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DenRand
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Archbang, Archlabs or Manjaro?
I am interested in using i3 as my wm. And because I will install it in my daily driver laptop, I want it to be reasonably stable and not with breaking updates.
Any thoughts and / or recommendations?

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  • 1
    PPPUUUURRREE ARCH !!!!!

    Ok no, just joking, I must be sadomasochistic to like the pain of installing all those drivers and stuff, but after it’s kind of okay if you download the right things
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    Manjaro it is!
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    Manjaro!
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    Manjaro works well for me at this point. Certainly less chance that it will suddenly break. It has a package group for i3wm so I think it should be easy enough to get started. I used Manjaro architect to install it, it was a breeze.
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    @SISheogorath Yes I agree with and know most of the stuff you are talking about, but when I am talking about stability, I mean it the "Manjaro" way, like what you said, having the option to back out from bleeding edge updates and install tested software. I am a Linux user for the past 6 years, so I know stuff breaks, but I also know how to fix a lot of that. I have no problem with that happening once in a while (like once every two months or less often). But I am not willing to spend more time that that fixing my os installation.
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    @mzeffect Thanks for the info. I have already seen that there is a i3wm package group available and your recommendation to use Manjaro architect is very appreciated. It may make my life easier!
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    @No-one I have heard good things from coworkers using it. However I am not a big fun of Cinnamon, Gnome 3 or KDE. But I can see there is an openbox option, which makes it appealing.
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    @No-one I really like Budgie, XFCE, openbox and I'd like to try i3wm. I found out about it recently and it seems really promising for productivity, especially if you are like me and spend a lot of time programming and in terminal.
    I have not yet try Deepin, but I am going to.
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    I have a small rant about my arch story actually.

    I used Manjaro for a while lately and had no real breaking updates (Maybe once every 3 months). If something broke it was annoying but not hard to fix. I like the Manjaro way as a kind of compromise.

    Due to security and stability concerns I switched to fedora recently.
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    @justwellbrock Fedora is also a very nice alternative. I have used it extensively in the past ( I like SELinux) and I have read it has become a lot better and also comes with wayland instead of xorg, which is interesting on its own.
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    @DenRand I also like SELinux and had little problems so far. Wayland is also interesting but until now I didn't notice much of a difference to xorg except that one niche application does not support it.

    What I like about SELinux is the fine control and the feeling of security it gives me.

    I also really like the fedora community and way of e.g. reporting error messages right from the desktop. The contribution architecture is well structured.
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