Distributions using LXQt as it’s desktop environment don’t always get the best reviews. Just look at the reaction from certain corners of the internet when Lubuntu decided to ditch LXDE in favour of it. Despite that I was happy to see the switch to LXQt though it does appear to be a bit rougher around it’s edges in it’s current form. The distribution I feel that has got it right is one of the community editions of Manjaro that uses LXQt. The default theme looks nice and works across all of the applications that it comes installed with out of the box. It also includes the Kvantum theme manager out of the box which helps to keep things looking consistent across the desktop.
In the video about I took a quick run though of Manjaro LXQt with a particular task in mind. I wanted to see if I could get one of my favourite themes, Arc-Dark to work and behave consistently across the mixture of QT and GTK applications. With a little bit of fiddling around with the appearance settings for LXQt, Openbox and Kvantum I just about managed it! Icons are still a little bit hit and miss but the default icons look fine for the most part and shouldn’t put anyone off taking this distribution for a test drive. Aside from the appearance side of things it behaves as you would expect from Manjaro which is built on top of Arch Linux which means you’ll always be up to date with the latest software.
What do you think of this version of Manjaro? Let me know in the comments below!