hit Ranking @ DistroWatch so I’ll make it my 2nd retest. It was involved in previous posts that gave brief results of groups of Linux Distros, and it basically fell into the good group. Didn’t have any saved Manjaro iso’s, but did have Gnome and Cinnamon versions on DVD’s – believe they were 18.02 versions. Both those older versions failed the ‘Ace’ the Laptop’s hardware tests…results were so bad that I went and downloaded the manjaro-gnome-18.0.4-stable-x86_64 version. Tried to get that ‘Live’ version to USB, and those attempts failed – BIOS resets of UEFI to Legacy were required and also had grub problems this time. Well, went back and read some instruction on how to create their ‘Live’ USB, and even though they recommended Rufus USB creator they also wanted to use the “dd” method, which Rufus didn’t recommend. OK, that cleared the grub problems, but BIOS still needed the reset – a pain, but no biggie (note: BIOS reset wasn’t needed on desktop computer, just on laptop).

That “dd” method has wiped out some of my USB’s in the past, but when I went to reformat after ‘Live’ tests of Manjaro the USB seemed to be OK…tho usually the problems don’t show up until you try to create another ‘Live’ USB – hold on, will give that USB a test…tic…toc…tic…toc. Just created another ‘Live’ version of a Distro that I plan on testing soon, and it just booted up without any problems so that USB is fine; apparently, Manjaro wants that “dd” mode and grub won’t work without it.

‘Live’ Manjaro 18.0.4 USB passed my main hardware test – i.e. ‘Ace’ the new Laptop. Connected to wireless just fine and mouse buttons were easily switched. Nice to see some apps and settings again, after that ‘Barebone’ elementary OS test yesterday (tho elementary OS didn’t need BIOS resets). I also downloaded Manjaro Xfce version this morning, but didn’t test it – am actually starting to like the Gnome DE over the rest (including Cinnamon)…easy to use, customize, work with and whatever else you would want from a DE (tho I still dislike the shutdown located in upper Right corner, and shutdown apps aren’t much better, other than not being in that durn Right corner). Manjaro is a ‘Top Notch’ Linux Distro, with the only problem being the need to reset BIOS on a new Acer laptop. Here are some pics…

Also hate their default background…

 

However, they offer lots of other background choices – even on the ‘Live’ USB…this one was my favorite…

 

Plenty of apps…

 

And the *Official* ‘Ace’ the Laptop hardware test…

 

No wonder Manjaro is considered to be one of the ‘Young Guns‘ Linux Distros…