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Intel NUC 13 Pro Mini PC Running Linux: Installing Manjaro

Remove Manjaro branding

You may dislike constantly being reminded you’re using Manjaro. If you’re like us, you may wish to remove their branding. Some elements of their branding are unattractive or serve no useful purpose such as within a terminal.

The simplest fix to remove that branding is to change the default shell. Issue the command:

$ chsh -l

This command lists the shells already present on the system.


We’ll change to the bash shell.

$ chsh -s /bin/bash

Following logging off or a system restart, the terminal now looks like:

GNOME branding

Replace gnome-shell-maia with the regular gnome-shell package:

$ sudo pacman -Syu gnome-shell

We’ll also remove a few other packages.

$ sudo pacman -R manjaro-gnome-settings manjaro-gnome-backgrounds manjaro-gnome-extension-settings manjaro-gdm-branding

And install the manjaro-gnome-vanilla package:

$ sudo pacman -Syu manjaro-gnome-vanilla

Manjaro’s ‘footprint’ appears in other areas too. For example, they add bookmarks in Firefox. We have no need for support from their forum, and their wiki information is sometimes outdated. We therefore delete these bookmarks, but newcomers to Linux may find it worth retaining them. Each to their own.

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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8 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.