Linux on laptop


Honorary Master
May 4, 2012
One thing to consider is that Ubuntu is the mainstream version and will have most of the support. If there's a problem there's a large community to help you out. If you run into problems with the other flavours you'll likely be pulling hairs.


Honorary Master
Oct 19, 2007
I have been running Manjaro for the last year on a laptop and desktop and had no mess up of anything. Pamac works for me. Some AUR packages don't work

It comes to preference, which is personal. If you are new to linux the varying preferences may confuse you to choose what to install
Yeah noticed that some AUR packages does not work and needs some terminal knowledge to get working like BiglyBT.

Also with Linux not everything has a GUI like in Windows which can sometimes be complicating but so far I like Manjaro. I might change to Ubuntu or Mint later but for now the Laptop is working great.


Expert Member
Jul 30, 2008
Manjaro recently got a business side too so they can only improve.... for now Mint seems best for most people though.


Senior Member
Oct 9, 2007
Just adding my 2 cents.

The best Ubuntu was 10.4, it had all the best things that worked great together. (compiz, nvidia drivers, gnome 1, firestarter)

But those days are over sadly.

Manjaro is great (have been my primary for a few years) but since I started using MX, I could not go back.
Yes sure you dont have access to AUR, but there are workarounds in MX.
The main issue with Manjaro is the package management. You will notice that it will break the system eventually, and its difficult to keep certain packages supported because they like to be bleeding edge, and not properly test everything.

MX has a few awesome features which I love.
- xfce with settings/tweaks app (manjaro also has this but not as nice)
- nvidia driver installer made easy (better than manjaro)
- boot loader fixer app (manjaro does not have this)
- grub-customizer installed by default and working as expected (manjaro had this few years ago but lost support)
- conky-manager installed by default and working as expected (manjaro also have this)
- easy way to install and switch window managers (manjaro can also do this but more fiddly and not as stable)
10.04 was my all time favourite Ubuntu as well. Things just worked.
I miss those days.