Manjaro have just updated their popular Arch based Linux distribution with a new release, 20.2 Nibia. I took the time to check out their GNOME version as it appears it’s got a lot of attention in this new version. The ISO size is roughly 2.6GB and now features a more OEM style of installation saving things like user account creation for the first time you start your computer. It still uses Calamares for the initial installation and is done within a matter of minutes.
It’s now shipping with GNOME 3.38 which brings with it many new features and enhancements such as an improved applications grid, performance enhancements, improved touch support and more. Once you get through the initial guided tour of the GNOME desktop you are presented with a nice clean desktop with a top panel and dock to the left which uses the ‘Dash to Dock’ GNOME extension. Manjaro features a Desktop layout switcher out of the box which lets you transform the way you use your desktop. New in this release are automatic window tiling via Material Shell or Pop Shell.
Overall I think this makes for one of the best out of the box GNOME experiences you an get right now. What do you think of this new release? Let me know in the comments below!