Manjaro 23.1 Released with GNOME 45 & Kernel 6.6

Manjaro, the popular Arch based Linux Distribution, announced new 23.1 release this Saturday!

This release, code-name “Vulcan”, features Linux Kernel 6.6 LTS as default in the disco image. While, 6.1 LTS and 5.15 LTS are also available for choices.

Besides new kernel series, the GNOME Edition now is updated to version 45. Which, features a new workspace indicator (pill and dot) to replace the previous ‘Activities’ in top-left.

The new GNOME 45 desktop, also features:

  • Redesign app UI (Files & Gnome Control Center) with full height left pane.
  • New shortcut, Super + S, to open/close top-right quick settings menu.
  • New core apps: Snapshot and Loupe (not included in Manjaro Gnome).
  • New indicator applet when Camera is in use (Seems to be Flatpak apps only).
  • Fast search in core apps.
  • Wayland support for Input Leap.
  • System wide light mode, via official extension in EGO.
  • Drag’n’drop web image into file manager to save as file.
Manjaro GNOME 45

According to the release note, there’s no other big changes. The Plasma edition also features KDE Plasma 5.27 LTS plus KDE Gear 23.08.3, and XFCE edition features XFCE 4.18.

If you would like to see more changes, check the history of ‘Stable Updates‘.

Download / Upgrade to Manjaro 23.1

As a rolling Linux distribution, running regular updates will upgrade your system to the latest version.

To upgrade it, simply launch “Add/Remove Software” (aka Pamac), navigate to “Updates” tab, and finally click install updates after checking for updates done.

And verify by either system ‘About’ page or running lsb_release -a command in terminal.

It seems that Manjaro does not automatically upgrade to new Kernel series. User can however do the job manually, either by Manjaro Settings Manager or by running the command below in terminal:

sudo mhwd-kernel -i linux66

To download Manjaro .iso image, just go to its website via the link button below:

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