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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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MiZoG Jan 13
sudo apt install mint-backgrounds*

An amazing collection of hundreds of wallpapers from the early days of Mint till now
Linux_Rocks Jan 13


That's my Linux desktop background. In Windows I've got the 4K space pictures theme from Microsoft, and on the Mac I've got this as my wallpaper:

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I can't share my wallpaper for uh, reasons. But anyway, I thought everyone changed their wallpaper anyway?

Does anyone actually use the OS's default wallpaper, without changing it?
LoudTechie Jan 13
Quoting: BlackBloodRumI can't share my wallpaper for uh, reasons. But anyway, I thought everyone changed their wallpaper anyway?

Does anyone actually use the OS's default wallpaper, without changing it?
Jup, I do.
Too much effort and am not artsy enough to fully appreciate it.
tuubi Jan 13
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Quoting: BlackBloodRumDoes anyone actually use the OS's default wallpaper, without changing it?
I use the default Mint wallpaper at work. It's pretty neutral and goes well enough with a dark UI theme. I've noticed that I'm not the only Linux user at the office who sticks with the default either.

On my gaming machine at home I'm obviously using the official GamingOnLinux wallpaper from a few years back, just colour-swapped to a deep blue instead of orange, and without the GamingOnLinux.com text layer. (Sorry Liam.) It's relatively neutral and doesn't distract from the more relevant things on the foreground. Not that I spend much time staring at the desktop.


Last edited by tuubi on 13 January 2024 at 11:21 am UTC
officernice Jan 13
Quoting: DorritI hope Mint will chose a more colourful/lighter default wallpaper soon.

Same here. Even though, I have moved on from Mint, I would always recommend it to someone who's new to Linux. And black and boring is not exactly enticing.
Eike Jan 13
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Quoting: BlackBloodRumI can't share my wallpaper for uh, reasons. But anyway, I thought everyone changed their wallpaper anyway?

Does anyone actually use the OS's default wallpaper, without changing it?

I usually set it to a single, dark colour.(*) For minimum distraction.

(*) Like black.
Eike Jan 13
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When the world moves on to Wayland (in the next decade ;) ), will this be the death of all those little DEs that won't implement a Wayland compositor?
appoloin Jan 13
I used the Cinnamon Dynamic Wallpaper extension. The Mint default wallpaper last as long as it takes to install Mint.
whizse Jan 13
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This is my current one:



I guess the lesson is - don't pick your wallpaper on an empty stomach.
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