Manjaro 21.2.1 Qonos released! - First Point-Release for 2022

Manjaro 21.2.1

Since we released Pahvo Mid-Season last 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 new 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.

Qonos 21.2.1 is now available!


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Is the (code-)name of this release inspired by Star Trek? The image also is a strong indicator. :slight_smile:

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We use their planets but have our own starships :vulcan_salute:


Hi @philm , Are there any improvements on 21.2.1 over 21.2.0.


Guessing this is the iso with all the changes introduced with the latest stable manjaro release?

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A post was split to a new topic: Settings repeatedly changed by an update

Yes, you are right.


version number in desc needs to be fixed


plasma-framework 5.89.0-1

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Thank you.

Does anybody know, if/when there will be new ISOs for Community Editions (especially Cinnamon) for 21.2.x-cycle?
Or better, can somebody point me to some information about how (often) Community ISO spins are created?

community edition isos updates whenever the developer of the iso profile wants to or have time to update it.

Thank you! And is it “save” to use these “aged” Community ISOs for installation these days or will I run into problems as soon I perform the update? I mean 21.1.2 has been almost 5 months ago with lots of updates and potential issues in-between. How do I know that there haven’t been any ABI changes for which a potential warning exists with archived Community ISOs.
I just want to make sure, that it is at least “technically” supported/possible to do the installation right with these “aged” but still latest Community ISOs.

I just noticed that the program notify-send does not work anymore, after the big update a few days ago. I know it worked before, so it is probably something after the update. When I run the command notify-send "hello" in the terminal in example it should work, but it waits as if it would wait for input and never stops, until I control-c. Any idea how to troubleshoot and if this is related to the update? Some related info:

pamac search --files -q notify-send

Well, it really depends as most of our Manjaro Developers are deep into other projects than taking care about Community editions. Most of them have no maintainers, so Bernhard is sometimes spinning them time to time when he finds some time to test stuff. However you can take a look at the Spins section, if a community member found time to provide some of his own ISOs …


You can build your own Manjaro ISO, easy to do, you can add or remove some package…

screenshot with the desktop environment available, the link is include

Manjaro from scratch :-)

Thank you for the information!

Do you have some quick words for me on this?:

Thanks in advance

Thanks for the hint! I will look into it, when I find some play time!

Does that mean, I do not have to dive into system configuration (like Arch), but just create my ISO with, let’s say, some of Manjaros defaults and configuration?

You’re right, look at the nice manual it’s super easy, you don’t have to do some fight into system like an Arch install, by default the build image is fully workable, on my side I add (LibreOffice, VLC…) and delete (steam) package from default profile.

For example my LXQt build ISO command is looking so

[nls@lap ~]$ buildiso -f -p lxqt -b stable -k linux515 2022.01.07

The ISO profile is in your home

The build ISO image take place in the var folder


Note : same availability for the arm devices running Manjaro arm, it’s just handsome.