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In the latest Monthly News post, Linux Mint's Clement Lefebvre detailed some upcoming changes and improvements to the popular Linux distribution.

While news came recently that Canonical were getting their Ubuntu flavours to drop Flatpak by default, and Flatpak focusing on some big improvements, it seems Linux Mint continue to go with Flatpak too. In the post Lefebvre details they're creating XDG Desktop Portal implementations are being written for Cinnamon, MATE and Xfce. The point is to have better overall compatibility for the likes of Flatpak and libAdwaita apps.

Other changes planned include the Nemo file manager having multi-threaded thumbnails to make it faster, the Cinnamon desktop environment will have some back-end upgrades, and some important notes were included for Warpinator, their tool for sending files between systems. 

Pictured - Linux Mint 21.1.

Warpinator became quite popular when I first showcased it for transferring files to a Steam Deck (and then many other content creators followed along…), so it's nice to see some more focus on it. They had the SUSE security team go over it, and highlight some security concerns that needed sorting. They're now working on making it more secure, to isolate Warpinator from the rest of the system to ensure it can only write files where expected.

The most recent release Linux Mint 21.1 was back in December.

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4 comments

fenglengshun Mar 2, 2023
Huh, nice. Linux Mint is the boring (in a good way) and safe recommendation people always make, anything that helps keep it as the "boring but inoffensive and just works for most people" is good.
officernice Mar 2, 2023
Kinda miss their old designs with more green to it. It had a more distinctive character. Now it's just black and bland.
Purple Library Guy Mar 2, 2023
Quoting: officerniceKinda miss their old designs with more green to it. It had a more distinctive character. Now it's just black and bland.
You have a point, although that stuff never matters much to me--I always swap the wallpaper pretty quick, usually to some pleasant pic from a vacation--something with greenery and maybe a castle or something.
officernice Mar 4, 2023
Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: officerniceKinda miss their old designs with more green to it. It had a more distinctive character. Now it's just black and bland.
You have a point, although that stuff never matters much to me--I always swap the wallpaper pretty quick, usually to some pleasant pic from a vacation--something with greenery and maybe a castle or something.

For people that are already into Linux it is no problem. However, I think it was more visually appealing before to newcomers with a fresh green theme which is somewhat uncommon. It sticks out, just like Ubuntu.
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