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Manjaro Linux 20.2 'Nibia' is out now

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Manjaro Linux, the middle-ground distribution for those who want regular updates but don't want to go to Arch directly has a brand new release out.

For users who run Manjaro already, you just need to run updates as normal since it's something of a semi-rolling distribution that keeps updates flowing in. For new users, this releases serve as the entry point with new downloadable media with all the latest customizations sorted.

Manjaro Linux 20.2 'Nibia' updates all editions and desktops available, with their GNOME 3.38 update being "possibly the biggest update" they've done so far. GNOME 3.38 was released back in September, bringing with it some great enhancements like better multi-monitor support.

Pictured - Manjaro Xfce 20.2

The Manjaro Application-Utility saw plenty of work with it letting you easily pick your favourite browsers, office suites, password managers and they've added in two window tiling options with Pop-shell and the touch friendly Material-shell. I'm a huge fan of the Pop-shell so it's nice to see that in.

With this update their flagship Xfce edition pulls in Xfce 4.14, which they continue to say "only a few can claim to offer such a polished, integrated and leading-edge Xfce experience". For the KDE edition they've upgraded to the Plasma 5.20 desktop which much like the GNOME update, has a vast amount of improvements like better Wayland support.

For the internals they're defaulting now to Linux Kernel 5.9, with Kernel 5.4 available with minimal-ISO downloads for older hardware support if needed. Their installer, Calamares, also now supports encrypted systems without encrypted /boot partition.

Find it on the Manjaro website.

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sneakeyboard Dec 7, 2020
Quoting: TheRiddick
Quoting: syxbitI have one. Just install Linux-mainline from AUR

Yeah I used a 5.10rc6 repo someone posted. But the point is the DE install media will crash, you need to do it all via Architect or built a install image yourself with 5.10 baked in.

Basically adds layers of complexity to installing Linux which MOST casual desktop users would have no idea about whats going on, too me a couple tries to understand the interface options.

I ended up deleting windows10 install in the process (oops), I'll slap that back on later down the line for VR/CP77 stuff.

Interesting stuff. Another check in the box for waiting before buying (for me at least). Good to know that it works...sorta.

I can't help but remember the initial Ryzen launch that had similar issues. There's a YT tech channel (Level1Linux) that did benchmarks on Linux (native) with these new cards but they didn't mention these problems. Are these problems present in Ubuntu or did they get 0day driver support from AMD?
TheRiddick Dec 8, 2020
well 5.9.12 kernel is meant to work but I tested it and, it does not for my 6800XT card.

Once 5.10 final release is rolled out into distros as the standard kernel version, inc on install isos, then all should be smooth rolling from there on it.
iiari Dec 8, 2020
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Quoting: TheRiddickwell 5.9.12 kernel is meant to work but I tested it and, it does not for my 6800XT card.

Once 5.10 final release is rolled out into distros as the standard kernel version, inc on install isos, then all should be smooth rolling from there on it.
Please somehow keep us updated on your 68000XT experience. I'm hoping this will be my next card. What is your CPU?
TheRiddick Dec 8, 2020
just a AMD 3600

Last edited by TheRiddick on 8 December 2020 at 11:32 pm UTC
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