Spent the last decade on Ubuntu and derivatives. I knew all the bugs and workarounds and stuff i needed to do to get things working. Parents are running Ubuntu Gnome. With some of the glaring missteps the last year and this, i decided to start looking for a new home. Since I am a big gamer, I decided whatever I landed on would have to be able to play games fast. I benchmarked i think 20 distros with different DE with the games i play and other benchmarked. Manjaro xfce turned out to be the fastest and most stable for gaming for me with Nvidia GTX Titan.
What surprised me was how fast and how easy it was to get Manjaro up and running and fully configured to game. Also, i have a few things for work i have to have installed that I had to fight with on Ununtu and Debian that just worked on Manjaro ... my Citrix client to log into my work VDI.
There is definitely some love and detail put in. with the helper utilities that they wrote for driver and kernel, among others, a pleasure to work with. I still like to get my hands dirty with cli, but other times, i just want things to work.
Again, major kudos to Manjaro! Ubuntu seems clunky now lol!