OK, let’s say I am very wrong but every single time I hit refresh repositories with pamac package update. it takes forever if it does not hang as it usually does lately. I’ve no idea what fiberoptic connection you have, but in two seconds pamac has not even pinged the first of the repositories.
Let’s say you run the update and ten packages are available for updating.
Two of them you do not want upgraded, you want them held back. How do you upgrade the rest?
What happens when you hit pacman -Syyu ? How do you hold packages back?
What packages were not buildable by the system from AUR. I don’t remember since the experience was so problematic I gave up even trying AUR. I think I only have two packages installed from AUR. The rest either could not build or were problematic when they did built. IE Abiword, which works fine in Debian, is really flaky here. Either the cursor vanishes from main repository, or from AUR the whole screen flickers and there is no cursor. Spellchecking is problematic in most packages I have used spell checking.
One of the reasons I tried Manjaro was to play around with GnuNet, which I never was able to get it to work.
Here is a quote from Distrowatch "There are over one thousand contributors to Debian who maintain over 50,000 software packages. "
What are we comparing here?