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Manjaro Linux is getting ready for their major release, and they're looking for your help to make sure the GNOME edition for Manjaro GNOME 20.0 is as smooth as possible.

Announced here, there's a huge amount of new features coming. The thing is though, unlike other distributions like Ubuntu, Manjaro is a rolling-release where they regularly put out full upgrades for anyone who has it installed. These big new releases like Manjaro GNOME 20.0 are mainly a refresh of the download and installer for new installs. Important to do of course, just like any other Linux distributions, they need a good out of the box experience.

So what's new in Manjaro GNOME 20.0? Some of the highlights include:

  • gnome 3.36 with its many improvements
  • clean app drawer with applications sorted to folders by default
  • new gdm theme
  • pamac integration for gnome shell
  • support for snaps and flatpaks in pamac
  • improved gnome-layout-switcher
  • evolution replaced with geary and gnome-calendar
  • added deja-dup for backups integrated into gnome desktop
  • removed hexchat, bijiben, empathy, java stuff and bauh
  • added manjaro-zsh-config
  • added modules needed for zfs installation in manjaro-architect
  • based on stable branch

Have a quick look with some shots I took earlier. GNOME really does look sleek (click to open gallery):

If you want to get involved, you can see the post here which has the most up to date link for the Release Candidate download.

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dziadulewicz 22 Apr, 2020
Quoting: heidi.wenger
Quoting: pete910
Quoting: PublicNuisanceI love Manjaro but not enough to use Gnome ;)



Gnome

Why do you attack against Gnome with such passion? So many new Linux users love it, and in my experience it is the best Linux desktop for tablet.

This Gnome-bashing does no service to Linux in all and should just stop :O

i'm new to Linux and really excited especially the freedom to choose, but yeah there is that!
inlinuxdude 22 Apr, 2020
Quoting: iiariSo, Manjaro is actually going to sunset Bauh and now Flatpaks, the AUR, and Snaps will all go through Pamac. Do your Flatpaks respect system theming?

Well, that's certainly good news for me on bauh->pamac, as I primarily use pamac at the prompt for the lion's share of my package management. I really can't tell you about system theming, because I really don't pay that much attention to theming things.. as long as I can get my backgrounds dark, I'm not too worked up about much else..
Purple Library Guy 22 Apr, 2020
Quoting: rat2000
Quoting: heidi.wenger
Quoting: pete910
Quoting: PublicNuisanceI love Manjaro but not enough to use Gnome ;)



Gnome

Why do you attack against Gnome with such passion? So many new Linux users love it, and in my experience it is the best Linux desktop for tablet.

This Gnome-bashing does no service to Linux in all and should just stop :O

But it is cool to bash on Gnome, all the kids are doing it :D ... or so I think the people who bash Gnome think. Personaly I used xfce, budgie, unity, I still like Gnome better
You think mistakenly. I speak ill of Gnome sometimes because I don't like the Gnome UI (and because I did like the Gnome 2 UI and was annoyed when the Gnome people took it away from me). I like an old fashioned UI along the lines of Gnome 2 plus incremental improvements; that's why I use Mate and my fallback would be Cinnamon (which are not on your list of things you've tried--maybe you'd like them).
Your mileage may vary, but assuming everyone whose taste differs from yours is just pretending or something is mistaken and wrongheaded.


Last edited by Purple Library Guy on 22 April 2020 at 5:30 pm UTC
fagnerln 23 Apr, 2020
Quoting: rat2000
Quoting: fagnerlnI love the color scheme of Manjaro, but I'm really fine with ubuntu (and pretty excited with 20.04, it will be a good day)

Used Ubuntu for years, then I tried Manjaro, but I very quickly gave up, switch back to Ubuntu, at some point I got fed up with Ubuntu and switch back to Manjaro and actually gave it a fear chance. I love it, I actually love it. I used the Budgie version for some time but now I am on Gnome.
Ubuntu is nice, but the software they provide is usually very old, and you have to add PPAs and for a new user I don't think that is very easy. Manjaro, the way I see it, is like Ubuntu but with new-er software, yes it's not that tested, but I didn't have a problem with it until now. And once you get how the AUR works... my god this is like a new experience to Linux in itself.


Maybe when this release comes out, I will actually do a complete reinstall, since I put it on my laptop and PC like 3-4 years ago I never reinstaled the OS but I kind of want have that "fresh feeling" :D

I tried Manjaro some years ago, it looks great but it feels a bit bloated, I know that they improved this in recent versions.

On the last year I bought a new PC, I tried to install Manjaro but it fails, I think that the iso was corrupted, I tried OpenSUSE tumbleweed, which is great, but I find some theming issues and annoying bugs on KDE,and the way that OpenSUSE updates is interesting, but a >GB update daily can be discouraging. So I tried Solus, which is one of the most promising distro that I ever seen, it's so smooth, starts instantly and is beautiful, but I had performance problems in gaming. So I ended up with Kubuntu 19.10, which is a perfect distro for KDE, sadly KDE have bugs here too, and today I will come back to gnome with Ubuntu 20.04.
mihaib 24 Apr, 2020
Quoting: fagnerln
Quoting: rat2000
Quoting: fagnerlnI love the color scheme of Manjaro, but I'm really fine with ubuntu (and pretty excited with 20.04, it will be a good day)

Used Ubuntu for years, then I tried Manjaro, but I very quickly gave up, switch back to Ubuntu, at some point I got fed up with Ubuntu and switch back to Manjaro and actually gave it a fear chance. I love it, I actually love it. I used the Budgie version for some time but now I am on Gnome.
Ubuntu is nice, but the software they provide is usually very old, and you have to add PPAs and for a new user I don't think that is very easy. Manjaro, the way I see it, is like Ubuntu but with new-er software, yes it's not that tested, but I didn't have a problem with it until now. And once you get how the AUR works... my god this is like a new experience to Linux in itself.


Maybe when this release comes out, I will actually do a complete reinstall, since I put it on my laptop and PC like 3-4 years ago I never reinstaled the OS but I kind of want have that "fresh feeling" :D

I tried Manjaro some years ago, it looks great but it feels a bit bloated, I know that they improved this in recent versions.

On the last year I bought a new PC, I tried to install Manjaro but it fails, I think that the iso was corrupted, I tried OpenSUSE tumbleweed, which is great, but I find some theming issues and annoying bugs on KDE,and the way that OpenSUSE updates is interesting, but a >GB update daily can be discouraging. So I tried Solus, which is one of the most promising distro that I ever seen, it's so smooth, starts instantly and is beautiful, but I had performance problems in gaming. So I ended up with Kubuntu 19.10, which is a perfect distro for KDE, sadly KDE have bugs here too, and today I will come back to gnome with Ubuntu 20.04.

Guess it's true, the first impression always counts a lot... I think you should try it sometime again and use it for 1-2 month. Force yourself to do this and then come to a conclusion, maybe you will have a change of heart.
It is especially hard since you may be used to do things in a certain way, that is why you always fall back to a Debian based distro, I know the feeling, it's what you are used to and you know how to do things quick there.

Quoting: heidi.wenger
Quoting: rat2000
Quoting: heidi.wenger
Quoting: pete910
Quoting: PublicNuisanceI love Manjaro but not enough to use Gnome ;)



Gnome

Why do you attack against Gnome with such passion? So many new Linux users love it, and in my experience it is the best Linux desktop for tablet.

This Gnome-bashing does no service to Linux in all and should just stop :O

But it is cool to bash on Gnome, all the kids are doing it :D ... or so I think the people who bash Gnome think. Personaly I used xfce, budgie, unity, I still like Gnome better

Yea, it really makes no sense. Why some people can't JUST USE things they find best for themselves, and leave those that wasn't "a match", be. Gnome is the only DE which works as well on desktop and mobile. No tweaking required.

Gnome is the default in Ubuntu, Fedora, Pop_OS. Those are some distros people try when coming to Linux. And what do they find arriving on discussions, hopes up just to have found Linux: bashing of this and bashing of that and how Gnome makes some "puke". C'mon.

There was a Destination Linux episode (can't remember which) where Noah talked of this same issue spot on. Maybe it's better to not state anything if the only thing coming to mind from some certain DE for instance is some negative slur.

Here in Germany Linux has about 4% user count nowadays! (according to statcounter) ^_^

German goverment uses linux if I am not mistaken, right? I think because of this, more and more people will feel more comfortable to use Linux.

Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: rat2000
Quoting: heidi.wenger
Quoting: pete910
Quoting: PublicNuisanceI love Manjaro but not enough to use Gnome ;)



Gnome

Why do you attack against Gnome with such passion? So many new Linux users love it, and in my experience it is the best Linux desktop for tablet.

This Gnome-bashing does no service to Linux in all and should just stop :O

But it is cool to bash on Gnome, all the kids are doing it :D ... or so I think the people who bash Gnome think. Personaly I used xfce, budgie, unity, I still like Gnome better
You think mistakenly. I speak ill of Gnome sometimes because I don't like the Gnome UI (and because I did like the Gnome 2 UI and was annoyed when the Gnome people took it away from me). I like an old fashioned UI along the lines of Gnome 2 plus incremental improvements; that's why I use Mate and my fallback would be Cinnamon (which are not on your list of things you've tried--maybe you'd like them).
Your mileage may vary, but assuming everyone whose taste differs from yours is just pretending or something is mistaken and wrongheaded.

It is 1 thing not to like and a second to bash on something...
Refarding what I have used and what not: I read a lot about multiple GUIs and I know Cinnamon is on linux Mint, but personally I do not find that distro good for me. But talking purely astetics, I think Budgie does it better, that is why I chose Budgie to try it, and it realy is good, had no problems with it, but I find that Gnome offers more + I like Gnome direction
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