Manjaro Linux project team developer Philip Müller has officially announced a new point version, Manjaro 20.1 “Mikah.” The latest release supersedes the previous Manjaro 20.0 “Lysia” and comes with more updates, improved tools, and refreshed user interfaces.
Manjaro Linux 20.1: What’s New?
Version 20.1 has updated its default package manager, Pamac, from v9.4 to v9.5. Subsequently, it leads to an enhanced alpm error handling, improved database performance, optimized internal check dep algorithm, and internal search algorithm.
Continuing the support for the ZFS file system, v20.1 has now enabled ZFS installation by providing the needed kernel modules. Speaking of Linux kernel, Manjaro 20.1 has also replaced its previous kernel 5.6 with the latest stable kernel 5.8 to bring support for new drivers.
Another major change that Manjaro has added to version 20.1 is the AUR package building. With the latest v20.1, Manjaro Linux has decided to build packages from Arch Linux’s AUR (Arch User Repository) and install as many as possible in a single run.
Coming to the desktop environment, this Arch Linux-based distribution continues to offer three different ISO images with Xfce, KDE, and GNOME desktop.
For the Xfce (flagship edition) and GNOME edition, v20.1 still relies on the same Xfce 4.14 and GNOME 3.36 desktop environment. However, GNOME edition does have improved its Gnome-Layout-Switcher, updated list of pre-installed packages, and added Zsh as a new default shell.
Similarly, KDE edition has also switched its Plasma desktop from version 5.18 to the latest 5.19. In addition, it has packed KDE-based apps from KDE 20.08 application bundle.
How To Get Manjaro 20.1?
As Manjaro is a rolling release Linux distribution, you only need to update your package database and all packages on the system to switch to the new version 20.1. To do the same, run the following command in your terminal:
sudo pacman -Syu
However, 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
If you want a fresh installation of Manjaro 20.1, you can download the ISO image for your desired desktop from the official site.