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Linux Mint vs. Manjaro: Which One is Better?

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This article will cover the key differences between Linux Mint and Manjaro, and after going through them, you will know which one is better for you.”

Linux Mint

Linux Mint is based on the Debian system (Ubuntu), one of the most popular Linux distros you can get. It is a stable OS, meaning you will not get frequent updates, but when you get them, they will probably be bug and error-free. The GUI is like windows, making it an ideal choice if you move from windows to Linux as it is targeted toward beginners.


Manjaro is based on Arch Linux and is more popular as it comes with much pre-installed software. You will get more updates, but they are mostly new features or bug fixes, and you will get the latest packages much sooner than many other distros.

Difference Between Linux Mint and Manjaro

The key differences between Linux Ming and Manjaro are as follows, along with their rating points by our experts.

Distro Name Linux Mint Manjaro
Organization name/type Manjaro GmbH & Co. KG Community-based
Based on Ubuntu and Debian Arch
Required skill level Beginner 9/10 Beginner 9/10
Repository and software support It supports around 30000 software packages, and it is based on Debian 9/10 It will support all the latest software as it is based on Arch 10/10
Hardware support Good old hardware support


Excellent old hardware support


Community support Excellent community support


You will be prompted to solve your problem from the documentation first 7/10
Comfort of use Almost everything is pre-installed and very easy to use 9/10 Some of the packages are missing, and the rest of them are easy to use 8/10
Updates Yes, usually a single update per month 10/10 Yes, constant updates adding new features and bugfixes 9/10
Installing The easy installation process with a focus on better stability and user experience 10/10 Easy to install and configurable for experienced users 10/10
Package manager APT, snappy Pacman
Desktop environment (Default) XFCE, Cinnamon, MATE XFCE, KDE, GNOME
Supported architectures AMD 64, i386 AMD 64, x86


Linux Mint

  • Good for beginners and has a user-friendly interface
  • Easy installation process
  • Reliable and secure
  • Will do the work on low hardware
  • Excellent community
  • Stable and no fuss to update again and again


  • User-friendly and easy installation
  • Pre-installed codecs for the best multimedia experience
  • Automatic installation of required drivers
  • Latest updates to the installed software fixing bugs and adding new features
  • It gives access to Arch User Repository or AUR, which is there for experienced users


Linux Mint

  • The kernel crashes, and you cannot fix it as of now
  • A small pool of supported languages


  • Community support is not good enough
  • Some missing built-in software

Linux Mint and Manjaro: Recommendation

Regarding “Which is best between Linux Mint and Manjaro,” we conclude that Manjaro is better as it is faster and more efficient compared, and you can use it for gaming purposes. Manjaro being ranked 9th while the Linux Mint being at 17th in the list of Linux distros backs our statement.

Unlike the Linux Mint, which requires relatively good hardware, you can use Manjaro on your older hardware without any problem. Still, Linux Mint has slightly better software support, and you may feel that Linux Mint is somehow better, but it isn’t when it comes to school or gaming, as it will thoroughly satisfy you.

About the author

Karim Buzdar

Karim Buzdar holds a degree in telecommunication engineering and holds several sysadmin certifications. As an IT engineer and technical author, he writes for various web sites. He blogs at LinuxWays.