Have you read the Manjaro Guide or any Tutorials on installation?
Yes. I have. But note what I said before... I didn't understand a lot of what I was seeing.... so, since you ask this, maybe it is time for me to go back and scan it again!
Now see.... First I laughed and then cried!
Well it is deceivingly simple actually. You really don't need a guide.
...How long have you been doing this in your sleep?
Saying it does not make it so.
assumes you understand the basics of bios set up like disabling secure boot.
What I used to think were basics, have come back to bite me. secure boot is something I do remember reading about. I went through and looked and dealt with it, I guess. So many different CMOS, SETUPs, BOOT configurations make it hard to understand if you do not spend your work life going into them.
I do know I don't like to encrypt things, so I usually keep this sort of thing off. I will check the next time I am in the setup and make sure it is off. But I am 99% sure I read about that and made it what was suggested.
Set the drive up as GPT.
Short statement but I had not heard of THIS until you said it.
And since I am trying to wean from Windows in work, I had kept the old drives in this machine. I am getting to the point where I started to feel more comfortable on Linux, so at some point I should remove them.
I was so with you until we hit
mounted at / (NOT the same as /root!)
I had read that / was root. And if this is NOT root, then where is it, because it is not /home. Right?
Does root become .... NVM! I am just completely guessing now!
I had read that I really shouldn't need a swap area due to the ram AND the fact that I am on an SSD. True?
I am going to go to STABLE following @AgentS and continue to read the homework she assigned.
I am part way through and STILL don't understand how to copy from the tty into the GUI side where the browser is.
The Link says how to format it, etc., once I paste it, but the commands like dmsg and systemctl show me things on the tty screen...
OK. I will just ask... Is it as simple as selecting and copying in the tty, and that will be buffered until I get to a working GUI where I can paste out?!
No! That can't be it! Well, for one thing. Thinking it through I realize I don't know how to select multiple lines in the tty without a mouse!
OK! Well maybe my question/statements will allow you to see where I am getting hung up!
BTW @AgentS I see mention in the comments below the content of the first link, that people didn't know about gist. I looked back to see what they were talking about and didn't find it, but I will read on, once I get through the most necessary stuff here!