How to connect to OpenVPN Server on Manjaro 17.0

This tutorial will show you how to connect to OpenVPN Server from Manjaro 17.0. I will connect to my existing OpenVPN Server installed on Debian 9 Server. If you build your own OpenVPN Server, make sure you download the .ovpn configuration file. This file will be used by the client to connect to the server automatically.

I assume you have a working OpenVPN Server and also you have .ovpn config file on hands. Next we can start configure Manjaro. Open Network, and the follow these steps shown below.

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Once connected, you can test or check your IP address via http://whatismyip.com. Your new IP address will be changed to the OpenVPN Server IP address.

I hope that helps and cheers.

Manjaro 17.0.2 Installation Tutorial

The new version of Manjaro 17.0.2 is now available for download. Today, I will show you how to install Manjaro 17.0.2 on our system. I choose the Manrao 17.0.2 GNOME on this tutorial. Manjaro 17.0.2 brings a lot of improvements. You can read my review of this new Manjaro 17.0.2 before deciding to install it.
Installing Manjaro Linux is very easy. The Calamares GUI installer is very helpful and informative. Anyone can install Manjaro in few steps.

Manjaro 17.0.2 Installation Steps

Step 1. Boot the computer

On the first boot screen, you may change the default language and some other settings.


Step 2. Open the installer


Step 3. Select Installation Language


Step 4. Select location

At this point, we need to select our location from the map. Also we can change the system language and locale.  

Step 5. Select Keyboard Layout


Step 6. Installation method

Select the installation method and disk partitioning. You may use the default disk layout or create manually.  

Step 7. Create new user

Step 8. Installation Summary

Step 9. The install process

The installation process should now begin. It takes some times to complete.

Step 10. Reboot Manjaro

Once the installation has been completed, reboot your computer and enjoy Manjaro 17.0.2

Manjaro 17.0.2 GNOME Review with Screenshots

The new Manjaro 17.0.2 has been released few days ago. This is the latest stable version of Manjaro Linux which has many improvements, bug fixes and some GUI updates. Manjaro is an Arch based Linux distribution. On this review, we install Manjaro 17.0.2 on Virtualbox as guest machine on top of Ubuntu 16.04 host. 

Desktop First Impression

Manjaro 17.0.2 GNOME brings a nice and beautiful desktop with Manjaro default wallpaper. I like the GNOME desktop layout with Menu on the top left panel. Arc Maia GTK Theme and icon looks pretty cool with Arc Maia Dark as the GNOME Shell theme. 


Inside Manjaro 17.0.2

Manjaro 17.0.2 GNOME comes with the following:
  • Linux Kernel 4.9.13
  • GNOME Shell 3.24.2

Manjaro 17.0.2 GNOME use very small CPU footprint on idle. It also only uses less than 100 MB of my system memory during idle time. But when running in Virtualbox, I feel some lag when I clicked some menus. But I think this won't be a problem when we install it on a dedicated machine.

Improved Calamares GUI Installer

I notice some updates to the Calamares GUI Installer. Now installing Manjaro 17.0.2 even easier with this tool.

Bundled Applications

There are not many applications that come with 1.3 GB Live ISO. You will only have Firefox, stock audio and video player, GParted and some minor applications. There is no Office suite such as LibreOffice or OpenOffice. But I don't think that its a problem. We can easily add and remove applications using Pamac GUI application manager. 


Bottom Line

Manjaro 17.0.2 GNOME is a great operating system which brings the latest software on board. With all features that come along, run it on USB Live mode or install it on a dedicated system is recommended. It does not run well on Virtualbox. The response is very bad. 

Manjaro 17.0.2 is now available

The new version of Manjaro 17.0.2 is now available for download. This updated version brings a lot of improvements, better hardware detection, new graphical installer (Calamares) and many more. Manjaro is an Arch based Linux distribution, rolling release version which comes with many desktop environment options.

Manjaro 17.0.2 Features:


  • Linux Kernel 4.9 series
  • Latest Xorg 1.19
  • Latest KDE Plasma 5
  • Enhanced Calamares graphical installer
  • Better hardware detection

Download Manjaro 17.0.2 ISO


Make your GRUB menu more eye catching with Vimix

Boring with the original black and white GRUB menu ? Don't worry, we can easily change or beautify GRUB menu using Vimix. Vimix is actually an addon for Grub Customizer that can be used to change the background of the Grub. It is good to have something like this upon system boot. 

Its nice isn't it? But how to make it? 
OK, first, we need to install two package. First, install Grub Customizer and also Vimix. You can use Pacman Software Manager or via Terminal. 
Search for vimix on the search box. And make sure you have enabled AUR repository. 
Install the package called grub2-theme-vimix-git. Don't forget to install Grub Customizer as well. 

How to change GRUB Background

  1. Open Grub Customizer and switch to Appearance Settings tab. 
  2. Select Vimix from theme list and then select background.png from the left panel.
  3. Load your own .PNG image using the Load file button at the bottom. 
  4. Once finished, go to File | Save.
  5. Reboot Manjaro.