Hello, i as a Linux amateur user considering to install Manjaro on my 2015 laptop and asking for Your kind feeback regarding following:
ZFS/BTRFS and disk ENCRYPTION: (FEEDBACK STILL WELCOME)
I was thinking that if i want to try ZFS for my external data drives, maybe it would be somehow beneficial to setup it also on system drive? The Manjaro installer will guide me to setup ZFS or BTRFS filesystem? UDPATE: yes there is automatic configuration in Architect installer(desktop icon in Live CD/USB system), unsure about default installer. (i read good things about ZFS and it made me want to setup zfs pool out of my external drives, but my system drive is small, though my external data drive is large with alot of data. Maybe better to setup regular FS for systemd rive and ZFS pool then for external drives right?). Is better to use BTRFS (mutschler dot eu/linux/install-guides/manjaro-btrfs/)?
At same time i would like to use encryption (maybe rather full disk even i read (forum.manjaro dot org/t/manjaro-architect-full-disk-encryption/570/2) that thanks to grub it is slow to boot it. Though i do not shutdown computer often, i rather want to suspend it. Someone also says full disk one is overkill, but if the problem is only slow boot, then this is not a problem for me…).
LVM: (UNIMPORTANT QUESTION)
i guess i do not need this to do simple incremental backups of the system drive to external drive?
SLEEP mode and SWAP: (YET TO BE ANSWERED)
For sleep mode, should i use swap file or swap partition? I want swap because my free RAM is quite low on current OS. Can this swap be encrypted too, any option in installer? I want to setup zswap too: wiki.manjaro dot org/index.php?title=Swap#Using_zswap_with_systemd-swap
XFCE vs KDE, $witching? (UNIMPORTANT QUESTION)
I do not know which desktop to use, i was using XFCE, LightDM in previous Linux distributions and in outdated File managers (old version Thunar) i was lacking some features. But i heard KDE is more demanding mainly RAM despite it is more customizable and feature rich. My searche engine not finds any tutorial on how to install and switch between desktops in Manjaro. UPDATE: i read that more desktops simultaneously is not advised: wiki.manjaro dot org/index.php/Install_Desktop_Environments#The_Risks_of_Using_Multiple_DEs