I’ve tried a lot of Linux distributions so far, and Manjaro is my favorite Linux distribution.
But all Linux distributions suffer under a big problem: users probably have to use the terminal to configure a program or to install something on their machine, instead of a more pleasant, graphical way, to do so (at least when they’re not just browsing threw the web once a year).
For a lot of users, that’s (understandably) disgusting!
I’ve already used OpenSUSE and I loved their tool called Yast.
It allows you to modify your system and configure things under the hood, I didn’t even knew about with a graphical interface.
That is one reason why OpenSUSE is so popular. The terminal has become obsolete (mostly, you still can’t do everything with it, but really a lot).
For example, I’ve configured grub as I wanted with the help of Yast and it felt so easy.
Just today I had to modify grub on Manjaro and had to use the terminal and a text editor.
I had to browse threw the web and search for the correct terminal command and that’s really time consuming.
I mean… I’m the “Linux expert” in my family, but I still feel like I just began to see the complexity of Linux, but also it’s possibilities and abilities. They’re just hidden in configuration files and terminal commands.
Such a tool would have multiple advantages:
1.) A graphical system configuration tool (I’m gonna abbreviate it to GSCT) is much faster and more user-friendly.
Especially new Linux users are afraid of the terminal, cause it’s not intuitive and it’s more likely to break something (believe me, I had to experience that a lot of times, especially when I was still using Ubuntu).
2.) There are hundreds of Linux distributions out there. Manjaro has to deliver something, others don’t, so there’s an additional reason to use Manjaro instead of others.
3.) Manjaro would gain media attention
4.) Manjaro users would be able to work much faster and less frustrated
5.) More users would be willing to switch from MacOS or Windows (or other Linux distributions) to Linux/Manjaro (more users -> more donations )
6.) Less unsatisfied/unhappy users and fewer complaints that nothing works in the forums
Such a GSCT should include as many configuration options as possible, while remaining clear and easy to use. In the best case, more settings than even Yast.
Manjaro already has the Manjaro-settings program containing important configuration abilities (like switching the kernels), so this tool could be expanded step by step to give users the opportunity to take advantage of the full potential of Linux.
I would like to see such a GSCT/expanded Manjaro-settings program in Manjaro, since it delivers a lot of advantages to users, system admins, the manjaro development team and to Linux.