Manjaro vs EndeavourOS: An In-depth Comparison

If you have actually ever attempted utilizing Arch Linux, you understand it is practically difficult to install it without appropriate paperwork and Linux understanding. That’s the appeal of Arch Linux, really.

But because Arch Linux rests on the specialist end of the Linux distros spectrum, there exists a number of Arch-based circulations that attempt to make things simpler for the typical folks.

Manjaro and EndeavourOS are 2 of the most popular options when it pertains to an ‘Arch-based Arch alternative’.

So let’s have a look at the distinctions in between these 2. Why should you select one Linux circulation over another?

manjrao vs endeavouros

Desktop versions

Both of these circulations are available in lots of flavours. Manjaro has 3 main tastes: Xfce, KDE and GNOME. There is likewise neighborhood editions for Budgie, Cinnamon, Deepin, Mate, Sway and i3.

Endeavour OS uses a lot more versions formally. Apart from what Manjaro has, it likewise has LXQT, BSPWM, Openbox and Qtile.

Since each flavour has a various Desktop Environment and their own DE-specific bundled apps. This winds up in not having a “strict” standard of minimum of system requirements.

Here is a list of system requirement of RAM according to EndeavourOS’ site (this need to be exact same for Manjaro too) per Desktop Environment

  • Xfce – A minimum of 2GB of RAM, however 4GB is suggested
  • Mate – A minimum of 2GB of RAM, however 4GB is suggested
  • Cinnamon – A minimum of 4GB of RAM is needed
  • Gnome – A minimum of 4GB of RAM is needed (presume it is the exact same for KDE)
  • Budgie – A minimum of 4GB of RAM is needed
  • Plasma – A minimum of 4GB of RAM is needed
  • LXQT – A minimum of 2GB of RAM, however 4GB is suggested

Getting the ISO

As I discussed above, Manjaro and EndeavourOS are readily available in a wide range of flavours. This indicates that I can not point you to a single ISO download link. But, for the intents and function of this post comparing the Operating Systems, I have actually chosen the default offering – the Xfce flavour ISO.

Installing the OS

Both, EndeavourOS and Manjaro utilize the Calameres installer and provide you a couple of beneficial choices in their grub boot menus.

EndeavourOS setup

When you initially boot EndeavourOS, it will provide you with a GRUB menu with the following choices

  • Boot utilizing Intel/AMD chauffeurs (default alternative)
  • Boot utilizing the exclusive NVIDIA graphics chauffeur
  • Run Memtest86+ (RAM test)
  • Run HDT (Hardware Detection Tool)

Once EndeavourOS has actually booted, it’s welcome screen will offer you with some choices.

The choices are to handle partitions, setting up neighborhood editions, upgrading mirrors and beginning the installer.

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list of choices on the EndeavourOS installer

There are 2 choices for setup

  • Online – Gives you the alternative to alter your desktop environment to something aside from Xfce
  • Offline – Gives you the Xfce desktop with the EndeavourOS style

As formerly discussed, EndeavourOS utilizes the open source Calameres installer. But on top of that, it likewise uses you some choices for much better control over user experience and setup.

The readily available choices offered by the EndeavourOS installer are noted below

  • LTS Kernel (along with the current steady kernel)
  • XFCE4
  • KDE
  • i3 WM
  • Mate Desktop Environment
  • Cinnamon Desktop Environment
  • Budgie Desktop Environment
  • LXQT
  • LXDE

The list of ease of access tools readily available in the EndeavourOS installer are as following

  • espeak-ng : open source text to speech synthesizer
  • mousetweaks : ease of access improvements for pointing gadgets
  • whale : script-able screen reader

Manjaro setup

With your very first boot of Manjaro, you will see a GRUB menu with the following choices

Aside from the branding and OS-specific modifications done by Manjaro devs to the Calameres installer, there isn’t much distinction in between the stock Calameres installer and what you get on Manjaro.

Manjaro welcome

Calameres is not the only installer for Manjaro

If you desire a tailored set up on Manjaro, you can utilize the Manjaro Architect ISO for a totally customized CLI set up.

Keep in mind, at the time of composing this post, the Architect flavour of Manjaro seems unmaintained due to an un-resolved bundle dispute. Please aid keep the task if you have the needed abilities and time to extra 🙂

Which can be an excellent or bad thing, based upon who you ask.

In my viewpoint, if you are newbie beginning with your very first Linux circulation as Manjaro, it is finest that your choices are restricted.

This indicates less barrier of entry which would be brought on by a list of alternative sound servers, show servers, show supervisors and/or window supervisors to pick from.

Once you get comfy enough with Linux circulations to play with your system, you can spice things up as you like.

If you are seeking to personalize your setup, you will need to do that as soon as your OS is set up.

First boot

After you have actually set up Manjaro or EndeavourOS, you will get a welcome screen with a couple of choices for somebody who is brand-new to Linux in basic or brand-new to Manjaro or EndeavourOS or Arch-based circulations.

The choices readily available to you in EndeavourOS consist of things like upgrading mirrors, upgrading system, altering display screen supervisor (lightdm, gdm, lxdm and sddm), searching AUR bundles, setting up bundles like libreoffice, chromium, akm (A Kernel Manager) and more.

On the Manjaro side, the choices you exist with are what I would think about restricted when compared to EndeavourOS, however I would put it as “adequately limited”.

It is simply the correct amount of things that you will require (as a novice) to begin with Manjaro.

A couple of choices readily available in Manjaro welcome screen are a link to the authorities Wiki, assistance online forums, newsletter, getting included with Manjaro advancement, setting up and/or getting rid of applications, and so on.

The welcome screen on both, Manjaro and EndeavourOS likewise have the alternative for you to contribute if you like the task and it’s instructions, however do so just you have the cash to do so.

Software product packaging

Lets face it, setup of OS is just one part of a Linux circulation.

The bundle supervisor and the method software application is packaged plays a significant function in how steady a Linux circulation feels.

If you are updating/installing a bundle, and it updates a currently set up library – which other bundles depend upon, well… that is bad. It develops what is called “dependency hell”. A bundle supervisor need to look after this.

So how do Manjaro and EndeavourOS compare in this regard?

Well, because Manjaro and EndeavourOS are based upon Arch Linux, they utilize the pacman bundle supervisor which Arch Linux utilizes. One of the lots of functions of pacman is that it manages reliances for you.


Even though Manjaro utilizes the pacman bundle supervisor, Manjaro has their own repositories.

Packages are drawn from Arch Linux daily and “mirrored” in the Manjaro Unstable bundle repository and after that pressed to Manjaro Testing for – you thought it – Testing.

Once the bundles are discovered to be steady, they’re pressed to the primary repositories for everybody else to set up.

Security updates however, are straight pressed to the general public repositories through what Manjaro calls “Fast-Tracking” for faster resolution of concerns.

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Manjaro screening Arch Linux bundles for stability

This approach of screening bundles guarantees that there are no unforeseen breaking of bundles due to the fact that “xyz” was altered.

But, this likewise indicates that users require to wait a couple of weeks (generally 2 to 4 weeks) for the more recent variation of their software application to be readily available for set up.


EndeavourOS does not have their own software application repositories. They depend upon the primary Arch Linux repositories and doing so, you get the most “vanilla” experience if you utilize EndeavourOS.

If you were to set up Arch Linux and EndeavourOS on the exact same maker, practically whatever other than the Desktop Environment or Window Manager and/or their styles and the set up experience – need to remain the exact same.

Included bundles

By now, you may be discovering a pattern in the distinctions in between Manjaro and EndeavourOS.


EndeavourOS focuses on to be closest to Arch Linux in regards to viewpoint.

Have a custom-made setup? Check.

Install just the needed bundles for a total desktop experience? Check.

Have the most bleeding edge bundles in the circulation repositories? Check.

EndeavourOS provides you a chance of wishing to find out Arch without finding out whatever from EFI, driver-hunt and setup (taking a look at you nVidia), desktop environments/window supervisors, show supervisors, and so on at one time.

It will establish whatever at the same time and provides you the time to find out the inner working of Arch Linux yourself, at your own rate.

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required neofetch screenshot of EndeavourOS


Manjaro, on the other hand, it holds your hand (see what I did there?) the entire time you utilize it. It manages whatever from the setup to the bundle stability in addition to providing you relatively immediate access to security updates.

It is planned to be utilized a basic function os for your computer system.

It sets up many open source applications by default. That is very practical for a brand-new Linux user.

It has a couple of applications set up for you, like an audio gamer, GUI firewall software (gufw), GIMP, HP Device Manager, e-mail customer (thunderbird), video gamer (vlc), workplace suite (onlyoffice-desktopeditors).

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required neoftech screenshot of Manjaro

What should I utilize?

Well, that is your call. I can just advise one or either based upon their usage case and target market.

If you are somebody who considers yourself as a casual computer system user who just requires an Office Suite (LibreOffice, ONLYOFFICE), a media gamer and a web internet browser to do your things, I would advise that you provide Manjaro a shot due to the fact that of their own repo for [mostly] steady bundles and a billow-free setup.

But, on the other hand, if you are somebody who formerly utilized a circulation like Ubuntu, Pop!_OS, Linux Mint, ElementaryOS, Fedora, and so on and now wish to find out how to rice your Linux distro set up from the WM to GRUB menu (yes, ricing GRUB is a thing). So, if you require a bare-bones Linux circulation like Arch to start with, EndeavourOS is what I would provide as my suggestion to you.

Now you too, can state: *pointers fedora* I utilize Arch btw ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)