Manjaro 21.0.6 Ornara released!


We are happy to publish our latest stable release 21.0.6 called Ornara.

Some notable changes have been introduced since the Nibia release in January. For once, we dropped Gnome Initial Setup routine from our ISOs. It was nice to try out, but the feedback overall was not so great. Since we also have optional OEM ISOs for our manufacturers, we see no need to further investigate into GIS.

Gnome edition got exciting new features: GNOME 3.38 now combines ‘Frequent’ and ‘All’ apps into a single customizable and consistent view that allows you to reorder apps and organize them into custom folders. Simply click and drag to move apps around. Settings can now manage parental controls for Standard user accounts through the new Parental Controls option in the Users section. GNOME Shell can now drive multiple monitors with different refresh rates, making sure that you get the best possible experience out of your desktop. Under the covers, the screen recording infrastructure in GNOME Shell has been improved to take advantage of PipeWire and kernel APIs to reduce resource consumption and improve responsiveness.

Our KDE edition is all about upgrading the looks and usability of Plasma. Find, reach and run your apps faster and easier than ever with Plasma’s new app launcher. The new launcher features two panes to make it simple to locate your programs and comes with improved keyboard, mouse, and touch input, boosting accessibility across the board. Plasma System Monitor is a brand new app for monitoring system resources. KDE is pushing to have first class support for Wayland, and Plasma 5.21 makes massive progress towards reaching that goal. A new page to System Settings got added: the Plasma Firewall settings. This configuration module lets you set up and configure a firewall for your system. The Media Player widget’s layout has been improved and now includes the list of applications currently playing music in the header as a tab bar. Another upgrade is that the album cover now takes up the whole width of the widget.

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 5.10 LTS 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, Calamares has now a table of ‘best guess’ languages for each country and when GeoIP is enabled, it will automatically select that country’s language as default – the user can of course pick a different one. The ‘best guess’ is based on Unicode / ISO data, which is sometimes dubious. Calamares also ships now a table of ‘best guess’ keyboard mappings, allowing native language input. However, usernames and passwords should be in US-ASCII (this is a limitation of the login system – some parts of the system will support non-ASCII input, but it’s better safe than sorry).

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

Changes since 21.0

  • we fixed issues with Gnome 3.38 shell and updated most apps to 40.1
  • Grub Theme got restored
  • we added latest KDE software
  • updated kernels
  • fixes to Pamac


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Minimal (linux54)


Which will be the next kernel version?

If mean next LTS maybe 5.15

found strange that both minimal isos provide two LTS kernels…
maybe for new HW provide one of the minimal with latest stable (5.12 ATM) ?

Is Firefox 88 glitches with hw acceleration on Intel i915 graphics - #21 by grue fixed in any of the current kernels?

If people try to install kernel which not exist right now.:

Don’t know what you’re trying to say but it doesn’t seem to make much sense…

I cannot find any fractional scaling in Xfce, only 1x (no scaling) and 2x:

I’m using Xorg. Is this only available on Wayland?

21.0.7 released yesterday evening


Fractional scaling does not work correctly in XFCE. You can found some settings in Display. However, there it scales things even smaller instead of scaling them bigger.

Ah, I know those as well, they can be made to scale in the right direction by setting a user defined scale factor which is lower than 1, but the image becomes blurry, as if I just used a reduced resolution, lower than the native resolution of my screen.

Gnome minimal iso with 5.10 kernel doesn’t have Plymouth & Apparmor installed & enabled by default. But those are installed & enabled by default in full iso. The fsck message is visible due to the absence of Plymouth.

Forgot to read the announcement post?

I had a minor problem during upgrade, I couldn’t log-in after a lock screen occurred while upgrading. However I was late for work, so leave it. When I came back everything was back to normal. It was a successful upgrade on Asus laptop core i3 gen5 8gb ram, Manjaro kde plasma. Thank you very much!

A post was split to a new topic: Manjaro GNOME - blinks like crazy after install and booting

My old laptop was sooooo slow to install Windows 10 updates that I decided to just switch to Manjaro with XFCE. Wow, bootup and other features are so much faster! Note that when I reformatted the disk to ext4 before installing, the installer crashed partway through - best to delete all partitions and install that way.

Thanks Manjaro team!


Old release.