UPDATE: Haven’t even finished this post yet and am already updating it…was trying to do it in just one post, but with Puppy Linux 9.5 showing up this morning it now needs to be a ‘Two-Parter’. Have mentioned my search for Linux Distros that offer root access logins and/or an option to not install ‘Useless Users’ that require a password in order to ‘go to the bathroom’, open GParted, open Synaptic Package Manager, to install updates, to install apps, etc. – i.e. *NO* ‘Pesky Passwords’ pop-ups harassing you for a password at every turn!


With the new Puppy Linux 9.5 release it now requires testing Manjaro-Architect 20.0.3 against Windowsfx/Linuxfx + CentOS 8 + the new Puppy 9.5 (that I haven’t even tested yet) … 4 Distros going into the Top 5 spots. No ‘Pesky Passwords’ is a must for Top 5, ‘Portability’ (same OS disk can work in multiple PC’s), can be fully installed on a USB, hardware recognition a plus and ‘Desktop Duty’ (easy to use as main Linux Desktop Distro) are some of the things I look for in a Top 5 Linux Distro. (Note: only no ‘Pesky Passwords’ and the ability for Full-install/s of the OS to USB are requirements – i.e. all my main Distros are now on USB’s.)


After my recent Vanilla Arch Linux series I wondered if any of the other ‘Archies’ offered a root login ‘n no ‘Useless User’ requirements – Manjaro-Architect 20.0.3 popped out immediately. If you try it, then set about 3 hours aside for your first attempt…this morning was my 3rd day of testing it ‘n it took 1.5 hours, which tied it with one other 1.5 hour test. 20 hours of testing Sunday ‘n probably 10+ hours yesterday, so there were many test installs (most over 2 hours). Speed of the install isn’t a requirement of mine. I’ll have more on the installation/s in Part 2.


Manjaro-Architect 20.0.3 is going into the #5 spot on Karmi’s Top 10 Linux Distros page for now, but will end up higher than that, after other testing.


Here’s some of the info:



Here’s GNOME DE with Dash to Panel added:



I get it installed, updated ‘n tweaked on a 32GB SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 Flash Drive, then make a backup image w/ Clonezilla which I use in case of problems ‘n to move it to a bigger SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.1 Flash Drive or a Samsung FIT Plus USB 3.1 Flash Drive for permanent installation (that gets plugged into a 4-port USB hub for testing ‘n switching Distros). My #1 Distro, CentOS 8 for now, is used mainly…for everything I use a Linux OS for, and the others get checked occasionally.

I also keep 3-4 fully USB portable Distros on a 32GB SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 Flash Drive, e.g. Ubuntu LTS is always on one, then Puppy also stays on one, and at least my #1 Distro is on one (if it is portable).


…to be continued