We are happy to announce our latest release of Manjaro we call Nibia.
Some might want to shoot for the moon - well, we shoot for the four moons of Nibia.
Nibia is a planet with multiple moons. In the year 2285, during his mission of vengeance against James T. Kirk, Khan Noonien Singh swore that he would chase Kirk around the moons of Nibia and beyond before giving up. (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)
Gnome edition is the epicenter of new exciting features. It received a major overhaul, possibly the biggest update thusfar.
Gnome 3.38 provides performance enhancements, significantly improved application grid, parental controls, excellent welcome tour as well as many other features. The new OEM style installation makes the installation process extremely simple, and Gnome-Initial-Setup lets you easily install Manjaro for other people.
Manjaro’s Application-Utility got also many improvements, letting easily choose your favorite browsers, office suites and password managers. We also included two excellent forms of automatic window tiling: the intuitive Pop-shell and the touch friendly Material-shell. These can be enabled in the Gnome-Layout-Switcher.
Keybindings have also been improved to manage virtual desktops more efficiently. Automatic dark mode has gained more granular controls and also let’s you automatically change the theme of qt applications as well. Gnome edition also now comes with boot splash and graphical password dialogs for encrypted systems. We also trimmed the desktop so that it should now use approximately 40% less ram than before. We now also default to using Wayland on non-Nvidia hardware.
Our KDE edition provides the powerful, mature and feature-rich Plasma 5.20 desktop environment with a unique look-and-feel. The new release features Wayland improvements, grid-like system tray, new power saving options, improved settings-center, touch support in dolphin and much more. With a wide selection of latest KDE-Apps 20.08 and other applications Manjaro-KDE aims to be a versatile and elegant environment ready for all your everyday needs.
With our XFCE edition, only a few can claim to offer such a polished, integrated and leading-edge Xfce experience. With this release we ship Xfce 4.14. The stable Xfce pairs well with the cutting edge rolling release that is Manjaro, offering reliable performance with no surprises.
Kernel 5.9 is used for this release, such as the latest drivers available to date. With 5.4 LTS-Kernel minimal-ISOs we offer additional support for older hardware.
Last, but not least, our installer Calamares also received many improvements. Among other things, it now supports encrypted systems without encrypted /boot partition. This enables graphical password dialogs, using non-us keymaps for inputting passwords and up to 1 minute shorter boot times compared to full disk encryption. Automatic partitioning still uses full disk encryption by default.
We hope you enjoy this release and let us know what you think of Nibia.
PSA: KDE edition came partly with git-packages
For some reason
user-manager was still part of the profile, which pulled in
user-manager-git. This way the build of 201203 shipped partly with git-packages. This got now fixed with 201207 Install-Medias. We will provide a script to fix that on installs done by the 201203 ISOs. Older installations of Mikah should not been affected by this.
Script for fixing 20.2-201203 installs
if [[ $EUID -ne 0 ]]; then
echo "This script must be run as root"
echo "Updating package databases"
pacman -Syy --noconfirm
echo "Removing git-packages from your system"
pacman -Rdd --noconfirm attica-git karchive-git kauth-git kbookmarks-git kcodecs-git kcompletion-git kconfig-git kconfigwidgets-git kcoreaddons-git kcrash-git kdbusaddons-git kglobalaccel-git kguiaddons-git ki18n-git kiconthemes-git kio-git kitemviews-git kjobwidgets-git knotifications-git kservice-git ktextwidgets-git kwallet-git kwidgetsaddons-git kwindowsystem-git kxmlgui-git solid-git sonnet-git user-manager-git
echo "Installing needed stable packages to your system"
pacman -S --noconfirm attica karchive kauth kbookmarks kcodecs kcompletion kconfig kconfigwidgets kcoreaddons kcrash kdbusaddons kglobalaccel kguiaddons ki18n kiconthemes kio kitemviews kjobwidgets knotifications kservice ktextwidgets kwallet kwidgetsaddons kwindowsystem kxmlgui solid sonnet
echo "Your system should been fixed now. A reboot is recommended."