Wow so now I can be on the very first page of the “introduce yourself” thread. I’m probably more excited about this than it really warrants, but at a certain point in life one realizes the thrills might as well be milked for all they are worth because they aren’t nearly as frequent as they used to be.
I live in Seattle WA in the not-particulary-United-at-the-moment States, awaiting November with fear and loathing. In the meantime: I have been running the Openbox community edition of Manjaro for almost two years, after trying to put up with Debian-based distros for multimedia creation for a year or so. AVLinux is not bad for what it is, but I gave up and headed Arch-ward when it became clear that I would have to compile Audacity myself to get a usable version.
Learn Arch or compile Audacity? The choice was obvious, yes? But first I downloaded ArchBang because my favorite Debian distro many years ago was crunchbang and I had fallen in love with Openbox. I figured I should see if I liked the Arch environment before committing to it.
I did like it. And the very first update borked everything. There was a time in my life when I would have been happy chrooting in and fixing things every few days, but I am getting older and time’s a-wasting much more quickly than it used to. I needed an Arch go-between that was a little more robustly structured than most of the styled and packaged Arch-based distros out there.
And here it was! More than a year and a half later, and for the first time since installing CentOS twenty years ago so I could think about setting up a webserver in my bedroom (I thought better of it especially after my ISP could not give me the static IP it promised me), I have no urge to go in search of a “better” distro. Manjaro is precisely the Linux I need right now: I am a musician, poet, and artist trying to get some projects together before my fingers stop working; I can’t be wasting precious wrist flexibility editiing config files if there is a more direct way to keep my software up-to-date and my system running.
So here we are. Hi new Manjaro forum!