The Manjaro Linux developers have been hard at work these past couple weeks, as a steady stream of testing updates have become available on average every couple of days. Manjaro Linux is an Arch-Linux based distro that has seen quite a huge surge in popularity this past year, as it focuses on overall user-friendliness and working ‘straight out of the box’.
The great thing about Manjaro is that its basically Arch Linux without all of the difficulty in actually installing Arch. Arch is a fantastic distro that typically has the latest in Linux technology, but its really a headache to get up and running, since you need to install the base system and then all the packages you want.
Thus, Manjaro is like Arch for people who want Arch’s awesomeness directly, no hassle. Here’s a good article that explains why you should give Manjaro a try (ItsFOSS – 7 Reasons Why I Use Manjaro And You Should Too).
Manjaro-Illyria 18.0 Coming in Late October
The recent slew of updates is all leading up to the anticipated Manjaro-Illyria 18.0 release, which is expected to be available in late October. Of course, there is currently a beta version available (Manjaro-Xfce 18.0), which includes the latest xfce-gtk3 packages, and the latest UI enhancements.
Manjaro-Illyria 18.0 appears to be coming together nicely, as the developers are focusing on charging full steam ahead, having released around 8 updates in the past week alone. Some of the notable updates include:
- Updates to the latest v4.19-rc6 kernel.
- The latest Nvidia 410.57 drivers being added.
- Wine upgraded to 3.17.
- Upstream fixes which include Haskell and Python packages.
- The new ‘smooth bootup experience’ being completed, which will be default in 18.0-beta-7.
- Deepin and Gnome package updates.
Manjaro Creating New Bladebook Series Coming Soon
The Manjaro developers are also working on a new hardware project, called the Bladebook Fall 2018 – it will be running Manjaro KDE v18.0 preinstalled, with the Intel Apollo Lake Quad-Core HD APU, a fanless metal material, and utilize eMMC as its primary storage, although the dev states that additional M2-SSD could be possible.
It will also feature a 13.3” FHD IPS display at 1920 x 1080 resolution, 6GB of DDR3L RAM, and an 8000mAh battery with up to 8 hours of battery life.
Manjaro is definitely not the first Linux distribution to also get into the hardware scene, but given Manjaro’s surge of popularity this year, they could do quite nicely with the Bladebook, which is purported to be part of a series – so assuming the Bladebook does well, it won’t be the last hardware we’ll see from Manjaro. That’s a big “if” statement, however.
If you’re interested in trying the latest Manjaro-Xfce beta builds to see what all the hype is about, you can grab it here – alternatively, you can try the Manjaro KDE beta (running KDE v5.13), or the Manjaro GNOME BETA (GNOME v3.30). Finally, you can just download the latest stable version (Manjaro 17.1.12 in XFCE, KDE, GNOME, or the customizable Architect installer).
Manjaro supports the latest Linux kernels, which include:
- linux316 3.16.57
- linux318 3.18.123 [EOL]
- linux44 4.4.159
- linux49 4.9.139
- linux414 4.14.73
- linux417 4.17.19 [EOL]
- linux418 4.18.11
- linux419 4.19-rc6
- linux414-rt 4.14.71_rt44
- linux416-rt 4.16.18_rt11