Disappointment in Manjaro Linux

I’m really disappointed by Manjaro Linux. Not the distro, but the people. The forums.

The problem with rolling distributions of Linux is they can break. The cool thing about rolling distributions of Linux is you always have the latest greatest software, even if it doesn’t work.

Let’s take a look at Arch and the Arch derivative Manjaro. Manjaro is steady.

Take another look. Manjaro Linux forums are as unfriendly as the Arch forums. The entire line suffers from antagonistic people who, if they look at other derivatives they are scorned.

You may think a distro, or derivative, community is not important, but eventually, if you settle somewhere, you’ll need to talk to people who run that derivative.

Look away.

Arch people hate non-Arch people. Manjaro people hate non-Manjaro people.

Go with Antergos.

It’s a derivative. It’s solid. It works. The forums are small, but non-critical.

Manjaro – getting volume up/down to work on your Linux system

I’ve been having a problem getting my volume up/down/mute keys on my keyboard to do anything at all with the volume level of my Manjaro Linux computer.

After much research I came up with a solution that works for my computer, and I will document it here for my future reference and anyone else in the Linux world who needs this information.

Originally, on askUbuntu.com someone asked, “When I press the volume up/down keys on my keyboard, the volume changes too much. How can I make the step size smaller so that I have finer control?”

This topic was close to what I needed. In my case I needed the keyboard volume up/down/mute to do something to the sound. It wasn’t.

I found the solution way down in the discussion. This solved my problem and even after repeated reboots still works.

This easy solution works and does not require CCSM.

You will not have on-screen volume bar action when you use the keyboard shortcuts, but you will have however fine-grained volume control as you wish.

  1. System Settings > Keyboard > “Application Shortcuts” tab
  2. At the bottom click the “+ Add” button
  3. The “Shortcut Command” dialogue pops up. Where it says “Command” type
    amixer set Master 2%+

    Experiment with the percentages. You may ned to go more or less than 2% at a time. The “+” increases the volume by that amount.

  4. Assign a key or key combo: Select a shortcut and press the desired key on your keyboard (volume up).
  5. Click OK and follow step 1 -3 for each of the following two set of commands:
    Name: Volume Down
    Command: amixer set Master 3%-
    Name: Volume Mute
    Command: amixer set Master toggle

After this, when you use your keyboard volume controls you should have whatever volume increments you specified. You can always go back to the original behavior by disabling your custom shortcuts and re-enabling the premade ones in the “Sound and Media” category.

Beautiful Desktop – Very Pretty

I have installed Manjaro – a Slackware descendant of GNU/Linux – and am enjoying a beautiful and highly functional desktop.

Linux was first developed in the early 1990s and has expanded into several families. My entire 17 years of using Linux as a member of the RPM or .Deb family. These refer to the package management systems.

RPM stands for Redhat Package Management and begins with Redhat Linux itself, followed by great distros like Fedora and Mandriva.

Then there is the Debian family which includes Debian intself and followed by the largest branches in Linux, like Ubuntu, Mint and SolydXK (from where I just came).

There is Android, as in Android phones, and the many variants that run on cellphones. Other devices such as your router and modem also run versions of Linux under their hoods.

Then there is Slackware, which is a whole different beast and packaging system starting with Arch Linux and various descendants like OpenSUSE and Manjaro. I have never tried a Slackware distro before, but now I have and I find it secure and safe.

Externally mostly it seems the same. I’m using the same DE (Desktop Environment) which in my case is called XFCE. There are other DEs like KDE, Mate, Cinnamon, Gnome 3, Unity and so on. Lately, I’ve taken a like to XFCE and am very comfortable in that environment.

I haven’t posted much in the last 24 hours because of all this fiddling and fussing, getting my computer just right. It’s getting close now. Very pretty.