Know what? I’ve decided to make my life easy. Erm, it’s already very easy, at least in regards of computing n stuff. But I’ve decided to go radikal! Cutting all the krap and only focus on The Best! Or at least what I deem to be the bestest for the up-and-coming fresh faced housewive.
So, believe it or not, I reduced my recommendation list to only 1 item!
That I don’t have much love for MX is well-known, right? In fact my love and sympathy is split in between Endeavour and Manjaro but when it comes down to a single distro I’d recommend it must be Manjaro!
Yes, EOS is more up to date, and gains you more bragging rights and you can fiddle and configure and experiment with it until the cows come home, buuuuut we don’t want that, do we? We are ladies, we are never bored but have stuff to do on our computers. And once the stuff is done we switch it off and go shopping or do some housework.
And we’re grown up adults, smart and resourceful. We won’t waste time on a souped-up Ubuntu called Mint or on any other Debian-based distro. We demand our software to be sexy. And easy to use. And maintenance-free. And stable and robust. And complete and usable right outta the box, as we know it from Mint. But still fairly up-to-date!
Have a hunch where this is going? Yes, Manjaro!
I stated we’re clever and resourceful, didn’t I? So as long as you managed to download Mint, put it on a bootable USB thumb drive and install it on your machine – and everybody got that, no? – doing the same with Manjaro shouldn’t pose a problem for you. See, it even comes with your favourite Cinnamon desktop. Cool eh? 😉
And that’s it. I promise you, there won’t be any big difference in operation, compared to your fancy Mint. You gotta click on Update, like, weekly or fortnightly … and the rest is very similar. Only that you’ll have a much much newer kernel and never ever need to reinstall your system. Unlike the static Mint will Manjo roll with you into eternity.
That dreaded terminal? Don’t use it if you don’t wanna. Manjo has GUIs for everything. Often “stolen” from Mint. Really. You’re good on Mint, you’ll be good on Manjaro! 😉
Please believe me, girls, I’m in this Linux universe since 2013/14, and I had my fair share of trubbelz and frustrations, particularly with earlier versions of Manjaro. Their carelesness even drove me off, into the embrace of other Arch-ish distros. But nowdays, in 2020/21/22, Manjo is on a level of maturity that matches ours and Mints. And, just like Mint, it just steams along and does its job.
Of course, you can use EndeavourOS (I do it, too, on my laptop) if you wanna play and experiment and be real cool. But you don’t have to. For a productivity-focused system Manjaro is sooo much betterer!
So, yes! For the first time ever I will recommend Manjaro as a first-timer system.
Don’t believe me? Maybe you’ll believe your fellow reader Becca, who went from Mint to Manjaro.
Okay, n00b, here’s your challenge: Install Manjaro on an appropriate piece of hardware, get it running and then, if you choose to accept, maybe write a little report about your experience. And don’t forget to snap some screenshots. ‘kay?