Manjaro Linux 20.0 ‘Lysia’: New Features

Manjaro Linux 20.0, LYSIA, is the latest version v20.0 updates its default package manager, Pacman, from v9.3 to v9.4. The new enhancement brings snap and flatpak support by default. However, this support is not unique to Manjaro; you could also use Bauh tool in the previous version to install Linux applications from snap or flatpak.

The latest updates make a snap or flatpak installation easier with Pacman through UI or terminal commands. Another major highlight of Manjaro Linux 20.0 is the support for the ZFS file system, thanks to the inclusion of needed kernel modules. The Linux kernel has been switched to the new version 5.6 from the previous kernel 5.4. Subsequently, it brings the latest hardware support to Manjaro operating system.

Being an Arch Linux-based distribution, Manjaro Linux offers three different ISO images with Xfce, KDE, and GNOME desktop environments. Let’s have a look at the new updates to each edition:

Xfce Edition

The Xfce edition is the flagship version that always receives much-deserved attention. The latest release features Xfce 4.14 with a new theme, Matcha, making the Xfce experience more polished and smooth.

You can also now save one or more display profiles with your configuration values. However, if your display is disconnected, Manjaro can switch to default profiles of application.

KDE Edition

KDE edition now features a powerful, mature, and redesigned Plasma 5.18 desktop environment. You can now enjoy the light and dark versions, animated splash-screens, Konsole profiles, and Yakuake skins included in Breath2-themes.

Manjaro KDE also packs the latest KDE Applications 20.04 that brings a bundle of KDE-based applications with new features and updates.

GNOME Edition

With the release of the latest GNOME 3.36, Manjaro ships it with visual design refreshments in several applications and interfaces like login and unlock the screen.

All thanks to GNOME 3.36, you can now update, configure, or remove your GNOME shell extension using the new Extension app. Along with shell management, you also have a new Do Not Disturb toggle button on the notification tray to hide and unhide notifications.

How To Install Manjaro Linux 20.0

Manjaro Linux is a release distribution, which means if you’re already using it, you need to update your package database and all packages on the system to switch to a new version.

Hence, to install the regular updates and get Manjaro 20.0, run the following command:

sudo Pacman -Syu

You can also use another command to force a full refresh of the package database and update all packages on the system.

sudo Pacman -Syyu

For a fresh installation, you can download the ISO image of Manjaro Linux 20.0 from the official site here. You can choose any image with your respective desktop environments such as Xfce, KDE, or GNOME.