this is a frustration-post intended as a quick feedback, possibly leading to something productive.
I'm a long time Arch user and got a friend of mine a new Dell Latitude 7490. Since I'm the one in charge of dealing with possible problems I wanted to go with something not causing real pain when things break (like Ubuntu [at the latest when the support runs out]). Hence I went for Manjaro KDE 20.0.1 stable yesterday. The image appears to be really smooth.
I didn't have the time to collect elaborate logs etc but I want to express that the Manjaro Installer, GUI as well as Architect presented themselves as a real pain in the a**! It's a real nightmare I'm unsure about how it ever got out of testing.
It just breaks constantly everywhere in a myriad of severe errors. On my at least 10th(!) try with manual work in advance, I was able to defeat the GUI installer leaving me wondering whether Manjaro really was a good choice if I now hand over the laptop.
On the first run, it deleted all the partitions and crashed without error.
This is just not feasible if Manjaro wants to be popular.
In case, I can provide something useful, please let me know!
All the best!
I just wanted the default installation with a separate home. Hence I went for manual partitioning.
Sidenote: I don't understand why the default installation has no separate home directory. To me, as someone constantly fixing other peoples computers, this is a must have. Hence I recommend adding that to the default "delete the complete drive and install Manjaro"-option.
A fraction of the problems I do remember:
- First time it deleted all partitions and crashed without error
- Then it failed to mount the partitions and installed the system in RAM with Grub install obviously failing.
- On another run I could set the boot flag and in the next step it complained about the missing boot flag --> just resolvable by setting it manually in fdisk.
- It failed to set correct grub parameters leading to warnings on booting.
- There were several different severe crashes in the Architect as well but I can't recall the situations.