There is no GUI version of the Manjaro ARM Installer.
If you are referring to the Manjaro ARM Flasher, all it does is present the images available for download and provide an easy way of downloading and flashing them. So it relies on the images we create.
And we haven’t created minimal versions for about all of 2020.
The reason for that is, that they didn’t get downloaded that often, compared to any of the other editions.
So I weighted the amount of effort needed to create, test and upload the images, change the website and forum post with it’s information each time, against the amount of downloads they actually got. And I concluded it was not worth the effort, when the minimal edition is available through the Manjaro ARM Installer and people can create their own minimal images, by using the Manjaro ARM tools.
The Manjaro ARM Installer, works on most distributions though. The dependencies are pretty distro agnostic, it’s basically regular linux utils, systemd-nspawn with copy-resolv support and binfmt config file with aarch64 support.
Strit thanks for the explanation. I appreciate all the work the ARM team does in making Manjaro available. I understand what you are saying that the headless (minimal) images are downloaded less. But some people desire the increased stability and reduced attack surface area of a minimal server configuration. There are currently no headless server options available for Manjaro, so people are driven to other distributions and Manjaro will never be competitive in this space. That is unfortunate because this is a wonderful distribution.
As I explained in previous posts, you can install a headless minimal edition with the Manjaro ARM Installer. It’s supported just as well as the other editions. We just don’t create ready to use images for it. It’s not like we have removed the headless installs altogether.