Issue#100397: Linux - Choosing between OpenSuse & Manjaro: some considerations

  • I'm quite new to Linux (a few months on Kubuntu). I love the KDE desktop, and would continue on Kubuntu, except for my growing dislike of Canonical.

    Due to some hardware problems I struggled to test various distros, but that's soon to be sorted, so I'm curious to hear what I can expect in general terms from a possible switch to OpenSuse or Manjaro.

    Some things I've heard. How true are they?

    1. OpenSuse has a user-friendlier guides for beginners available.

    2. Manjaro seems to have more software available (benefitting from Arch repositories as well as its own).

    3. Manjaro's support forums are run by Arch gurus who discuss things at a level too high up for most beginners, which might make it hard to get going/understand how to solve problems.

    4. On YouTube I've seen (sorry: forgot links, but if forced I'll find them) the Manjaro team openly state an ambition to support gaming as best they can (do OpenSuse?) and I heard Manjaro does well in benchmarks in this regard. Dunno about OpenSuse in that respect.


    In addition, some things I'm confused about:

    5. I'm very conscious that several programs I use are distributed by their respective companies for Linux only as .deb files. In (K)ubuntu this is no problem. But how would switching to OpenSuse or Manjaro help me deal with this?
    I found at least one video showing that .deb can be converted to Arch-compatible stuff ( Can the equivalent thing be done for OpenSuse?

    For example: I used SpiderOak. Their Linux versions are for Debian ((K)ubuntu compatible), Slackware and Fedora. How would that work on OpenSuse? Could I convert any of these to OpenSuse-friendly?

    6. I recently (and extremely briefly) downloaded OpenSuse Tumbleweed and installed it. To the best of my knowledge, this is supposed to be the latest/rolling version. However, it came with KDE 4. I am certain that Plasma 5.5 (my preference) can be installed. But that makes me feel like OpenSuse is likely to have longer waiting times for things to come through compared to Manjaro, which comes with Plasma already.


    I am sure some of you will be rolling your eyes at my various misconceptions. Please let me know where I might be going wrong with my impressions of OpenSuse vs Manjaro benefits/drawbacks.


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