Story so far is that in december last year my old basement computer didn't agree with Windows 10 any longer, no matter what. LAN had been unstable for a year, seems like driver support for my old hardware was fading. Installed Mint on a whim, and it worked perfectly, rock solid unattended 150GB mkv files transfers to my main livingroom computer.
I've played with Linux superficially since the late nineties, installed Red Hat, Mandriva and so on, but my Linux friends were miles and a phone call away, just couldn't call them for every WTF moment, which were about every five minutes. Tried again, superficially, about every fifth year. The Internet grew in the meantime, and in December this year I had a big revelation: Everything you've wondered about is on the goddamn internet, you've got a problem of any kind, just look it up!
So, armed with this revelation, plus two weeks with hands-on experience, I'm converting all of my 30TB storage music & movies drives to ext4.
So far so good. Did the usual newbie distro-hopping, accidentally loaded a Manjaro XFCE live-usb to fix a partition problem, and just installed it on a whim. PANG! Instant love affair! My sluggish 2061p .mkv's opened instantly! I was afraid to click on them, seemed like they were just waiting to instantly jump out of the goddamn screen to attack me, all the while playing perfectly smooth!
SO, after some more poking around in Manjaro, and I'd already sworn rolling distros were not for me, I realize that there's just no going back from this. It's gotta be Manjaro in some shape or form. Arch is going to be a winter learning project, just to be better equipped to admin easier-mantained Manjaro on my main computer.
After a lenghty and draw-out thought-process (and a clueless, but crazily-in-love-with-Manjaro, first post here) I decided on some form of Debian-derived LTS on all the (workshop/garage/basement server) peripheral computers (needs to be set-and-forget), and Manjaro on my daily use livingroom computer.
So far so good. For two weeks I'm experiementing, learning, and generally having a hell of a good time with Manjaro. With a Clonezilla base and the possibility of Timeshift rollback, that I can always return to. But THEN my main (and Manjaro) computer breaks down with a motherboard issue. OK, I've just gotta wait a couple of weeks until the new hardware arrives, in the meantime I can do that Debian/Ubuntu LTS thing on the pheripherals!
And here is where I'm starting to feel goddamn cocky! A base Debian Buster minimal install? No problem! Just sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg xserver-xorg-core xfonts-base xinit x11-xserver-utils xfwm4 xfce4-panel xfce4-settings xfce4-session xfce4-terminal xfdesktop4, and the Terminal is your Goddamn Window to Complete and Utter Freedom! Just go from there!
SO, like Mickey Mouse in Fantasia, I'm letting it all loose. And it is great! This is complete freedom, anything you can think of is at your fingertips and at the terminal!
SO I decide to hang around at the Manjaro forum while I wait for my computer parts. Just to learn the ropes, be social, and help where I can in the Newbie Forum, with my meagre means.
But here is where I get The Big Scare. What I've learned so far, is that once you've overcome hardware compabilities, the goddamn world is at your fingertips. At least 90% of problems can be traced down to you doing something stupid. Trace 'em back, and you've learned something valuable that can be put to use in upcoming situations. Anything that don't kill you will make you stronger.
And I'm the type to rather spend a week figuring I've got to edit the *netcfg.yaml the right way to get newly installed NetWorkmanager to take care of the interfaces in my minimal install, rather than ''NetWorkManager is F____ Up and acting Crazy, Help Pleazzze!!''
Now, there is a (substantial) minority of help request in the Newbie Forums along the lines of ''I typed in the terminal "sudo f___-up", now my computer is f___ed-up, this is crazy, HELP PLEEZZE!'',
BUT the (relative) majority of Newbie Help requests seem to be from perfectly rational, normal human beings, just with some lingual limitations and cultural differences.
AND a lot of them are along the lines of this:
''_did a packman update, now my computer is self-destructing, HEEELP!!''
''had tearing issues, edited .xxx, now my gpu is talking to me through some sort of Cortana/Siri, it says it's gonna f__k me up seriously''
''booted this morning, it came to a blank screen, received some sort of AI death threats from the OS, WTF''?
''I've done nothing to my computer, everything worked yesterday, now on boot there's just a small line of some kind of friggin' fractal graphical glitch, and I hear faint, evil laughter from the speakers. PLZZZZ HELP!!''
THIS is where I'm getting goddamn cold feet! I realize that if you seek out a subforum devoted to problems, what you're gonna see is peoples problems. But from a short, two-week love-affair with Manjaro, in my mind she's like that first-girlfriend very image of innocence and good intentions. And now she's gonna cut you up with a pair of scissors.
I grew up with horses. First thing you've gotta do if that horse throws you down, is get the hell back up on it. AND, you've gotta show it that you're not afraid of it, they sense that fear. Now, the more I read In that friggin' Newbie Forum (and I'm as Newbie as anybody) the bigger friggin' fear I get! Am I gonna be Man enough to show that goddamn OS who's boss?? Is it gonna sense my fear? Am I gonna receive OS death-threats or OS self-destruction? Do I have the confidence to stop that in its tracks when it is unfolding? Should I just stop reading ''HELP PLEAZZZE!''-threads??
And no matter how cocky I am now, the world is at your fingertips through the terminal and so on, there WILL be a time when I've told Manjaro to f___ up, and then it is going to f__ up, JUST as I told it to do, and then I'll probably have to crawl back here, tail tucked, and ask for HELP PLZZZZE!