Ha Ha, I called this one a few days back on another thread before they let the cat out of the bag. How did I know, because it only makes sense that the developers of the distro want to grow the distro.
I have no problem with the developers wanting to make the transition from the buntu world to Manjaro a little less painful for those users. Why do you think Manjaro is so popular? A big part is the great tools like MSM that makes life much easier for the average user. This is no different. I have no problem with this as long as pacman is still retained for the users that prefer pacman.
This is really changing nothing for the users that prefer the Arch commands. Who cares if the refugees from buntuland want to use their precious apt-get command. As long as the same functionality is retained for pacman users, then whats the difference.
It is only natural for the leaders of the project to want to grow their distro. Who can blame them. There is strength in numbers. More users makes the distro far more secure in the long term. The larger the Arch based universe gets the better it is for everyone using that platform.
It’s kind of nice to be on board the little engine that could. Manjaro has shot up from the bottom rungs of the rankings to number 1. That couldn’t happen without the distribution being appealing to a larger segment of the Linux world.