Today we are visiting a very sensitive topic that will excite the fans, the lovers and the loyal lovers of Arch Linux and its children. Arch Linux has been lauded by its most ardent and loyal users to be the most comprehensive and most interesting Linux distribution. The reason for this is that Arch will not only give you the opportunity to configure your machine to your precise specification but gives you the chance to closely look at how the various components of a computer work together at the low level. Arch is beautiful and elegant and today we are going to honour its beauty by comparing and contrasting two of its derivatives, that is, Manjaro and Endeavouros.

EndeavourOS 2021 Operating System

When the popular Arch-based distro Antergos ended their run in May 2019, Bryan Poerwoatmodjo opted for the idea to continue the Antergos community feeling on a new forum that would invite any Arch or Arch-based Linux user in the group. Quickly, Johannes Kamprad, Fernando Omiechuk Frozi and Manuel joined him to set up the project and when that happened, the plan changed from preserving the former community on a new forum into creating a new distro with that vibrant community at its core.

This resulted in a distro that is lightweight, Arch-based and ships with a minimum amount of preinstalled apps. An almost blank canvas ready to personalize. The main aim is to provide a Linux user with an intermediate level of knowledge who likes to handle a system that needs hands-on customization from the get-go.

EndeavourOS is therefore a rolling release Linux distribution based on Arch Linux that aims to be succeed Antergos – providing an easy setup and pre-configured desktop environment on an Arch base.

Manjaro Operating System

Manjaro is a professionally made Linux based operating system that is based on Arch Linux. Manjaro provides all the benefits of an Arch operating system, but with an especial emphasis on stability, user-friendliness, and accessibility for newcomers and experienced users alike. It provides all the benefits of cutting-edge software combined with a focus on getting started quickly, automated tools to require less manual intervention, and help readily available when needed. For now, it best used for personal use compared to using it as a server to host services. It is more suited for wild exploration.

It comes with desktop managers such as GNOME, KDE, i3, XFCE which are official and others such as Budgie, Cinnamon, i3-wm, LXDE, LXQt, Openbox, and MATE from the community out of the box. This, therefore, means that anyone with basic computer literacy can jump on it and begin using it right away compared to Arch.

Comparing Manjaro to EndeavourOS

Here are the similarities and differences in the top Arch Based releases of Linux distributions namely Manjaro, and EndeavourOS.

FeatureManjaroEndeavourOS
Release datesLatest 21.0 (Ornara) released on April 18, 2021Rolling release 2021.04.17
KernelComes with stable Linux Kernel 5.9Latest Features Linux kernel 5.11.14-arch-1-1
Based onArch LinuxArch Linux
Package ManagerUses Pacman Package Managers libalpm (back-end) and others such as pacaur and helpers such as yay.Uses Pacman Package Managers and other helpers such as yay
Desktop managersOfficial XFCE, KDE, GNOME and Budgie, then Cinnamon, i3-wm, LXDE, LXQt, Openbox, and MATE from communityXfce, Mate, LXQt, Cinnamon, Plasma, Gnome, Budgie, tiling window managers i3-WM, BSPWM and Sway
Type of version releaseRolling Release DevelopmentRolling Release Development
User friendlinessDesigned to make it simpler to install use Arch LinuxDesigned to make it easy to set up and use Arch Linux

Concluding Remarks

Arch Linux’s philosophy is to maintain is a minimal base system, configured by the user to only add what is purposely required. Most people will not be able to configure it from scratch and thus the birth of other distributions such as Manjaro and EndeavourOS to enable a greater audience enjoy what it has to offer. We hope the difference between the two giants provided above will help you make a decision on which one you should employ as your next desktop Operating System.

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