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Linux Mint 20.1 'Ulyssa' gets a first Beta release for their upcoming LTS

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Linux Mint, a beginner friendly Linux distribution, is getting ready to release a big new upgrade with Linux Mint 20.1 'Ulyssa' that will be their new Long Term Support version.

Coming across three official flavours that had their Beta release with the Cinnamon, MATE and Xfce desktop environments so you can pick what you're more familiar with. Each with their own special theming from the Mint team, along with plenty of other tweaks.

Pictured - Linux Mint 20.1 Cinnamon Edition

With all editions being built on top of Ubuntu 20.04 for a solid and stable base, it brings with it linux-firmware 1.187 and the Linux kernel 5.4. Across each variant you will find Cinnamon 4.8, MATE 1.24 and Xfce 4.14. This release of Linux Mint includes their new Web App manager, which allows you to turn any website into a dedicated launcher to have it behave a bit more like a desktop application. There's also their new IPTV player Hypnotix, they now supply their own build of Chromium that does not use Snaps like Ubuntu does, an improved interface for their upload manager mintupload, the Celluloid video player now has hardware acceleration enabled by default for smoother playback and more tweaks across the whole system.

Linux Mint 20.1 will be supported until 2025 with security upgrades, and it will keep the same main package base of Ubuntu 20.04 until 2022 as their future release until then will be smaller point-releases making upgrades easier. As this is a Beta release, keep in mind it will have some rough edges.

If you're after a Linux distribution perhaps as a newer user coming from Windows, the Cinnamon desktop which is the main edition of Linux Mint, will offer a very familiar experience, and it's one I quite like using personally.

See more on the Linux Mint site.

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Purple Library Guy Dec 18, 2020
Quoting: inckieHere are my wishes for Linux Mint:

1. Support the fantastic work regarding Wine.
2. A true real alternative to Microsoft Office.
3. Better interoperability with Windows environments.
4. Better Cinnamon development experience and documentation.
Of those, 3 and 4 sound more or less reasonable although they're not my priorities and probably aren't the priorities of all that many desktop Linux users. I don't know anything about the current state of the Cinnamon development experience and documentation, but I'm willing to believe it needs some love, and Cinnamon is a Mint schtick, so fair enough.

But 1 and 2 are a terrible idea. Not that those things shouldn't be done, but they shouldn't be done by a Linux distribution. Wine should support the fantastic work regarding Wine, Libreoffice should continue building a "true real alternative to Microsoft Office". Those things aren't Mint's business, and they're big projects. If it used a bunch of resources to try to do them it would not have enough left to keep being a good Linux distribution--and it wouldn't even help much. In the case of item 2, if they did that by trying to create a brand new office suite from scratch it might actually make things worse--they'd end up with a half-assed office suite that, if they really worked at it, might get just far enough to pull some development energy away from Libreoffice and I suppose the K stuff, without actually creating anything worth using. So no, Mint should absolutely not fulfil your wishes 1 or especially 2.
Nanobang Dec 19, 2020
Quoting: 3zekiel
Quoting: NanobangAfter reading through the Best Linux ditros for gaming article of a couple days ago, I decided it was time to begin a distro-hop and began downloading several potential Xubuntu replacements.

The first of these was Linux Mint XFCE because it keeps me close to the Debian derived Ubuntu I've grown accustomed to over the years while ridding me of Canonical's Microsoft-like "We know best" policy of forcing Snaps down everyone's throats.

The others, incidentally, are Manjaro and EndeavorOS (both XFCE); PopOS (I was really impressed with their hotkeys, window tiling, and focus on gaming); and KDE Neon because, well, I want to like KDE.

I expect it'll end up being Mint XFCE in the end, though. :)

If you still have some time for distro hop, do give a try with Fedora too. As far as gaming and work goes, with an Nvidia card, it has been a very nice experience for me. I come from Arch btw.

Y'know, Fedora used to be a regular part of my distro-hopping, and now I don't remember why I stopped including it. Okay, you've convinced me to give it a look again. Thanks!
KuJo Dec 22, 2020
Quoting: dibz(...)Personally I'm no beginner, not by a long shot, but I like a solid distribution that just works and tends to match my preferences out of the box. I personally recommend Mint for everyone.
Absolutely my opinion, too!
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