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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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fagnerln 20 Apr
I 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)
I love Manjaro but not enough to use Gnome ;)
inlinuxdude 20 Apr
PublicNuisanceI love Manjaro but not enough to use Gnome ;)

I 2nd that... I've been rockin' Manjaro-KDE for several years now. No need to switch over to that yucky Gnome...
liberodark 20 Apr
Same i love manajro but Gnome not for ever.
Just XFCE :D
aokami 21 Apr
I fled gnome shell from Debian but it's coming after me, help!

On a serious note though would anyone teach me what is the advantage of snap and flatpack ? I always thought packaging libraries versions would open the way for flaws and exploits, is it neatly contained from the system ?
Flatpak out of the box?

Woohoo!

I'm loving the slow but steady adoption of Flatpak.

I've been keeping track of how the distros are going in adopting it:

So far, distros with OOTB support:
Fedora: Flatpak OOTB, Flathub installed separately.
Endless OS: OOTB
Linux Mint: OOTB
CentOS: Flatpak OOTB, Flathub installed separately.
ElementaryOS: OOTB
PureOS: OOTB

And now we can add Manjaro to the list too.

And pretty much every major distro has Flatpak available as something that can be pretty easily installed separately. Give it time and eventually Flatpak will be everywhere.

aokamiI fled gnome shell from Debian but it's coming after me, help!

On a serious note though would anyone teach me what is the advantage of snap and flatpack ? I always thought packaging libraries versions would open the way for flaws and exploits, is it neatly contained from the system ?

The advantages are, it's one universal system which can be used across all Linux distributions for distributing applications from developers to users. Applications come in a package, specifying what Flatpak runtime they need to be executed with, and if the runtime isn't already installed then it's automatically installed. It also puts developers in control of pushing out their own updates when they want, and allows users to get updates immediately instead of waiting for their distro maintainer to get around to updating the software package on their distro's repository.

The runtimes ensure newer applications work fine on older distributions, and older applications work fine on newer distributions, and any inconsistency between distributions are eliminated. For users, it means they can get their applications from one hub (Flathub) on all Linux OSes the same way and have a consistent user experience across the entire Linux landscape.
rat2000 21 Apr
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
iiari 21 Apr
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inlinuxdude
PublicNuisanceI love Manjaro but not enough to use Gnome ;)

I 2nd that... I've been rockin' Manjaro-KDE for several years now. No need to switch over to that yucky Gnome...

I too am mostly on Manjaro KDE and loving it. I'm testing Gnome 3.36 on the unstable branch, though, and as someone who generally doesn't like Gnome I must admit this version is much improved within, of course, Gnome context...
iiari 21 Apr
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gradyvuckovicFlatpak out of the box?

Woohoo!

I'm loving the slow but steady adoption of Flatpak....

Great explanation, thanks. As someone who hated Snaps (and those plus unstable PPA's pushed me out of the Ubuntu ecosystem) I have a few questions for you:

1) How are Flatpaks with speed? Snaps were soooo slooooow to launch.
2) Is native theming reflected in Flatpaks?
3) If Flatpaks conquer all, what kinda is the point of different distros anymore? They really do become only theming and software selection boutiques. In the best case scenario, as with Manjaro, they develop their own unique apps and workflows.

Thanks!


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pete910 21 Apr
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PublicNuisanceI love Manjaro but not enough to use Gnome ;)



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