I’d like to take your question in a different direction. The OS you are running depends allot on the hardware you are running. Can you let us know information like
- What laptop or Desktop you are using.
- What the hardware configuration is (e.g. from terminal run ‘inxi -b’.
- What devices you are connecting to it.
I know you are configuring to develop with a LAMP Stack. But can you list some of the software you have on your daily driver (because I am like you and stability is King when you are building and testing.
On my end (as I am QA) Stability is defined quite differently.
Many people run <sudo pacman -Syyu> then:
(1) Make sure all packages are installed.
(2) Review output for changed configuration files which need to be manually merged.
(3) Reboot the system and check for errors in the logs.
This does not mean an application is not broken, that I cannot change to a different wifi, or control my screen resolution. I’ve had my growing pains with Manjaro knowing our Arch brothers getting new builds faster has a good and bad effect (as we trade instances where something is not working in Manjaro but not in Arch because we are a couple packages behind). Ofcourse this goes both ways (just read the Gnome 40 growing pains).
That being said for my work machine my regiment is:
(1) Don’t apply you Manjaro updates till the release has hit atleast 15 days. Usually I only apply 1 release a month (if no security issue).
(2) Read through the stable comments for known issues.
(3) Read through the Arch and Endeavor forms to see if any issues related to my hardware\software.
(4) Backup my system with Timeshift.before applying any update.
(5) Where possible I also apply on 1 of my two systems so I can go through my daily workflows and watch for issues.
Keep in mind around here Quality is judged very differently (like when you watch a youtube reviewer singing the praises of a distro they use for 3 days) then hop hop hop.
On a side note I was on Ubuntu for many years before going to Antergos and Manjaro. If I was to build a development machine today (knowing I am on a Thinkpad with little hardware changes) I would also consider Fedora as it releases in a more integrated fashion.