Distro recommendation

I’m having problems with Manjaro again, always after those big updates. Anyway, I’m moving from Manjaro since it seems it will not work (authorization isn’t working properly). I already tried Ubuntu before (used it for 3 months), but moved on since file management in Ubuntu is pretty bad (had to use terminal to copy files and format drives because system wouldn’t recognize me as administrator). I’ve been using Manjaro for 4 months and it’s really good, the update problems ruin it.

Anyway, I was thinking of moving on to something like Linux Mint, Debian or Fedora. I wanted something with support and with people that care for the code. What do you guys suggest? I ask because I don’t want to encounter another distro changing problem with my next distro.


I’ll compare the 3 you listed, but disclaimer that I’m no expert.

  • Linux Mint: Ubuntu based, and will be very similar to Ubuntu, but with a different DE, software shop, default apps, themes, etc. Cinnamon uses less RAM than Ubuntu’s Gnome.
  • Debian: Ubuntu’s base. Debian stable is very “stable”. Imo, though, this is not great for desktop. You’ll be dealing with years old software. You can use debian testing. It’s similar to Ubuntu and Mint. Ubuntu has more stuff added (pre-installed software) and PPAs, etc. I personally prefer the other two options to Debian.
  • Fedora: short term release cycle, so you’ll get packages with recent versions, but it is still stable. You’ll be supported by Red Hat. Fedora is pretty solid.

I personally like Fedora the most on your list. If you want the least maintenance / manual work distro, Linux Mint is best on your list.

However, I’d advise you to try vanilla Arch or EndeavourOS. You like Manjaro but don’t like the big updates breaking it. Vanilla Arch will not have those problems. EndeavourOS is very similar to vanilla Arch, but with a nice installer.

But Arch is probably a bit more maintenance than the options you have listed.

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