Linux, Judo, Unicells and… Baywatch ?! How Vivaldi and Manjaro’s purpose is above normal.

In September, Vivaldi became the default browser for the Arc-based Linux distribution Manjaro on its Cinnamon edition. Like all Vivaldi browsers, Vivaldi on Manjaro Cinnamon offers a fast, reliable, and feature-rich browsing experience.

When this video call was arranged, the “agenda” was to discuss our partnership, as well as to discover what their love of Linux drives. But, as is often the case when you put smart, creative work together, more connections and unique insights soon emerge. And this video chat takes us to many rabbit trails that do not disappoint.

So, watch the video for yourself to find out the (often funny) truth behind Vivaldi and Manjaro. 3

In a hurry Here are some highlights from the discussion.

Let’s talk Destroys!

I think this is where we have a deep connection with the Vivaldi browser, because that gives me the same feeling. I liked it so much from the beginning that you can interact with it and change things. Not everything is pre-arranged and pre-arranged for you.

Flow: Like many Linux users, I’ve been through a lot of distributions – all big ones. These days, I tend to run Slackware, but before that I had my favorite Destro Arch for two to three years, based on Manjaro.

Manjaro has made it easy to install, but below is a very pure version of Linux. I also like the arc packaging system. It’s very easy to adapt and create your own packages or adjust them.

Nowadays, not only because of this collaboration but also because of my experience with Arc, Manjaro is a distro that I honestly recommend to new Linux users, as it has made Arc more accessible. As Ubuntu did for Debian.

Bernhard: My roots, and maybe that’s why I was drawn to this profound experience of Linux, are with Attari. I used to be under the operating system. Professionally, in most of the music business, I used Windows for a long time, but the interest from Linux grew.

I was hesitant about whether to be really brave and do tough things or to play it safe. Being a little shy, I started with Ubuntu. But with my hardware, I hit the limits very quickly, with my new laptop. So, hearing a lot of positive things about it, I jumped on the bandwagon. That was about seven or eight years ago, and it was probably an interesting experience, because it’s much brighter and easier to use now – and harder to break than it was then.

In fact, when I started using Manjaro, I had some issues that I needed to fix, break my system, and fix it again. So, I got to know her very well on a basic level and I’ve been with her ever since. Later, I became more involved with internal development and equipment repair.

Flow: I just want to comment here that it is very easy to go deeper into distribution like Manjaro or Slackware. As you say, you can get into nitty gritty. And while you guys have a lot of Polish, what I like about these distros is that they are simple from an engineering point of view. People already know I’m a unicorn rider, right? (Ed Note: Yes, Rowari, we know. Ride or die! ) And it’s easier than a unicycle bike – not in terms of whether it’s hard or easy to ride, but in terms of engineering.

What I like about this type of dystrosis is that the manjaro has a good polish, but underneath it is a very pure type of system. Lots of great documentation and a great community, so you can get into the nuts and bolts. And when something breaks, it looks like you can fix it.

With some other distros, they get in your way too much. They want to simplify things from a UI point of view but may get very messy.

Bernhard: This is one of the things I love most. The mechanical sense of anything you use, as opposed to something that has been over-assisted. Like a car with automatic vs. manual transmission. Even if it’s just small things, I’m likely to change things, adapt to them differently.

I think this is where we have a deep connection with the Vivaldi browser, because that gives me the same feeling. I liked it so much from the beginning that you can interact with it and change things. Not everything is pre-arranged and pre-arranged for you.

Flip: It had taken me a long time to find Manjaro. My dad had a computer shop when I was in school. He said to me, “Hey, here are the computer parts, make it yourself. There are some Windows 3.11 disks.

I started with MS-DOS. There were some old games that I used to play like Indiana Jones, Monkey Island and other things. From there, I followed Windows Road to Windows 7.

I always coded in school. My mom would be shouting “Dinner is ready! Come down” and I would continue coding. Then suddenly the power went out. Of course, it made me think of backups, and that’s what drove me from Windows to Linux. First I tried SUSE, Ubuntu and Mandriva. All classics. I would switch between KDE and GNOME – GNOME2 was really good from a user’s point of view.

Then, without the installer, I searched for the least popular Linux distribution and found one from Switzerland. I joined two maintainers and created a graphical installer. It was the package that led me to the arc-based version.

I was intrigued when Roland Singer announced an arc installer named Manjaro. And it turned out that he lived only two cities away. So I went to see him and from there it started to take shape. I suggested we close it for a year to fix everything. Manjaro was born, and, 10 years later, we are here.

Bernard said he was into music. How is she

He says that Linux people are very creative. They adapt and tune their software and try to make their own things all the time, so that’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to make music and give people a platform to use their distro.

A connection can be part of creativity and part of adaptation, and the fact is that you are accustomed to constant learning. It is always in motion, always changing, and you adapt. I think Vivaldi has the same philosophy of adapting to its users and letting them do whatever they want with their browser.

Bernhard: I used to be a singer. I’m still doing different things, but my education was in music composition and opera. I have traveled Europe and the world for many years.

Warsaw: We have a few singers in Vivaldi, and at least one of our Icelandic boys does opera. So at some point, if you get here, we’ll have to get the two of you together.

Bernhard: And maybe singing Vivaldi.

Warsaw: Even better.

Bernhard: Yes. I did a lot of baroque music.

He says that Linux people are very creative. They adapt and tune their software and try to make their own things all the time, so that’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to make music and give people a platform to use their distro.

A connection can be part of creativity and part of adaptation, and the fact is that you are accustomed to constant learning. It is always in motion, always changing, and you adapt. I think Vivaldi has the same philosophy of adapting to its users and letting them do whatever they want with their browser.

What are the key issues for operating systems today?

To link back to Vivaldi and what we have in common with Manjaro, Vivaldi users are mostly the kind of people who opted out by default. They searched for something different and found us. In either case, they are stepping out of the box.

Flip: Well, there may be a problem with advertising. Take Windows 11 only. In the Start menu, they will advertise Microsoft Teams and other software developed by them. And when they cycled the last Dave of Windows 11, there was a crash because a Microsoft Teams ad and their software was just crashing Windows, which is pretty bad.

On the macro side, it’s nice to have this environment, but you won’t have to experience everything your computer can do. With Linux, you can run it on refrigerators, cars, other devices. Even ATMs, if done correctly, can run Linux. However, if you go to the bank, you will see mostly Windows XP, which is no longer being updated. Once upon a time, a friend was in Bali and withdrew money from a separate ATM in a shop. After we left, a technician used a USB stick to extract all the data from the machine my friend used. The next day, his bank calls and tells him that an attempt was made to withdraw money from his account in 3 different banks. This is what happens when you do not have a secure operating system.

Flow: I think customization is clearly a big thing. As you say, you can make the distro exactly what you want. You know the joke has always been “you run Linux on toasters”, but it can run on literally every device – from toasters to phones and supercomputers – and it’s really good for desktop stuff.

One thing that is very important to note is that Linux is a bit special. When you buy a computer, it usually comes with Mac OS or Windows, so all Linux users are the ones who have gone out of their way to install it. This is where I think Manjaro – and distros like Ubuntu, to be fair with them – have made installation easier and better, making it possible to run more. This is a kind of key. So you’re doing a great job, getting people out of the loop.

To link back to Vivaldi and what we have in common with Manjaro, Vivaldi users are mostly the kind of people who opted out by default. They searched for something different and found us. In either case, they are stepping out of the box.


This is just a sample of what has been covered. Want to hear about how all browsers go back to Linux? What phone prospects are emerging beyond Big Tech? Latest on themes? How did Vivaldi and Manjaro connect in the first place? How many rounds does Ruarí have? And how do Judo and Baywatch fit in? Well, you have to watch the full video to know this. We promise you won’t regret it! 3

As you may suspect, this chat has a lot to offer, so let us know what you think in the comments below. 3

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