Linux Distros: Manjaro & PCLinuxOS


Manjaro & PCLinuxOS review and demos. For more information on how to install a Linux distro, see my “Linux Mint 19 For Windows Users” video, as linked below. You can follow the same process — downloading an ISO and using Etcher to write it to a bootable USB drive — for Manjaro and/or PCLinuxOS.

You can learn more about and download Manjaro from its website at:

You can learn more about and download PCLinuxOS from its website at:

If you like this video, you may also enjoy some of my other Linux distros, including:

Linux Mint 19 for Windows Users:

Ubuntu Studio:

More videos on computing and related topics can be found on the ExplainingComputers channel:

You may also like my other channel, ExplainingTheFuture, at:

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34 thoughts on “Linux Distros: Manjaro & PCLinuxOS

  1. It would be interesting to see testing on laptops. I used to run Ubuntu 18.04 on my laptop and tried Ubuntu Mate 19.04. And battery life doubled. At least it seemed so… I assume better default config for a laptop.

  2. I use macOS, Windows10 and Manjaro. Only problem with Linux is no proper photo app and no video editing app. Nothing like Photos on mac or iMovie. Windows is good for corporates and games, macOS is good for Photo and Video creation and stability, Linux is good for learn and play with OS..

  3. I have been using Manjaro for a couple of years and it is pretty good. But only if you want to have the latest packages quickly as it is a rolling distro. Even so I think it breaks less than Arch.

  4. That PC OS start button arrangement is a right mess. A shame as the rest of the OS has a pretty cool Aero-ish design, a bit Longhorn like.

    Manjaro looks nicer, but again that Start menu looks half finished.

    I personally use Zorin Lite on my old laptop. I'm sure Arch users will be disgusted about it being Ubuntu based but who really cares, unless you have a real need for something else.

    I feel the 'statement' on the site is a bit of an excuse for not being arsed to put the effort in to make Manjaro work well on more machines. I feel like there's a gap opening between Mint, Zorin, Ubuntu etc and the more 'tinker' based distros. At this point, 99% of users just want something that works. If you want to mess around with the OS, fine, but I'd rather look at what you can do with your machine, rather than endless tweaking and forking. It's getting tiresome for me to see these endless variations on a theme. Either do something Windows -like that works well, or invent something new, like a complete touch based system like Win 8 but better. I'd like to see that.

    Even Ubuntu tried experimenting with this on their ill fated phone. Lets see some innovation in Distros….

    Sorry I've finished my rant.

  5. I’ve been putting MX Linux onto old laptops for about a year. It’s streamlined, and still runs apps like Python whiteboard with no additional modification. I like Linux mint, but found that some apps were unstable or no longer ran on later versions. My only complaint is that setting screen resolution is a bit of an issue – something you’ve mentioned about several distros. I even got MX Linux to run on an Atomic Pi with no major issues.

  6. Thank you for this walkthrough… Of these two, I would be interested in trying out PCLinuxOS. As a relative newbie, I'm a bit scared of breaking Manjaro.

  7. If I'm not mistaken this is the first time we did not see terminal window. Linux is getting more and more user friendly. Nice. Excellent video. Like.

  8. I know that you often refer to Arch as being "difficult", but please give it a go and review. (I've been using it as my daily driver for a few years, installation can be done rather more quickly than you seem to believe, and even as a rolling release – and I use the testing repos – it's rock solid).

  9. Hello ! I love your videos (and not only the OS part)
    I guess it has been suggested (or maybe I missed it) but a good subject to treat could be the difference between OS and distribution, and distribution vs Desktop environnement which are often mistaken one with each other in common langage, sometime leading people to the wrong github/forum when trying to get help 🙂
    Anyway keep it up, I love your calm and relaxing tone !

  10. If you install Linux your computer runs faster, honest! You can also download extra memory too!
    And buying a second network card doubles your internet speed! Try it!
    On a more serious note; use Linux if you want – just don't expect it to be a replacement for WIndows.

  11. Technically – these weren't cubes, so they have no say in this 😀 Another great video. Based on your preview, I started to use Zorin OS on my secondary machine.

  12. The problem with all these distributions he keeps reviewing is they all try to ape Windows and are all kinda the same. I've tried a lot of distributions over the years, from the original Debian to Suse and blah blah blah. With certain exceptions they all try to be Windows. One of those exceptions is ElementaryOS, which is my Linux flavor of choice. It's simple, NOT trying to be a Windows replacement, and very lightweight. I'm running it on a hacked Chromebook and a System76 Oryx Pro with equal success. It's stable, beautiful, and easy to use. Also it's more Mac like than Windows like, but even there I think it's more elegant and simple than MacOS.

  13. my thoughts on linux distros:

    everyone should start to experience with them. basically all kind of computers (i.e. very old computers, brand new single board computers, network servers, android devices -yes, android is based on linux-, vending machines etc…) are able to run or already running linux. even windows 10 has WSL, so you can run linux under windows.

    i agree it doesn't matter if it breaks down because of your inexperience, experimenting is fun.

  14. I used a hard disk editing tool to manage partitions on a drive a few months ago. It came with an ultra light weight Debian live distro that included the utility for modifying a hard drive partition. I wrote "gparted live" on the flash drive I used.
    This obviously wasn't intended as an end user distribution, but I was impressed that it looked good and worked great (for it's purpose). It fit on a 512MB flash drive that was probably from the 2000's. It looked like a fully functional distro from my perspective.
    What distro's are available for even older stuff? I'm curious if there is anything capable of working on true vintage hardware that is also secure enough to bypass the sneaker-net defacto standard. It would be fun to build a breadboard monstrosity to surf the mutant grandchild of ARPAnet. Something like a 68k (00/10/ 6809), Z80, or 6502 based system would be awesome. Figuring out kernal details for a scratch configuration would be a heck of a learning experience too 🙂

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