Aren't you kind of comparing core operating system functionality against ancillary software? If my LibreOffice breaks, that should not crash my computer.
I thought so too in the past, then earlier this year I had system freeze with Firefox snap package version. That was on Ubuntu 14.04. I just used another version of Firefox and no freezes. After that I used Lubuntu 18.04 and Warzone 2100 from the software center. The system froze again. I switched to the snap package version and it worked normally.
I also used Debian 9 based Q40S and thought all the older versions of programs would be super stable. Not in my experience. The newer programs caused less trouble for me. The most stable Linux distro I have used this year is Antergos, but only for a little over a week. Before this I thought Debian 9 is super stable.
So yes, I found that a program can bring down the whole system in Ubuntu 14/18.
Okay, that's the past and I am using Antergos now, that will later turn into Arch. One school of though would say a simple system would be more reliable compared to a more complicated system with more moving parts or lots of more programs.
Manjaro have lots of more programs preinstalled and I also found in the live session that it has better sound in YouTube than Antergos. Probably some extra codecs or something.
Arch's very stable and the Arch wiki has lots of information on solving almost any issue you can think of as well as doing any extra customization too.
Thanks for your great advice Tolkem. I changed to Ubuntu based Zorin in 2014 because my Windows 7 was broken beyond use. Updates downloading but not installing and the internet not working.
Earlier this year Ubuntu started freezing and I tried Debian based distros and it was no better.
That's why I changed to Antergos. Now I don't want to go back.
It is very true that with Linux you have to do your homework. My Neighbors just call in some tech guy when their internet don't work or something else goes wrong with Windows. That's not for me and if I want to run Windows 10, I will probably have to buy a new PC.
I keep using Antergos as long as I can and only use Manjaro if I have too. When I tried Manjaro in live environment it showed 400 hundred or something updates at one Gig. My 3G connection is slow and acts up sometimes, so if I have to run big updates and the internet acts up I will probably break packages in the process.
To some extent, Distrowatch shows misleading results. It might be the best we have, but nonetheless, it is misleading...
I suspected that as well. I guess there is really no way to really know how popular a distribution really is. I thought Antergos was popular enough to survive.
I also read a great review about Q40S and tried it myself and it froze a lot. Most of those reviews are just a cursory look and not a long term usage report.
I am using Antergos which will hopefully be updated to Normal Arch Linux and continue to work well. I was just thinking of having a plan b choice if I need it.
I agree with you, Tolken. I have installed Antergos minimal ISO, because I could choose what to install. I read the reviews about the installer breaking frequently and that Arch can break when the kernel updates.Still, I wouldn't change Arch for any other.