I am a UNIX man through and through. It's a personal rule of mine that any computer I own will run UNIX - sometimes one flavour of it, sometimes two. My ThinkPads all run Solus, a distribution that I absolutely love, and until six months ago, my 17" monster of a MacBook Pro ran OS X and Ubuntu-Budgie, which I tolerated (operative word)...
until disaster struck, my Ubuntu install got totally trashed, and I decided right then and there that I needed another distro. I hate the whole Debian philosophy, the holding packages back for "stability", the PPA-hell, the two-page apt-get command that I had on my Google Drive just to get the system working to my satisfaction. On the other hand, Solus gives me rolling updates, the desktop environment looks much nicer than Ubuntu-Budgie even though it's the same on both, etc. The choice at that point was simple and obvious: install Solus. Only Solus refused to boot from the USB stick. Grey screen. I tried a few tricks, same thing. This left me with no feasible (or rather, desirable) options.
It should be noted here that I like a "traditional" desktop experience, i.e. one that imitates a Windows or OS X work-flow. I also like modern styling, something that shows off the display capabilities of contemporary PC's (i.e. not XFCE). I used to use mainline Ubuntu until they switched to Unity (at which point I bashed my head against the wall and installed Cinnamon), then when Unity died, I tried Gnome 3 for about ten minutes. What is the big space in the middle of the screen, if not for storing symlinks and files?! Even OS X gives you a choice between desktop and dock. When Solus came out with Budgie, I was very impressed---it really was the desktop environment and "look" tailored for me.
So, what I needed was a rolling release cycle, an easy installation (no pick-and-choose), and a desktop environment that suited my style. Arch was instantly out because I'd have to nitpick every little thing (no thank you), Solus wouldn't boot, SuSE was too "unfriendly", I'd heard of something called Antergos, and some European distro called Manjaro was trending on DistroWatch.
That was when I checked out Manjaro's site. Wow. All the desktop environments I could ever think of. There was Cinnamon, and KDE, and Budgie... and what the hell is Deepin? I picked the Deepin edition on a whim... wow. Just wow.
Manjaro with Deepin Desktop Environment is absolutely the most "polished", most beautiful operating system I have ever used. It has the Windows 10 style, but it applies consistently. The workflow is very much like Budgie. Just a few tweaks needed (increase the font size, etc, etc). It's one of the few operating systems that has The X Factor, if you get my drift.
I strongly recommend Manjaro-Deepin to all users of Linux. Beginner, intermediate, or advanced. Doesn't really matter. Sure, you might end up using the terminal (in fact, you probably will), but it'll usually be cut-and-pasting commands from documentation. It's a pity that Manjaro-Deepin is a "community edition"; this scares off the reviewers who think it implies "unstable".
The only flaw in Manjaro-Deepin is the package store, which is possibly the ugliest I've seen. It doesn't match the Deepin widgets, it's text heavy, hard to "browse" (as opposed to search).
Has anyone any thoughts about Manjaro-Deepin? Feel similarly to me? Differences of opinion are of course welcome.