[HowTo] Convert Manjaro to EndeavourOS

I sincerely apologise, & beg you to show forgiveness… pls don’t chain me to the back of the tank & take me for a scrape around to Dinsdale’s place.

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I’ve got my Sherman warming up right now. I’d say a good scraping is way overdue.

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Is this the Sherman we’re talking about? :slight_smile: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M4_Sherman

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no, he mean this
sherman-02-sgs

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Thanks for the information. So that’s what it’s about. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mister_Peabody

I was looking at this as I’m feeling a bit too lazy to reinstall a rather fresh Manjaro system, but this looks like it’s even more work than doing that :joy: Thanks for sharing the detailed instructions in any case, it’s at least helped me decide a fresh install is the way to go when I can be bothered :slight_smile:

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A fresh install is the best way to go, imo.

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Probably the better choice. In the meantime, perhaps create a script for setting up as you wish it to be when done? You could clone some settings dirs, and build a package list from what you have now, for instance… so when you go for it, it won’t take long.

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I was thinking of doing that, but I decided this was a nice opportunity to review all my configs and to winnow out the packages I do not use. So I did a clean install without making a package list or copying over any settings. This is week three of configuring it :rofl:

I don’t have to have everything configured right away, when I notice something bothers me, I change it. I’m happy with configuring everything afresh. For example, I shrunk my .zshrc by almost a half…

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yeah, thankfully my system is rather lightweight. I have everything important setup in syncthing so copying across settings and important files is a breeze and there’s only a handful of packages I need on top of that. It doesn’t take me too long, but now that I’m older I’m not as excited as I used to be as a kid reinstalling and setting things up again :joy: Weekend is here at least. Will try and find some time to do it then :slight_smile:

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The reason I also prefer rolling releases (Arch.) :+1:

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When I re-install, for whatever reason, I find 2 things. One, a mature install always accumulates too much stuff, stuff that I don’t miss when I re-install. The other is that the configuration I was used to, isn’t always better than the new defaults in a fresh install. Also I sometimes discover new settings that were added since the last install but never explored. Since I use a pretty basic Cinnamon, I just need a couple hours to restore the apps I miss and to tweak a few defaults settings.

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I agree! I wouldn’t go through all this. I would just do a fresh install. If you’re leaving it anyway just close the door and say Au revoir!

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Thanks for the guide!
Still trying to figure out if I want to do a clean install and configure everything (which will take a loooong time, the stuff I need for homeoffice would even take hours) or convert my installation which should be possible in less then an hour but could lead to random behaviour xD

By the way:

Manjaro now killed the native switch and their steam-native package now is only a renamed arch package. Might be that this step will soon be obsolete as they could now remove the overlay completely.

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Welcome@bs86

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A clean install will be… cleanest… but it turned out that my unstable install was only about ten packages away from Arch stable anyway. The weird behaviour I initially found was down to files from filesystem being removed and left unconfigured when reinstalled during the migration. Now I’m running my own personal Arch derivative (I overlay a few packages) and I think I’ve found fewer issues than with unstable over the same period (while finding/fixing a few upstream ones too).

Oh, also, if you need older LTS kernels, I run this too: Unofficial repo for older LTS kernels

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Thanks, but I had some issues while following the guide (mostly Arch key issues although Arch keyring is installed and up-to-date) and I didn’t want to start debugging already at that point.
Went with a fresh installation, which went great. The thing that took me longest when setting up Manjaro back then was getting my Samsung network printer’s scanner function working, but it surprisingly worked right on the first try.

For kernels, I run AMD only hardware, so I want to stay with newest kernels anyway :wink: might just give linux-zen a try.

And surprisingly, all my essential software is already up and running again including homeoffice. Most configs were simply copy&pasteable from my backup.

For the update-process: I want to go the other way. I already think about enabling testing and staging to get the newest llvm :wink:

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Works a peach. Many of us here run zen.

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you can add with AKM package
and you will have zen or LTS version added on boot

Clean install with Linux-zen is the way to go, EndeavourOS base install is vanilla and relatively bare bones, which is a great starting point to configure your OS exactly the way you wish. No debloating as a first step.

With AMD hardware it just works, although I had to add amd_iommu=off to kernel parameters as I was getting some system hangs on suspend / wake cycle.

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