Manjaro XFCE 17.0-rc1 released

Manjaro Fringilla was a great release! Now we are proud to announce our first release candidate of our next release, we call “Gellivara”. It took us more than two month to prepare this new release series for 2017.

During the development cycle of Gellivara we optimized and changed few things:

  • In the past we have used numbered versions. Currently we are using versions based on the release target month which, on a rolling release, might point to a monthly based versioning of our install media. However, they only reflect the status of our tools and installer. Also this creates the impression of some of our community releases being newer than the core releases, when in fact they are using the same base and were simply published on a later date. Therefore we are back using numbered versions, however slightly different than in the past.
  • Depending on the development we might release three major sets of install medias with new features. If we find some issues in the original install media, we may update them for fixing bugs, which will then be a point release of the same series. Also we will discuss if we change the code name of the releases this year, or keep one for the whole year.

So what will be the features of the new release series:

  • We updated the stock kernel to linux49 4.9 LTS
  • We updated the Xorg-Stack to v1.19 series
  • We enhanced and improved our Manjaro Tools & Profiles
  • MHWD we adopted to handle a more efficient way to handle libglx binaries
  • Some of our themes got updated and new got designed

Please test this release and give us your feedback.

kind regards, Philip Müller and the Manjaro Development Team


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Manjaro KDE 17.0-rc1 released

Manjaro Fringilla was a great release! Now we are proud to announce our first release candidate of our next release, we call “Gellivara”. It took us more than two month to prepare this new release series for 2017.

During the development cycle of Gellivara we optimized and changed few things:

  • In the past we have used numbered versions. Currently we are using versions based on the release target month which, on a rolling release, might point to a monthly based versioning of our install media. However, they only reflect the status of our tools and installer. Also this creates the impression of some of our community releases being newer than the core releases, when in fact they are using the same base and were simply published on a later date. Therefore we are back using numbered versions, however slightly different than in the past.
  • Depending on the development we might release three major sets of install medias with new features. If we find some issues in the original install media, we may update them for fixing bugs, which will then be a point release of the same series. Also we will discuss if we change the code name of the releases this year, or keep one for the whole year.

So what will be the features of the new release series:

  • We updated the stock kernel to linux49 4.9 LTS
  • We updated the Xorg-Stack to v1.19 series
  • We updated KDE to its latest components: Plasma 5.9.2, Apps 16.12.3, Framework 5.31.0
  • We enhanced and improved our Manjaro Tools & Profiles
  • MHWD we adopted to handle a more efficient way to handle libglx binaries
  • Some of our themes got updated and new got designed

Please test and tell us your findings and findings about this release.

kind regards, Philip Müller and the Manjaro Development Team


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[Stable Update] 2017-02-17 – Kernels, Plasma5, KDE Frameworks/Apps, Libreoffice, Mozilla

system_software_updateHi Community,

it took us a little longer to prepare this update-pack for you guys. This was mostly due to the move to Plasma 5.9 series. With it we have now the latest Plasma 5.9.2, KDE Apps 16.12.2 and KDE Frameworks 5.31.0.

We also updated most of our kernels to the latest point releases available, released the latest Mate and Kodi plus updated Haskell and Python packages. Additionally some xfce plugins and thunar got a new release such as flashplugin and php.

Issues which crashed the Xorg-Server should be gone now. On the internet apps section we ship now Firefox 51.0.1, Thunderbird 45.7.0 and NetworkManager 1.6.0. LibreOffice v5.2.5 & v5.3.0 will please our office junkies in their productive work …

A lot of effort went into our manjaro tools. With v0.14 series we introduced new functions and simplified on how our ISO images and packages get generated. All current profiles can be found here.

Also our graphical package managers got updated: octopi v0.8.7 has now a more enhanced options menu. With pamac v4.2.0 we optimized the process engine and removed the AUR-search-button (now integrated in normal search).

As usual you find the latest Upstream updates up till Wed Feb 15 07:38:40 CET 2017. A detailed list can be found here. Enjoy and report back as usual …

Enjoy and report back as usual …

kind regards,

Philip and the Manjaro Development Team


Current supported kernels

  • linux310 3.10.105
  • linux312 3.12.70
  • linux316 3.16.39
  • linux318 3.18.48 [EOL]
  • linux41 4.1.38
  • linux44 4.4.48
  • linux48 4.8.17 [EOL]
  • linux49 4.9.9
  • linux410 4.10-rc8
  • linux-RT-LTS 4.4.47_rt59
  • linux-RT 4.9.9_rt6

Package changes

  • community i686: 1090 new and 1044 removed package(s)
  • community x86_64: 1125 new and 1079 removed package(s)
  • core i686: 38 new and 37 removed package(s)
  • core x86_64: 38 new and 37 removed package(s)
  • extra i686: 1224 new and 1230 removed package(s)
  • extra x86_64: 1224 new and 1230 removed package(s)
  • multilib x86_64: 27 new and 33 removed package(s)

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[Stable Update] 2017-01-30 – Kernels, Steam, Budgie, Deepin, KDE Framework, Virtualbox

system_software_updateHi Community,

it has been a while since we updated our stable branch. This was partly a result of me being on vacation. I had a great time in the States and the Caribbean. This was a little getaway from the Winter here in Germany. Enjoying the sun and having a drink on the beach was a great exchange for instead sitting in the cold on a bench at a hill in the alps with a mulled wine.

With this update we now have the latest Virtualbox v5.1.14, some new kernels, latest Lumina and Budgie desktop updated. Friends of coding may find the latest Ruby now in our repositories. Also included are KDE Frameworks 5.30 packages and the majority of Deepin 15.4rc packages.

Hugo, Frede and Ramon have recently worked on a lot of improvements for our pacman-mirrors package, mainly on the GUI that can be invoked with the -i option. A new –verbose has been added and some old issues finally straightened out.

Teo released Calamares v3.0.1, which includes some needed fixes you can now test with Manjaro 17.0 Beta1.

You also find the latest Upstream updates up till Fri Jan 27 18:42:25 CET 2017. gstreamer v0.10 and some depending packages on the other hand got removed. Please check your systems, as most of these packages got moved to the AUR, as support was put on hold for these applications and libraries.

All changes can be also reviewed here.

Enjoy and report back as usual …

kind regards,

Philip and the Manjaro Development Team


Current supported kernels

  • linux310 3.10.104
  • linux312 3.12.69
  • linux316 3.16.39
  • linux318 3.18.47
  • linux41 4.1.38
  • linux44 4.4.45
  • linux48 4.8.17 [EOL]
  • linux49 4.9.6
  • linux410 4.10-rc5
  • linux-RT-LTS 4.4.39_rt50
  • linux-RT 4.9.4_rt2

Package changes (Thu Dec 29 09:02:56 CET 2016)

  • community i686: 750 new and 755 removed package(s)
  • community x86_64: 776 new and 781 removed package(s)
  • core i686: 36 new and 37 removed package(s)
  • core x86_64: 36 new and 37 removed package(s)
  • extra i686: 452 new and 504 removed package(s)
  • extra x86_64: 452 new and 504 removed package(s)
  • multilib x86_64: 22 new and 29 removed package(s)

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[Stable Update] 2017-01-17 – Python, Xorg, Ruby, Gcc, Inkscape

system_software_updateHi Manjaro Community!

Here we are with another update for you – quite a huge one this time. The reason for that is that Python got updated to 3.6 and a huge amount of other packages depending on it needed to be rebuilt.

Your attention is required:

Please be aware that some of your packages from the AUR might also need a rebuild.

To identify these, do the stable update first and then check if libraries are still installed in the directory /usr/lib/python3.5/site-packages:

pacman -Qo /usr/lib/python3.5/site-packages

will return the packages owning such files. If this returns empty you don’t need to do anything. If it returns packages from the AUR, you need to reinstall them with

yaourt -S <packagename>

With this update Xorg-server is updated to 1.19. Our experience on unstable and testing branches suggests that everything was well prepared and the update should be rather uneventful.

You will be asked to remove deprecated drivers xf86-input-acecad and xf86-input-joystick. Please confirm that. Their hardware support will be provided by the new xorg-packages. freetype2 is going to “rename” terminus-font to “Xos4 Terminus”.

Please make sure to rename the font accordingly in your settings!

ATTENTION if you are using infinality-bundle!
The update of harfbuzz is incompatible. This is a serious problem on Plasma 5 and kinit will fail! Please consider returning to native freetype2 subpixel rendering or try the updated freetype2-infinality package from here.

New in our repos is cinnamon-sounds, a collection of original Linuxmint system-sounds for the Mate and Cinnamon desktops. We have new versions of Inkscape (0.92), ruby (2.4) and Gcc (6.3.1) and the new default manjaro-KDE themes collection Breath, again designed by David Linares, is now almost final with: plasma5-themes-breath, breath-wallpaper, breath-icon-theme, breath-dark-icon-theme and sddm-breath-theme – a few more adjustments to the wallpaper are still in preparation. Xreader has now added epub support, Deepin-desktop received a bugfix and some KDE apps were updated aswell.

All kernels of the 4.x series and the rt-lts-kernel have seen new point releases and we have now switch our more progressive rt-kernel to base-kernel 4.9. Linux48 has been labeled ‘End-Of-Life’ and will be removed in the near future. So please consider moving on to linux49, which is going to be the next LTS kernel.

Security updates include flashplugin and python-crypto.

kind regards,
Bernhard Landauer and the Manjaro development team


Package changes

  • core i686: 36 new and 35 removed packages
  • core x86_64: 36 new and 35 removed packages
  • extra i686: 714 new and 754 removed packages
  • extra x86_64: 714 new and 754 removed packages
  • community i686: 1637 new and 1620 removed packages
  • community x86_64: 1679 new and 1664 removed packages
  • multilib x86_64: 36 new and 34 removed packages

The full list of package changes can be found here.


Current supported kernels

  • linux310 3.10.104
  • linux312 3.12.69
  • linux316 3.16.39
  • linux318 3.18.46
  • linux41 4.1.37
  • linux44 4.4.41
  • linux48 4.8.17 [EOL]
  • linux49 4.9.2
  • linux410 4.10-rc3
  • linux-RT-LTS 4.4.39_rt50
  • linux-RT 4.9_rt1

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[Stable Update] 2017-01-04 – Broadcom-wl, Brisk-menu, OpenVPN, Thunderbird

system_software_updateHello, Manjaro Community!

The year is still very young, yet we already have 2017’s first stable update waiting here for you:

Included is the first release of the brand new brisk-menu, developed for the Mate desktop by the Solus team.
Thunderbird received a security update by Mozilla, our realtime-kernel received its last update before we will upgrade its basekernel from linux48 to linux49.
Broadcom-wl driver, installer calamares, flightgear and some ruby packages were updated aswell as openVPN (!)


!! NOTICE !!

OpenVPN 2.4.0 update may require administrative interaction

The upgrade to openvpn 2.4.0 makes changes that are incompatible with
previous configuration. Take special care if you depend on VPN
connectivity for remote access! Administrative interaction is required:

– Configuration is expected in sub directories now. Move your files
from /etc/openvpn/ to /etc/openvpn/server/ or /etc/openvpn/client/.
– The plugin lookup path has changed. Remove extra plugins/ from relative
paths.
– The systemd unit openvpn@.service was replaced with
openvpn-client@.service and openvpn-server@.service. Restart and
reenable accordingly.

This does not affect the functionality of networkmanager, connman
or qopenvpn.


kind regards
Bernhard Landauer and the Manjaro development team


Package changes

  • core i686: 12 new and 12 removed packages
  • core x86_64: 12 new and 12 removed packages
  • extra i686: 113 new and 118 removed packages
  • extra x86_64: 113 new and 118 removed packages
  • community i686: 269 new and 246 removed packages
  • community x86_64: 286 new and 264 removed packages
  • multilib x86_64: 8 new and 11 removed packages

Current supported kernels

  • linux310 3.10.104
  • linux312 3.12.69
  • linux316 3.16.39
  • linux318 3.18.46
  • linux41 4.1.37
  • linux44 4.4.39
  • linux48 4.8.15
  • linux49 4.9.0
  • linux-RT-LTS 4.4.38_rt49
  • linux-RT 4.8.15_rt10

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[Stable Update] 2016-12-31 – Kernels, LibreOffice, KDE5, VirtualBox, Cinnamon, Budgie

system_software_updateHi community,

only few hours left of the year 2016! During the past few days, most of us spend X-Mas with their families and friends. However some of us still found some time, to add some more packages to our repositories and new features to our tools.

The whole development team wishes you all the best for 2017 and the coming years. Let us finish 2016 with a bang, as the best comes always last.

So what changed and got added?

  • Bernhard pushed out some more Cinnamon packages
  • I had the pleasure to update Budgie and some of our kernels
  • David is working on our new theme Breath (aka Maia2)
  • Hugo joined our team and designs our new welcome screen, which is now translatable
  • We added Plasma 5.8.5, KDE apps 16.12 and KDE Framework 5.29
  • Almost all Kodi addons got updated
  • LibreOffice is now at 5.2.4
  • Wine got updated to 2.0rc3
  • Virtualbox got updated to 5.1.12
  • Additonally we updated some kernels, haskell and some python packages

kind regards,
Philip Müller and the Manjaro Development Team


Current supported kernels

  • linux310 3.10.104
  • linux312 3.12.69
  • linux316 3.16.39
  • linux318 3.18.46
  • linux41 4.1.37
  • linux44 4.4.39
  • linux48 4.8.15
  • linux49 4.9.0
  • linux-RT-LTS 4.4.38_rt49
  • linux-RT 4.8.14_rt9

Package changes (Thu Dec 29 09:02:56 CET 2016)

  • community i686: 601 new and 564 removed package(s)
  • community x86_64: 604 new and 567 removed package(s)
  • core i686: 18 new and 18 removed package(s)
  • core x86_64: 18 new and 18 removed package(s)
  • extra i686: 773 new and 772 removed package(s)
  • extra x86_64: 774 new and 773 removed package(s)
  • multilib x86_64: 14 new and 10 removed package(s)

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[Testing Update] 2016-12-29 – Kernels, Plasma 5.8.5, Cinnamon, Python, Haskell

system_software_updateHi community,

the year 2016 almost ended. During the past few days, most of us spend X-Mas with their families and friends, some of us still found some time to add some more packages to our repositories for you to review.

Since somehow our main-server stopped our rsync-service all our mirrors went outdated two days ago. This is now fixed. Still some mirrors are outdated, but we hope to contact their owners soon, so this can be fixed aswell.

So which packages do we have added?

  • Bernhard pushed out some more Cinnamon packages
  • I had the pleasure to update Budgie and some of our kernels
  • David is working on our new theme Breath (aka Maia2)
  • Hugo joined our team and designs our new welcome screen, which is now translateable
  • We added Plasma 5.8.5, some python and haskell packages to round it up.

As usual report your findings and have some more relaxing days between the years.

kind regards,
Philip and the Manjaro Development Team


Current supported kernels

  • linux310 3.10.104
  • linux312 3.12.69
  • linux316 3.16.39
  • linux318 3.18.46
  • linux41 4.1.37
  • linux44 4.4.39
  • linux48 4.8.15
  • linux49 4.9.0
  • linux-RT-LTS 4.4.38_rt49
  • linux-RT 4.8.14_rt9

Upstream package changes (Thu Dec 29 09:02:56 CET 2016)

  • testing core i686: 3 new and 3 removed package(s)
  • testing core x86_64: 3 new and 3 removed package(s)
  • testing multilib x86_64: 4 new and 4 removed package(s)
  • testing extra i686: 77 new and 75 removed package(s)
  • testing extra x86_64: 77 new and 75 removed package(s)
  • testing community x86_64: 182 new and 179 removed package(s)
  • testing community i686: 182 new and 179 removed package(s)

Overlay package changes (Thu Dec 29 09:04:46 CET 2016)

  • testing community i686: 27 new and 10 removed package(s)
  • testing core i686: 4 new and 4 removed package(s)
  • testing core x86_64: 4 new and 4 removed package(s)
  • testing extra i686: 23 new and 23 removed package(s)
  • testing extra x86_64: 23 new and 23 removed package(s)
  • testing community x86_64: 27 new and 10 removed package(s)

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[Testing Update] 2016-12-24 – KDE Apps 16.12, KDE Framework 5.29, Libreoffice, QT5, Python


Felices fiestas de Navidad to everyone!

Since we are now starting all the Christmas festivities, we from the Manjaro Community, prepared some stuff our community can enjoy the next few days.

  • We prepared some Alpha install medias (XFCE, KDE, Cinnamon, i3) of our in Spring next year upcoming Gellivara release.
  • Hugo Posnic is working on manjaro-hello, our next default welcome screen for Manjaro Linux. It introduces translation support and ports the whole application to python3.
  • Marcus and Bernhard are developing and testing our next version of our manjaro-tools. Some of the Alpha builds are using this new tool series already. Their effort can be viewed in our git repositories.
  • The Calamares-Team worked hard, to get new features and more bugfixes into Calamares, our new graphical installation framework, used now by a wide rage of Linux Distributions.
  • With this we also updated our testing branch and added KDE Apps 16.12, KDE Framework 5.29, Libreoffice 5.2.4, QT5 5.7.1, VirtualBox 5.1.12 and Python updates. Detailed information about this update-pack can be viewed here.

So enjoy the next coming days with all the best wishes from us to you and your families.

Philip Müller and the Manjaro Development Team


Current supported kernels

  • linux310 3.10.104
  • linux312 3.12.69
  • linux316 3.16.39
  • linux318 3.18.45
  • linux41 4.1.36
  • linux44 4.4.39
  • linux48 4.8.15
  • linux49 4.9.0
  • linux-RT-LTS 4.4.38_rt49
  • linux-RT 4.8.14_rt9

Package changes (Sat Dec 24 08:46:56 CET 2016)

  • testing community i686: 487 new and 469 removed package(s)
  • testing community x86_64: 491 new and 473 removed package(s)
  • testing core i686: 13 new and 13 removed package(s)
  • testing core x86_64: 13 new and 13 removed package(s)
  • testing extra i686: 674 new and 681 removed package(s)
  • testing extra x86_64: 675 new and 682 removed package(s)
  • testing multilib x86_64: 7 new and 6 removed package(s)

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[Stable Update] 2016-12-23 – Kernels, Nvidia, Firefox

system_software_updateHi Community,

normally it is the calm part of the year. However it seems in December we get a lot of nice updates, we from Manjaro won’t hold back from you. Nvidia managed now to update all their drivers to support xorg19-stack. Expect all other drivers around xorg also to be updated soon. Mozilla released a new point-release for their firefox browser and we updated some of our kernels.

Report back your findings as usual …

Kind regards,
Philip Müller and the Manjaro Development Team


Currently supported kernels

  • linux310 3.10.104
  • linux312 3.12.68
  • linux316 3.16.39
  • linux318 3.18.45
  • linux41 4.1.36
  • linux44 4.4.39
  • linux48 4.8.15
  • linux49 4.9.0
  • linux-RT-LTS 4.4.38_rt49
  • linux-RT 4.8.14_rt9

Package Changes

  • community i686: 306 new and 277 removed package(s)
  • community x86_64: 339 new and 310 removed package(s)
  • core i686: 14 new and 14 removed package(s)
  • core x86_64: 14 new and 14 removed package(s)
  • extra i686: 189 new and 184 removed package(s)
  • extra x86_64: 189 new and 184 removed package(s)
  • multilib x86_64: 8 new and 9 removed package(s)

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