Manjaro is my first experience with a derivative Linux distribution. My old distro was openSUSE which is a fully standalone OS: Manjaro by comparison is kept up to date from Arch. I’ve heard only good things of Arch so it’s surely a good decision I salute! Still I’m curious about some implications.
Firstly I should check that my understanding of what being a derivative means is correct; Manjaro’s OS packages are modified mirrors of Arch’s but with slight changes, updated from them but with different settings and software potentially added / removed on top. That’s referring to the official repo, I know AUR is a separate entity and its own thing.
Anyway, as an user who intends to stick with a good distribution forever if possible, this does raise a little concern in the back of my mind: Supposing something were to happen to Arch, or Manjaro had to take a different route for any reason… what would happen to the OS? Could the Manjaro team ever branch off Arch entirely and become fully self reliant if need be? Would it just mean the Manjaro team has to update and build each component manually, and if so how hard is it to do that?
Obviously Arch is well established and reliable, this will likely never happen with so many derivatives depending on them. Still I’m curious what the difficulty level were if this ever had to be considered; It’s an interesting situation to have an OS depend on two different teams which don’t necessarily work together, a setup in which things usually go one way (Manjaro must take decisions based on Arch not the other way around). It’s easy to worry that if something ever happened to either of the two sides, you may be left having to look for a new OS or things could change drastically… even if I don’t imagine Manjaro would ever have the fate of Antegros being so popular and well established by now.