Well, my journey/lovestory with Manjaro has been kind of bumpy. Initially I was an Ubuntu user when I first started to learn the ways of the Tux. But after endless amount of upgrades, formats and PPA dependency hells, I found Manjaro whilst browsing YouTube. I think Spatry or someone talked extremely highly of it and the version was pretty basic still… was it 0.6 or similar, I can’t really remember.
Anyways, after I installed it, I had to re-learn the whole package management and build systems, but I was pleased. The speed and art direction were the true highlights with near bleeding edge software availability. And… we must not forget about the community. My god, the best thing about the Manjaro project has to be the community, but we’ll get back to that later.
At one point my friends were poking fun at Manjaro and also poked me towards vanilla Arch. So I did switch eventually and spent a good week or so setting up the distro the way I wanted. It was a nightmare! It was a good learning experience, but holy hell, whenever I have re-installed Arch at home, I have always grabbed a sixpack or two just to keep myself calm with all the configuration that needs doing. Yes I know, I keep backups of the most critical scripts and config files, but I for whatever reason, always like to go through the configs manually when re-installing Arch.
Oh well, and then there’s Windows. To be honest, I am dual-booting and probably will dual-boot until the end-times come as I want the best gaming performance for the buck I pay for the Hardware. But the whole Win-Linux thing is a on-off relationship - some games which run better on Windows, I go for that, but generally all the video editing and real-life stuff happens on Linux.
And with that out of the way, we arrive at the present day. A few days ago I just felt like I needed a change for my OS. Now Arch is perfectly fine, but I wanted a change. I decided to go back to try Manjaro again, and boy was it a good choice. Most of the configuration is done perfectly out of the box, there’s Architect installer, excellent theming, blazingly fast, up to date software, kernel management… I mean the list just goes on and on. But the two final points I would like to bring out are:
- For a home computer - I have configured enough Arch… I just want a system which works and suits my needs. I don’t want to dive into config files and logs every week just to fix something which upstream has broken again - and this is the first great thing about Manjaro. Guys like Philip, who work their asses off being a package/patch buffer for whatever comes from upstream and tries to break the system. Sometimes, ofcourse some things will get through, but I really appreciate the M-team’s efforts which they put into the project. They are brilliant! And hopefully I can contribute back in some way at one point. THANK YOU!
- Community - you know… when you use Arch, you feel alone. You have your wikis and docs but most of the online users, generally speaking, are still huge pricks to you. Elitist people. The all-knowing-wiseguys. Whatever you might call them. Whenever I come back to Manjaro, I feel warmth. A community of people surround the product who are friendly, willing to help out and offer guidance. THIS is what makes a good distro truly great! THIS is why I choose Manjaro!