Final Review of Qonos ISOs

Hi Community Members,

we are currently reviewing the more or less final ISOs of Qonos. You may want to jump in and give it a review, before we push it to the wider public!

Manjaro 21.2

Since we released Pahvo Mid-Season this year all our developer teams worked hard to get the next release of Manjaro out there. We call it Qonos.

This release features major improvements to Calamares, including filesystem selection for automatic partitioning and enhanced support for btrfs. For btrfs installations, the default subvolume layout has been improved for easier rollbacks and less wasted space on snapshots. Additionally, swapfiles on btrfs filesystem are now supported.

The Gnome edition has received a major rework the update to Gnome 41.2. The default layout has been redesigned to follow more closely upstream defaults, with some adjustments to reduce the pointer travel for users who prefer using mouse with gnome.

For users that preferred the old vertical desktop layout, we have the Manjaro legacy layout, which mimics the previous gnome defaults. We made sure that all the layouts shipped with gnome-layout-switcher still work after the transition to Gnome 41.

Firefox now comes with the gnome-desktop style theme enabled by default for more consistent look with the desktop, but this can be toggled with one click from gnome-layout-switcher for users preferring the native Firefox look.

The Plasma edition comes with the latest Plasma 5.23 series, Frameworks 5.88 and Applications (Gear) 21.12. We polished our default theme even more to match upstream Breeze theming. Active elements in a dialog window, for example, “light up” when the window gets focus, checkboxes show actual ticks and radio buttons switch on like bulbs. Scrollbars and spinboxes are bigger, making them more accessible and easier to use with touchscreens, but have been re-designed in such a way as to still look elegant on desktop and laptop machines.

Making Plasma fully functional under Wayland is a priority for the KDE Community. Wayland will enable you to do much more on the desktop, improved performance, increased stability and mew features, such as those required by devices with touchscreens. Entering tablet mode in Wayland increases the size of System Tray icons, making them easier to tap on a touchscreen. The System Tray will also notify you when something is recording the screen and will let you cancel it. In System Settings, under Global Theme > Colors you’ll find a new option that lets you pick the desktops accent colors. Accent colors are the colors of highlighted items on drop-down menus and lists, backgrounds of the icons of selected apps in the panel, the actual bars in progress bars, the backgrounds of checkboxes and radio buttons, and so on.

With our XFCE edition, we have now Xfce 4.16. The window manager received lots of updates and improvements again in the area of compositing and GLX. Support for fractional scaling was added to the display dialog, along with highlighting the preferred mode of a display with an asterisk and adding aspect ratios next to resolutions. The settings manager has improved search and filter capabilities. Thunar file manager received a boatload of fixes and quite a few notable features, including pause for copy/move operations, support for queued file transfer, remembering view settings per directory and support for transparency in Gtk themes.

Kernel 5.15 LTS is used for this release, such as the latest drivers available to date. With 5.4 LTS and 5.10 LTS we offer additional support for older hardware as needed.

We hope you enjoy this release and let us know what you think of Qonos.

Final Release of 21.2 Qonos is now available!


Download XFCE



Minimal (linux510)

Minimal (linux54)

Download GNOME



Minimal (linux510)

Minimal (linux54)

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Minimal (linux510)

Minimal (linux54)


Just tested xfce minimal in virtualbox no problems thanks team !

Translated release notes for manjaro-hello using this topic.


Just did an quick test with the xfce minimal iso. With the Nvidia Drivers. The system booted up fine with the live image.

Live inxi
  Kernel: 5.15.7-1-MANJARO x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 11.1.0
    parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-x86_64 lang=en_US keytable=us tz=UTC
    misobasedir=manjaro misolabel=MANJARO_XFCEM_2120 quiet
    systemd.show_status=1 apparmor=1 security=apparmor driver=nonfree
    nouveau.modeset=0 i915.modeset=1 radeon.modeset=1
  Desktop: Xfce 4.16.0 tk: Gtk 3.24.29 info: xfce4-panel wm: xfwm 4.16.1
    dm: LightDM 1.30.0 Distro: Manjaro Linux base: Arch Linux
  Type: Desktop System: Dell product: Inspiron 5680 v: 2.5.1 serial: <filter>
    Chassis: type: 3 serial: <filter>
  Mobo: Dell model: 0PXWHK v: A00 serial: <filter> UEFI: Dell v: 2.5.1
    date: 12/22/2020
  Device-1: hidpp_battery_0 model: Logitech MX Ergo Multi-Device Trackball
    serial: <filter> charge: 100% (should be ignored) rechargeable: yes
    status: Discharging
  RAM: total: 15.42 GiB used: 2.64 GiB (17.1%)
  Array-1: capacity: 64 GiB slots: 4 EC: None max-module-size: 16 GiB
    note: est.
  Device-1: DIMM3 size: No Module Installed
  Device-2: DIMM1 size: 8 GiB speed: 2400 MT/s type: DDR4
    detail: synchronous unbuffered (unregistered) bus-width: 64 bits
    total: 64 bits manufacturer: 80AD000080AD part-no: HMA81GU6AFR8N-UH
    serial: <filter>
  Device-3: DIMM4 size: No Module Installed
  Device-4: DIMM2 size: 8 GiB speed: 2400 MT/s type: DDR4
    detail: synchronous unbuffered (unregistered) bus-width: 64 bits
    total: 64 bits manufacturer: 80AD000080AD part-no: HMA81GU6AFR8N-UH
    serial: <filter>
  Info: model: Intel Core i7-8700 socket: LGA1151 (U3E1) note: check bits: 64
    type: MT MCP arch: Coffee Lake family: 6 model-id: 0x9E (158)
    stepping: 0xA (10) microcode: 0xDE
  Topology: cpus: 1x cores: 6 tpc: 2 threads: 12 smt: enabled cache:
    L1: 384 KiB desc: d-6x32 KiB; i-6x32 KiB L2: 1.5 MiB desc: 6x256 KiB
    L3: 12 MiB desc: 1x12 MiB
  Speed (MHz): avg: 1564 high: 3692 min/max: 800/4600 base/boost: 3200/8300
    scaling: driver: intel_pstate governor: powersave volts: 1.0 V
    ext-clock: 100 MHz cores: 1: 900 2: 900 3: 3692 4: 2920 5: 2195 6: 1342
    7: 951 8: 900 9: 901 10: 901 11: 900 12: 2271 bogomips: 76831
  Flags: 3dnowprefetch abm acpi adx aes aperfmperf apic arat arch_perfmon
    art avx avx2 bmi1 bmi2 bts clflush clflushopt cmov constant_tsc cpuid
    cpuid_fault cx16 cx8 de ds_cpl dtes64 dtherm dts epb ept ept_ad erms est
    f16c flexpriority flush_l1d fma fpu fsgsbase fxsr hle ht hwp
    hwp_act_window hwp_epp hwp_notify ibpb ibrs ida intel_pt invpcid
    invpcid_single lahf_lm lm mca mce md_clear mmx monitor movbe mpx msr mtrr
    nonstop_tsc nopl nx pae pat pbe pcid pclmulqdq pdcm pdpe1gb pebs pge pln
    pni popcnt pse pse36 pti pts rdrand rdseed rdtscp rep_good rtm sdbg sep
    sgx smap smep smx ss ssbd sse sse2 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 stibp syscall tm
    tm2 tpr_shadow tsc tsc_adjust tsc_deadline_timer vme vmx vnmi vpid x2apic
    xgetbv1 xsave xsavec xsaveopt xsaves xtopology xtpr
  Type: itlb_multihit status: KVM: VMX disabled
  Type: l1tf
    mitigation: PTE Inversion; VMX: conditional cache flushes, SMT vulnerable
  Type: mds mitigation: Clear CPU buffers; SMT vulnerable
  Type: meltdown mitigation: PTI
  Type: spec_store_bypass
    mitigation: Speculative Store Bypass disabled via prctl and seccomp
  Type: spectre_v1
    mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer sanitization
  Type: spectre_v2 mitigation: Full generic retpoline, IBPB: conditional,
    IBRS_FW, STIBP: conditional, RSB filling
  Type: srbds mitigation: Microcode
  Type: tsx_async_abort mitigation: Clear CPU buffers; SMT vulnerable
  Device-1: NVIDIA GP104 [GeForce GTX 1070] vendor: Dell driver: nvidia
    v: 495.44 alternate: nouveau,nvidia_drm bus-ID: 01:00.0 chip-ID: 10de:1b81
    class-ID: 0300
  Display: server: X.Org compositor: xfwm4 v: 4.16.1 driver:
    loaded: nvidia display-ID: :0.0 screens: 1
  Screen-1: 0 s-res: 1920x1080 s-dpi: 101 s-size: 483x272mm (19.0x10.7")
    s-diag: 554mm (21.8")
  Message: Unable to show advanced data. Required tool glxinfo missing.
  Device-1: Intel 200 Series PCH HD Audio vendor: Dell driver: snd_hda_intel
    v: kernel bus-ID: 00:1f.3 chip-ID: 8086:a2f0 class-ID: 0403
  Device-2: NVIDIA GP104 High Definition Audio vendor: Dell
    driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus-ID: 01:00.1 chip-ID: 10de:10f0
    class-ID: 0403
  Sound Server-1: ALSA v: k5.15.7-1-MANJARO running: yes
  Sound Server-2: JACK v: 1.9.19 running: no
  Sound Server-3: PulseAudio v: 15.0 running: yes
  Device-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet
    vendor: Dell driver: r8169 v: kernel port: d000 bus-ID: 02:00.0
    chip-ID: 10ec:8168 class-ID: 0200
  IF: enp2s0 state: down mac: <filter>
  Device-2: Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter
    vendor: Dell driver: ath10k_pci v: kernel bus-ID: 03:00.0 chip-ID: 168c:0042
    class-ID: 0280
  IF: wlp3s0 state: up mac: <filter>
  IP v4: <filter> type: dynamic noprefixroute scope: global
    broadcast: <filter>
  IP v6: <filter> type: noprefixroute scope: link
  WAN IP: <filter>
  Device-1: Qualcomm Atheros type: USB driver: btusb v: 0.8 bus-ID: 1-12:4
    chip-ID: 0cf3:e009 class-ID: e001
  Report: rfkill ID: hci0 rfk-id: 1 state: up address: see --recommends
  Message: No logical block device data found.
  Hardware-1: Intel SATA Controller [RAID mode] driver: ahci v: 3.0 port: f020
    bus-ID: 00:17.0 chip-ID: 8086:2822 rev: class-ID: 0104
  Local Storage: total: 1.17 TiB used: 247.07 GiB (20.6%)
  ID-1: /dev/sda maj-min: 8:0 vendor: Seagate model: ST1000DM010-2EP102
    family: BarraCuda 3.5 size: 931.51 GiB block-size: physical: 4096 B
    logical: 512 B sata: 3.0 speed: 6.0 Gb/s type: HDD rpm: 7200
    serial: <filter> rev: CC43 temp: 36 C scheme: GPT
  SMART: yes state: enabled health: PASSED on: 165d 16h cycles: 2076
    read: 2.59 TiB written: 669.19 GiB Pre-Fail: attribute: Spin_Retry_Count
    value: 100 worst: 100 threshold: 97
  ID-2: /dev/sdb maj-min: 8:16 vendor: SK Hynix model: SC311 SATA 256GB
    family: SATA SSDs size: 238.47 GiB block-size: physical: 4096 B
    logical: 512 B sata: 3.2 speed: 6.0 Gb/s type: SSD serial: <filter>
    rev: 0P10 temp: 35 C scheme: GPT
  SMART: yes state: enabled health: PASSED on: 161d 0h cycles: 2078
  ID-3: /dev/sdc maj-min: 8:32 type: USB vendor: SanDisk model: Ultra Luxe
    size: 28.65 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B type: N/A
    serial: <filter> rev: 1.00 scheme: MBR
  SMART Message: Unknown USB bridge. Flash drive/Unsupported enclosure?
  Optical-1: /dev/sr0 vendor: HL-DT-ST model: DVD+-RW GU90N rev: A1C2
    dev-links: cdrom
  Features: speed: 24 multisession: yes audio: yes dvd: yes
    rw: cd-r,cd-rw,dvd-r,dvd-ram state: running
  ID-1: /run/media/manjaro/DATA raw-size: 931.39 GiB
    size: 931.39 GiB (100.00%) used: 247.07 GiB (26.5%) fs: ntfs
    block-size: 4096 B dev: /dev/sda2 maj-min: 8:2 label: DATA
    uuid: F8E6926FE6922DBE
  Alert: No swap data was found.
  ID-1: /dev/dm-0 maj-min: 254:0 mapped: ventoy size: 2.51 GiB fs: iso9660
  ID-2: /dev/sda1 maj-min: 8:1 size: 128 MiB fs: N/A label: N/A uuid: N/A
  ID-3: /dev/sdb1 maj-min: 8:17 size: 500 MiB fs: vfat label: ESP
    uuid: 4E50-6438
  ID-4: /dev/sdb2 maj-min: 8:18 size: 128 MiB fs: N/A label: N/A uuid: N/A
  ID-5: /dev/sdb3 maj-min: 8:19 size: 223.29 GiB fs: ntfs label: OS
    uuid: E83C88C03C888AF0
  ID-6: /dev/sdb4 maj-min: 8:20 size: 847 MiB fs: ntfs label: N/A
    uuid: D8CA03EDCA03C72A
  ID-7: /dev/sdb5 maj-min: 8:21 size: 12.67 GiB fs: ntfs label: Image
    uuid: 06ACAA10ACA9F9F7
  ID-8: /dev/sdb6 maj-min: 8:22 size: 1.06 GiB fs: ntfs label: DELLSUPPORT
    uuid: B06CBA8A6CBA4B3C
  ID-9: /dev/sdc1 maj-min: 8:33 size: 28.62 GiB fs: exfat label: Ventoy
    uuid: 4E21-0000
  ID-10: /dev/sdc2 maj-min: 8:34 size: 32 MiB fs: vfat label: VTOYEFI
    uuid: 3A2F-294B
  Hub-1: 1-0:1 info: Hi-speed hub with single TT ports: 16 rev: 2.0
    speed: 480 Mb/s chip-ID: 1d6b:0002 class-ID: 0900
  Device-1: 1-8:2 info: Microdia USB DEVICE type: Keyboard,Mouse
    driver: hid-generic,usbhid interfaces: 2 rev: 2.0 speed: 12 Mb/s
    power: 400mA chip-ID: 0c45:767e class-ID: 0301
  Device-2: 1-9:3 info: Logitech Unifying Receiver type: Keyboard,Mouse,HID
    driver: logitech-djreceiver,usbhid interfaces: 3 rev: 2.0 speed: 12 Mb/s
    power: 98mA chip-ID: 046d:c52b class-ID: 0300
  Device-3: 1-12:4 info: Qualcomm Atheros type: Bluetooth driver: btusb
    interfaces: 2 rev: 2.0 speed: 12 Mb/s power: 100mA chip-ID: 0cf3:e009
    class-ID: e001
  Hub-2: 2-0:1 info: Super-speed hub ports: 10 rev: 3.0 speed: 5 Gb/s
    chip-ID: 1d6b:0003 class-ID: 0900
  Device-1: 2-1:2 info: SanDisk Ultra Luxe type: Mass Storage
    driver: usb-storage interfaces: 1 rev: 3.2 speed: 5 Gb/s power: 896mA
    chip-ID: 0781:55a3 class-ID: 0806 serial: <filter>
  System Temperatures: cpu: 29.8 C mobo: 27.8 C gpu: nvidia temp: 34 C
  Fan Speeds (RPM): cpu: 770 fan-1: 1197 gpu: nvidia fan: 27%
  Processes: 288 Uptime: 23m wakeups: 3 Init: systemd v: 249 tool: systemctl
  Compilers: gcc: N/A Packages: pacman: 964 lib: 274 Shell: Bash (sudo)
  v: 5.1.12 running-in: xfce4-terminal inxi: 3.3.11

I downloaded and installed the Plasma edition in Gnome Boxes with no issues then switched to the unstable branch updated rebooted and have not found any issues.

package list difference vs unstable image version (may be the false warning)

I compared the current
here with the daily dev version

Besides version numbers are not the same which is expected as different branch source, I found the next diff:

a) the stable ISO has:

http-parser 2.9.4-1
libgit2 1:1.3.0-1

which lacks the current unstable ISO,

b) and the

qt5-translations 5.15.2+kde+r20-2

which present in unstable image and absent in stable one.


  1. the current package list of unstable ISO profile is just a future for package list of stable ISO profile
  2. is it misconfiguration of package list between stable or unstable releases
  3. is it stable and unstable package list should have a difference on a constant basis?

@alven please only concentrate on the ISOs we request for review.

I’m also in the process to rebuild the ISOs once more, hence the new URLs in the first post.


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