Manjaro Deepin 16.10.3 login window

Manjaro Deepin is an edition of Manjaro Linux that uses the Deepin Desktop Environment, which is a desktop environment that originated from the Deepin Linux, a desktop distribution that’s based on Ubuntu.

The main edition of Manjaro uses the K Desktop Environment (KDE). Manjaro Deepin is just one of many community-supported desktop environments available to users of the Arch Linux-based desktop distribution. The others are: Budgie, Cinnamon, GNOME 3, i3, LXQt and MATE.

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The Deepin desktop environment is one of the better-designed desktop environments avialable in Linux, but as beautiful as it is, it doesn’t work very well in a virtual environment using VirtualBox, or with some graphics cards, especially those from AMD, so take advantage of the Live desktop before attempting to install it on your computer.

To download an installation image of Manjaro Deepin 16.10.3, click here. Below are a few screenshots from a test installation.

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The login window of Manjaro Deepin 16.10.3.

Manjaro Deepin 16.10.3 login window
Figure 1: Manjaro Deepin 16.10.3 login window

The default desktop of Manjaro Deepin 16.10.3.

Manjaro Deepin 16.10.3 desktop
Figure 2: Manjaro Deepin 16.10.3 desktop with the Deepin Terminal application

The Deepin Desktop comes with a fullscreen application launcher.

Manjaro Deepin 16.10.3 menu
Figure 3: Manjaro Deepin 16.10.3 desktop with fullscreen application launcher

And with a system Settings that’s the most innovative I’ve seen on any desktop operating system.

Manjaro Deepin 16.10.3 system settings
Figure 4: The innovative System Settings of Manjaro Deepin 16.10.3

Available at the click of a mouse, are more than a dozen avatars.

Manjaro Deepin 16.10.3 user avatar
Figure 5: The selection of avatars available on Manjaro Deepin 16.10.3

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15 Responses

  1. Hi,
    Everytime that I turn on KDE Manjaro, it asks for password to be connected to my wireless network.
    Any ideas? Why? What can I do to fix it?
    Thanks for your help,
    Michael O.

  2. in the beginning of your review you said “neck-and-neck with Antergos”.

    then, you start to tell us about deficiencies of manjaro (compared to ubuntu or your ideal destribution). manjaro can improve in those valid points, i agree.
    antergos is missing all of those features as well (and much more), except for the firefwall activation in it’s GUI installer.

    antergos is missing these things as well:
    – automated wireless network card driver installation
    – automated graphics card driver (free and non-free) installation
    – GUI package manager for AUR

    you fail to mention other things as well e.g. when you sit behind a router with a built-in firewall, you do not need a software firewall!
    the security effect of software firewalls is very questionable as well.

    overall, a nice review from a guy with a lot of linux experience!

    1. … When you sit behind a router with a built-in firewall, you do not need a software firewall!

      Anybody that subscribes to that has no idea what Defense (Security) in Depth means. And what is the percentage of broadband Internet users who have actually accessed their router to modify the security features?

  3. Having access to the Arch Respositories is a big advantage. Applications available rom them tend to run run very well on derivitives of Arch, like Manjaro. Manjaro Forums are active and Manjaro users are active and friendly. It’s one of my favorite Linux Distros that I have never-the-less been unable to get to boot. (So my experience with it is limited to running it as a live media).

    This article may have helped me understand why it won’t boot on any of my computers: The other distros I use ( Debian derivatives like Sparky and Solyd and openSUSE) install Grub2 to the MBR – at least that’s what I have chosen, and other Manjaro users have it installed on computers similar to mine).

    One thing should be mentioned: Manjaro is still in beta and will be until it reaches version 1.x But it is fast, stable and a semi-rolling distro that you will never have to re-install.

    (Written using Sparky Ultra Openbox 64 bit).

  4. Thanks for the comments and suggestions about non-free wireless firmware; after a bit of hunting around on the Manjaro forum, I was indeed able to find that the project intends to provide as many conveniences as possible to allow for an easy, clean installation, whether it involves strictly free components or proprietary additions that are helpful to complete the user experience. Appreciate all of the comments; thank you very much!

  5. I’m curious: does the current release of Manjaro include any wireless firmware, whether “free” or “non-free” in the GNU sense?

    I have one laptop, a Lenovo 3000 series Model Y410 that happens to have an Intel Pro Wireless 3945 network card, and that one is usually available because I believe that Intel freely provides at least the binary driver and possibly the source code, (and if so, it is “free”). But my other unit, a Gateway 2000 Series portable, comes with a Broadcom 4311 network card, which does not include source code, but it does have some “non-free” drivers available.

    How would these two units fare with the current release of Manjaro?

      1. My experience, however, is that some distributions include “non-free” firmware and others don’t. The B43 and B43legacy firmware drivers are readily available, but they aren’t always included. Distributions that don’t include firmware, well, you CAN get the firmware, but it makes for a less flexible installation. In my case, I have to move my hardware to the location of my network drop, which is not convenient, hence my question. So yes, I’m sure I can GET the wireless firmware I need somewhere. What I am interested in finding out, that I don’t (or haven’t yet found, either on the Manjaro site or here) is whether most wireless firmware is included. If it’s mentioned, it’s well hidden; I have not found any discussions yet about exactly what’s offered in wireless firmware on the installation media.

          1. Yes, Manjaro seems to have very good support for proprietary WiFI firmware. WiFI worked out of the box on all three of my laptops. Two are Intel “Centrino” laptops, and the other one is an 8 year old Dell with some of Broadcom WiFI that never used to work out of the box on distros a few years ago.

  6. Great review. I had a problem with my hp 4300 printer which is usb connected. Manjaro 0.8.9 wouldn’t recognize it and I tried everything to get it working ( ie..powerdown printer, unplug and replug usb cable ) and none worked. Reinstalled RoboLinux and all was well again.

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