Hi everyone. I wan't to share my experience using the os and try to give some perspective for linux converts such as me. I've been using manjaro for a month now and I get stressed when there's a new update notification. To start with, the first boot after I installed manjaro i3, I had these problems:
- no sound
- the touchpad won't tap to click
- suspend/closing the laptop lid would actually hang the computer once opened and then (1) again
- sound would just randomly break (like I was literally just watching a youtube video and the sound is gone); and
- sound would break if I remove the charger while the comptuer boots (after grub but before login screen; happened twice)
I manage to fix (1) and (2) but (4) is still pestering me, and honestly, for (3), I won't even try now as that just borks more stuff. I'm now treating my laptop like a baby by making sure I don't do other stuff while its doing some terminal stuff, and this "solved" my problem with (5).
Now comes some updates. If the package has any dependency with pulse or alsa I try to hold it off untill I check the forums if people has issues with it. Or at least that's what makes sense to me (again, I'm not very much familiar with linux and its updates). Sometimes it doesn't matter as sound will still be broken when I reboot after the update and would either come back if I seek the solution or just wait until it returns (seriously, I have no sound for five days and it just returned without me trying to fix it). For the latest "stable" update, I would actually call it my worst experience yet, because it forced me to use Windows 10 for two days. Fortunately, there was a solution for it.
I'm not a linux veteran. This is my first distro that I managed to use for 1 whole month. When everything works (including sound) it's actually quite nice, even if I can't suspend like I used to in Windows 10. I don't know exactly the reason why I choose to install manjaro. I saw it on distrowatch and got curious because of how they advertise the os as "user-friendly" and "stable" but I wished they had made it more clear who the "user" is (or maybe I wish I read some reviews before diving in). I get that they are a small team and they can't test every system there is. I only wish they had disclaimers for these statements on their website:
Professional and user-friendly Linux at its best.
Manjaro is a user-friendly Linux distribution based on the independently developed Arch operating system.
...with a focus on user-friendliness and accessibility
Manjaro is suitable for newcomers...
Manjaro Linux targets beginners and advanced users at the same time...
...Its own dedicated software repositories to ensure delivery of fully tested and stable software packages
Some people in the forum think that users are at fault because they aren't doing it the arch way. I guess that's true and I don't know why I keep using it while still expecting it to be stable. Windows updater never told me to check microsoft.com to see if the following update will cause problems (and rarely does it break something, at least for me). It's just now that it made me think that rolling distros aren't for me because I'm in a period of adjustment. Windows gave me some convience that I didn't have to think about before and I got used to it.
I'm still using manjaro but I'll start trying other distros (My first installation is actually xubuntu, but it didn't work well with my system. Manjaro was my second attempt to try a linux distro).
Sorry for rambling, I'm so stressed this past few days and I finally got it all working same as it was before the update. Still, I appreciate that there's a community forum for when troubles like this happen.
EDIT: I'm using Solus now.