Manjaro Netbook Edition
i686 and x86_64 (i686 is recommended for most netbooks)Current version:
0.8.9 RC5Current quality:
- Kernel: Netbook optimised Manjaro kernel (32bit i686 only, for Intel Atom only) with config based on that found in the kernel-netbook project. (A normal kernel remains installed for people on non-Atom hardware, in addition to the -netbook kernel.)
- Desktop Environment: Lightweight Xfce implementation with the Xfwm4 window manager modified for small screen usage (xfwm4-titleless+ with default maximized patch) and DockBarX via a xfce4-panel plugin.
- Flash Video: Older Adobe Flash 10.3 is provided (32bit i686 only), configured correctly for jolt-free 360p fullscreen Flash video playback on Intel GMA GPUs commonly found in netbooks. (This is the only solution for any kind of smooth full screen Flash video playback (even then; 360p max) on Linux on most Intel GMA based netbooks, which is still most netbooks out there.)
_________________________________Installation Instructions:Download the live ISO image:https://sourceforge.net/projects/manjarodev/files/users/korrode/netbook/
Write the image to a CD/DVD, or more likely; Since most netbooks don't have optical drives you'll want to write it to a USB flash drive.http://wiki.manjaro.org/index.php?title=Burn_an_ISO_File#Writing_to_a_USB_Stick_in_Linux
dd if=manjaro-netbook-0.8.9rc5-i686.iso of=/dev/sdXNote that during the live-CD/USB experience you are not running the -netbook optimised kernel, it's only available once installed to the system.
Remember that to be able to hibernate reliably, during installation you should ensure a swap partition is created that is at least 1.25 times your RAM.
- DockBarX plugin doesn't show tooltip for unopened apps until they've been opened once.
- If you have any problems with hibernating on the -netbook kernel, try reinstalling it with: pacman -S linux312-netbook
_________________________________Considerations for NON-Intel Atom users:
This spin has some Intel Atom specific features, as Atom-based netbooks remain by-far the most common netbooks in the world.
- The -netbook kernel probably won't work for you, however the standard installation includes a standard kernel (in addition to the -netbook one) and you can install any of Manjaro's provided kernels.
- The flashplugin-netbook package is probably pointless for anyone not on Intel GMA graphics, you can install the normal flashplugin instead with pacman -S flashplugin.
_________________________________Tips / Miscellaneous:
The 'application launcher' looking icons near the top of the panel are actually a DockBarX instance being rendered to the xfce4-panel through a plugin. DockBarX operates similar to Plank, Unity, Windows 7/8 panel, etc. providing icons that are launchers unless an app is already running, in which case they focus and raise the existing instance. New instances of applications can be launched by shift+clicking the icon or by right-clicking the icon and selecting 'Launch application'.
The Window Manager operates in an always-maximized fashion. Any launched apps (with the exception of dialog windows) are undecorated and maximized by default. They can be tiled (and thus floated) using Alt+LeftArrow and Alt+RightArrow, with Alt+DownArrow maximizing the window again, however, remember that the provided file manager, web browser and terminal all support tabs, with new tabs being openable via either Ctrl+T (pcmanfm, midori) or Ctrl+Shift+T (lxterminal).
The idea is to encourage through the environment the usage of tabs (which can use much less memory than multiple application instances, important on low RAM netbooks) in apps that support them, and re-using apps until a second instance is explicitly required or at least significantly more useful.Windows put in tiled mode (or that start floating) can be resized with Alt+RightClick and moved with Alt+LeftClick. (Keep this in mind when a window is too tall to fit on our little netbook displays)
A customised version of the 0.9.x series of the Compiz window manager
is available for the Netbook edition, it can be installed with sudo pacman -S compiz-manjaro-netbook
and then reboot.
When playing Flash videos on Youtube change the quality setting for the video from "Auto (360p)"
(which swaps to 480p when fullscreened) to just "360p"
, making it stay at 360p when fullscreen.
_________________________________Source packages:>> Here <<
_________________________________Just want the linux-netbook or flashplugin-netbook binary packages?:>> Here <<