30 things to do After Installing Manjaro XFCE (2021) (2023)

Manjaro paired with XFCE strikes a great combination of Arch user experience and lightweight but powerful XFCE desktop environment. In this post, we’ll be taking a look at 30 things you can do after installing Manjaro XFCE.


  1. Backup
  2. Install Drivers
  3. Switch to local mirror
  4. Enable AUR
  5. Install popular apps
  6. Automatic Date and Time
  7. Reduce swappiness
  8. Enable Firewall
  9. Install Microsoft Fonts
  10. Enable TRIM for SSD
  11. Install Redshift
  12. Consider LTS kernel
  13. Terminal Settings
  14. Firefox Settings
  15. Install Google Chrome
  16. Install Password Manager
  17. Install Language packages
  18. Extend spell checking
  19. Add Keyboard layouts
  20. Xkill shortcut
  21. Clipboard Manager Settings
  22. Improve menu
  23. Change desktop themes
  24. User image
  25. Test Webcam and Microphone
  26. Enable Flatpak/Snap
  27. Turn off startup apps
  28. Remove some apps
  29. Check for errors
  30. Clean system

1. Backup

The first thing that we’ll be taking a look at is configuring the backup of data.Accidents happen. Whether you are a regular user, developer or simply Linux enthusiast,your data is valuable to you and needs to be secured.

Fortunately, Manjaro XFCE has a pre-installed backup application - Timeshift.The app has a functionality similar to Restore feature in Windows and the Time Machinetool in macOS. Timeshift performs incremental snapshots of the file systemat user-defined intervals.

Upon opening the Timeshift, you’ll probably notice the Wizard button in the topright side of the app. As the name suggests, this is a user-friendly way ofconfiguring backup.

Run Wizard and follow these steps:

  1. Snapshot Type.
  • select RSYNC
  1. Snapshot Location.
  • Select the disk where you would like your snapshots to be stored.
  1. Snapshot Levels.
  • You can choose how many snapshots Timeshift will perform/store on a monthly, weekly, daily, hourly and boot basis
  1. User home directories.
  • Allows you to decide which folders Timeshift will back up. You should prioritize your home directory, but depending on your space, it won’t hurt to include /root directory as well.

That’s it for Timeshift! In case you accidentally loss your data, open Timeshift,click Restore, select a snapshot which contains the files that you would liketo recover and voila - your world is bright again.

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2. Install Drivers

After distros and desktop environments, drivers are probably the mostcontroversial topic in the Linux community. Luckily, Manjaro XFCE has a niftyHardware Configuration section in Manjaro Settings Manager which will detect andrecommend the drivers for your system.

The app will show you the two options:

  • Auto Install Proprietary Driver
  • Auto Install Open-source Driver

For a regular user, I would recommend proprietary drivers.

More often than not, they work better than their open-source counterparts. Youcan also install each driver individually by Right-clicking on it which willshow a pop-up with Install entry.

In addition to installing drivers, Hardware Configuration section has a Showall devices option which allows you to view information about the hardware yourManjaro XFCE runs on.

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3. Switch to local mirror

In computer network jargon, a mirror is simply a fancy word for a serverholding the same data (copy) as the original server. This data is your distroupdates and software available to download.

By default, Manjaro uses a global mirror to perform updates and softwareinstallations. As you might guess, the global mirror is not as fast as a localmirror.

To switch to a local mirror, Open Pamac → ⋮ (three dots menu) → Preferences →Official Repositories → Use mirrors from: {select your country or the nearestcountry to yours} → Refresh Mirrors List.

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4. Enable AUR

Even if this is the first time for you using an Arch-based distro, you havelikely heard of AUR before.

AUR (Arch User Repository) is a community-driven repository for Arch-basedLinux distro users. Community distributes new packages in AUR. If they becomepopular enough, they end up in the official repository.

To enable AUR, Open Pamac → ⋮ (three dots menu) → Preferences → AUR → Turnon Enable AUR Support & Check for updates

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5. Install popular apps

After enabling AUR, the next logical step would be to install some AUR apps,right? Here are the apps/packages I installed:

  • zoom
  • spotify
  • skypeforlinux-stable-bin

You just need to select an app you would like to install, and Pamac will build and install it for you.

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6. Automatic Date and Time

Date and time on Manjaro can behave strangely and may not be accurate asdiscussed in thisthread.

To make sure that the system always displays the correct date and time, we needto enable the date and time synchronization.

Open Manjaro Settings → Time and Date → Check Set time and date automatically → Apply.

7. Reduce swappiness

Swappiness is the kernel parameter (0 - 100) that defines how much and how oftenLinux should copy RAM content to the disk.

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Reducing swappiness value forces the system to use as much RAM as possibleinstead of swap storage. The main benefit of reducing the swap usage is that itreduces the number of writes to your hard drive resulting in better systemperformance.

Check the current swappiness value by executing:

cat /proc/sys/vm/swappiness # 60 (default)

Reduce the swap usage to 10:

sudo echo "vm.swappiness=10" > /etc/sysctl.d/100-manjaro.conf

Now reboot your system and check the swappiness value:

cat /proc/sys/vm/swappiness # 10

8. Enable Firewall

Linux community loves to brag about how secure Linux is. To some extent, thisis true, but that’s not to say that there are no threats to Linux users.Therefore, it is advisable to enable a firewall to protect you against networkintrusions.

Firewall is a pre-installed app on Manjaro that allows us to configure thenetwork firewall. Open the app and toggle Status checkbox to activate it.

If you wish to learn more about network firewall and some advancedconfigurations, check out my article on Linux firewall.

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9. Install Microsoft Fonts

Microsoft offers a wide range of fonts on Windows. Some notable ones includeTimes New Roman, Comic Sans, Arial which are pretty much standard in documents.To install Microsoft fonts on Linux, Open Pamac → Search for ttf-ms-fonts → Build → Apply.

10. Enable TRIM for SSD

TRIM is an essential service for all Linux users on SSD. TRIM optimizes theperformance and ensures the longevity of your SSD by minimizing writeamplification.

Manjaro does not have TRIM enabled by default like other Linux distributions(Ubuntu, Linux Mint). We need to enable it manually.

To check the status of TRIM service run:

sudo systemctl status fstrim.timer # disabled; inactive (default)

Enable TRIM by running:

sudo systemctl enable fstrim.timersudo systemctl start fstrim.timer

11. Install Redshift

Redshift is a Linux application for protecting your eyes by reducing theamount of blue light at night.

Open Pamac → Search for redshift → Build → Apply.

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After the Redshift installation, it will appear in your system tray. Clickon the Redshift icon and make sure that it is Enabled & runs onAutostart.

No further configuration required, Redshift will handle the rest automatically.

12. Consider LTS kernel

One of the main reasons why Arch & Arch-based distros have gotten popular isthat users are always up to date and have the latest software. While being up todate has its advantages, it can also cause instability of the system. Thisstatement especially applies to the kernel. You can sacrifice some new features but minimize the risk of instability by running the LTS kernel.

To install the LTS kernel version, open Manjaro Settings Manager** → Kernel → Choose the latest LTS flagged kernel →Install.

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Then you need to enable GRUB menu to be able to boot this new LTS kernel.

Open the GRUB settings:

sudo mousepad /etc/default/grub

Change GRUB_TIMEOUT_STYLE=hidden to GRUB_TIMEOUT_STYLE=menu and save the file.

Next, regenerate GRUB config by running:

sudo grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg

Reboot your system, and you should see this GRUB menu:

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Go to Advanced options and select the LTS kernel which you have just installed.

Then go to Manjaro Settings Manager → Kernel → make sure your LTS kernel has the status “Running” → remove all non-LTS kernels.

After you have configured your system to run the LTS kernel, you can edit the GRUB settings to disable the GRUB delay. You just need to set GRUB_TIMEOUT=0 in /etc/default/grub and re-run grub-mkconfig as shown above.

13. Terminal Settings

Default Manjaro’s XFCE terminal style may not be everyone’s cup of tea. Reducedopacity and top menu toolbar can be distracting.

To tweak opacity, Open Terminal → Right-click → Preferences → Appearance →Drag opacity slider to 1.00 (solid background color).

To disable/enable toolbar, Right-click → Toggle Menu Toolbar.

These simple adjustments should make your terminal more appealing.

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14. Firefox Settings

How many times have you accidentally closed your browser and lost all your tabs?If you are like me, it happens ever so often. To make sure that Firefox restoresyour last browser session every time you launch a browser, Open Firefox →Options (hamburger menu) → Preferences → Enable Restore previous session.

Another useful feature is to enable DRM content. You may find yourself unable toplay some videos (e.g. Netflix) or audio because of DRM restriction. To enableDRM content, Open Firefox → Options (hamburger menu) → Preferences → EnablePlay DRM-controlled content

The last setting is related to Firefox’s search bar. Let’s say you search fora particular email address. Firefox will open your default email client,instead of performing a web search. This functionality can certainly beannoying.

To change the search bar, Open Firefox → Options (hamburger menu) →Preferences → Search tab → Select Add search bar in toolbar

You can also customize the toolbar with Right-click on toolbar → Customize.

These were small wins that should make your browsing experience a little bitbetter.

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15. Install Google Chrome

Firefox is a default Linux browsers on many Linux distributions. Still, manyusers are used to the functionality and look of Google Chrome. If you are one ofthem, fear not, Google Chrome is available in AUR.

To install Google Chrome, Open Pamac → Search for google-chrome → Build(google-chrome package) → Apply.

16. Install Password Manager

A password manager is an essential app for every computer user. Manjaro XFCEdoes not come with a password manager out of the box. To install one (KeePassXCin my case), Open Pamac → Search for keepassxc → Build → Apply.

You will be prompted with a window asking you to choose display server yoursystem is using. It’s likely X server, but if you are not sure, type:

ps -e | grep tty # Xorg -> X server
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After the installation, open KeePassXC. Click on Create new database, confirmdefault settings and enter the master password. To create a password, click onthe + button on the top menu bar and fill in the required details.

The next time you want to use your credentials, open KeePassXC, right-click onthe desired entry and copy your username and password.

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17. Install Language packages

Manjaro doesn’t install all language packages by default. I would recommend youto install additional language packages to have a better desktop experience.

Open Manjaro Settings Manager → Language Packages → Install Packages.

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18. Extend spell checking

In addition to language packages, I would also suggest a spell checker.Additional pair of eyes can’t hurt. To install, use the following command:

sudo pacman -S aspell-en libmythes mythes-en languagetool

From now on, Manjaro system will warn you of potential spelling errors.

Check out ourarticle on Language Tool to learn more about this open-source writing assistant.

19. Add Keyboard layouts

If you are multi-lingual person, you need to use several keyboard layouts.

Open Manjaro Settings Manager → Keyboard → Layout → + Add to installadditional keyboard layouts. Configure the shortcut for switching between themwith Change layout option. (Alt + Shift in my case)

The only missing functionality here would be an easy way of checking the currentkeyboard layout. Manjaro XFCE has a convenient solution to this.

Right-click on the bottom panel → Panel → Panel Preferences → Items → SelectNotification Area+ → Search for keyboard → Select Keyboard Layouts →Add

Once you have added it, Select Keyboard Layouts → Settings (hamburger menu) →Show layout as system & layout name country.

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Optionally, you could adjust its position in the system tray by shifting it withup and down arrows.

20. Xkill shortcut

xkill is a Linux command that allows you to kill an app by clicking on it.

I used the term kill to indicate that we use xkill to force-quit unresponsiveapps. Manjaro has a default CTRL + Alt + X_ shortcut for this command, but Iprefer CTRL + Alt + Esc.

Open Manjaro Settings Manager → Keyboard → Application Shortcuts → Findxkill → Click on it & type your desired shortcut.

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21. Clipboard Manager Settings

Manjaro XFCE’s system tray includes a clipboard manager - Clipman. Clipboardmanager allows you to retrieve data that you have previously copied. For someusers, Clipman’s short history may be a problem.

Right-click on Clipman’s icon in the system tray 🔗 → Clipman Settings → SetMaximum items to a number that fits your needs (for me it’s 100).

22. Improve menu

Manjaro XFCE’s default menu is not very ergonomic. App categories are on theright-hand side, while the apps are on the left-hand side. I prefer to swaptheir places. To do this, Right-click on Manjaro menu → Properties → EnablePosition categories next to panel button.

Another handy feature is Switch categories by hovering which you can enable onBehaviour tab.

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23. Change desktop themes

One of the most popular Linux desktop features is the ability totweak the look and feel of your desktop. You can install many additional XFCE themes in Manjaro and the change them.

Open Manjaro Settings Manager → Appearance → Choose your style/theme andicons.

To make the window manager match your style, go to settings and select WindowManager.

You can go even further and install DockBarX panel.

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24. User image

The final touch to our desktop appearance is the user’s image.

Open Manjaro Settings Manager → User Accounts → Select user account → Selectyour preferred image.

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25. Test Webcam and Microphone

If you use Manjaro XFCE on the laptop, it’s good to test whether your webcam andmicrophone work correctly.

Open Pulse Audio Volume Control → Input Devices → Select the microphone totest.

Try speaking to see if the bottom progress bar picks up your voice.

To test the webcam, we need to install an additional app.

Open Pamac → Search for guvc → Build (Simple UVC Viewer guvcview package) → Apply.

Open the app to see if your webcam is working.

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26. Enable Flatpak/Snap

Having official Arch repository + AUR may seem that Flatpak and Snaps areunnecessary overhead. As with everything, it’s not all black and white.Flatpak/Snaps allow us to encapsulate each application’s running environment,have different versions of the same app at the same time. If you are little advanced user and you need this feature, enable Flatpak/Snaps:

Open Pamac → ⋮ (three dots menu) → Preferences → Enable Snap & Flatpakin their corresponding tabs.

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27. Turn off startup apps

As ironic as it is, Manjaro XFCE starts many services at system startup. I don’tuse all of them. (e.g. Bluetooth and Snap service).

To control startup apps, Open Session and Startup → Application Autostart → Turnoff services you don’t need.

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28. Remove some apps

Manjaro XFCE comes with a bunch of pre-installed apps. Reason for this is towelcome users coming from Windows/macOS.

To remove apps you don’t use, Open Pamac → Installed → Mark apps for removal → Apply.

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29. Check for errors

From time to time, it is good to check for any errors occurring on your system.

To list any failed services, run:

sudo systemctl --failed

To check for any process errors, run:

sudo journalctl -p 3 -xb

30. Clean system

If you are coming from Windows, you might be familiar with CCleaner app.CCleaner is used to clean and speed up the system. Manjaro XFCE comes withBleachbit as an alternative.

Open Bleachbit → Select what you would like to clean on the left panel (e.g.browser’s files, system logs) → Clean.

As a word of warning, be careful with the stuff you clean. You certainlywouldn’t like to erase your bash/zsh history and stuff from Deep scan.

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Props to you if you have followed me to the very end. I hope you havefound these tips useful. Manjaro XFCE comes well configured to make youproductive from day one, which makes it one of the best distro options outthere. However, there are no limits to perfection and you can tweak it even further with these 30 things to do after installing Manjaro.

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How much RAM does Manjaro Xfce use? ›

RAM usage depends on what applications you run. According to this output you have 8GB of RAM - but no swap at all. You should have swap with this amount of RAM.

What can you do with Manjaro Linux? ›

Do any task in Manjaro
  1. Open Source. Feel right at home with Manjaro operating system using your favorit desktop environment from a wide choice, install many of the available open source software, use native packages, flatpak or snap or build your own packages using the arch user repository.
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  3. Gaming. ...
  4. Creativity.
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Is Manjaro Xfce faster than KDE? ›

Xfce offers limited options to customize. KDE runs faster on a resource-intensive system. Xfce excels in a system that has limited resources.

What to do after installing XFCE? ›

30 things to do After Installing Manjaro XFCE (2021)
  1. Backup.
  2. Install Drivers.
  3. Switch to local mirror.
  4. Enable AUR.
  5. Install popular apps.
  6. Automatic Date and Time.
  7. Reduce swappiness.
  8. Enable Firewall.
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What should I do first after installing Linux? ›

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Which is faster GNOME or XFCE? ›

Gnome uses around 800 MB of RAM. It uses lower memory space, unlike the other desktop software. The memory footprint of Xfce is around 500MB of RAM. Lower consumption of CPU and memory reflects in the overall performance.

Why is Xfce so good? ›

Xfce Has Low System Requirements

Many Linux distributions choose Xfce for the simple reason that it can run easily on a wide range of hardware. But not only can Xfce function on an underpowered machine, but it also doesn't look like it's chugging along while doing so.

Is LXQt better than XFCE? ›

The primary difference between LXQt and Xfce is that LXQt uses Qt rather than GTK+. If you prefer GTK+, you're better off using Xfce. Installing GTK+ apps on LXQt will require downloading some dependencies that come as a part of Xfce that aren't already part of LXQt.

What are the main features of Manjaro? ›

Manjaro is an open-source operating system designed to help businesses run various Windows-based applications using compatibility software such as Wine, PlayonLinux, or Proton. It offers a configuration system, which enables users to configure, modify, or remove certain workflows, visual designs, and programs.

Which is better Arch Linux or Manjaro? ›

Generally speaking, Manjaro is more user-friendly than Arch. It can be downloaded in different flavors, based on the desktop environment. For instance, the three official releases use either XFCE, KDE, or GNOME. However, there are a number of “unofficial” releases for other environments.

Is Manjaro good for daily use? ›

Manjaro - Arch-based Linux distro for Laptops

Manjaro is an Arch Based Linux distribution and is one of the best ones suited to be your daily driver.

How much RAM does Xfce use? ›

If agile performance is what you are after, you might be biased about XFCE. Having said this, it has veritably less RAM usage than KDE plasma, using only 531MB idly, regardless of VM execution or native installation.

What is the fastest desktop for Linux? ›

Besides GNOME and KDE, Cinnamon is undoubtedly one of the best Linux desktop environments to try out in 2022. The Linux Mint community is the home for this desktop. Linux Mint forked out the GNOME 3 shell. And then they customized it to present a finer desktop environment to the Linux users.

Is Xfce faster than Cinnamon? ›

Although it misses a few features and its development is slower than Cinnamon's, MATE uses less resources and can run faster on older computers. Xfce is a lightweight desktop environment.
Cinnamon, MATE or Xfce?
CinnamonThe most modern, innovative and full-featured desktop
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Is plasma better than XFCE? ›

Final Verdict: What Should You Pick? KDE Plasma should be an easy pick for most looking for a modern user experience with customizability. However, if you just need to get some things done on your older computer, with a simple user interface, Xfce can be an impressive option.

Is XFCE fast? ›

Xfce or XFCE (pronounced as four individual letters) is a free and open-source desktop environment for Linux and other Unix-like operating systems. Xfce aims to be fast and lightweight while still being visually appealing and easy to use. Xfce embodies the traditional Unix philosophy of modularity and re-usability.

What should I do after installing Arch Linux? ›

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What to install after installing Linux? ›

  1. Create Backup. Backup is always on the top of things to do after installing any Linux distro. ...
  2. Configure Update Manager. For faster updates, I recommend switching to a local mirror. ...
  3. Install Drivers. ...
  4. Configure Hi-DPI display. ...
  5. Install Codecs. ...
  6. Install Microsoft fonts. ...
  7. Decrease Swap usage. ...
  8. Enable Drive Cache (HDD)
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Should I use Manjaro as a beginner? ›

Manjaro is a user-friendly and simple version of Arch Linux. As a newbie or experienced computer user, you will enjoy this open-source Linux distribution based on the Arch Linux operating system. Manjaro Linux offers a variety of desktop interface choices in addition to its standard selection of Xfce, Gnome, and KDE.


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