Manjaro: A Convenient Way To Play With Arch Linux
Phoronix: Manjaro: A Convenient Way To Play With Arch Linux
The Manjaro Linux distribution describes itself as a "user-friendly" version of the popular Arch Linux platform. Manjaro Linux still follows Arch in a rolling-release manner, but it's designed to offer greater user-friendliness and accessbility, complete with an easy installation routine...
It should be pointed out...
...that Manjaro comes with a few drawbacks.
Allan Mcrae, Arch developer points them out here: http://allanmcrae.com/2013/01/manjar...for-stability/
Also of note, there are 'better' (imo) ways available to automate installation and actually get an Archlinux system out of it in the end. See here for example: https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=149597
The Arch stable repos are synced into Manjaro Unstable on a roughly daily basis. They sit there for 1-2 weeks before being declared stable and moving to Manjaro Testing. Then their test squad declares that stable enough to move to Manjaro Stable, about 3-4 weeks after the packages arrive in Arch Linux.
And this is the issue. There is four weeks until Manjaro users get package updates. That is still a lot quicker than a non-rolling release distribution I hear you say, but it ignores one of the fundamentals of a rolling release distribution. Security fixes come with a new software release. ...
That means, Manjaro users are vulnerable to security bugs for around a month after Arch users are safe, unless of course the Manjaro Core Team monitors every package and pushes those with security fixes.