Another brand new distribution release with Linux Mint 20.3 now officially available following the Beta release in December 2021. Not much has changed since the Beta, other than ensuring any nasty bugs didn't slip through to provide a pretty good desktop experience for both new and experienced users who want the simple life.
The look and feel of Linux Mint has been tweaked with this release to have larger titlebar buttons, rounded corners and an overall "cleaner" theme with better dark mode support - plus a bunch of new rather lush looking backgrounds to pick from. Accent colouring to grab your attention in places was also adjusted, and removed from some places. There's also the ability for some applications to have a dark theme while the desktop keeps its lighter theme. Only a few applications currently support this mixed theming.
Other changes include:
- Searching in the Sticky Notes app.
- A new Document Manager called Thingy.
- Hypnotix IPTV player gained a search feature.
- Multi-calendar events support in the Cinnamon Calendar.
- Workspace switcher applet: Option to disable scrolling.
- Notification applet: Option to hide the counter.
- Window list applet: Option to remove labels.
- Xreader PDF reader received better support for manga.
- Cinnamon has support for 3x fractional scaling when the hardware allows it.
Some of the internals includes: Kernel 5.4, a packaging base of Ubuntu 20.04, Flatpak 1.12, linux-firmware 1.187 and depending on what edition you go for there's Cinnamon 5.2, MATE 1.26 and Xfce 4.16.
Linux Mint 20.3 will receive security updates until 2025, with the distribution moving over to a newer Ubuntu package base later this year.
The announcements can be seen on the Mint Blog.