Two weeks after former, Manjaro has just announced a new stable version of its operating system. We are talking about a project that uses the development model known as Rolling Release, so talking about versions is not as clear as in other distributions such as Ubuntu or Fedora. When, like now, they announce a new stable version, what arrives are new packages, many, but Manjaro 21.0.5, the sixth version of Ornara, will still not use GNOME 40.
Right now, the launch is official, but it hasn't reached all teams yet. Personally, I still do not see any updates neither in Pamac (Add / Remove software) nor with the command sudo pacman -Syu, and Manjaro 21.0.5 does not appear in the project download page, but the blog post is already available. What is already confirmed are the most notable changes, and you have them below.
Highlights of Manjaro 21.0.5
- They have updated most of their kernels, the most current stable being Linux 5.12.2.
- NVIDIA has been updated to 460.80.
- They have added the Plasma mobile apps, but as an option.
- Most of the applications (GNOME Apps) have been updated to GNOME 40.1. The Shell remains at 3.38.
- Maui apps are up to 1.2.2.
- Systemd 247.7.
- Firefox 88.0.1 and Thunderbird 78.10.1.
- LibreOffice 7.1.3.
- Frameworks 5.82 and Plasma 5.21.5 in the KDE edition, among other KDE-git packages.
- Other updates like the newest ones to python and hasell.
Manjaro is officially available in XFCE (the main one), KDE and GNOME versions. A new stable version means two things: as we have mentioned, existing users will receive the packages in the next few hours. On the other hand, they will soon announce the launch of the new ISO, and those are the ones that will bear the name of Manjaro 21.0.5. At the moment, we just have to have a little more patience, although I fear that the GNOME editions are running out. Everything is for stability.