The only positive thing I have to say about Manjaro 21.1.2 Cinnamon is that it installs very fast. The problems all start after installation ‘n you have booted into the new desktop. Two glaring problems greeted me fairly quickly, on both my Linux test computers – ‘CM130‘ the AMD machine & ‘Rose‘ the Intel machine. The second problem was a warning about the Updates:

  • If the 470.63.01 NVIDIA driver is working, then why is the Updating process wanting to install a possible problematic 495.44-6 driver?!

That was just the second glaring problem…just a “Warning.” The first glaring problem was a notification popup, soon after booting into the newly installed desktop, saying ‘Something‘ like the Kernel needs checking now/quickly/immediately…it went away before I could grab a picture of it.

Why is the newly installed OS’s *FIRST* notification to the User about the Kernel, and saying I need to check it out?! OK…I look at it:

A bunch of Linux Kernels, and Linux 5.13.13-1 is ‘Running -Installed – Unsupported‘ and the “Unsupported” note is in red…red, as in a warning?!

Is Manjaro Linux OS not capable of handling it’s own Kernel/s?

The computer’s User isn’t even listed in that pic, so why is this newly installed OS’s *FIRST* notification to me (the User) about the Kernel!?!

Kernel (operating system):

The kernel is a computer program at the core of a computer’s operating system and has complete control over everything in the system. It is the portion of the operating system code that is always resident in memory, and facilitates interactions between hardware and software components. A full kernel controls all hardware resources (e.g. I/O, memory, Cryptography) via device drivers, arbitrates conflicts between processes concerning such resources, and optimizes the utilization of common resources e.g. CPU & cache usage, file systems, and network sockets. On most systems, the kernel is one of the first programs loaded on startup (after the bootloader). It handles the rest of startup as well as memory, peripherals, and input/output (I/O) requests from software, translating them into data-processing instructions for the central processing unit.

Not a mention of the User or User’s responsibility for the Kernel. Is Manjaro the “operating system?”

kernel:

The kernel is the essential center of a computer operating system (OS). It is the core that provides basic services for all other parts of the OS. It is the main layer between the OS and hardware, and it helps with process and memory management, file systems, device control and networking.

A kernel serves as the bridge between the OS and hardware.

Again, not a mention of the User or User’s responsibility for the Kernel. Is Manjaro the “OS?”

Red Hat is one of the Top Three, so I’ll see what they have to say about a Kernel…

What is the Linux kernel?:

The Linux® kernel is the main component of a Linux operating system (OS) and is the core interface between a computer’s hardware and its processes. It communicates between the 2, managing resources as efficiently as possible.

The kernel is so named because—like a seed inside a hard shell—it exists within the OS and controls all the major functions of the hardware, whether it’s a phone, laptop, server, or any other kind of computer.

snip … The kernel, if implemented properly, is invisible to the user, working in its own little world known as kernel space, where it allocates memory and keeps track of where everything is stored. What the user sees—like web browsers and files—are known as the user space. These applications interact with the kernel through a system call interface (SCI).

OK, I finally found something about the User or User’s responsibility for the Kernel. Obviously, Manjaro Linux has never heard of “user space,” since it was immediately pestering me (the User) about the Kernel.

  • Does Manjaro Linux OS understand the difference between “kernel space” & “user space?”

I have some other pictures, but I’ve spent enough time on Manjaro Linux last night ‘n this morning. It does offer ‘Root Login‘: “Hide the user list” in the System Settings >> Login Window >> Users setting. Also, some pictures in that post…

Garuda Linux is a *LOT* faster, much more automated, much more stable (Manjaro has failed to boot twice after updates), and is probably less buggy also.

Conclusion

Leave Manjaro Linux to the DistroWatch Groupies & Kernel Addicts…

LINUX IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES – you never know what you’re gonna get!