I had Manjaro installed once before, in 2016, but had to switch to Apple and then back to Windows - the latter of which due to a “vintage” 2012 MacBook Pro, followed by a slight disagreement in opinion over pricing.
I’m a design student from Germany and just needed a bit of fresh air. I’ve been using Windows since good old 98 - never meddling, never changing things, just accepting what was/is. This meant very few problems (seriously, this tower is from 2008 and ran Win Vista for years with only two or three blue-screens). This is still the case, I’m happily running Win10 (not on the 2008 tower, don’t worry).
I am a bit bored however. Also, it annoys me, that something so important - my computer - is a complete and utter black box to me. I want to start learning and I want to start meddling. I can learn on Windows, true, but I believe I can only truly meddle on linux.
I was introduced to Manjaro at a workshop back in 2015, by a Psychology student in Würzburg. He told me about the development of KDE, the live USBs and how it was getting more my kind of user friendly. But what intrigued me the most was when he mentioned the welcoming and helpful community here. I’d like to take a moment to thank you all for that - for making the difficult, taking-the-red-pill-part a whole lot easier. I’d add some more personal opinions on privacy, transparency and honesty (or lack thereof with certain companies) and all that, but the word “Hello” should only take so much of your time. Also, I have just a boat load of tutorials to watch and read.
My aim is to use Manjaro XFCE on the side, while finding proper alternatives for the software I need, in order to be able to switch my main computer over when I’m ready. I’m a complete noob at this, but I have found the Terminal, added it to my desktop panel and clicked on it like a champ.
cd Winamp\ Library/
cd Rolling\ Stones/
cd Rolling\ Stones\ CD2/
play ‘Rolling Stones - Forty Licks - CD2 - 01 - Start Me Up.mp3’
I had to install SoX the GUI way… We all start somewhere.
To all who have these things at this time, I wish you very happy holidays, best of health and hopefully peace - the political one as well as the one of the soul (I’d say something about the mind, but I don’t wish my state of mind on anyone, so we’ll just leave it alone). To those of you who don’t, I wish all of the above, without the “holidays”, but you’re certainly welcome to leave the “happy” in there none the less. Happiness is sometimes more important than grammar.
A pleasure to meet you all!
Cheers and take care,