Manjaro 21.3 “Ruah” was released as the latest version of a great end-user derivative of Arch Linux, which is also one of the best options to play with, especially when using the conflicting official NVIDIA driver.
The first thing that stands out in Manjaro 21.3 is the inclusion of Calamares 3.2 as a system installer, which has improved LUKS support. On the other hand, the users module has lists of banned logins and hosts to avoid configurations that could break the system.
As for the various pre-rendered desktop releases, we’ll start with the one that includes KDE Plasma, arguably the best launcher considering customization by those responsible for distributing and delivering the latest generation of features. Here we find version 5.24 of the environment with all its new features and capabilities. Aside from the aesthetic finish, Manjaro does a clean enough implementation that the KRunner wizard, the fingerprint reader, the ability to change the accent color, and the ability to move desktop panels more easily stand out.
The GNOME edition includes an updated version of 42.2 , which features deeper insights into the new paradigm, performance improvements, and the introduction of libadwaita, whose dark theme is the default in Manjaro 21.3. Those responsible for distribution acknowledge that “GTK 4 and libadwaita offer next-generation capabilities for GNOME applications, and many GNOME applications have begun using these components for GNOME 42. As a result, these applications have better performance, a new interface style, a modern user interface, and new user interface elements. interface.
For its part, the original version that includes Xfce contains the 4.16 environment along with the traditional settings implemented in the distribution, so it looks really good. On this front, line-up improvements and GLX support stand out, adding fractional scaling support for HiDPI screens as novelties, the ability to add aspect ratios along with resolutions, and Thunar getting a number of highlights of improvements.
On a general level, and as core components common to all desktop versions, we find Linux 5.15 LTS as the default kernel (remember that Manjaro has a simple graphical tool that makes it much easier to replace it), Mesa 22.1 for standard support user space drivers (OpenGL and Vulkan API) and Pacman 6.0.1 and Pamac 10.4.1 for managing packages and applications. However, none of these details matter much as the system is constantly updated.
All the details about Manjaro 21.3 are available in the official announcement , and the system itself can be obtained in the appropriate download section on the project’s official website . Manjaro has improved over time, having established itself as an organization in the desktop and Linux gaming sectors. Its development and evolution will continue to be one of the topics of interest in our particular world.