A new preview version of Manjaro 0.8.11, a Linux distribution based on well-tested snapshots of the Arch Linux repositories and 100% compatible with Arch, has been released for the Xfce, Openbox, KDE, and NET flavors.
The Manjaro developers have continued to push updates and the current cycle is getting better with each new release. This is in fact the third version for 0.8.11 and numerous changes have been implemented.
“Hi community! We present to you our second preview of Manjaro 0.8.11 based on our fifth update-pack we justed released to our stable branch. We updated our kernel to Linux 3.14 LTS and use the latest MESA release with latest free and proprietary drivers. Also you find our latest graphical tools we develop to get Manjaro easier to be managed with a few mouse clicks.”
“With Manjaro Settings Manager 0.2.3 we offer you an enhanced kernel and graphic driver management experience. We will notify you about newer drivers and kernels, tell you when you run an unsupported kernel or new language packages are available,” reads the official Manjaro blog.
The developers have moved to Linux kernel 3.14, which became an LTS branch a short while ago. In fact, this is the most advanced LTS version available and it provides some much needed stability.
According to the changelog, the Calligra office suite is now provided in the KDE Edition, but the Xfce flavor is using LibreOffice. The Openbox Edition is a little bit different and doesn't feature an office suite by default, but you can choose what to install with the help of Turbulence.
Most of the Manjaro flavors are actually developed by the community and not by a central team. In fact, the Manjaro ecosystem is so large that it would be very difficult for just one team to take care of all the versions.
Everyone is looking out for the Xfce flavor of Manjaro and it's one of the lightest available. Manjaro comes with a huge number of flavors covering almost all of the major desktop environments and window managers. In fact, the Openbox version is actually lighter than Xfce, but it requires a little more work from the users.
More details about this release can be found in the official announcement.
Remember that this is a development version and it should NOT be installed on production machines. It is intended for testing purposes only.