Meet CutefishOS: A New Manjaro Community Spin That Looks Like macOS

A new Manjaro spin is here!


There’s no denying that Manjaro is one of the most popular distros in the GNU/Linux world, and there are several reasons for this. First, it’s based on Arch but is still very easy to install. Second, it is one of the best distros for beginners who want to get their hands dirty with Arch, and last but not least, it has one of the best communities in the Linux space that’ll help you out when you’re stuck.

There are two main Manjaro versions – Official and Community. Today marks the release of another Manjaro community edition release which goes by the name CutefishOS.

CutefishOS: Cutefish Desktop Environment

As you might’ve read already, CutefishOS is based on Manjaro Linux fueled by its in-house desktop environment called Cutefish Desktop Environment (CDE). It looks similar to JingOS made for tablets and computers with touch input and JingPad A1 that we covered before.

Design-wise, the OS resembles macOS and iPad OS a lot. Heck! Even the PulseAudio sound control app has the Apple Music logo on it, with the only difference being a gear embedded in the logo. Well, it’s in the beta unstable state, and I think it’s too early to comment on anything at this point as everything is very unpolished.

CutefishOS also looks like a fork of CyberOS with just a different name.

The OS also has its own set of apps like Camera, Notes, Calculator, Files, etc., just like DDE (Deepin Desktop Environment), and we hope this list will grow as the OS takes shape with further development.

You can download CutefishOS from here.

Who Is This For?

It is for people who like Manjaro Linux and macOS’s theming. This isn’t stable, but you install DDE on Manjaro if you’re really into macOS-like theming. If you’re interested, check this guide out from the people at over Manjaro, or you can try CyberOS, which is also an Arch-based distro.

What do you think of CutefishOS? Let us know in the comments section below.

Abubakar Mohammed

Abubakar Mohammed

Abubakar is a Linux and Tech Writer. Hailing from a Computer Science background, the start of his love for Tech dates back to 2011, when he was gifted a Dell Inspiron 5100. When he's not covering Tech, you'll find him binge-watching anime and Tech content on YouTube or hunting heads in competitive FPS games. You can also find his work on Android Police and How-To Geek.
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