Manjaro 20.0 codename Lysia has been released on April 27, 2020. The release is the second big Linux release in a short period of time (Ubuntu 20.04 LTS was released last week).
The Xfce version of Manjaro 20.0 remains the project's flagship version; users who are new to Manjaro may want to start using it unless they have prior experience with other desktop environments and prefer a different one.
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The new release uses Linux Kernel 5.6 and the latest drivers that are available as of the date of release. The Xfce release includes Xfce 4.14 and work went mostly into improving the desktop experience and window manager experience for users. The release introduces support for the new Display-Profiles feature that enables users to store display configuration profiles for easy switching (including automatic loading of profiles when new displays are connected).
The KDE version comes with Plasma 5.18 which the team re-designed completely in 2020. The Breath2 themes include light and dark themes, skins, an animated splash-screen and more. It also includes KDE 20.04 Apps.
The GNOME version is based on GNOME 3.36; it includes a number of visual refreshes as well and users may notice these especially during login and unlock operations. The new Extensions application makes it easier to manage GNOME Shell Extensions as it supports the removal, disabling, updating and configuring of Shell extensions.
There is also a new Do Not Disturb button to block notifications from appearing on the desktop, and a new default dynamic wallpaper that changes its colors throughout the day. Other improvements include an improved Layout Switcher and pre-installed packages updates.
The package manager received new features including support for Snap and Flatpak by default. Manjaro users can now install snaps or flatpaks using Pamac in the user interface and in Terminal.
Manjaro Architect supports ZFS installations in the new release.
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