Manjaro Linux Reviews

Not recomend for general usage

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I love pacman and want to love simple installation for Arch Linux. I also wan to love Manjaro, but cant because it is unstable and has critical bugs even with hardware like stucked LAN. I tried many Linux distros on the same hardware but only Manjaro working so bad. I doubt that developers of this distro are professionals.

This has been the exact opposite of my experience. I tried many distros (Kubuntu, OpenSuse, Antergos...) but only Manjaro worked so well for me that I now use it on my home and work computer as the default booting OS, and an old laptop, and have had two co-workers adopt it (one as a dual boot on a 6 year old Mac) and the other on a Dell laptop from about 3 years ago. I've had zero instability issues and I enjoy very much that it's a usable way of getting an OS that supports the AUR, where I found drivers for my Xeros Phaser printer. The closest thing to Manjaro for me was Kubuntu 15.10 which didn't support full LUKS disk encryption and didn't support the printer I had. Additionally, Manjaro comes with NVidia drivers out-of-the-box and works well for gaming. Couldn't be happier with it. I've been using it for a year and had essentially no real problems - at least none that I didn't cause myself and aren't Manjaro's fault. I've been thinking whether it might even be a well enough screwed together distro to recommend to Linux beginners.

@Natterjack565 you discovered AUR in Arch Linux for yourself? Congrats to you, but how this relates to my comment? Arch tooling is great BTW. I like it a lot. Great for development. But try to read title of my comment again.

@JohnFastman I trying it from time to time again and it still hard to recommend. I discovered critical hardware issues on ThinkPad laptop. I never had them before. ONLY on Manjaro. And i am using Linux from 2009. Any distribution need decent user base. Arch Linux is a minority of minority Linux distributions. Manjaro - much less then minority of Arch users. You have no issue, but this is not a real statistics. Still cant recommend it for general usage. Also i dont like idea splitting user base, bugs Arch/Manjaro.

@TimPi

I was expanding on @JohnFastman use of AUR, rather than replying directly to your comment. This would be more obvious if AlternativeTo allowed replies to replies (indented) --- the present setup makes all replies look like they are to the OP.

Hope this helps!

@TimPl

You have no issue, but this is not a real statistics.

I have no issues, and that's not statistics. You have issues, but that's also not statistics.

Arch Linux is a minority of minority Linux distributions. Manjaro - much less then minority of Arch users.

Not sure where you're getting that from. Many, many people use Arch and many use Manjaro. I don't know of any accurate quantification of which distros have what percentage market share, but presumably you do since you know what is and what isn't a minority.

Also i dont like idea splitting user base, bugs Arch/Manjaro.

Arch, Manjaro and Antergos are so closely related that Manjaro and Antergos often refer users to the Arch wiki for troubleshooting. Antergos and Arch are almost the same, except for the installer. You can in 95% of cases get advice from one and apply it to the other. For everything else, there are dedicated communities, which also makes sense. Manjaro differs from Arch in that it has a) a much more user-friendly installation, b) has its own repos, c) rolls out updates after a slight (c. 2 weeks) delay to ensure stability. Arch is harder to setup for most people; Manjaro was intended for - guess what - general use and many people do use it that way, as is evident from many online reviews, Youtubers and their own community. Ok, for you, it turns out that Manjaro doesn't work well on the specific hardware you tried. That sometimes happens with all distros. But it's not statistics. You can't recommend Manjaro for general use, thousands of others use it generally.

@JohnFastman
> I have no issues, and that's not statistics. You have issues, but that's also not statistics.

Yes of course, but i found this kinda weird. Didnt even expect that possible to have broke Ethernet on this machine. This fixed only when i disassembly the battery and put it back again, so this makes me think that is a kernel bug, which i cant fix for sure. But i tried Antergos immediately just for testing and my Ethernet was ok. Sad that i can test now it on the same hardware (ThinPad machine). All this made me salty yeah ... :-) Because Manjaro is close to my ideal Linux distro vision.

>I don't know of any accurate quantification of which distros have what percentage market share, but presumably you do since you know what is and what isn't a minority.

Lets refer to this https://www.linuxcounter.net/statistics/distributions and Steam hardware survive.

>You can't recommend Manjaro for general use

Not only me. After 2 min googling i found many feedback like that and even blogs where users trying it from time to time and then was frustrating because of stability and working out of box things.

>thousands of others use it generally.

Yes but when millions will test it and use it generally it would much better for end-user :-)

I will try it again soon ...

Linuxcounter is a very vague estimate extrapolated from registrations, not an accurate quantification.

> After 2 min googling i found many feedback like that and even blogs where users trying it from time to time and then was frustrating because of stability and working out of box things.

Yes, and you'll find that for every distro.

Just on Linuxcounter again: you can see how ridiculous the numbers are. They claim fewer Debian machines than Arch, which is nonsensical given how widespread Debian is for server use. And far, far below that is Android, which is actually the most popular "distro" in the world since it completely dominates the entire worldwide mobile market.

I am testing now Manjaro on two machines and i want to say it really great distro. For desktop and development.

But my first main feedback look like has the right to exist. For example, early versions of Manjaro has vm swappiness=1. This many times discussed that this is not good idea even for desktop. I checked again and now this fixed. Manjaro have default value vm swappiness=60. This doesn't mean that Manjaro devs non-professionals, this just because Manjaro was young distro and now grown up.

I want to believe that Manjaro good in long term usage also. Time will tell. Anyway my first comment no more relevant. Manjaro is awesome distro, exactly what Arch should be.

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