the manjaro team (namely artoo and philm) has expanded calamares in the last months and adopted our tools to support a new net-install feature of calamares.
based on their work, i am able to release manjaro lxqt 17.0 (to be precise, the systemd ISOs. artoo buids the openrc ISOs).
the new manjaro lxqt 17.0 is completely different from previous ISO images:
previous manjaro ISOs worked like this: you can boot a livecd and manjaro lxqt appeared on your screen. you could play around with it and install it to your hard drive (using the calamares installer). calamares installed (almost) all packages from the livecd to your hard drive. you probably had to update some packages to the latest version after booting into your installed system.
the manjaro lxqt 17.0 ISO works in a similar way: you can boot a livecd and manjaro lxqt appeares on your screen. you can play around with it and start calamares. calamares offers you a choice of packages you can install. all pacakges you select get downloaded from the manjaro mirror servers (the latest version of those packages. please wait until that is done!) and installed to your hard drive.
if you do not select any additional packages, manjaro is installed in a minimal net edition. this system will boot to tty and has a basic internet connection (because only “base” package group, kernel, boot loader, networkmanager, and 10 essential manjaro packages are installed).
WARNING: if no network is found on your system, please select (needed) “network-extra” packages.
such a bare minimum install is much more basic than my previously released manjaro net-minimal edition. If you know what you are doing, you can deselect packages in calamares and end up with an even lighter system.
if you select all packages, a fully functioning, manjaro-themed lxqt system with even more packages than on the livecd is installed to your hard drive. this installation method is recommended for beginners, who want to install a manjaro lxqt system.
there are currently efforts to create a CLI installer for manjaro linux. such a CLI installer can reduce the ISO size dramatically compared to manjaro lxqt 17.0. i do not have the intention to decrease the ISO size as much as possible. instead, i want to present a rather nice looking lxqt system to the user, which has some rescue tools already preinstalled:
manjaro-tools-base (for chrooting into existing manjaro systems)
imagewriter (for “burning” ISO images to an usb drive)
partitionmanager (to partition your hard drive)
please keep in mind that this is my first release of this kind. the net-install feature of calamares is also really fresh. there are still some deficiencies. nevertheless, feel free to suggest improvements below.
the root account for all manjaro live systems is:
- username: manjaro
- password: manjaro
in some (seemingly random) cases, an extremely slow manjaro mirror is set up for you. in this case, downloading packages during installation will need EXTREMELY long and sometimes never finish at all.
in order to prevent this, open a terminal in the livecd and execute the following command before you install manjaro lxqt 17.0 (net edition):
sudo pacman-mirrors --geoip && sudo pacman -Syy
- if the above mentioned method still does not work, you should start the GUI installer in debug mode by executing the following command in the terminal. this will show a lot of output, including the package, which currently gets downloaded. this gives you some feedback of the installation progress. if package download is much slower than you are used to, something went wrong with the command listed above. please execute it again!
sudo -E calamares -d
- the default audio server is “alsa”. this means that the volume widget in the panel will NOT work, if you install pulseaudio (which gets installed, when you mark all packages!). in order to make the volume widget/applet work, right click it and select “configure volume control” --> tick “PulseAudio” and enter “pavucontrol-qt” as external mixer.