Manjaro, a Linux distribution based on well-tested snapshots of the Arch Linux repositories and 100% compatible with Arch, has finally reached version 0.8.10.
Manjaro is becoming one of the most important Linux distributions out there and it looks like it all has to do with the updates that have been pouring constantly from the developers. The current release comes with new versions for Xfce, KDE edition, Openbox, and the “Net” edition.
“Our team has worked hard over the last three months to put together the most refined and user-friendly Manjaro release to date. This release includes our flagship Xfce edition, feature-rich KDE edition, lightweight Openbox edition and our minimal ‘Net’ edition.”
“Although the general layout of our supported environments has not changed dramatically, there have been look-and-feel improvements, including a modern graphical bootsplash, new default theme (Menda) and a new look for our welcome screen. Where much attention has been focused since our last release is on infrastructure development, including improvements to our installation framework (Thus), package management & update interfaces (Pamac & Octopi), post-installation configuration framework (Turbulence) and to our user-friendly hardware detection and driver installation tool (MHWD),” reads the official announcement.
As usual, it will take a while until all the other flavors that are being maintained by the community become available for download, but the GNOME 3, MATE, Enlightenment, LXDE, and Cinnamon flavors will show up soon enough.
According to the changelog, the Linux kernel has been updated to version 3.12.20, which is not actually the most advanced one that you can find. The good thing about this distribution is that users have access to Arch repositories, which means that the kernel that was released only last night, 3.15, will be available soon.
Also, Mesa has been updated to version 10.1.4, Xorg-Server has been updated to version 1.15.1, Gstreamer has been updated to version 1.2.4, LibreOffice 4.2.4 is now the default office suite, the AMD Catalyst drivers have been updated to version 14.04, and the NVIDIA drivers are now at version 331.79.
A number of other smaller fixes have been implemented, for lxdm, ext2 mounting, LVM partition removal, filesystem and partition shrink operation, and a few others. The developers have also added support for plymouth, sddm, automatic network driver installation, and much more
More details about this release can be found in the official announcement. You can download Manjaro 0.8.10 right now from Softpedia, but you can also upgrade your system with the regular updater tool.