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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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ageres 30 Jun
Quoting: DefaultX-odYeah right, yet again Canonical is guilty that Linux Mint uses Ubuntu's repositories. Who else to blame?
Canonical does weird things these days, like dropping 32-bit compatibility. They think they are Apple and their users are brainwashed too and will accept anything. But they are wrong, and there is a possibility that Ubuntu (and therefore Mint) will eventually become unusable and Ubuntu users will have to migrate.
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Quoting: ageres
Quoting: DefaultX-odYeah right, yet again Canonical is guilty that Linux Mint uses Ubuntu's repositories. Who else to blame?
Canonical does weird things these days, like dropping 32-bit compatibility. They think they are Apple and their users are brainwashed too and will accept anything. But they are wrong, and there is a possibility that Ubuntu (and therefore Mint) will eventually become unusable and Ubuntu users will have to migrate.
Seriously, I wonder if there was an alternate version of macOS if Apple would end up doing a lot of the things that they have done in past.
Unlike macOS, there are tons of alternatives to Ubuntu, so whenever they start doing things that cause rifts, people can easily move to other Linux distributions.
ageres 1 Jul
Quoting: slaapliedjeI wonder if there was an alternate version of macOS
elementary OS?
Quoting: slaapliedjeif Apple would end up doing a lot of the things that they have done in past.
They are going to use ARM processors for their next computers and turn macOS into iOS, locked down completely and without x86 compatibility.
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Quoting: ageres
Quoting: slaapliedjeI wonder if there was an alternate version of macOS
elementary OS?
Quoting: slaapliedjeif Apple would end up doing a lot of the things that they have done in past.
They are going to use ARM processors for their next computers and turn macOS into iOS, locked down completely and without x86 compatibility.

Elementary OS isn't an alternative to macOS, as it doesn't run macOS software. For example, if ReactOS was actually a full featured, completely stable release, how many people would use Windows? I'd switch to ReactOS in a second if it ran all the Windows software that doesn't work under Wine.

If there were a 100% open source solution for macOS software that ran closer to the PPC era macOS in functionality / look. I bet a lot of Apple users would leave (from my understanding, most don't like the direction it took after they switched to Intel, it just seemed... less cool.)

A good example would be if macOS had kept compatibility with OpenSTEP.
slaapliedje 5 days ago
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Quoting: Comandante ÑoñardoThe Mint 20 Cinnamon is ideal for former Windows 7 users... Specially if They use the right tweak
I have noticed that every time I see an article relating to Linux as a general use desktop that might interest Windows users, somebody always comes along in its comments claiming to be a Windows user who has spent time recently, recently mind you, switching to or trying to switch to Linux, and they always claim software has to be installed from the command line etc. etc. in Linux.
Every. Damn. Time.
I have begun to think that Microsoft has some PR company on call whose job it is to browse for such articles and go in there with a sock puppet or two and recycle old anti-Linux propaganda while pretending to be sympathetic.
Yeah, I kind of think the same for the Steam forums. You dare ask for a port and there is always someone who decides they should time out of everyone's day to say Linux sucks and if you want to game use Windows... freaking turds is what these people are.
MellowTigger 3 days ago
The comments seem a little lopsided. Plenty of people (including me) have been experiencing unusable systems or unusable Nvidia drivers since upgrading to Linux Mint 20. Be careful. I recommend waiting until the bugs are worked out.
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