Brief: Beginner friendly Arch-based Linux distribution Manjaro has a new major release 17.0 today. Codenamed Gellivara, it brings Linux kernel 4.9 LTS, Xorg v1.19 and updated Manjaro Settings Manager among other changes.
Manjaro is one of the best Linux distribution for beginners despite being based on the ‘expert only’ Arch Linux. Manjaro offers XFCE and KDE desktop flavors. Other desktop environments flavors are also available under ‘community edition’ label.
Manjaro announced the release of the latest version 17.0, codenamed Gellivara today. It is available in both XFCE and KDE flavors. Let’s what’s new in Manjaro 17.0.
New features in Manjaro 17.0
Main highlights of this release are:
- Linux Kernel 4.9 LTS
- Xorg-Stack v1.19 series
- Pamac package manager updated with native AUR support
- Enhanced and improved Manjaro Tools & Profiles
- Manjaro Hardware Detection now has a more efficient way to handle libglx binaries
- New themes added, old ones updated
- KDE version has the latest components: Plasma 5.9.3, Apps 16.12.3, Framework 5.31.0
- Manjaro Settings Manager now lets you easily install and remove Linux kernels offered by Manjaro
Download Manjaro Linux 17.0
If you are already using Manjaro Linux, you can check if system updates are available or not. Just apply the updates and you’ll be using Manjaro 17.0.
John has already talked about why use Manjaro Linux so I am not going to discuss that today. But if you are not using Manjaro and want to give it a try, you can download the ISO and create a live USB of Manjaro. It is easy to install Manjaro, thanks to the graphical installer.
You can download the latest Manjaro Linux from the download link below:
Community editions like Budgie, GNOME, Mate etc don’t have their respective 17.0 version yet. You’ll have to wait for few more days/weeks for that.
Talking about community editions, did you know there is a Manjaro based Linux distribution for gaming?
Are you going to try Manjaro 17.0?
Manjaro has grown quite some following in past couple of years. But the same is not true for its various offshoots. Manjaro ARM project aimed at bringing Manjaro to ARM based system was closed down recently due to lack of community.
That sad news aside, if you are not using Manjaro, will you be willing to give it a try?