Linux News Today: Manjaro KDE 15.09 to Feature a Beautiful KDE 5.4.1 Customized Desktop
The Manjaro developers have announced the first round of updates for the recently launched Manjaro KDE 15.09 RC2, which is something interesting in itself.
The new branch of Manjaro is coming along, and developers have started to move pretty fast. Two Release Candidates have already been released for 15.09, and they have also pushed some updates for it. The second Release Candidate was made available just a week ago, but some of its components have already been upgraded.
This project is following a different kind of release model that is not really found anywhere else. Instead of pushing another RC out the door, with the new components, the developers chose to update the current RC. It’s not something that you see every day, but it seems to work just fine. It also means that a new Release Candidate is probably coming soon, once the number of updates for it reaches a critical mass.
Better Linux kernel and new KDE Plasma
The latest Manjaro KDE is powered by the KDE Plasma 5.4 branch, but that should not surprise anyone. On the other hand, the Manjaro team is one of the few that go through the trouble of customizing Plasma to give it a unique look, making their system easily recognizable.
“It is time for our second release candidate of Manjaro 15.09. Only small adjustments were made. We fixed, for example, our 4.1 kernel series by backporting overlayfs from 4.2 and Plasma got updated to 5.4.1. Linux316 got updated to 184.108.40.206 such as mesa to 10.6.7 and spl/zfs to 0.6.5. Small changes went into our manjaro-welcome package. Also, we ship the usual Archlinux upstream fixes (Mon Sep 14 07:26:01 CEST 2015),” write the developers on the official blog.
The supported Linux kernels right now are the following: 3.10.87, 3.12.47, 220.127.116.11, 3.14.51, 18.104.22.168, 3.18.21, 22.214.171.124, 4.1.6, and 4.2.0.
You can download the latest Manjaro KDE 15.09 RC2 build right now from Softpedia and give it a spin. Please make sure you update the OS and keep in mind that it’s not something indeed for production machines just yet.