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.