Manjaro Vs Ubuntu

29/12/2020
Everyone who is associated with technology and core programming must have heard of names like Ubuntu, Arch Linux, Debian, and Mint. While many of you have years of experience working on various kernels, switching platforms and developing software; there’s a fair amount of individuals, who don’t have enough knowledge regarding the smaller and currently emerging distributions. One such distro of Linux is Manjaro.

Linux: History and Evolution

As a parent open source software, Linux was released way back in 1991 with its UNIX-like operating systems that were based on the Linux Kernel. For operating systems on servers, mainframe computers and supercomputers, Linux’s working environment proved a turning point in providing ease, security and a reliable platform to code on. Some of the most popular distributions of Linux include Ubuntu, Mint, Arch Linux, Debian, and Fedora.

Manjaro Linux Vs Ubuntu: Which one to pick?

When comparing the two Linux distributions, it is important to carefully weigh the pros and cons of each one of them. If you are a beginner with no experience of Linux at all, Ubuntu could possibly be your first choice. On the other hand, Manjaro, which is relatively new, doesn’t have a community as larger as Ubuntu does but it surely has a promising future in terms of its working platform, immediate releases and software packages. Let us see a detailed breakdown of the two distros below:

1.    SPECIFICATIONS

SPECS UBUNTU MANJARO
Based On Debian Stable Arch Linux
Linux Kernel 4.15 4.19.26
Desktop Environment – Default GNOME KDE, XFCE, GNOME
Init System Systemd Systemd
Last Updated On 18-04-2019 24-03-2019
Supported Architectures Amd64, i386 X86-64
Package Manager dpkg pacman
Release Schedule 5 Year /6-month releases Rolling Release
Version Ubuntu 19.04  

2.    PROS

Ubuntu

Ubuntu has been around for more than a decade now. Despite being ranked sixth among all the Linux distributions, Ubuntu has still been the most popular. It has a huge support community including Ubuntu Wiki, Ask Ubuntu and Ubuntu Forums for both beginners and experts. Its simple interface, smooth installation process, less hassle for downloads and configuration makes it easier to be used by everyday people.

Ubuntu also has a fixed long-term release schedule of two years that includes default apps such as music, videos, and office applications. The best part of working on Ubuntu is its flexibility of working platforms. For instance, you don’t necessarily have to work on your laptop- Ubuntu can easily be accessed on any touchscreen device or tablets!

Besides that, Ubuntu is counted as the most stable distributions, which you can’t completely rely on. Its customizable Gnome interface, Unified-searching options, and support for non-roman scripts has made the operating system a flexible option for both first-timers and new programmers.

Manjaro:

Just within 8 years of its official release, Manjaro has acclaimed the third place in rankings of the best Linux distributions. It is among the few distros that are not built around Ubuntu but instead on the unconventional technology, Arch Linux. Manjaro allows users safe access to the Arch User Repository that contains Arch Linux packages and downloads. Since Manjaro doesn’t offer PPA downloads, its teams maintain a large software repository that is updated every week.

While Arch is a great distribution platform to work on, the hassle of setups and installation can sometimes be extremely challenging for beginners. This is where Manjaro comes in handy. Its support for Arch Linux distro and added benefits of being much more user-friendly than Arch itself makes it a top choice for users.

Other than that, Manjaro also offers support for multiple kernels other than Linux and options to easily install and switch among them. The best part about Manjaro includes smooth installation, automatic updates for the latest kernels and packages, and improved stability. When compared to Ubuntu, Manjaro is a rolling-release distro where once you install the system; there will no need for a re-installation as long as you are regularly updating it!

Despite being new, Manjaro has managed to provide users and beginners with an easy and friendly interface, attractive desktop colors, a number of distribution specific tools and drivers to get started. It uses the low system memory and automatically notifies for package updates.

3.    CONS

Ubuntu:

Ubuntu has been a little old school as compared to Manjaro. Despite being here for years, it still has the same default GNOME desktop environment, which only requires high-end graphics and hardware to run smoothly. It is highly unsuitable for low-end systems whereas each new version takes up to two years to release. Also, for every software download, you need PPA’s, which is another headache for most users since they bring a potential threat of malware. PPA’s also need to be re-added after every system update, which adds to another list of cons for Ubuntu.

Lastly, several Ubuntu users have also complained about its un-customizability and software outdating along with incompatibility for binary to Debian releases.

Manjaro:

In spite of having newer packages and software, Manjaro can still sometimes be unstable. It is less polished and known in comparison to Ubuntu. Manjaro, on a whole, focuses only on Arch Linux and there is nothing new other than this distribution. Users who are new and want to learn Linux might not find Manjaro very friendly and understandable. Besides that, Manjaro offers updates every week, which are mostly manually downloaded and installed. This often annoys users when they are in the middle of an important task.

Conclusion:

I hope this comparison helps you to choose between both of these great distros.

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