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One of the easiest Linux distributions to use, Linux Mint, has a major new release available with Linux Mint 21.3 'Virginia' now officially released.

This is probably one of their biggest releases in quite some time, based on Linux kernel 5.15 and Ubuntu 22.04 it will see security updates until 2027. Coming with Cinnamon 6.0 that brings with it lots of new features, including (finally) experimental Wayland support which is not quite ready for prime-time yet. But it's necessary, since every distribution is moving over to Wayland and focusing on it. Mint can't get left behind there.

Pictured - Cinnamon Desktop

Some other features included in Cinnamon 6.0 in Linux Mint 21.3:

  • A new "Spices" addon type, that can add actions into the Nemo file manager context menu.
  • 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.

Lots more elsewhere like full support for SecureBoot and compatibility with a wider variety of BIOS and EFI implementations, you can now connect to other devices in Warpinator using the IP on mobile or scanning a QR code, big improvements to their IPTV player and more.

Full notes on what's new here.

Be sure to check for known issues first too.

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X11 has been the main thing stopping me form going back to Mint on my new Framework 13, I'll keep an eye on the Framework forums and see how thing are going. But I'm hyped!
chickenb00 Jan 12
Quoting: TruckStopSantaClausX11 has been the main thing stopping me form going back to Mint on my new Framework 13, I'll keep an eye on the Framework forums and see how thing are going. But I'm hyped!
Speaking of Framework laptops, what is the most stable and supported distro for those? I'm only really familiar with Pop_OS, but I'd be fine with basic Ubuntu.
Also, isn't Wayland still fairly experimental when it comes to games support?
Dorrit Jan 12
I hope Mint will chose a more colourful/lighter default wallpaper soon.
Quoting: chickenb00Speaking of Framework laptops, what is the most stable and supported distro for those? I'm only really familiar with Pop_OS, but I'd be fine with basic Ubuntu.
Also, isn't Wayland still fairly experimental when it comes to games support?
Fedora and Ubuntu are the ones that are officially supported.
Quoting: DorritI hope Mint will chose a more colourful/lighter default wallpaper soon.
Nah it's sleek and professional.
Quoting: DorritI hope Mint will chose a more colourful/lighter default wallpaper soon.
I don't care at all because I always change my wallpaper to some cool place I've been on vacation.
Dorrit Jan 12
Quoting: TruckStopSantaClausNah it's sleek and professional
No, it's black, black, black.
Quoting: Purple Library GuyI don't care at all because,,,
I think it matters because first impressions.
Pengling Jan 12
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Quoting: Purple Library GuyI don't care at all because I always change my wallpaper to some cool place I've been on vacation.
Clearly this is the default of champions;



Linux_Rocks Jan 13
Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: DorritI hope Mint will chose a more colourful/lighter default wallpaper soon.
I don't care at all because I always change my wallpaper to some cool place I've been on vacation.
So nude beaches then? Gotta keep it classy like that. :P


Last edited by Linux_Rocks on 13 January 2024 at 7:04 am UTC
Linux_Rocks Jan 13
Quoting: Dorrit
Quoting: TruckStopSantaClausNah it's sleek and professional
No, it's black, black, black.
Quoting: DorritNo, it's black, black, black.
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