We are happy to announce the release of Manjaro 0.8.5. We worked hard to make this release the best Manjaro experience featuring Openbox 3.5.0 and Xfce 4.10. A graphical installer got added and a Manjaro settings manager handling user accounts, keyboard layouts, locales and translation packages is also included. Pamac got enhanced and is now translated to several languages. A special thanks flies out to Carl Duff for his great beginners guide, which makes it easy to install and start Manjaro Linux for everyone!
Followed changes are made since Manjaro 0.8.4:
- Graphical installer introduced
- Manjaro Settings Manager introduced
- LXDM/Slim as display manager
- Linux 3.8.5 as our kernel
- SystemD 198
- Xorg 1.14.0
- Proprietary driver support for AMD and Nvidia graphic cards
- Additional multimedia support, applications, and access to the AUR have been pre-installed
We hope you enjoy the latest and greatest iteration of Manjaro Linux so far!
Philip Müller and the Manjaro Developers Team
In essence a refined combination of the previous Openbox-Synapse and Openbox-Lite, this release encompasses a lot of changes from the previous releases, including:
- Full multimedia support
- Additional multimedia applications, including Qupzilla, Pamac, VLC, and XNoise
- Revised obmenu-generater based menu
- A brand new look based around AngieMyst’s wonderful “light vines” image
To keep the ISO file size as light as possible, the automatic detection and configuration of graphics cards is not undertaken during the installation process. However, once installed, the appropriate graphics driver can be automatically detected and installed by entering the one of the following commands in the terminal:
sudo mhwd -a pci nonfree 0300
sudo mhwd -a pci free 0300
A lot of work went into our graphical installer we have forked from Linux Mint. Thanks flies out to Clement and his team. We tweaked it a little to fit for Archlinux based Distros. For now only installation on one harddrive is properly supported, but you can mount other other partitions by hand if you choose the manual option. We recommend to use our cli-installers for this matter, which offers still all the features like efi-support and makes it possible to install Manjaro on your Macs.
Pamac, our default graphical package manager, got updated and several bugs got fixed. New features are:
- all panels are resizeable
- packages list is now better displayed with icons
- packages can now be sorted by groups, repos, or state (installed, uninstalled, orphans)
- a size column has been added (corresponding to installed size in all cases).
- the real download size is display now in ConfDialog and in updater window.
- interactive search on name is available in package list panel (choose a long list like “Installed”, click on any package, then type “pacman” on your keyboard).
- orphans are kept by pamac and not uninstalled anymore
- orphans get now listed and can be removed manually
- now translated in : Catalan, Danish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese of Brazil, Romanian, Spanish, Turkish
A common problem with every Linux Distribution is the installation of language localisation packages. With our graphical tool Manjaro Settings Manager we want to make that as easy as possible. Therefore we created nice wizards which will guide you through each step. We will notify you when a new language package came available. Also you can change your system language, keyboard layouts and user management with Manjaro Settings Mananger quite comfortable.
To make the keyboard layout setup as simple as possible we created kbctl, a cli-tool you can set your keyboard to american standard with, for example followed cmd: ‘kbctl -l us‘ – it sets the proper layout for X11 and your console, plus loads it asap.