Thanks for the feedback to the 15 people that participated in my OS poll.
I tested all those OSes and some more via live USB in the last 72 hrs; here's the conclusion:
1. Endeavour OS
Nice, but didn't really feel as smooth and polished as Manjaro does.
No comment; didn't even boot for some reason.
3. Elementary OS
Looked nice, but didn't really work well = threw some errors and then started ignoring application launches. Wouldn't connect to wifi either for some reason.
4. Solus Budgie
Looked super nice, but felt awfully sluggish, i.e. clicks in/on the app menu, notification drawer etc. having delays.
4. Manjaro Budgie
Took about 10 minutes to even boot, same issues as Solus re: performance.
5. Manjaro Gnome
First one I tried actually, spun it up again today and spent some productive hours with it.
=> going for that, looks great, feels great and will be a nice change coming from KDE.
@solobalbo seems like, yes. Feels a little more polished than the KDE build I was using for the past 2 years, but that might be my own fault due to customization etc.
BTW, do you know of any way to hide title bars on maximized windows in Gnome?
@nihar it's a Dell Precision M3800 from 2013. Was my wife's and hasn't had anything but Windows on it before though.
@ttntm endeavour feels closer to arch. it was a nice OS, took a lot of time to install. dont have it with me right now tho.
@vinod I believe that, but I didn't notice anything it'd offer that Manjaro wouldn't tbh. And Manjaro has gained my trust for it's reliability and 0 config esp. re: Nvidia cards.
@ttntm yes. Manjaro is simplified Arch. I use Manjaro. But Endeavour is for those who want to have a Arch Based Linux which is more like Arch without the Arch's difficulties.
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