I put out a video on why I always recommend Manjaro for new users. Get Manjaro at manjaro.org.
Manjaro has a couple of main benefits over other distros:
- While other distros idiotically try to containerize programs allow people to get either normie/proprietary software or very up-and-coming software, Manjaro can just use the AUR.
- The frequent updates give Manjaro a substantial edge over Ubuntu and Linux Mint since it allows noobs to get quick updates to highly-active software areas like gayming.
- On a minor point, pacman is better than apt-get on pretty much any metric.
- Manjaro eases the transfer into Arch Linux, which is a typical rite of passage into mature Linux.
Of course, reading the comments from new users, I am continually reminded that the real hurdle to getting the most out of Linux is a psychological one: most users want to replicate their Windows 10 setup perfectly and more than that, have the mindset of a passive consooomer for whom even the most inconsequential unexpected things on an operating system are a world-ending impossibilities and sources of frustration.
There's a lot to say about that. I spend a lot of time making videos to make life easier for other people. One thing I've realized is that there are some people who get a lot more excitement out of complaining than having solutions to their problems.
I don't understand that psychology, but it's ubiquitous.