Back when Windows 8 came out, and turned out to be not so good. I thought Win8 represented a trend away from traditional desktop PC OS’s, and became frustrated with Microsoft. So I decided to try out Linux, especially since Steam was brought over to that platform. My first choice was Mint, since I had heard of some bad things with Ubuntu, and Unity at the time, as well as privacy concerns, which reminded me of Windows. Well, my first impression of Linux with Mint was mostly negative, turned out I had just started using Mint when Cinnamon was brand new out of the works, and was kinda buggy (at least for me), and kept glitching out, and whatnot. The biggest problem I had was getting my wifi USB adapter to work, spending multiple days getting it to work, and no dice. Then like a moron, I tried using Linux the same way I used Windows, going to websites to downloads all the software I wanted, turned out that was not the way it worked on Linux. Then I saw that there were multiple types of executables, which confused me. The terminal scared the crap outta me, because whenever I looked online for solutions to problems I was having, the solution always involved the terminal.
After a couple weeks of using Mint, I experienced many many kernel panics, and games bringing down the entire system, needing to be reinstalled. That was when I started distro hopping, first looking at Ubuntu based ones because hey, thats the easy to use distro right? Thats the safe place! Tried out about a dozen distros, Pinguy, Zorin, all variants of Ubuntu itself, even Debian, and had the same problems with them as Mint (Except Debian, which I just found to be too hard to use), endless crashing, and stability issues. Almost gave up on Linux when I decided to leave the Ubuntu space, and go elsewhere. Tried PCLinuxOS, and Manjaro, and fell in love with both of them, but stuck with Manjaro right around the time version 0.8.6 came out. Now I admit, I had some stability issues with Manjaro as well, but not nearly as bad. I loved how Manjaro worked, and knew that it was in a very early stage of development, and knew it would only get better. And so I learned so much about Linux on Manjaro. Linux is just an amazing platform, and Manjaro is absolutely one of the best distros out there. In mid 2015 though I stopped using Linux for a few years because after I bought a new PC, I had to give up one of my 2 HDD’s and so I could only use 1 OS, and so I just ran Windows.I was just too lazy to buy another one lol. But back in october finally did, and installed Manjaro on it, and damn, it is so much better than it was even in 2015, seems like all the issues I had with it back then have been fixed, and now it works so well. I would say it’s stability, and ease of use are now very much on par with Windows 10. Great job guys!
I also wanna mention, back in 2013, I bashed Ubuntu a lot, as well as Mint for being based on it. But those guys went through a lot of growing pains as well, and have gotten so much better too. I’ve learned that distro bashing does not really help Linux as a whole, and only serves to divide the community more. All distros have there special place