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Intel NUC 13 Pro Mini PC Running Linux: Installing Manjaro

First boot

Here’s an image of the GNOME desktop environment in all its splendor.

Intel NUC 13 Pro running Manjaro

At the top of the screen you see the Activities overview and the top bar. The top bar provides access to your windows and applications, your calendar and appointments, and system properties like sound, networking, At the bottom of the screen is a panel hosting 6 icons: Show apps, Firefox, Files, gedit, Terminal, and Add/Remove Software (Pamac).

System update

As with any operating system, the first thing needed is a system update.

Manjaro develops its own command-line and graphical package manager called pamac. It’s a very good utility, simple to use and reliable for installing and removing software. As the image below indicates there are lots of updates needed.


Manjaro doesn’t recommend using pamac for large system updates. Instead, they say big updates should be performed using the command-line pacman utility, whereas pamac should be used for smaller tasks such as installing/removing individual packages.

As a big update is needed, use pacman. Issue the following command in a terminal:

$ sudo pacman -Syyu

pacman with Manjaro

Next page: Page 3 – Manjaro Settings Manager

Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Installing Manjaro
Page 2 – First boot
Page 3 – Manjaro Settings Manager
Page 4 – Install Intel iHD graphics driver
Page 5 – Other Post-Installation Steps
Page 6 – Remove branding

Complete list of articles in this series:

Intel NUC 13 Pro Mini PC
Part 1Introduction to the series with interrogation of system
Part 2Benchmarking the Mini PC
Part 3Installing Ubuntu 23.10 Desktop
Part 4Configuring Ubuntu 23.10 Desktop
Part 5Power Consumption
Part 6P-Cores and E-Cores
Part 7Gaming
Part 8Installing and Configuring Manjaro
Part 9BIOS options
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7 months ago

I’ve always considered Manjaro to be a somewhat mickey-mouse distro. Any distro that tells its users not to use their GUI package manager for big installs is hard to take seriously. But for beginners, I guess it’s easier than trying to fathom getting everything working in Arch.