We are happy to announce three new Manjaro Community Editions featuring Mate 1.6, LXDE 0.5.5 and KDE 4.10.2. “Community Editions” of Manjaro Linux are released as bonus flavours in addition to those officially supported and maintained by the Manjaro Team, provided that the time and resources necessary are available to do so.
Yusuf and Cumali from Manjaro-Turkey released Manjaro KDE Community Edition 2013.04 based on Manjaro Stable-Repositories. It features the brand new KDE SC 4.10.2 point release. The over 100 recorded bugfixes in this release include improvements to the Personal Information Management suite Kontact, the Window Manager KWin, and others. KDE’s Development Platform has received a number of updates that affect multiple applications. The complete changes are listed on KDE’s issue tracker.
Notable packages included:
- kdebase-workspace 4.10.2
- linux38 3.8.8 (3.8.6-1 on i686)
- manjaro-settings-manager 0.1.1
- mhwd 0.2.5
- octopi 0.1.0408
- pamac 0.7.0
- systemd 198 (systemd-next 201 on i686)
- xorg-server 1.14.1
LXDE is a super-lightweight desktop environment that is very similar to XFCE, with the exception that it is not compatible with Compiz. As with XFCE, LXDE is also a somewhat basic desktop environment, lacking some modern features that would be expected, such as a search-bar to find applications and files. However, it is also an excellent choice for less powerful computers, as a 64 bit installation of Manjaro running LXDE uses only about 150MB of memory.
MATE (pronounced ‘Mah-tay’) is best known for its use in the popular Linux Mint distribution. Similar to the XFCE desktop environment, a 64 bit installation of Manjaro running MATE uses about 200MB of memory. MATE itself was developed to appease users of the Gnome 2 desktop after the radical transformation of Gnome 3 into a tablet-like interface. Version 1.6 comes with a long list of changes, but nothing like the laundry list of major fixes like in previous updates. Systemd-logind support has been added, Caja has had some minor tweaks, and functionality has been added to the panel. Download the install medias and give it a spin.
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.
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.
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 list of all available packages
- And a tab widget showing 6 useful tabs: information, files, transaction, output, news and a quick help guide.
More info about Octopi you can find on the project homepage.