So I've been daily-driving Manjaro KDE for around a week now and I have not felt the "Snappier feel of linux" in any shape or form, in fact it's the opposite. I mostly use my computer for browsing and the occasional video game, almost everyone says that Linux is faster in general and I actually really like the customisability of Plasma 5, so if my issues are fixable, I'd greatly appreciate it.
I mostly use my computer for browsing and youtube, and both, chromium and firefox are way worse than Chrome on Windows. Especially for youtube, I've done some tests and firefox on linux is sometimes takes 15s to load a video! Whereas Chrome takes 3-5s every time. I thought initially I just have to build up the cache or something on Linux, but after a week of use, obviously that's not the case. As well as that, if I watch a 1080p 60fps video, Manjaro absolutely chugs, everything on the OS becomes choppy, delayed and unresponsive. To be fair, my windows also slows down under that load, but only marginally. And in general Chromium is slower than both Windows Chrome and Firefox, but Firefox is really choppy not as smooth.
This has been driving me nuts. I have an integrated graphics card and an Nvidia card. After dozens of OS, driver and optimus-manager reinstalls and reconfigurations, I'm basically left with two options:
- Don't install optimus-manager: Nvidia drivers work, but it doesn't detect my iGPU on
nvidia-settingsso the main GPU is on all the time, making my battery life <3h, even when idle.
- Install optimus-manager: Only runs on the integrated GPU, giving me ~5h battery life, but Nvidia completely ■■■■■ it's pants.
nvidia-settingsdoesn't work, and the only way to get my Nvidia GPU to run is to reinstall the OS all together, because even uninstalling optimus and Nvidia drivers, then reinstallng them, doesn't work.
optimus-manager --switch nvidiadoesn't work, it says "will load on next login" but doesn't. If I run
optimus-manager --set-startup nvidia, my computer literally can't boot to Manjaro anymore, not even the backup and I have to basically format the partition and completely reinstall my OS. This also means I have to throw gaming completely out the window.
The Nvidia drivers worked seamlessly on Kubuntu, so I don't know why they're such a headache on Manjaro.
To me it seems like Manjaro is less resource heavy, but that's because it refuses to uses resources when I actually need it to. My memory usage is almost never above 40% and my CPU is never above 80%, whereas on Windows the CPU is almost always at 100% (This is why I originally switched to Manjaro, I thought it would solve this bottleneck) and RAM is almost always above 50%.
Here are my specs:
[kris@kris-lnx ~]$ inxi -Fx System: Host: kris-lnx Kernel: 5.6.3-2-MANJARO x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 9.3.0 Desktop: KDE Plasma 5.18.4 Distro: Manjaro Linux Machine: Type: Laptop System: Acer product: Aspire E5-576G v: V1.49 serial: <root required> Mobo: KBL model: Ironman_SK v: V1.49 serial: <root required> UEFI: Insyde v: 1.49 date: 12/11/2018 Battery: ID-1: BAT1 charge: 28.8 Wh condition: 50.1/62.2 Wh (81%) model: PANASONIC AS16B5J status: Discharging Device-1: hidpp_battery_0 model: Logitech Wireless Mobile Mouse MX Anywhere 2 charge: 10% (should be ignored) status: Discharging CPU: Topology: Quad Core model: Intel Core i5-8250U bits: 64 type: MT MCP arch: Kaby Lake rev: A L2 cache: 6144 KiB flags: avx avx2 lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx bogomips: 28808 Speed: 800 MHz min/max: 400/3400 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 800 2: 800 3: 800 4: 800 5: 800 6: 800 7: 800 8: 800 Graphics: Device-1: Intel UHD Graphics 620 vendor: Acer Incorporated ALI driver: i915 v: kernel bus ID: 00:02.0 Device-2: NVIDIA GP108M [GeForce MX150] vendor: Acer Incorporated ALI driver: nvidia v: 440.82 bus ID: 01:00.0 Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.8 driver: modesetting,nvidia resolution: 1920x1080~60Hz, 1920x1080~60Hz OpenGL: renderer: Mesa Intel UHD Graphics 620 (KBL GT2) v: 4.6 Mesa 20.0.4 direct render: Yes Audio: Device-1: Intel Sunrise Point-LP HD Audio vendor: Acer Incorporated ALI driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 00:1f.3 Sound Server: ALSA v: k5.6.3-2-MANJARO Network: Device-1: Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168NGW [Stone Peak] driver: iwlwifi v: kernel port: 4000 bus ID: 03:00.0 IF: wlp3s0 state: up mac: 94:b8:6d:a3:44:27 Device-2: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet vendor: Acer Incorporated ALI driver: r8169 v: kernel port: 3000 bus ID: 04:00.1 IF: enp4s0f1 state: down mac: d8:c4:97:5f:8e:e9 IF-ID-1: tun0 state: unknown speed: 10 Mbps duplex: full mac: N/A Drives: Local Storage: total: 1.65 TiB used: 479.68 GiB (28.3%) ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: SanDisk model: SDSSDH3 500G size: 465.76 GiB ID-2: /dev/sdb vendor: Seagate model: ST1000LM048-2E7172 size: 931.51 GiB ID-3: /dev/sdc vendor: SK Hynix model: HFS256G39TND-N210A size: 238.47 GiB ID-4: /dev/sdd type: USB vendor: SanDisk model: Ultra USB 3.0 size: 57.28 GiB Partition: ID-1: / size: 159.90 GiB used: 14.33 GiB (9.0%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda4 ID-2: swap-1 size: 2.00 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda3 Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 43.5 C mobo: N/A Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A Info: Processes: 237 Uptime: 25m Memory: 7.66 GiB used: 1.99 GiB (26.0%) Init: systemd Compilers: gcc: 9.3.0 Shell: bash v: 5.0.16 inxi: 3.0.37
I really like KDE and even if Manjaro was simply as fast as Windows, I'd switch to it.