Manjaro 20 Lysia Arrives with ZFS and Snap Support

Manjaro Linux has refreshed its ISO with Manjaro 20 “Lysia”. It now supports Snap and Flatpak packages in Pamac. ZFS option is added in Manjaro Architect installer and the latest kernel 5.6 is used as the base.

It’s raining new distribution releases. Ubuntu 20.04 LTS was released last week. Fedora 32 will be releasing shortly and Manjaro has released version 20 codenamed Lysia.

What’s new in Manjaro 20 Lysia?

Plenty actually. Let me show you some of the major new features in Manjaro 20.

New Matcha theme

Manjaro 20 has a new default theme called Matcha. It gives the desktop a more polished look.

Manjaro 20 Lysia

Snap and Flatpak support in Pamac and terminal

Snap and Flatpak package support is improved. You can use them in command line if you want. If you are already using Manjaro, make sure to install the required plugins using pacman command.

sudo pacman -Syu pamac-snap-plugin
sudo pacman -Syu pamac-flatpak-plugin

You can also enable Snap and Flatpak support in the Pamac GUI package manager.

Enable Snap in Pamac Manjaro
Enable Snap support in Pamac Manjaro

Once enabled, you can find and install Snap/Flatpak applications in the Pamac software manager.

Snap Apps in Pamac
Snap applications in Pamac

Pamac offers to install new software based on search (in GNOME)

In the GNOME variant, if you search for something, Pamac software manager will now offer to install software that match the query. GNOME Software Center does that in other distributions that use GNOME desktop.

ZFS support lands in Manjaro Architect

You can now easily use ZFS as root in Manjaro Linux. The ZFS file system support is available in Manjaro Architect.

Do note that I am saying Manjaro Architect, the terminal based installer. It’s not the same as the regular graphical Calamares installer.

Pacman Prompts to install Apps

Linux kernel 5.6

The latest stable Linux kernel 5.6 brings more hardware support for thunderbolt, Nvidia and USB4. You can also use WireGuard VPN.

Manjaro 20 Neofetch Screen

Miscellaneous other features

  • New desktop environment versions: Xfce 4.14, GNOME 3.36 and KDE Plasma 5.18
  • zsh is the new default shell
  • Display-Profiles allows you to store one or more profiles for your preferred display configuration
  • Improved Gnome-Layout-Switcher
  • Latest drivers
  • Improved and polished Manjaro tools

How to get Manjaro 20 Lysia?

If you are already using it, just update your Manjaro Linux system and you should already be using version 20.

Manjaro uses a rolling release model which means you don’t have to manually upgrade from one version to another. You don’t have to reinstall as soon as there is a new version is released.

If Manjaro is rolling release distribution, why does it release a new version every now and then? It’s because they have to refresh the ISO so that new users downloading Manjaro will not have to install updates for last few years. This is why Arch Linux also refreshes its ISO every month.

Manjaro ‘ISO refreshes’ are codenamed and have a version because it helps the developers clearly mark each stage of development.

So, the bottom line is that if you are already using it, just update your Manjaro Linux system using Pamac or command line.

If you want to try Manjaro or if you want to use ZFS, then you can install Manjaro by downloading the ISO from its website:

Enjoy the new release of Manjaro Linux.

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  • Manjaro has supported both Snaps and Flatpaks in Pamac for a while, Snaps have been supported for like 6 months or more, ever since 17 or 18. You needed pamac-snap-plugin and pamac-flatpak-plugin, just like you do now, but snap integration in Pamac has worked forever. This isn’t a new feature.

  • A long time user of Xubuntu (which I love) and I am also impressed by Manjaro’s implementation of Xfce. The problem is I’m still not an expert in Linux and (like other Linux based OSs) Manjaro requires some tweaks and fix which I find way harder to do on Manjaro compared to ‘buntus. Though Arch’s documentation is very good, if you need a particular “how to fix” that’s not in there, you might not find it anywhere else in the Internet.

    • That describes my experience well. I use it when I’m in the mood to do some tinkering. When you want things to work easily, you can’t beat Ubuntu-based distros.

    • What are you talking about? Manjaro should require zero “tweaks” to get it working, it should work just as easily as any *buntu. Actually, it often works better. When I install Pop OS on my machine running a 3600X and 5700 XT, on Manjaro everything works perfectly out of the box, but on Pop OS (both 19.10 and 20.04), audio doesn’t work until I fool around with Pulse and reboot a few times. It never works out of the box, no matter what.

      And regarding documentation, any “fix” that works for Ubuntu will work for Manjaro, 999999 times out of 1000000. Literally the only difference is in package management if you need to install things. But as far as troubleshooting, it’s going to be the same.

      I found Manjaro after literally a week on Linux, after first using Ubuntu/Mint for a week. I have used Manjaro ever since, and it’s infinitely easier than Ubuntu. You don’t have to enable 32-bit libraries like you do on Ubuntu, you don’t have to worry about GPU drivers being up-to-date enough like you do on Ubuntu, you have a built-in UKUU-type kernel updater, which Ubuntu doesn’t have (not even with a PPA, as UKUU is now paid-only). It’s just 10 times easier than Ubuntu, and the whole “it’s not as easy” thing is legitimately a myth.

      • “you don’t have to worry about GPU drivers being up-to-date enough like you do on Ubuntu”

        Now 8 months since you made this comment, how is the rolling-release philosophy of Manjaro working out for you?

        A *lot* of nvidia owners experienced busted systems back in May 2020, Sept 2020, Oct 2020, Jan 2021…

        And, that is only nvidia, there are other problematic areas for rolling releases as well. There is a cost to the bleeding edge as the continual steam of largely untested updates do have consequences for a large number of users.