Debunking Manjaro Myths | LAS 322

Debunking Manjaro Myths | LAS 322

Rob McCathie from the Manjaro project joins us to discuss some recent troubles in the community, bust common myths about Manjaro, their relationship with Arch Linux, and what the future holds for the project.

Plus we look at some Fedora 21 features, Google’s Project Zero, Linus’ home office….


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Manjaro Background

About | Manjaro Linux

Manjaro is a user-friendly Linux distribution based on the independently developed Arch operating system. Within the Linux community, Arch itself is renowned for being an exceptionally fast, powerful, and lightweight distribution that provides access to the very latest cutting edge – and bleeding edge – software. However, Arch is also aimed at more experienced or technically-minded users. As such, it is generally considered to be beyond the reach of those who lack the technical expertise (or persistence) required to use it.

Developed in Austria, France, and Germany, Manjaro provides all the benefits of the Arch operating system combined with a focus on user-friendliness and accessibility. Available in both 32 and 64 bit versions, Manjaro is suitable for newcomers as well as experienced Linux users. For newcomers, a user-friendly installer is provided, and the system itself is designed to work fully ‘straight out of the box’ with features

Why Manjaro was started

When Manjaro was started, there were already many Linux distributions, a fact the team would have been aware of. So I’m betting there were some core ideas and problems Manjaro wanted to solve.

What were those core issues?

Why Arch?

Tell us about your choice to base off Arch? We see more distros doing that now, but when Manjaro started it was not that common. Debian or perhaps even Fedora might have been a more traditional choice for example.

How far away from Arch could you see Manjaro going?

In your opinion do you see a need move away from Arch further to meet the requirements of the project?

Recent Team Shake up?

The Manjaro community.

THe Manjaro community seems very vibrant, with a tight knit group on the forums and other places Manjaro users gather. It reminds me a lot of the proto-Ubuntu community. In your opinion, What are some of the unique aspect of the Manjaro project and it’s community that have attributed to this?

The Future?

What are you looking forward to for in the future of Linux, and Manjaro?


Runs Linux

BAV – Vatican Library

Desktop App Pick

Haroopad – The Next Document processor based on Markdown

The Markdown enabled Next Document Processor

Weekly Spotlight

nbwmon · GitHub

ncurses bandwidth monitor

  • nbwmon-git in the AUR

— NEWS —

Linus Torvalds Guided Tour of His Home Office – YouTube

See inside the workspace of the world’s most famous developer, Linux creator Linus Torvalds, in this rare, personal tour.

Linux kernel developer and maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman takes on a short tour of his workspace.

Docker to be a big part of Fedora going forward, also Fedora 21’s name

Fedora in Spaaaaace

In the Fedora Cloud WG, we’re planning on producing official Fedora Docker base images — these will be produced and uploaded by Fedora Release Engineering. Right now, because Docker is a key part of the upcoming Project Atomic-based Fedora Atomic, the Cloud SIG is doing the initial work and QA, but, eventually, the plan is to hand this off to the Environments and Stacks WG, because it looks like Docker and containerization will be important across much of Fedora in the future.

This is old news to many of us, but I’ve gotten the question a few times — what will Fedora 21 be named? Well, it’ll be named “Fedora 21″, without any codename. This was decided by the Fedora Project Board last October

  • The first Fedora 21 Alpha release is scheduled for August 5th.

Google recruits top PS3 hacker for Project Zero


You should be able to use the web without fear that a criminal or state-sponsored actor is exploiting software bugs to infect your computer, steal secrets or monitor your communications. Yet in sophisticated attacks, we see the use of “zero-day” vulnerabilities to target, for example, human rights activists or to conduct industrial espionage. This needs to stop. We think more can be done to tackle this problem.

Project Zero is our contribution, to start the ball rolling. Our objective is to significantly reduce the number of people harmed by targeted attacks. We’re hiring the best practically-minded security researchers and contributing 100% of their time toward improving security across the Internet.

We’re not placing any particular bounds on this project and will work to improve the security of any software depended upon by large numbers of people, paying careful attention to the techniques, targets and motivations of attackers. We’ll use standard approaches such as locating and reporting large numbers of vulnerabilities. In addition, we’ll be conducting new research into mitigations, exploitation, program analysis—and anything else that our researchers decide is a worthwhile investment.



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