Installing Manjaro BspWM

I found the ISO download link here:

Broken links, but the actual download is here:

Screenshots from the sourceforge page:

If you ask me, this looks great.


I’m downloading the ISO, 10 minutes left. Here’s the command I’m going to use to burn the ISO. I’m using gparted to first get the /dev/sdb location of the USB stick formatted. After formatting:

dd if=manjaro-bspwm-community-16.06-x86_64.iso of=/dev/sdb

Why did I want Manjaro with BspWM? Here’s what I’m thinking, more or less:

First, I’ve been using PyTyle2 for years now, I love it–makes me very productive and allows me to use 100% of my screen–no need for icons or window borders. I watched some demos on YouTube and BspWM appears to be equal to, or better than PyTyle2 in terms of functionality.

I’m happy with Debian, however I’m currently using Crunchbang, which is no longer maintained. This means upgrading Debian will start to break my beautiful desktop.

Overall, I’m hearing good things about Arch and Manjaro. The “rolling release” concept sounds good to me, even though I don’t entirely understand it. With Fedora, CentOS, and Debian, major version upgrades tend to break things, and it sounds like Arch has figured this out to a greater degree, but I’m not entirely sure–we’ll see.

While Arch appeals to me as a nerd, I don’t have as much free time these days. In terms of setup, it sounds like Manjaro will be less work out of the box. I’m also going with Manjaro vs. Arch because it looks more attractive to me, in terms of the visual design, which is important to me as a visual artist.

I finished the install. Setup was difficult. I was expecting more. After booting/installing off the USB, Manjaro BspWM “community edition” dumps you to a text terminal and you literally just get a readme.txt file in your /root directory with no graphics, if you’re crazy enough (like me) to go looking there. The first line of the readme says “Hi” which was worth a good laugh.

The trick is, you run a “postinstall” app that lets you “autologin” and from there you get a very, very minimal desktop. I can appreciate a very minimal interface, but in conclusion, the laptop I’m using this for doesn’t have a high enough resolution for the way this distro is setup visually. Also, it crashed twice. It looks like an ambitious effort, but I just don’t have time to experiment with something like this.

I’ve decided to go with BunsenLabs because I’m already very familiar with it and have experience setting it up exactly how I like it. It looks like the community forum is active too, just like Crunchbang’s old forum. That gets me to Debian 8, which should last me a while.