Hey fellas friends. Sorry to create yet another post on this topic (maybe we should have a sticky for this?).

About 2 weeks ago I decided it was time to move on from Windows and installed Manjaro. I would consider myself a newbie-intermediate level linux user.

Though I’ve used Windows most my life, we use Linux servers (no GUI) at work, managing them is part of job description. I also own a late 2011 Macbook Pro with vanilla Arch Linux. I barely ever use it but boy, Arch really brought it back to life!

I’ve been reasonably happy with Manjaro so far, feels easy and intuitive to use but the community has made me aware that Manjaro is maybe a questionable choice. Since I don´t plan on distro-hopping a lot I want to get it right sooner rather than later.

Here’s what I’m looking for:

  • Rolling distribution, preferably. Though this machine is also used for work, our environment depends mostly on remote servers anyway. I’d rather have a distribution that provides the most recent packages for whatever I want
  • I don´t mind running a distribution that forces me learn new things or do things in a different way, I kinda embrace it. I just don´t enjoy complexity for complexity’s sake.
  • KDE is my preferred Desktop Environment so far, though I guess that’s not very relevant. I’d love to run Hyprland, but you know… Nvidia :(
  • I play games on Steam but from my understanding this doesn´t matter either. Everything I tried worked great, I don´t think I want a ¨gaming focused" distro or anything like that
  • No Ubuntu, please.

My hardware, in case you feel is relevant!

OS: Manjaro Linux x86_64 
Kernel: 6.5.5-1-MANJARO 
Shell: bash 5.1.16 
Resolution: 2560x1440, 2560x1440 
WM: KWin 
Terminal: konsole 
Terminal Font: MesloLGS NF 10 
CPU: 12th Gen Intel i7-12700K (20) @ 4.900GHz 
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Lite Hash Rate 
Memory: 23313MiB / 64087MiB 
  • @Joker@discuss.tchncs.de
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    257 months ago

    Anything but Manjaro. I won’t get into the reasons why because it’s easy to find, but suffice it to say that it’s an amateur distro that makes dumb mistakes.

    If you want rolling, Arch, Tumbleweed and Endeavour are the first places to look. Maybe even Fedora because it updates very fast, although it’s not rolling.

    • @bionicjoey@lemmy.ca
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      37 months ago

      I’ve been using Manjaro for years without issue. I fully understand the arguments against using it, but it’s never been a problem for me and I’m too lazy to distro hop for no good reason.

      Are there problems with Manjaro? Yes, of course.

      Are they bad enough that “anything but Manjaro” is good advice to give to someone? IMO, no.

  • @MrBubbles96@lemmy.ml
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    147 months ago

    Yet another “Time to reccomend EndeavourOS” reply.

    Seriously tho, EndeavourOS is a pretty solid distro, and not that different from what you’re currently rocking (Manjaro is based on Arch) except well…it actually works as an Arch based distro should, unlike Manjaro. EndeavourOS’s a bit on the light side tho, and it comes with no GUI Add/Remove Software outta the box, but if you don’t like using the Konsole for that, nothing a “yay pamac-all” (or “yay pamac-all-no-snap”) and a bit of installing the packages you want/need can’t fix.

    • radix
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      27 months ago

      I’ve looked into EndeavourOS now, and I’m very confused. Normally I’d download a .iso and burn it onto a USB using Balena Etcher (or Rufus), but the official page for EndeavourOS doesn’t have a .iso. I tried following “method three” on that article, but I don’t understand the dialog asking me to choose between Raspberry Pi, Odroid, and Pinebook. I don’t have any of those. I just have my own desktop PC with its Intel CPU. Also I see “ARM” everywhere and I think that also implies incompatibility because ARM is RISC whereas my 6th-gen Intel is CISC.

      How do I get started?

        • radix
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          17 months ago

          I realized it’s the literal homepage that has the .iso. I’m gonna try it out in a VM when I get the chance :)

      • @MrBubbles96@lemmy.ml
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        17 months ago

        They seem to be doing UI changes to the website.

        Currently the non-ARM version of the ISO is in the main page (https://endeavouros.com/) just scroll down and you’ll find the mirror list of the most recent ISO by country. Dunno why it’s there NGL shrug

    • Thrickles
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      37 months ago

      Just be careful with Packman repos. Docs advise to run zupper dup with --allow-vendor-change but this has broken KDE a few times for me and I was forced to revert to a previous snapshot.

      That said, openSUSE Tumbleweed with snapshots is the ideal rolling release distro and works great for gaming.

  • @Potajito@feddit.ch
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    77 months ago

    Endevour OS, 100%. Is Arch but without the hassle. I did the same as you, Manjaro then Endevour. Couldn’t be happier. Also we have similar hardware (nvidia 3080) and kde+wayland is working really good here. If you would like to try something else, Nobara is great, based on fedora but with some gaming patches.

    • @pathief@lemmy.worldOP
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      47 months ago

      kde+wayland is working really good here

      That’s nice to read. Do you also have 2 monitors? I have this issue where a screen starts to flickr randomly, apparently it’s related to multiple monitors.

      • @Potajito@feddit.ch
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        Yeah. Well I have 2 + tv. I get some flicker on some xwayland apps, but right now my only remaining xwayland app is Reaper, afaik, at least the only one that flickers. No flicker on native wayland apps. Also, this workaround is worth at least trying to get rid of visual artifacts in kde:

        • Search in krunner or similar for “Plasma renderer”, under “rendering loop” select “Threaded”. Then reboot, not relog, reboot.
      • Nyfure
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        17 months ago

        No issues here… probably another Nvidia thing?
        Also check if AdaptiveSync is on or off

  • lemmyvore
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    7 months ago

    There’s nothing wrong with Manjaro. If you say that you’re “reasonably happy with Manjaro so far, feels easy and intuitive” and you’re not into distro-hopping then I see no reason for you to switch.

    If you’ve already installed Arch on another machine you probably know these things already, but here’s the basics for using an Arch-based distro (any Arch-based distro, this applies to all of them):

    • You gotta keep rolling. You don’t have to upgrade every day, you don’t have to upgrade every week, but once every few months you should. That’s the whole point of a rolling distro, if you don’t want rolling you can look into point-release distros.
    • It’s best to use pacman -Syu on command line to do upgrades.
    • Don’t install critical stuff from AUR. Don’t install AUR graphical drivers, or AUR kernels, or replace system packages with AUR packages.
    • Don’t install experimental kernels and especially don’t uninstall all other kernels and only keep the experimental ones, that’s just asking for trouble. Stick to stable/longterm kernels and always keep two versions around, just in case.

    Specifically for Manjaro there’s similar advice:

    • Stick to the stable releases, don’t mess around with testing or unstable unless you really know what you’re doing.
    • If you want to know what’s coming in updates you can check out the announcements page. That’s also where you can find tips for fixing various package upstream annoyances – in every release post, under “known fixes and workarounds” (which happen occasionally, it’s the price you pay when using a rolling distro and staying on the bleeding edge).
  • Responsabilidade
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    57 months ago

    Based on your requirements Arch Linux or OpenSuSe Tumbleweed is what you want

    Run away from Manjaro.

    • @kurcatovium@lemm.ee
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      7 months ago

      I can recommend Tumbleweed. I’m far from linux pro, so I really love the easy rollback function. It was a life saver couple of times for me. Now rolling for 2,5 years and can’t complain at all!

      I’m on AMD, so not sure how’s nvidia.

      Or alternatively, there’s always Hannah Montana Linux…

  • danielfgom
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    47 months ago

    In short: Manjaro sucks. No one should ever use it.

    For rolling distro you should look at:

    1. Opensuse Tumbleweed: latest packages, well tested, bullet proof reliability and built in system rollback. RPM based.

    2. Garuda Linux: full flavoured ARCH. Very fast, has all the latest packages. Reliable. Built in rollback. Cool theming.

    • @Aties@lemmy.world
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      17 months ago

      In short: Manjaro sucks. No one should ever use it.

      I’ve seen their certificates fail to renew multiple times. I feel like I don’t know anything, but I could at least certbot.

      • danielfgom
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        17 months ago

        They are notorious for breaking your system because they mix old packages with new which causes dependency issues and driver issues.

        If you’re using a rolling distro both the system packages and library’s, as well as the apps packages must both be up to date.

        Manjaro doesn’t follow this

    • @EntropyPure@lemmy.world
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      37 months ago

      This is the closest to a rolling Debian release, and I really like it. It’s basically the next major release for Debian, Updates are plenty and the packages much newer than in the stable, though not bleeding edge.

      Best of both worlds IMHO

  • Lexi Sneptaur
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    47 months ago

    I’m going to also recommend EndeavourOS. Or, if you’re game, just go for Arch. Sure the first time you install will be painful, but you’ll learn a lot about how everything works together. Then you will be more proficient at fixing it if and when you break it.

  • neo (he/him)A
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    37 months ago

    OpenSUSE Tumbleweed, one of the default DE’s they offer is KDE.

    • L3ft_F13ld!
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      37 months ago

      OpenSUSE was also known for their amazing KDE implementation in the past. Not sure if that’s still the case but it’s worth mentioning.

  • GamesRevolution
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    37 months ago

    If you want to be a little adventurous, just install vanilla arch and it will be great, but if you want a little bit of a easier install with all the same benefits, use endeavor os.

    If you want something not arch based the only thing I can recommend is OpenSUSE Tumbleweed, I’ve heard great things about it.

    Also about Hyprland and Nvidia, I’ve been using Hyprland for some months now with Nvidia and it’s been working great. I do have a significantly older card then you, but it could be worth a try to see if it works. You just have to follow the Hyprland wiki very carefully and you should be fine.

  • @pastermil@sh.itjust.works
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    37 months ago

    I’d usually recommend Linux Mint, but since you seems to be up for a challenge, how about Gentoo?

    Otherwise for something more mild, you can go for OpenSUSE Tumbleweed.

  • @zingo@lemmy.ca
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    OpenSuse Tumbleweed is an excellent choice, if you want the most stable rolling release distro.

    High quality OS.