mintCast 181 – Manjaro… Mint for Arch?

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  • SteamOS could really help desktop Linux adoption, says Torvalds – Valve’s Steam efforts could be a big opportunity to drive desktop Linux because it could force the various desktop Linux distributions to standardize their technology. (
  • Closing Doors – Posted on October 24, 2013 – “It is with a heavy heart that I must announce the closure of SolusOS. Simply put, there is no longer enough manpower to fulfill the vision. What began as a Debian derivative evolved into an independent distribution, without the large development team required to back such an effort.”
    ( ( ( – dead link?)
  • First Tizen tablets ship to developers – As originally reported, the tablet features a 1.4GHz, quad-core Cortex-A9 processor along with 2GB of DDR3 RAM, 32GB of flash, and a microSD slot. The 10.1-inch display offers 1920 x 1200-pixel resolution, and there’s both a 2-megapixel rear-facing camera, as well as a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera. Bluetooth 3.0 and WiFi round out the mix. (
  • LG unveils the Fireweb, its first Firefox OS smartphone – LG is expanding the platform’s reach today by releasing its inaugural Mozilla-powered handset, the Fireweb.  (

Main Topic: Manjaro Linux

  • Manjaro Linux ( is a user-friendly Linux distribution based on the independently developed Arch operating system. Developed in Austria, France, and Germany, Manjaro provides all the benefits of the Arch operating system combined with a focus on user-friendliness and accessibility.
  • We looked at Manjaro 0.8.7 “Ascella” Xfce i686 Edition.


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3 Replies to “mintCast 181 – Manjaro… Mint for Arch?”

  1. Tony

    As one of your tens of faithful listeners for a couple episodes now, I wanna suggest that you have a look at Ubuntu Gnome 13.10 one of these days. The game is afoot in this distro, it’s got a classy look, stable and zippy on my dino 2-core laptop, and has a Classic mode (at login) that eliminates some goofy features. Gnome 3.8 desktop. Kernel 3.11. My first venture into the much-derided Gnome, and hey presto! it’s quite all right!

    • Bill_MI

      Hi Tony, I’m looking at Xubuntu 13.10. Not the same desktop but wow… I think it’s the quickest boot of a full distro I’ve ever seen! And on a spinning disk.

      Since I’m quite the luddite and procrastinator, I may just hang onto Ubuntu 10.04 until Xubuntu 14.04 LTS. 🙂

  2. Ikey Doherty

    Hi guys, just caught this and had a read.
    Just to clarify; I didn’t stop SolusOS due to having a job. I started this job a good 6 months ago. My reasoning is exactly as I said, too much, and too little time.

    I apologize for having disappointed the community, and yourselves.

    Note I had several jobs during the duration of SolusOS’s life time.
    The various git repos for SolusOS can all be found on


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