Where It All Started...
I've been hoping over all linux distros during this lockdown (Don't exactly know why..🤔 May be because I got bored 😉). Initially, I paused at Linux Mint which I thought was perfect for me.. And I used Mint for quite a long time as compared to other distros.. And then I came to know about Manjaro (a variant of Arch Linux).. I already used it before but I didn't get used to it completely as I don't know anything about pamac or pacman (Package Managers for Arch). So, I thought it isn't my business. But as the time went on (Not really 😜.. In a matter of two days) I came to know about these awesome package managers pacman and pamac. I thought to give it a go so, I installed Manajaro on my laptop for the second time.. But this time I know what to do .. I love Java, so this is what I want to download. My experience with apt-get (Package Manager for Linux Mint) isn't that great as it required to download JDK from official Oracle site. But with these Package Managers.. It's just a single line install(Seriously, Only one line).
Sooo, What do this mean 🙄?
Honestly, It really is one line install.. But at first I searched the repositories for JDK with the command
pamac search jdk and the result is nearly 50 lines 😅 I don't want all these. So I scrolled to the bottom of all the results.. And there I found jdk, the latest version..
And what next? I installed this pamac install jdk command.. That's it! I installed jdk with literally one line.. I thought this is soo comfortable and want to find out what else can I do with this pamac. So, I searched a few more like dart sdk, flutter etc. If you go and check out flutter sdk official docs there would be a whole section on How to install?. But, with this pamac I installed the same with just one line:
pamac install flutter (Of course I searched it first with pamac search flutter). Till now, I have been talking about only pamac but the other one, pacman is also the same as pamac. I just got used to pamac more than pacman.
So, the steps are:
pamac search <package name>
Now, scroll down to the bottom this is where the most relavent result to your search shows up. Rememeber the name of the package (Most of the times this would slightly differ from your package name).
Then install it using:
pamac install package-name
What I want to say is..
These package managers are so valuable as far as I consider how daunting it is to install some applications especially for beginners like me. I can't keep quite about easy installations has been with these package managers.. And if you want to try these, Arch Linux is not only the way (Not for beginners like me). So, the next alternative is Manajro. This distro has been consistently competing with other Linux distros since it's first release. It's definitely something that you should try!
ps: I know that I have talking mostly about package managers in contrast to the title. My apologies as I couldn't find a better title🙂. Hope you're all safe. Thank you.
Top comments (9)
Honestly it might be better to go for Arch + some standard desktop environment.
I used both Manjaro and Arch for a while, the worst part for a newcomer is trying to make big system updates:
I crush my system when trying to update things almost every time 🤦
Another thing which is only there for Arch - trying to connect to wifi; and other network related issues, those are fun to solve for sure :) Manjaro does better in that regard.
I used Manjaro for awhile and it’s really good, I jump around a lot too between distros I know it’s pointless because they are all virtually the same.
my mentor would push people to abandon windows and mac despite their tech level. and for those who only use a mouse and office, hed always suggest Manjaro
The best thing about manjaro is it's actually lightweight
I can relate <3
It is so easy in Linux to mess up ur whole operating system by wrongly using the command line to manage the packages.
I loved my time with Manjaro and I will definitely be back for it
I love this OS ❤️
I don’t use it because I like to use the same environment as my servers. I don’t want to use pacman for my desktop and apt for my servers. I’d rather use apt for both.
Manjaro is great! I have it as a dual boot with arch 😊