The release of Manjaro April 20.0 escaped the eyes of our vigilant review team, and we made sure to republish this 20.1 release of “Mikah”.
Manjaro follows a rolling release model, so current Manjaro users do not need to perform a fresh install unless their current installation is faulty.
Anyone who may have been into Ubuntu or Linux Mint should definitely consider starting this ISO. Manjaro continues to use the Xfce edition as its flagship, so that’s what we’re focusing on here.
About this article
This review first appeared in Linux format Magazine, Issue No. 269, published November 2020.
The Calamares installation program is more sophisticated than ever and allows you to set up a swap partition with support for hibernation. It also continues to offer you a choice of office suites: LibreOffice, FreeOffice, or none of the above. FreeOffice is a proprietary product that the Manjaro team believes has the best compatibility with Microsoft Office. If you install without the Office suite, the initial installation weighs 6 GB.
The Kvantum theme engine is included and ensures that Qt5 applications match the rest of the desktop using the Matcha theme. The fetching variant of the blue and green sea, to be precise.
Manjaro prides itself on its customizability, so there are alternative themes and different dials and gowns to tinker with. One of them is the kernel tool, which allows you to easily switch from kernel.org, a real-time kernel, or an LTS version to the latest RC.
A friendly welcome
Manjaro also strives for ease of use, and Hello, its welcome tool, is polished and extremely welcoming indeed. There are the usual web links, but much of the information (release notes and information on how to join the project) is available in the utility itself. The application browser area is tidy and does not overwhelm the user.
Rather, you can explore some of the more popular programs and install them with just a few clicks. Pamac, Manjaro’s graphical package manager, has been updated to provide faster dependency checking and handling. Pamac can work with Snaps and Flatpaks, as well as (if you’re ready to defy user-provided packages) the Arch User Repository (AUR).
Manjaro comes with a fine selection of software. Steam, VLC and the HP Device Manager are ready to use. Users who are used to using the Ctrl-Alt-T keyboard shortcut to open a Terminal window may be a little surprised as it opens a drop-down window rather than a traditional one.
We think dropdown terminals (like Guake and Yakuake) aren’t getting nearly enough attention, so it’s a nice touch. The Timeshift System Restore utility is included (as in Linux Mint) which one day may save you from a deadly AUR package update.
Further work has been done in the display configuration dialog box. This is good news for users with multi-display settings. You can define different profiles for different setups and these profiles can be applied automatically when the hardware is connected.
We’re thrilled that Manjaro continues to accept Xfce, but if it’s not your thing then you should check out the other releases. The KDE version, which now includes KDE 5.19, is the most popular on the interwebs.
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