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.