The team behind popular Linux distribution Linux Mint have a monthly update out to go over what their plans are and their funding, and it's all sounding great.
Built upon Ubuntu, the main Linux Mint edition will see a fresh release with Linux Mint 20 "Ulyana" this June. It will come officially with three different desktop environment choices: Cinnamon, MATE and Xfce plus it's going to be 64bit only.
For their Cinnamon edition, the desktop environment that the Linux Mint team created, Linux Mint 20 will come with some big adjustments. Improvements will include better performance for the file manager Nemo, a new monitor refresh rate picker along with fractional HiDPI scaling support and an improved system tray icon system with wide support for both indicators and StatusNotifier.
Additionally they're bringing in a new file sharing tool, which is now officially called Warpinator. The aim with it is to make it as easy as possible to send and receive files across the local network. Warpinator now encrypts all the communication on the network and work continues on translations for it.
Mint is about to get more colourful too, as they're refreshing the icons with brighter colours for the Mint-Y theme. To help bring focus to that, the welcome screen on Linux Mint will actually let you pick your colouring right away to improve the initial user experience.
On the subject of finances, they continue to pull in quite a lot of donations. For March they saw $9,499 from over 500 people. Nothing close to their record amount from December 19 though which was around $25K. While their blog updates usually run a bit behind, looking over their donors page they did see a good uptick in donations for April. This is on top of all their sponsors too which pulls in a few thousand a month as well.