Just over an hour ago, the team of developers behind this popular Arch Linux-based distro launched manjaro 21.0. The codename they have chosen is Ornara, and it has been in development since December 31, at which time they released their first preview version. This is a version that includes notable new features, but most of them are related to the graphical environments in which it is available.
From this release it should also be noted that it is the first to use Linux 5.10, the latest LTS version of the kernel. In addition, from the Manjaro Configuration Manager we can also install Linux 5.4 and up to the latest Release Candidate of Linux 5.12, for those who want to try what Linus Torvalds is preparing right now.
Highlights of Manjaro 21.0
As we have mentioned, in addition to the core, the most outstanding novelties have arrived in the form of updated desktops:
- Plasma 5.21, which highlights the new application launcher (Kickoff), the possibility of installing the new System Monitor app, the firewall settings (Firewall) or the playback widget layer.
- GNOME 3.38.3, which fixes bugs in the version that already included Manjaro 20.2.1.
- Xfce 4.16, which highlights the improvements that the window manager has received, the support for fractional scaling, improvements in the settings manager and many corrections in Thunar.
- Linux 5.10 by default.
- Calamares installer improvements.
Manjaro 21.0 Ornara is the name given to the latest operating system ISO, but we must remember that we are dealing with one that uses the development model known as Rolling Release. That means that existing users have already received all the updates they have made to Ornara, and we received them the moment they were released.
For new installations, new images are now available from this link.