Manjaro suitable for novices?

Referring a point made in Given rise in number of anti-cheats requiring secure boot enabled, is there any plan to add support secureboot to manjaro?:

The part about not being intended for new users, seems to contradict the Manjaro homepage and other documentation, so if true, should the docs be updated?

Related doc links

Manjaro homepage

Manjaro … is user-friendly and suitable for those new to computers

Wiki About Manjaro

Manjaro is suitable for both newcomers as well as experienced Linux users. For newcomers, a user-friendly installer is provided, and the system itself is designed to work fully ‘straight out of the box’ with

Wiki Using Manjaro for Beginners linking to Manjaro User Guide

Manjaro is designed to be accessible to newcomers

Using Manjaro for Windows users

Well, you’re in the same situation now: You’re a N00b again! Embrace it!

"Suitable for newcomers " and “handholding” are not the same.
Ultimately it depends on the user.
I have very little problem conjuring in my mind some ‘new user’ that can easily use manjaro.
Heck, my partner couldnt manually partition to save their life … but uses manjaro daily.

The point, as I see it, is that manjaro will not stop a new user from shooting themselves in the foot … while at the same time the system itself comes in a usable state with approachable documentation.

Manjaro is ‘suitable for newcomers’/‘accessible to newcomers’ … provided those newcomers are responsible system managers or willing to learn.

(none of which is to say ‘targeting linux newbies’ or ‘idiot proof’ or some other moniker)


Tbh as long as they read the announcement threads and take regular backups 99% of users will be fine.
I can certainly say I’ve hard far less issues with manjaro or any linux distro than i did with Windows

This was a very good explanation of it. I really think that Manjaro should do more to make this clarification clear, as a lot of people come in here expecting it to be Arch-based Ubuntu.

@cscs is spot-on

That depend on the definition of new users. Any and all systems requires the user to be willing to learn and implement new habits.

Replace Unix with Manjaro in below quote.

Unix was not designed to stop its users from doing stupid things, as that would also stop them from doing clever things.
— Doug Gwyn

You cannot apply your current computer knowledge on a one-to-one base - you will only get frustrated and have a bad experience.

Those who don’t understand Unix are condemned to reinvent it, poorly.
— Henry Spencer


It’s not… well that’s a relief.

My partner also, as @cscs mentioned theirs, uses Manjaro, and like @cscs’s partner could not create a partition to save her life, but she uses Manjaro KDE daily. I occasionally have to remind her to check the updates, but that’s about it. The rest she works out for herself.


So far with zero experience with manjaro I am using it successfully. The install process was really smooth.