Matteo Di Pirro
Jun 13, 2022 ⋅ 5 min read

Manjaro vs. Arch: Choosing your post-Ubuntu OS

Matteo Di Pirro I am an enthusiastic young software engineer who specialized in the theory of programming languages and type safety. I enjoy learning and experimenting with new technologies and languages, looking for effective ways to employ them.

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11 Replies to "Manjaro vs. Arch: Choosing your post-Ubuntu OS"

  1. As an arch user, I installed manjaro for my parents thinking i’d have easier time if problems appear.
    Man was I wrong. Manjaro is quite different from arch, and has it’s own set of problems, usually during updates, and best source of information – arch wiki is quite often useless in this situation.

    Just something to keep in mind, Arch seems scary, but it’s all about simplicity, because it’s so simple usually when stuff breaks it’s your own fault and you can figure it out with documentation.
    With manjaro, you give quite bit of that stuff away to other people, and you have no idea when they mess up, how or what to do.

    BUT. If you’re coming from ubuntu and are used to hacky workarounds this might be ok for you.

    Endeavour etc.. is imo decent middle way, never used but i started myself with antergos, when antergos fell I switched all my software to arch repos. Still I was left with bunch of incompatible configs here and there that kept causing problems from time to time. I kept fixing manually for over a year or so till I decided to copy important configs and make a clean arch install. I knew arch enough by then, so I wouldn’t worry much about Endeavour ending up like Antergos and being left with a dead distro.

    That said if you can do commandline install arch is imo way to go.

  2. I was using EndeavourOS. I had to downgrade the nVidia drivers twice to be able to log in, 5.16 wouldn’t boot, and a few other problems. I went back to Manjaro, am running the 515.48.07 nVidia drivers and 5.17. I’ll take the curation that Manjaro offers.

  3. Post Ubuntu? Definitely Debian not Arch or Manjaro. One already basically knows Debian and apt etc. after learning on Ubuntu and now you can keep the huge Debian repos and familiar tooling without the Ubuntu stuff.

    1. Please for the love of God if you’re reading this while considering moving to Arch or Manjaro, pick Arch.
      I too thought I would have a better user experience with Manjaro; I didn’t. It’s a broken, bloated mess that breaks every other day if you dare to install a new package. Actually, it just breaks on its own most of the time for indiscernable reasons.
      The archinstaller until works extremely well for a quick setup and I have yet to encounter a single issue with my system since I moved to Arch a few months ago.
      I’ve installed Manjaro on many systems for myself and other people, and it is absolutely always a pain.

      1. Been using Manjaro for six months now – got into it for KDE desktop and superior gaming support. I have never experienced any of the problems you described. Mind you, I install every update rather than cherry picking, which is what the devs recommend to avoid issues. Also, I turned off the AUR so that unwanted updates are not accidentally pulled from that repository.

  4. Historically, one of the early indicators of an operating system being dropped has been a decrease in its adoption by gamers.


  5. Manjaro is based out arch as a arch like system and does not same repos also they focus on pamac and pacman is kinda bit forked version…

  6. > Still, Manjaro maintains its own independent repositories and it does not rely on Arch’s ones

    Manjaro pacakges are >95% imported from Arch

  7. I thought Windows had the lion’s share of OS adoption in the gamer world. Not sure gamers are the target audience for Ubuntu… strange take.

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