Tuan-Anh Tran
February 13, 2021

The state of Linux on desktop (2020)

Posted on February 13, 2021  •  3 minutes  • 567 words

I got fed up with macOS. While the new hardware(Apple Silicon) got amazing feedbacks, the OS itself is so lag behind.

I got a Windows 10 desktop at home and heck, it was even much more pleasant to use than using macOS.

I decided to give Linux another evaluation test. I pick Manjaro - an Arch-based over an Ubuntu-based distro this time after hearing all kind of praise from its users. But I also don’t want to configure everything I need to use, hence Manjaro.

Manjaro is a user-friendly Linux distribution based on the independently developed Arch operating system. Within the Linux community, Arch itself is renowned for being an exceptionally fast, powerful, and lightweight distribution that provides access to the very latest cutting edge - and bleeding edge - software. However, Arch is also aimed at more experienced or technically-minded users. As such, it is generally considered to be beyond the reach of those who lack the technical expertise (or persistence) required to use it.

via wiki.manjaro.org

So looks like it got the best of both worlds right?

The test setup

I built a new mini PC recently. It’s the Asrock Deskmini X300W that use AMD processor. If you prefer Intel, you can choose the Intel version of the box.

I went with AMD because I like their Zen offering and I would love to support them.

I just throw a 6 cores AMD 4650G processor, 32GB of 3200Mhz Crucial memory, 512GB Samsung NVME drive for OS and other stuff plus another 1TB 2.5' SSD for storage.

For OS, I went with Manjaro KDE variant because I like the look of it.

The experience

Almost everything works out of the box.


So far, I’m loving it. It does everything I need and works with all the peripherals I have, with the exception of the Xbox One controller (wired connection still work though). I’m gonna stick with Manjaro for now. I don’t see myself moving to Arch since my love for tweaking the system is long gone. I just want something that works and Manjaro does work very well for me.

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