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What is Manjaro?

Manjaro is a free open-source Linux distribution that positions itself as a user-friendly operating system. Manjaro Linux was started as a hobby project and targets beginners and advanced users at the same time. It comes with pre-installed desktop environments, graphical applications to install software easily, and codecs for multimedia files. Manjaro is based on the Arch Linux operating system and features a rolling release model and offers Pacman as the package manager.

Manjaro offers various official editions. Manjaro Xfce features Manjaro’s dark theme and Xfce desktop. Manjaro KDE comes with Manjaro’s dark plasma theme and KDE Plasma, apps, and frameworks. The third official version, Manjaro GNOME offers the GNOME desktop and a version of the Manjaro theme. There are also non-official releases, Manjaro Community Editions, maintained by the community members.

The first release of Manjaro was released in the Summer of 2011. For the next two years, the operating system was in the beta stage. During that period, GNOME Shell support was dropped. In 2015, Manjaro decided to switch to year and month designations for the Manjaro version scheme, renaming the 0.8.13 release in June of 2015 as version 15.06.

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