Debunking Manjaro Myths

Rob McCathie from the Manjaro project joins us to discuss some recent troubles in the community, bust common myths about Manjaro, their relationship with Arch Linux, and what the future holds for the project. Plus we look at some Fedora 21 features, Google’s Project Zero, Linus’ home office … AND SO MUCH MORE!

All this week on, The Linux Action Show!

Update-Pack 4 is online now!

system_software_updateThis is our fourth update-pack for Manjaro 0.8.10!

First of all: We dropped linux34 for good. Please remove this kernel with mhwd-kernel: sudo mhwd-kernel -r linux34

Speaking of kernels: We updated 310, 311, 314 and 315 to the latest point releases.

Octopi 0.4.1 got released. Comes with:

  • A bunch of obligatory bug fixes
  • Argentinian, Basque and Japanese translations
  • Installed size info in tooltips
  • Search by file option (with pacman -Qo)
  • Installed packages are counted based on View filters
  • A string validator is used in search widgets to prevent anomalous character entering

KDE5 is around the corner. KF 5.0 was released earlier this month. We are still waiting for Plasma 5 hitting our repositories. Read about it here and here.

Flash got another security fixes added and we updated both Nvidia drivers to the latest versions. More information about those here and here.

Ayceman worked hard to get a [b]native version of Steam[/b] out there. You can read more about it here. Beside that we have regular upstream updates and rebuilds by Archlinux.

Please report any issues you may find.

kind regards
Philip


If you have issues with Rob McCathies (korrode) signature, try this:

sudo pacman-key -r 5C0102A6
sudo pacman-key --lsign-key 5C0102A6

If you have issues with Joshuas Strots (dcell) signature, try this:

sudo pacman-key -r CB6CDD17
sudo pacman-key --lsign-key CB6CDD17

Current supported kernels

  • Linux38 3.8.13.25
  • Linux310 3.10.49
  • Linux311 3.11.10.13
  • Linux312 3.12.24
  • Linux313 3.13.11.4
  • Linux314 3.14.13
  • Linux314 3.15.6

Updated packages

  • community i686: 324 new and 313 removed package(s)
  • community x86_64: 321 new and 311 removed package(s)
  • core i686: 24 new and 26 removed package(s)
  • core x86_64: 24 new and 26 removed package(s)
  • extra i686: 261 new and 266 removed package(s)
  • extra x86_64: 261 new and 266 removed package(s)
  • multilib x86_64: 44 new and 32 removed package(s)

Links


Manjaro XFCE Minimal 0.8.11 Preview 1 is online now.

manjaro-0810-mendaHi community! We present to you our first preview of Manjaro XFCE Minimal Edition. 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. Also we worked on pamac. We added our development version of our popular graphical package manager to find issues we might have not found yet. So test it and tell us if you find some.

manjaro-0810-welcomeWith Manjaro Settings Manager 0.2.0 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. Other nice and needful user interfaces will come to our settings manager soon.

manjaro-0810-thusThis install media is based on our unstable branch, so you get the latest packages with it. It is not for everyone in this early stage, but play with it and give us feedback when you did already issues. Speaking of issues: This media claims to come with an unsupported kernel. Don’t worry, we are already on this bug. So, if you have time, please download this install media and test it on your hardware, virtual machines to find issues we still might have missed.

kind regards

Philip

Manjaro 0.8.10 Netbook Edition is now available!

manjaro-netbook-0.8.10-1I’m happy to announce the 0.8.10 release of the Manjaro Netbook Edition.

i686 and x86_64 ISO’s are available. i686 is recommended for most netbooks.

The Netbook Edition uses a lightened and customised Xfce environment. Screen real estate is optimised with the use of a single vertical panel that includes DockBarX (via a plug-in) and through a modified version of Xfwm4 (Xfce’s window manager), based on xfwm4-titleless-dev, further patched for default-maximized support.

manjaro-netbook-0.8.10-2It also features an Intel Atom-optimised kernel (available post-installation, i686 only). As with most Manjaro editions, the Netbook edition supports playback of most media formats out-of-the-box, additionally the i686 version includes a particular version of the Flash plugin that provides jolt-free full-screen playback (usually 360p max) on some Intel GMA (950/3150/etc.) graphics hardware.

manjaro-netbook-0.8.10-3There’s little in the way of edition-specific big changes for our users since the 0.8.9 release. Noticeable differences include a swap to Manjaro’s new theme (Menda) and to LightDM with it’s GTK2 greeter as the provided display/login manager. Other miscellaneous tweaks and bugfixes were made and this new installation media brings all the universal Manjaro infrastructure updates, which include significant enhancements to system installation and package management/updates components.

Regards,
Rob McCathie
Manjaro Team


LINKS:


Translate Manjaro and make it available in everyone’s own language

We believe that every computer user should be able to use their software in their language of choice. As a Manjaro translator you can put your language skills to work by translating Manjaro from English to your language.

Use Transifex and your browser to translate free software online with an easy to use interface and make it possible for users to naturally use Manjaro in their own tongue.

You choose how much you want to get involved: from submitting a few translation suggestions to joining a translation team and becoming a full-fledged Manjaro Translator.

The range of opportunities for helping to improve Manjaro’s native language support is broad: translating applications, drafting translation terminology and guidelines, filing and fixing internationalization bugs, participating in discussions and helping other translators, providing internationalization support to applications are just a few examples.

Get involved now


Manjaro 0.8.11 XFCE-minimal sneak preview online

manjaro-0810-mendaHi community! Manjaro 0.8.10 was a great release. Now our development cycle has started again. We are currently preparing our next stable release – Manjaro 0.8.11. Why do we need another Manjaro 0.8-series release? Well – Calamares, our next graphical installer is not ready yet. Everybody who want to help with that application can contact Teo as he is the lead of this software.

manjaro-0810-welcomeSo what is going on with this sneak preview. It is based on our unstable branch and comes with linux314, latest proprietary drivers and a bunch of latest upstream packages. With thus we fixed some issues on automatic partitioning and bugs we found in our last stable release. We don’t expect to add any new features to this application as our focus is right now on Calamares.

manjaro-0810-thusOn the other hand, Ramon is working hard to get Manjaro Settings Manager more complete. This install media ships with MSM 0.1.7 but 0.1.9 is already on our unstable branch ready for installation.

This install media is recommended for people who know how to use Manjaro and experimental software. It is already usable but shouldn’t been used on daily bases as we are currently updating a lot of packages in our unstable branch. If you have time, please download this install media and test it on your hardware, virtual machines to find issues we still might have missed.

kind regards

Philip

Update-Pack 3 is online now!

system_software_updateHere we go for our third update-pack review cycle for Manjaro 0.8.10!

It took us a good week to prepare this one. Again we ship the latest kernels. All kernels have now BFQ v7r5 and latest AUFS v3 included. We consider to drop linux34 as it creates issues on our i686 on booting up.

Also new to Manjaro is OpenRC/EuDEV support. Artoo and Aaditya worked hard to get it into a usuable state. Take a look to this thread for setting it up on your system.

Octopi is close to 0.4.1 release, so we ship the latest git-snapshot to test it out before Arnt release it. Fingers crossed and it should be available in two weeks.

We ship now Xorg-Server 1.15.2 and the latest propritary drivers. Nvidia bumped 331-series to 331.89. For more info about this new driver go to devtalk.

Calligra is now at 2.8.5. Read more about it in the release announcement

Beside that we have regular upstream updates and rebuilds by Archlinux.

Please report any issues you may find.

kind regards
Philip


If you have issues with Rob McCathies (korrode) signature, try this:

sudo pacman-key -r 5C0102A6
sudo pacman-key --lsign-key 5C0102A6

If you have issues with Joshuas Strots (dcell) signature, try this:

sudo pacman-key -r CB6CDD17
sudo pacman-key --lsign-key CB6CDD17

Current supported kernels

  • Linux34 3.4.95 (EOL)
  • Linux38 3.8.13.25
  • Linux310 3.10.46
  • Linux311 3.11.10.12
  • Linux312 3.12.24
  • Linux313 3.13.11.4
  • Linux314 3.14.10
  • Linux314 3.15.3

Updated packages

  • community i686: 786 new and 716 removed package(s)
  • community x86_64: 785 new and 715 removed package(s)
  • core i686: 42 new and 42 removed package(s)
  • core x86_64: 42 new and 42 removed package(s)
  • extra i686: 672 new and 669 removed package(s)
  • extra x86_64: 672 new and 669 removed package(s)
  • multilib x86_64: 34 new and 34 removed package(s)

Links


Update-Pack 2 is online now!

system_software_updateHere we go for our second update-pack for Manjaro 0.8.10!

I’m happy to announce that we got linux34 back on track and working with systemd v214. It took us couple of days to figure this one out. With the help of Markus Rathgeb, an ARM-Archlinux kernel maintainer, we backported a needed feature to get linux34 going with systemd v213 and higher. So please get linux34 3.4.94-1 installed and test it at least for one day on your PC. Do everything as usual and report any issues you may have with linux34 and systemd v214.

For linux315 series I was able to add all missing extramodules. So we can present to you 3.15.1 with latest patches, bfq v7r4 and aufs3.

I packed up the latest XFCE snapshots for some packages to fix some known issues we may faced with our current packages. power-manager got updated again to get an even more proper support for the latest upower release.

Libreoffice got updated to 4.2.5, alsa to 1.0.28 and phonon to 4.7.2. Skype got updated from Microsoft and uses now only pulseaudio as backend. More about those changes you can read here.

Report any issues you may find.

kind regards
Philip


If you have issues with Rob McCathies (korrode) signature, try this:

sudo pacman-key -r 5C0102A6
sudo pacman-key --lsign-key 5C0102A6

If you have issues with Joshuas Strots (dcell) signature, try this:

sudo pacman-key -r CB6CDD17
sudo pacman-key --lsign-key CB6CDD17

Current supported kernels

  • Linux34 3.4.94
  • Linux38 3.8.13.24
  • Linux310 3.10.44
  • Linux311 3.11.10.11
  • Linux312 3.12.24
  • Linux313 3.13.11.4
  • Linux314 3.14.8
  • Linux314 3.15.1

Updated packages

  • community i686: 135 new and 132 removed package(s)
  • community x86_64: 135 new and 132 removed package(s)
  • core i686: 33 new and 34 removed package(s)
  • core x86_64: 33 new and 34 removed package(s)
  • extra i686: 287 new and 276 removed package(s)
  • extra x86_64: 287 new and 269 removed package(s)
  • multilib x86_64: 13 new and 13 removed package(s)

Links


Sonar Linux 2014.1 Beta1 is online now!

sonar-2014.1-b1

Sonar is proud to announce that we have a new beta to try out and download.

Sonar GNU/Linux is an accessible operating system focused on assistive technology. It is focused on being the most accessible operating system available using Free assistive technology. The following is a list of some of the assistive technology offered through Sonar:

  • a screen reader for blind and low vision people called Orca.
  • a magnification program to help magnify the screen for low vision people.
  • an on-screen keyboard for people who have low motor skills and have difficulty using a keyboard. (The on-screen keyboard can be used with a mouse or trackball to navigate the keyboard on the screen.
  • a font for people with dyslexia.

Kyle Brouhard is the lead developer of the latest sonar versions after 13.10, which are based on Manjaro Linux, an independently developed fork of Arch Linux.

Kyle has been working hard and we now have a beta using Gnome 3.12 and better uefi support along with the 3.14 kernel. We are excited and looking forward to the final release of Sonar and can’t wait for the many other announcements that we have. Here is a link to download and try it and pleas join the mailing list and give us some feedback.

If you ever wanted greater involvement with the operating system and assistive technology you currently use, Sonar is for you. Join the mailing list and get involved. You can ask for feature request and also help to make Sonar better. Sonar is sponsored by the Accessible Computing Foundation. Come and join the community and take back control of your computing and assistive technology.

kind regards
Jonathan Nadeau



Update-Pack 1 is online now!

system_software_updateI’m happy to announce Update-Pack 1.

After a stable release it is right before our next one ;)
So here we go again!

KDE 4.13.2 just came out. We added some more Gnome3 package updates and the latest mesa 10.2.1 with a better working mhwd. Also KF5 got updated to 4.100 version. You still need to add kde-unstable from Archlinux to get a fully working KDE5 desktop going.

Beside regular kernel updates you get also the latest upstream packages.

We still struggle with systemd v214, that’s why we hold some packages back to be merged with stable/testing until we are certian that it won’t break your systems.

kind regards
Philip


If you have issues with Rob McCathies (korrode) signature, try this:

sudo pacman-key -r 5C0102A6
sudo pacman-key --lsign-key 5C0102A6

If you have issues with Joshuas Strots (dcell) signature, try this:

sudo pacman-key -r CB6CDD17
sudo pacman-key --lsign-key CB6CDD17

Current supported kernels

  • Linux34 3.4.92
  • Linux38 3.8.13.23
  • Linux310 3.10.43
  • Linux311 3.11.10.11
  • Linux312 3.12.22
  • Linux313 3.13.11.3
  • Linux314 3.14.7

Updated packages

  • community i686: 386 new and 344 removed package(s)
  • community x86_64: 384 new and 342 removed package(s)
  • core i686: 33 new and 31 removed package(s)
  • core x86_64: 33 new and 31 removed package(s)
  • extra i686: 841 new and 834 removed package(s)
  • extra x86_64: 836 new and 829 removed package(s)
  • multilib x86_64: 33 new and 34 removed package(s)

Links