I’ve been a Linux user since… Oh maybe 2007-2008. WinXP was still being dual booted for the times I cared enough about games and I think Win7 came along around 2009. Linux installs had sort of become easy enough that work could be done w/out having to spend much time on forums where people got kicked around if they asked questions which weren’t smart enough for the regular users…
Most of my early Linux time, was spent using Ubuntu because that setup provided the least hardware issues. Because there’s nothing like trying to show how cool Linux is on a really nice laptop to family and friends, and that really nice OS falling flat. And then Unity came along and changed the resource needs of everything…
Last few years I was distro hopping because after a few hours or days, these new promising distros showed flaky behaviour. Even the pillars of Linux didn’t hold up to my needs - realistic compatibility in documents, image editing, audio playing of files with more than clapped out codecs; and anything installed more than about six month of use was slower than a fragmented WinXP box or a worn-out DOS 2.1 floppy.
When Canonical moved to Unity and it’s collection of faults I moved to Mint. LinuxMint should have stayed with Debian, but that’s just me. I use Mint on a desktop because I’m familiar with it and it rarely crashes. There’s a nice lack of having to reinstall a ‘LTS’ install every 6 months, but needing PPAs to keep the apps can be tiresome because the versions get outdated.
My first encounters with Manjaro weren’t favourable at all. On the same cloned VM, and where other distros worked flawlessly, crashes and messy inconsistent UI designs relegated Manjaro to the role of “virtual machine plaything” or were just removed. Installs would fail even though the installer claimed to be OK. I think 16.something was the first one I actually trusted as more than a test box. Surprisingly, it lasted a few days. When 16.10 came along, it improved even more. I think the original install has actually remained on a year. Something of a record (and with the Mint 17.1) are the first Linux installs I’ve had on for more than a year w/out having them self implode over some stupid “unknown” bug that had been around for years.
I love the performance and potential of Linux, but understand the lack of interest in the general populous when most people depend on the OOTB experience of hardware devices. I know thew above doesn’t shower Linux with praise, but I wanted a bit of honesty and not be one of the “Linux never fails, ever!” people. Manjaro has had minor quirks but nothing serious. Its connection to Arch also why I value it. While it’s not Arch, there’s enough similarities that it is possible to glance at the wiki and usually find issues - even for other unrelated distros.
This ready access to info is something which is not practical for Ubuntu. Too much of their stuff is outdated and or wrong.
OK. I think that’s my TL:DR take on how I got here.