Okay, so I'll introduce myself: brain. It was already taken, so I am now "brain2."
I've used Manjaro before, back before the late unpleasantness surrounding Mandriva. Since then I'lve largely been using Debian-based distros. I got reinsterested because of it's high ranking on distrowatch.com.
I've been using Linux as my primary O.S. since Windows Vista came out. I was beta-tester. I recommended Microsoft not release Vista. Microsoft didn't listen. I was right. Vista wasn't ready. I abandoned Windows, sold all my Microsoft stock, and started using Linux. My biggest mistake was not buying apple, because at that time Microsoft was $35/share, Apple was about $62 & I don't like to buy odd lots. That's before Apple took off like a rocket. I did tell Microsoft that would happen. I didn't appreciate how right I was. I should have taken my own advice by proxy and bought Apple stock
Anyways, I've been using computers for > 40 years. I've been working in the computer industry for about 25 years and I'm a networking professional now.
I have two Newbie questions.
1) Is it my imagination, or is Manjaro signficiantly faster than other common distributions, like Mint or Ubuntu? It feels fast, but maybe it's just excitement from trying a new Distro.
2) Where are all the applications? I'm used to seeing > 50,000 available apps, & sometimes > 80,0000. I know some aren't "apps" per se (like libraries), but when I searched for a few apps I use regularly, like FSLint, Dupeguru, BUM, etc. Nothing came up out of the > 10,000 apps listed. Are these simply not available, and if not why & when? Am I supposed to compile apps myself? Is that the standard way with Pacman, or am I just SO NEW I didn't know you were supposed to type a * as a wildcard, rather than apt's ability to match on partial names. I typed in "fslint." I don't think there's another name. Hopefully app search isn't case sensitive, because I don't know what the author thinks is the right name: "fslint," "Fslint," "FSlint," "FSLint," or "FSLINT." If Pacman is case sensitive, we're going to be in for a long night trying to guess every possible iteration of every package I'm looking for.
Manjaro looks REALLY good out of the box. Manajaro managed to develop & provide an O.S. with some basic things fixed that the leading distros just leave broken, leaving it to the user to fix them. Have you tried the Kubuntu? I want to like it, but it keeps crashing, nothing is configured correctly, basic functions don't exist or are misconfigured, pieces don't operate together, etc. Even Ubuntu store won't work out-of-the-box. I have to fix it to make it work, and I'm just not going to bother. I'll put in effort when it makes sense, but when it's something as basic as making your own stuff work with your own stuff, just for humanity's sake, if not the marketing benefit, and I'M tasked with repairing you're laziness, no kiss goodnight, and a 2nd date is probably out of the picture. With Ubuntu's track record of spying on it's users, I need to be sold, and I ain't sold.
So far, with the potentially major hiccup of app availability, Manjaro is "selling" me.
That's all for now. Cheers!