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Linux Mint 20 has today been officially released across multiple official desktop environments and it's all sounding great. The Cinnamon desktop edition sounding especially good.

This is the first Linux Mint release to be based upon Ubuntu 20.04, the latest Long-Term Support release so you can keep on using Linux Mint 20 happily until around 2025. If you're looking for a good starting point with Linux, Mint is often a good choice.

Pictured: Linux Mint 20 Cinnamon

Linux Mint 20 will likely see 2-3 point releases, all supported until 2025 and all made from the same base Mint 20. They no longer chase all the interim Ubuntu releases so they can focus on keeping things stable, this should mean upgrades to Mint 20.1 and 20.2 should be quite easy.

With this latest release, there's lots of fun new features included. For the Cinnamon edition, the biggest is the inclusion of fractional scaling for the UI along with each monitor being able to be scaled differently. Another big improvement is better support for NVIDIA Optimus out of the box, as their included applet easily allows you to pick your GPU from its menu. It also now support the NVIDIA "On-Demand" profile too. For gamers, the Optimus improvements are a big plus.

Some other nice fluff improvements came with it, like the Welcome app letting you pick a colour scheme easily.

More improvements can be found elsewhere like the improved system tray icon system, a new application named Warpinator to easily share files across networks, Nemo file manager performance improvements and the Gdebi tool used to manually install .deb files was given a fresh look.

The most controversial change in Linux Mint 20 is their disabling of Snap packages by default. Snap is the Canonical-backed next-gen Linux packaging format, which Mint's Clément Lefèbvre is not currently a fan of for various reasons like the Chromium package on Ubuntu actually being empty and just sets up a Snap instead. Their reasoning goes a lot deeper than that though, including Snaps being from one centralized store. If you want to read more on Mint's stance on Snaps, see here.

Additionally, the is the first time the Mint team have gone 64bit only as they've retired the 32bit downloads.

The currently released editions are:

Are you a Linux Mint or Cinnamon fan? Let us know what you think of the latest releases in the comments.

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DefaultX-od 29 Jun
Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: DefaultX-odflatpak install flathub org.libreoffice.LibreOffice

snap install libreoffice

who would win?
I use GUIs. If I wanted to fiddle with command lines, instead of Mint I'd use Debian or Arch or, I dunno, does Slackware still exist?
Not that there's anything wrong with the command line. It's powerful, useful for those it's useful for, and I'm glad it's there. But probably anyone for whom the length of the command is the main feature shouldn't actually be using it.

Ok, if you use GUI, how on earth you'll add flatpak repository without terminal(because it's same as PPA, but sandboxed)?
And again it's not length, it's simplicity (flathub org.libreoffice.LibreOffice what is that, why)


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slaapliedje 29 Jun
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Quoting: DefaultX-od
Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: DefaultX-odflatpak install flathub org.libreoffice.LibreOffice

snap install libreoffice

who would win?
I use GUIs. If I wanted to fiddle with command lines, instead of Mint I'd use Debian or Arch or, I dunno, does Slackware still exist?
Not that there's anything wrong with the command line. It's powerful, useful for those it's useful for, and I'm glad it's there. But probably anyone for whom the length of the command is the main feature shouldn't actually be using it.

Ok, if you use GUI, how on earth you'll add flatpak repository without terminal(because it's same as apt, but sandboxed)?
And again it's not length, it's simplicity (flathub org.libreoffice.LibreOffice what is that, why)
You are aware that you can click on a web link with flatpak, right?
Anyhow, the disk space thing does matter, I mean sure it may not have before Steam came to Linux, but I have enough games that I keep running out of disk space.
DefaultX-od 29 Jun
Just watch:

Snaps
Ari El Uno 30 Jun
For anyone complaining Snap with their proprietary reasoning, don't use Steam.
No? Double standard!
Quoting: Ari El UnoFor anyone complaining Snap with their proprietary reasoning, don't use Steam.
No? Double standard!
Call it what you want, but there is a difference between essential parts of an operating system and an application for launching games. Just because you work with someone does not automatically mean you want the same person to show up at your home, does it?

Quoting: DefaultX-odJust watch:
Snaps
As much as I enjoy most of Alan Pope's interviews here he is speaking as 'Developer Advocate, Canonical', so we should probably take it with a grain of salt, don't you think? The funny thing about statistics is you can usaually interpret them one way, in the completely opposite direction or as the colour green, if you set your mind to it.
tuubi 30 Jun
Quoting: DefaultX-od
Quoting: Purple Library GuyI use GUIs. If I wanted to fiddle with command lines, instead of Mint I'd use Debian or Arch or, I dunno, does Slackware still exist?
Not that there's anything wrong with the command line. It's powerful, useful for those it's useful for, and I'm glad it's there. But probably anyone for whom the length of the command is the main feature shouldn't actually be using it.

Ok, if you use GUI, how on earth you'll add flatpak repository without terminal(because it's same as PPA, but sandboxed)?
I don't know. How do you add a snap repository? Oh right, you can't.

For now, most people who only use a GUI will be happy with the selection on flathub. And if they actually need a different repo, they can copy-paste a line from the web just like they might do for a PPA, until their distro adds a GUI for this.


Quoting: SchattenspiegelAs much as I enjoy most of Alan Pope's interviews here he is speaking as 'Developer Advocate, Canonical', so we should probably take it with a grain of salt, don't you think? The funny thing about statistics is you can usaually interpret them one way, in the completely opposite direction or as the colour green, if you set your mind to it.
"Lies, damned lies, and statistics"
DefaultX-od 30 Jun
Quoting: tuubiI don't know. How do you add a snap repository? Oh right, you can't.

And that's great, why should user add something to install something, just upload everything to one place and be Gucci
ageres 30 Jun
Mint should switch its base from Ubuntu to Arch or something and be free from controversial decisions of Canonical.
dpanter 30 Jun
Quoting: ageresMint should switch its base from Ubuntu to ... something ...
Debian rebase. They already have LMDE (Linux Mint Debian Edition) as a contingency plan for the day when they can no longer withstand Canonicals... canonicalisms.
DefaultX-od 30 Jun
Quoting: dpanter
Quoting: ageresMint should switch its base from Ubuntu to ... something ...
Debian rebase. They already have LMDE (Linux Mint Debian Edition) as a contingency plan for the day when they can no longer withstand Canonicals... canonicalisms.

Yeah right, yet again Canonical is guilty that Linux Mint uses Ubuntu's repositories. Who else to blame?
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