|Main Screen + Cinnamon Menu|
After the boot menu, I was greeted by small versions of the Manjaro Linux name and logo along with a scrolling progress bar, all in teal upon a black background. That gave way relatively quickly to the desktop. The desktop is fairly standard for Cinnamon, though the panel at the bottom is slightly customized with a few more applets than is standard. One thing that annoyed me about the panel was the number of empty spaces between sets of applets; I like having these spaces to ensure that the panel doesn't appear too cramped, but this was just excessive, to the point where it appears that certain applets are missing in some groups of applets (due to the appearance of a large amount of empty space). Another issue is that a lot of the settings are activated by clicking once (rather than clicking twice or clicking and dragging), making it a little too easy to do things like accidentally removing certain desktop icons (though these changes are easily reversible). Beyond that, the "Maia" desktop and icon themes look quite nice and work well, though the only issue is that the window buttons on the titlebar are a bit too small, so it is a little too easy to miss clicking them and instead end up moving or resizing the window. Overall, the desktop works quite well.
Mozilla Firefox is the default browser. However, it seems like the norm for most distributions now is to not include any proprietary multimedia codecs by default, so I'd have to fetch them myself.
LibreOffice is the default productivity suite, and Nemo is the default file manager (as is the norm for Cinnamon). Beyond that, despite this being a Cinnamon distribution, it doesn't seem to include any of the DE-agnostic GTK+ X-Apps from the Linux Mint developers, as it instead includes the standard GNOME 3 applications.
|Mozilla Firefox + LibreOffice Writer|
The system was reasonably smooth through my testing, though there were moments when moving the mouse or clicking would result in lag, and Cinnamon overall still doesn't seem quite as responsive on my computer as Xfce or MATE might. Additionally, the system used 930 MB of RAM at idle according to the GNOME System Monitor, which is unacceptably high (though the RAM usage per se didn't cause any problems, so far as I noticed). Weirdly (given that my previous reviews of Manjaro Linux were what prompted me to make this my standard procedure in the first place), the terminal command "free" seems misconfigured, as I couldn't use the command "free -m" to accurately gauge the amount of RAM actually used at idle.
That's where my time with Manjaro Linux 16.10 "Fringilla" Cinnamon ended. The issue with Google Talk is a dealbreaker for me, so I wouldn't be able to use this myself. Additionally, that in conjunction with the minor issues from using the Cinnamon desktop added up to an experience that I wouldn't feel comfortable recommending to newbies, so only people who have a little experience using Linux should use this. I was hoping to review other DEs, but given the bad experience with the Google Talk plugin, I see no particular reason to do that right now; in the meantime, I'll keep an eye on this distribution, and perhaps review the other DEs later, in the hopes that the issue with Google Talk is resolved by that point.
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