So let me rant a little bit here. I just spent 1-2 hours with a friend that has Ubuntu and needed some help setting up OBS Studio. He has Ubuntu, I have Manjaro. People say Ubuntu is more user friendly and Manjaro is more for advanced users and is less stable. Well…
So. I call my friend via Jitsi to help him out. First thing I want is to send him my OBS Studio config files so that he can quickly gets a demo setup of how OBS works. I send him the files and tell him to go to home/.config and copy the OBS settings folder there. He does that, then installs OBS via Ubuntu Software Center, and we realize that the settings thing did not work. OBS looked as brand new. That was strange. Then I told him: let’s make sure you didn’t install a snap version of OBS that stores settings somewhere else. And he said: “Ah, maybe I did, even though I don’t know what snaps are but I see 2 versions of OBS in my software center.” - he then installs the second version. We try again. Nothing. Then I realize that he installed a flatpak version…damn! The Ubuntu Software center is a mess and he got so confused. Ubuntu only has those 2 versions of OBS. Luckly I could manage to find where flatpak stores its settings and replaced with my settings and finally worked.
In Manjaro you simply open the “software center” pamac, search OBS, and install. One version, not 2 or 3. But he also needed the obs-linuxbrowser plugin. How to install that? We could not figure out. In Manjaro you can find it in pamac. Click and install.
The story doesn’t end here.
Then we realized that you cannot add a window capture to OBS for any browser and that’s an issue with Nvidia (PRIME) I think, as I also reported here OBS Studio cannot Window Capture Firefox for Manjaro. However, if you install say Waterfox or IceCat, then it forks to window capture these browsers. In Manjaro is as easy as going to pamac, search waterfox and/or icecat, and install. In Ubuntu…we honestly spent 1h and could not install. They are not found in Ubuntu’s Software Center, and if you want to install via terminal it is a pain in the ass. For sure this is not user friendly at all. So we gave up. We got frustrated with it.
One last thing. He asked me how can he deal with appimages in Ubuntu because he can open them (after he right clicks one, then go to properties, then mark “allow executing file as program”, then click it) but he cannot pin them to the favorite bar nor find them in his applications. Dang! I said let’s install appimagelauncher package that beautifully integrates all appimages into any Linux system. We had to go to github, then download the deb, then open with Software Center, and then we got so many errors. He clicked install, and then added password, and then it installed but actually it didn’t. So he installed 4-5 times and nothing, basically it looked like nothing was installed and you could click install infinitely. Then we tried with another deb from github and this one “worked”. It installed appimagelauncher. But then no appimage could be opened anymore…with anything…he had to eventually uninstall appimagelauncher and restart the computer so that his appimages work again with ubuntu.
Again, in Manjaro this situation is beautifully fixed with having appimagelauncher package installed by default, and if it isn’t installed by default, it is one click away in pamac.
Yeah so I wanted to tell you all how much I love Manjaro. I used Ubuntu for 5 years or so and from my experience Manjaro is the one that’s super easy to use for any users, and Ubuntu is limited in terms of software, is old, and if you want to install more apps than there are in the Software Center then you’ll make a frankestein from Ubuntu and it will get you super frustrated.
Thank you Manjaro for making this functional, simple, powerful and easy to use Operating System. Currently I work on a custom Manjaro (isobuild) because even that is straight forward to do. If I had lots of money I would donate a lot to you guys
EDIT: I installed Manjaro on several laptops already, for friends and family. My parents and my sister use Manjaro, and the parents of one of my friends. So if they can, the parents, then anyone can use Manjaro
EDIT2: I do not want to bash Ubuntu. I love the open source community and Ubuntu made me switch from Windows. I just want to point out where Manjaro is clearly better and to show you a real life example of where it can get super frustrating for users when dealing with an Operating System. So, I love what Ubuntu does and all the other Operating Systems that promote the open source idea - maybe my love for Manjaro made me “hate” Ubuntu when it came to such frustrating things like I described above.