The new linux 3.15 nearly melted my laptop today. Not quite ready for prime time, LOL. Still… I love that with Manjaro, kernel-swapping is this easy. This one is too hot? I just reboot, and switch back to 3.14 in my grub menu!
One of my favourite features of the Majaro Linux distribution is that it really is that easy to swap around kernels and install new ones.
With a simple command line option, you can download a different kernel (new or old), then at your boot grub menu, simply choose which one you want to use.
sudo mhwd-kernel -i linux315
Obviously, there many distributions that also allow for this kind of thing, but Manjaro makes it particularly nice. For one thing, it is by YOUR choice. It doesn’t just dump a new one on you and force you to deal with the consequences.
In contrast, Fedora — a distribution I also use, and love — will automatically update you to the newest kernel as it becomes available. You also get to keep the last 2 (for a total of 3) to choose from at grub. But, you are still stuck within that linear system. (Please let me know if that’s not true, if there is a work around I’m not aware of.)
Manjaro will let you choose from whatever kernels are still in their repos — of which there are MANY. So, if you want to install 3.10 for some reason, and use that, they will let you and not force you to upgrade.
I LIKE keeping up with new shit, which is why I use up-to-date distributions like Manjaro and Fedora.
However, I also need my primary laptop to work without fuss. I have found Majaro to be nearly perfect for this — fedora being my other new favourite. Both allow you to stay very up to date on your software, as well as the new kernels, while doing most of the work of stability for you.
If you are looking for a cool distro to try out that’s more “bleeding edge”, but not “too” bleeding edge, Manjaro might be right up your alley.
Now go lift something heavy,