Haha, LOL. No, not a dramatic fight to the death or something drastic like that. It’s just two of the very much most-beloved Linux distros in the last couple years. In fact they’ve been #1 and #2 on DistroWatch for the longest time … until MX-18 stole the #2 spot some weeks ago.
A comparison. Not a duel. Since the whole of Linux is one big happy family. Or should be. All the distros are impacting and inspiring each other; borrowing ideas and little programs and apps from other distros is a daily occurance, and encouraged. Heck, even Microsoft borrowed some good ideas from Linux, implemented them in Win10 and sold to the sheeples as something, like, totally fresh and new and bestest idea ever. 😮
Another example: Every ArchLinux distro worth its salt uses Manjaro’s Calamares Installer, which was heavily, influenced by Mint’s installer, which is based on Ubuntu’s. And Mint’s homegrown desktop environment Cinnamon has made its way into countless other Linux distros as well by now.
We, the users, we just pick and choose what’s best for us and gives us the best feeling. There are no quasi-religious infights like Windows vs MacOS over in the commercial sheeples world. Sometimes you come across some good-spirited banter and dismissive statements about some distros. Orca for example is an infamous Ubuntu, RedHat and Gnome3 “hater” and I make my opinion known. But deep down in my heart I know that basically all topdog distros in existence nowadays are standing on the shoulder of giant Ubuntu, which again stands on the shoulder of mighty grandaddy Debian. At least spiritually they do.
So anyway, watch this comparison video, try to stay unbiased and in the end decide for … Mint! 🙂 Because you’re new and deserve such a cool and unproblematic experience. It’ll be hard enough to get settled in a new computing universe and Mint makes it as easy for you as humanly possible. Technically I prefer Manjaro – have spent the most time in that distro – until a year ago. But in the spirit of Linux, hey, we got hundreds of distros to choose from and we should make the best choice for us personally. Not what’s super high up in the DistroWatch charts, but what gives you the best experience is what counts and what should influence your choice.
Although … psssht … I’d go with Mint. Period. And once your’re good and stable in the Linuxverse and made your home there, you shall spread out and go for excursions into the Debian and Arch families and try out as many different desktops as possible.
But please, always keep in mind there are no besterer or wursterer Linuxes. But let’s not forget that cream usually rises to the top (although Orca personal choice is somewhere in the higher hundreds figures).
But from there on it’s all just a matter of taste.