Manjaro, a user-friendly Linux distribution based on the independently developed Arch operating system, has just received a MATE version.
According to the developers, “Community Editions” of Manjaro Linux are released as bonus flavors in addition to those officially supported and maintained by the Manjaro Team.
The demand for a MATE version (GNOME 2 fork) has been quite important, so now the Manjaro distro offers two new images, for 32-bit and 64-bit architecture.
Moreover, a few of the features that made it into this community edition haven't been implemented yet in the mainstream version. If they prove successful, they will be ported in the next editions.
Highlights of Manjaro Linux MATE 0.8:
• A new graphical boot screen has been added;
• Linux Kernel 3.7 has replaced the 3.4 version as the default, featuring improved flash support;
• Pamac, a user-friendly graphical interface to easily update the system and manage software, has replaced Kalu, Package Browser, and the Pacman-GUI.
• A new-look desktop that utilizes the popular Mint-Menu has been implemented;
• Full access to the Arch User Repository is now pre-installed;
• Full multimedia support is pre-installed;
• Default Home folders, such as Downloads, Pictures, and so on, are now automatically provided;
• The full range of logout options are now available (e.g. shutdown, reboot, etc.);
• The lock Screen has been enabled;
• The hibernation has been enabled.
Developed in Austria, France, and Germany, Manjaro provides all the benefits of the Arch operating system combined with a focus on user-friendliness and accessibility.
The Manjaro distribution also has a ‘rolling release’ development model that provides the most up-to-date system possible, without the need to install new versions.
So far, quite a few Manjaro flavors have been announced, including GNOME, Cinnamon, KDE, LXDE, Openbox, and Xfce.
Check out the official announcement for a complete list of new features.
Download Manjaro Linux MATE 0.8 right now from Softpedia.