Sun. Feb 23rd, 2020

Manjaro KDE/XFCE/GNOME 19.0 RC2 is available for testing: Professional and user-friendly Linux distro

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Manjaro is a user-friendly Linux distribution based on the independently developed Arch operating system. Developed in Austria, France, and Germany, Manjaro provides all the benefits of the Arch operating system combined with a focus on user-friendliness and accessibility. Available in both 32 and 64-bit versions, Manjaro is suitable for newcomers as well as experienced Linux users.




The most obvious addition for the 19.0 edition are @bogdancovaciu ‘s new breath2 themes, including

  • icon-theme
  • plasma5-themes (complete with dark themes and custom analog clock)
  • splash animation
  • sddm-theme and
  • wallpaper

Additionally we have added matching skins for yakuake, color schemes for konsole thanks to @antikythera – and also editor kate received some additional colour schemas.

Recent changes since rc1:

  • fixed missing icon for plasma configure-printer utility
  • manjaro-printer package now automatically hides redundant entries for printer utilities (system-config-printer and cups)
  • updated to calamares, now switching to partitionmanager/kpmcore 4 series
  • updated release notes in manjaro-hello



New features in manjaro-hello:

  • Integrated gnome-layout-switcher

New features in gnome edition:

  • Simpler desktop layout with more stability
  • New login screen theme
  • Gnome-layout-switcher: Change desktop layout easily with preset layouts that mimic popular operating systems
    • Available layouts: Manjaro, Vanilla gnome, Mate/gnome2, Traditional desktop/Windows, Modern desktop/MacOs, Unity/ubuntu theme
  • Dynamic wallpaper that changes throughout the day
  • Automatic changing between dark and light theme when nightlight is triggered
  • Optional firefox theme to integrate firefox better to gnome applications. Run to enable it
  • Drag-and-drop support for desktop icons
  • Easy access to Feral’s Gamemode thru extension



New features in xfce edition:

  • Polishing of Matcha themes (incl. dark theme)
  • Whiskermenu can now be more customized
  • Additional wallpapers to match theme changes
  • Fixing bugs and featuring improved translations
  • More features added to Pamac