UPDATE 06/28/2020: Am reclaiming Media Library space by deleting old pics.

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Am not sure why Arch and Arch-based Linux Distros are so ‘Buggy’ – at first I thought it was just Archie’s’ development, but now I’m wondering if it might be the ‘Rolling Release’ method of delivering updates, or a combination of the two. Ubuntu 18.04.3 doesn’t have such problems as ‘Invisible Icons’. One thing to do – ignore the DistroWatch Page Hit Ranking…it remains unreliable:

The DistroWatch Page Hit Ranking statistics have attracted plenty of attention and feedback over the years. Originally, each distribution-specific page was pure HTML with a third-party counter at the bottom to monitor interest of visitors. In May 2004 the site switched from publicly viewable third-party counters to internal counters. This was prompted by a continuous abuse of the counters by a handful of undisciplined individuals who had confused DistroWatch with a poll station. The counters are no longer displayed on the individual distributions pages, but all visits are logged. Only one hit per IP address per day is counted.

DistroWatch uses the term “handful of undisciplined individuals,” but it only takes a few dedicated ANTIFA-ish ‘Radical Linux’ users to corrupt their Page Hit Rankings, and there are many ways to hide one’s IP address. What limited facts there are about Linux usage simply doesn’t support MX Linux and Manjaro Linux being Linux Distros #1 and #2 – even as “a light-hearted way of measuring the popularity of Linux distributions…” Ubuntu is without a doubt the most supported, reliable and stable Linux Distro, and probably has a desktop user base larger than all the other Distros combined (especially if Mint is not counted). DistroWatch is a handy tool, but they are not an accurate site for Linux Distro usage.

First, before any Windows 7 user tries to move to Linux, I suggest they upgrade their Windows 7 license to Windows 10, whilst they still can. The upgrades worked well for me – did it on two computers running WIN7 – then I did a clean install. The 2006 build with the old MoBo was slow, but WIN10 still worked on it. Windows 7 reaches its “End of Life” on 01/14/2020 so it’s time to move on. Can’t hurt.

OK…my Manjaro 18.1 Gnome DE review. Honestly, Manjaro 18.1 seems to be a downgrade from the Manjaro 18.04.4 review I did in July. Granted, I did a lot more testing of Manjaro this time, but it just seemed slower from the beginning…then the bugs started showing up. Everywhere!? Some early notes I have kept on Manjaro news – 1) The Uproar over Free Office being added. 2) “Manjaro is taking the next step.” Anyway, my personal opinion of those 2-bits of news were – that Manjaro is easily swayed by a mob, and the developers can’t keep doing Manjaro in their spare time as simply a hobby anymore. Clearly, it does not have the same support base as Ubuntu.

I used the ‘Live’ USB on ‘Ace’ the Laptop and the new ‘InWin’ build…hardware recognition was exceptional, other than it didn’t seem to know it was just on a ‘Live’ USB and not on the computer’s SSD:

 

I was using a 16GB ‘Live’ USB, but in the settings “Details” under “About” it was ‘seeing itself’ on a 248.1 GB Disk. That was the Windows 10 SSD disk in ‘InWin’. Did the same thing on laptop ‘Ace’ and ‘Rose’ during ‘Live’ testing. No biggie, I guess, but it was unusual since I don’t recall ever seeing that happen on other ‘Live’ USB Distro tests. Night Light has a default setting of “Sunrise to Sunset” – ‘Live’ and/or installed, and it seemed too dark when on.

Did the first install on ‘Rose’ using a SATA II test HDD. Simple & fast install, but after installation and a reboot, Manjaro was just too slow…boot-ups were taking 60 seconds, and Manjaro seemed slow and sluggish even on the desktop. Was having update problems and app installation problems, and Dash To Panel installing. Decided to start over and use a test 128 GB SSD. Again, installation went well…here are some pics:

 

Their Linux installer is named “Juharaya,” and it worked really well. How many Linux installers are there? Lots I imagine, and all having different names. Disk partitioning was accurate and offered two simple choices – I took Erase Disk:

 

Installer then did a double-check:

 

Here’s Manjaro on ‘Rose’ the Linux test computer, after installation…and boot-ups were much faster on the SSD:

 

Manjaro wallpaper doesn’t suit me, so I added the new Gnome wallpaper:

 

Windows 7 users might be interested in the Dash to Panel extension, since it offers a similar taskbar look & feel to Windows 7 (WIN10 also)…an above link shows how to install it – here’s the Gnome Extension added onto Firefox add-ons:

 

This new Dash to Panel isn’t as easy to install as the older ones, and Manjaro almost makes the difficult seem impossible. I’ve read that the Archies have great software package managers, but they are terrible when compared to Ubuntu’s software options and package managers like Synaptic – the Archies still lean towards being a keyboard dependent OS like DOS. And, what’s up with the Archies request that you choose “dependencies” or it’s listing of “dependencies” on many apps you try to install?!? Anyway, here’s what happened when I installed a simple extension on Manjaro:

 

Why the two docks/panels/taskbars?!?!?! Installing Dash to Panel is suppose to ‘marry’ the “GNOME Shell Dash and the GNOME Top Bar into a single, unified panel.” Did the bugs finally stop here? Nope, more and more bugs started showing up…hard to believe that people actually think that Manjaro is a good OS. Well, my solution for the two docks/panels/taskbars on the first installation using the old SATA II test HDD was to delete the old one on the left-side. Not a proper solution, which was one of the reasons I had decided to start over and use a SSD. Whilst searching for a proper solution to Manjaro’s Dash to Panel bugs, after the new install to SSD, I discovered that none of the Applications would open in the “Settings” app icon – they opened in the “Show Applications” app icon, but not in the “Settings” option:

 

Still haven’t figured out what is wrong with that; however, whilst looking and looking and looking for a solution to that Manjaro’s Dash to Panel bug problem, I found this in GNOME Tweaks:

That dock/panel/taskbar on the left side would go away if you turn the Dash to Dock off. Seriously, Manjaro 18.1 is more than just screwed up! It may try to claim that it is its own OS – totally separate from Arch Linux, but the ‘buggies’ suggest otherwise, IMHO. I’m done testing this version of Manjaro…will add this post to the WIN 7 series: For Windows 7 users Page.

Rule of Thumb – if you can’t install Ubuntu on it, then you can’t install any Linux Distro on it.