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Linux Mint 21.3 Beta out now with experimental Wayland support for Cinnamon

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Linux Mint 21.3 is due to release soon with a first Beta now available, coming with the Cinnamon 6.0 desktop with experimental Wayland support.

Don't expect Wayland with Cinnamon to work all that well right now though, as they said it still lacks various features and has a few limitations but they want to ready it up as soon as possible — although still likely not planned to be default even in Mint 22.x so it's a while away to replace Xorg.


Pictured - Cinnamon on Wayland

Cinnamon 6.0 also has various other improvements including:

  • 75% scaling is back.
  • Window opacity keybinding is back.
  • Stylus buttons can be disabled.
  • The monitor used for notifications is now configurable.
  • Menu apps can be edited with right click -> properties.
  • Gestures: new desktop zoom action.
  • Gestures: You can now specify when an action is triggered.
  • Sound applet: new shift-middle click action.
  • Grouped window list: new option to not show anything when hovering an app button.
  • New "Spices" (addons) support for the right-click actions menu in the Nemo file manager.

The file-sharing application Warpinator also gained some new tricks like being able to manually connect to another device by its IP or by scanning a QR code. Their Hypnotix TV viewer application also gained new features like favourite channels, create custom channels and it can update its own version of yt-dlp for YouTube changes.

Linux Mint 21.3 will use the kernel 5.15 and Ubuntu 22.04 as a base and receive security updates until 2027.

See the blog post and new features page for more.

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dorron Dec 11, 2023
I love Linux Mint, but I'm starting to feel like they are lagging behind with the kernel. I'm always having trouble updating to the latest one because of an old version of libc6...and that cannot be updated! (or at least I don't know how). Maybe someone can shed some light on it.

Everything else is just...a perfect desktop distro IMO.


Last edited by dorron on 11 December 2023 at 1:57 pm UTC
tuubi Dec 11, 2023
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Quoting: dorronI love Linux Mint, but I'm starting to feel like they are lagging behind with the kernel. I'm always having trouble updating to the latest one because of an old version of libc6...and that cannot be updated! (or at least I don't know how). Maybe someone can shed some light on it.

Everything else is just...a perfect desktop distro IMO.

They're "lagging behind" just as much as Ubuntu LTS / HWE, by design. But if you want the latest stable kernel, I've found Xanmod's repository a reliable source. Currently on 6.6.5 here.
Linux_Rocks Dec 11, 2023
Quoting: dorronI love Linux Mint, but I'm starting to feel like they are lagging behind with the kernel. I'm always having trouble updating to the latest one because of an old version of libc6...and that cannot be updated! (or at least I don't know how). Maybe someone can shed some light on it.

Everything else is just...a perfect desktop distro IMO.
Slackware. The answer is Slackware. Whenever anyone is annoyed with their distro, that's where I tell them to go. Cause it's a nice old school change of pace to refresh yourself. Then you can either stick with it, or use it till you find a new distro. 🐧




Last edited by Linux_Rocks on 11 December 2023 at 4:58 pm UTC
BlackBloodRum Dec 12, 2023
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Quoting: Linux_Rocks
Quoting: dorronI love Linux Mint, but I'm starting to feel like they are lagging behind with the kernel. I'm always having trouble updating to the latest one because of an old version of libc6...and that cannot be updated! (or at least I don't know how). Maybe someone can shed some light on it.

Everything else is just...a perfect desktop distro IMO.
Slackware. The answer is Slackware. Whenever anyone is annoyed with their distro, that's where I tell them to go. Cause it's a nice old school change of pace to refresh yourself. Then you can either stick with it, or use it till you find a new distro. 🐧

Or Gentoo to basically build your own distro.

#ShamelessPlug
Trias Dec 12, 2023
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Quoting: dorronI love Linux Mint, but I'm starting to feel like they are lagging behind with the kernel. I'm always having trouble updating to the latest one because of an old version of libc6...and that cannot be updated! (or at least I don't know how). Maybe someone can shed some light on it.
Quoting: tuubiThey're "lagging behind" just as much as Ubuntu LTS / HWE, by design. But if you want the latest stable kernel, I've found Xanmod's repository a reliable source. Currently on 6.6.5 here.

As tuubi said, they are following Ubuntu LTS here. And yes, using xanmod would be a good option in this case.

Or if it wouldn't work (or if you don't like using kernel with some additional modifications), another alternative would be using tuxinvader ppa - that's basically an Ubuntu non-LTS kernels compiled with packages available on LTS Ubuntu.
Steven Dec 12, 2023
Quoting: dorronI love Linux Mint, but I'm starting to feel like they are lagging behind with the kernel. I'm always having trouble updating to the latest one because of an old version of libc6...and that cannot be updated! (or at least I don't know how). Maybe someone can shed some light on it.

Everything else is just...a perfect desktop distro IMO.

I use MainLineKernels to get the latest kernels. I've not had any issues with with the kernels installed with it.
dorron Dec 12, 2023
Quoting: Trias
Quoting: dorronI love Linux Mint, but I'm starting to feel like they are lagging behind with the kernel. I'm always having trouble updating to the latest one because of an old version of libc6...and that cannot be updated! (or at least I don't know how). Maybe someone can shed some light on it.
Quoting: tuubiThey're "lagging behind" just as much as Ubuntu LTS / HWE, by design. But if you want the latest stable kernel, I've found Xanmod's repository a reliable source. Currently on 6.6.5 here.

As tuubi said, they are following Ubuntu LTS here. And yes, using xanmod would be a good option in this case.

Or if it wouldn't work (or if you don't like using kernel with some additional modifications), another alternative would be using tuxinvader ppa - that's basically an Ubuntu non-LTS kernels compiled with packages available on LTS Ubuntu.

Thanks mate! Tried Tuxinvader and it worked flawlessly. You made me a huge discovery! Much appreciated!
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