Linux Mint 20.2 is close to being ready with a first Beta version now available with the Cinnamon, MATE and Xfce desktop variants up for some testing. This will be an LTS release (Long-term support), with it getting updates up until 2025.
This is a pretty big one for the project too, with lots of changes across the whole desktop. Although, that does depend on which version of Linux Mint you go for. The main edition, Linux Mint Cinnamon is of course where the majority of their focus goes and all the changes are sounding pretty great.
Some of what you can look forward to includes:
- A new updates notification system
- Update Manager handles the automation of Flatpak updates
- New Application - Bulky, which handles bulk renaming of files
- Sticky Notes replaces GNote as the default application for taking notes.
- Warpinator file transfer application now supports mobiles
- The image viewer now supports .svgz images and its slideshow mode can be paused/resumed with the space bar.
- In PDF files annotations now appear below the text and the document can be scrolled down using the space bar.
- The text editor features new highlighting options for a variety of white spaces.
- The NVIDIA Prime applet was added allowing easy GPU switching
There's plenty more that's just a quick overview for you.
All editions come with linux-firmware 1.187 and the Linux kernel 5.4 with the base of the operating system coming from Ubuntu 20.04. Future builds of Linux Mint will continue to stick with Ubuntu 20.04 as the package base too, which makes it easier for upgrading.
Find out more on the Linux Mint website.