I installed Manjaro 18.0.2 yesterday.
I’m going to be going back to school for CCNA/Network Admin program and I haven’t been in Cisco stuff for years so I want to practice ahead of time. Packet Tracer is challenging on router stuff because for some reason they didn’t provide full router config’s but PT is great for switching. I discovered GNS3 for routing stuff which oddly enough kind of sucks for switching. Well, I got tired of Windows 10 for both because it severely dogged the system and despite what GNS3 says running their VM in VMWare workstation player doesn’t really help.
I tried Cisco Devnet sandboxes but that’s too advanced for now until I go after CCNP and CCIE or network development stuff.
So I tried PT and GNS3 in Ubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, Kubuntu, (all flavors in 18.04 and 1810) and Fedora Core 29. All of them had problems with GNS3 in one way or another.
I heard Manjaro was easier than Arch but still confusing compared to the Ubuntu crowd or even Fedora so I avoided it for the longest time.
It’s taking a bit to get used to Pacman and not having pre-built packages like apt-get or DNF.
However after finding a great tutorial on installing GNS3 and all it’s needed packages It’s been going great. Manjaro is faster on my platter drive than Fedora or the Ubuntu tribe was on my USB 3 SSD drive.
So far all I can say is wow about the apps that come pre-installed and the ones that are readily available.
I like the KDE/plasma of Manjaro far better than OpenSuse Leap 15 or Fedora Core 29 and they’re supposedly the fastest, most stable KDE distros out there.
The main reason I started using Linux in dual boot more heavily again was that I hate using a terminal emulator in Windows and even though Solar Putty is far better than old putty by itself it’s still slower than molasses. I didn’t think it was possible but I think KDE’s Kterminal is even faster in Manjaro also. I love the multiple tabs of Kterminal and it is working great with GNS3 in Manjaro.
Now I have to tackle Packet Tracer.
Great job to whoever came up with Manjaro.
Ooooh, and I have to say this… While WPS office is a gargantuan improvement of epic proportions over Libre or the old open office, I still can’t abide any of them and I’ve gotten used to Microsoft Office through the years and my school has given me the online version of Office to use for free so I love the little “widgets” for Office online. It’s a time saver. No other Linux distro I’ve seen has that… So a billion thumbs up for that.
At this point, the only reason I keep Windows 10 around is my 7-year-old daughter and my 14 yr old son like to play Roblox with me and it crashes on Wine so,… keep windows it is.