Smelling fresh and ready to invite you in, Linux Mint 21.1 is officially out now so here's what's new and improved. I covered the Beta release and so of course not a whole lot apart from some bug fixes has happened since then. Now is the time to jump in though, as it's better than ever.
Built on top of Ubuntu 22.04 you get everything that has, minus Snaps. There's Cinnamon 5.6, Linux kernel 5.15 and it will receive security updates until 2027. It's sporting a bit of a new look too, with plenty of style changes including the removal of unneeded items from the desktop, more vibrant colouring for accents, a change to Aqua by default so say goodbye to Linux Mint being green out of the box and a new mouse pointer theme.
As a reminder on some of what's new:
- Driver Manager no longer needd a password to launch, plus improved offline support and fixes for NVIDIA.
- Full Flatpak integration in the Update Manager.
- More places needing a password prompt were removed that don't need administrative permissions.
- Right click on desktop now has a Display Settings option.
- A refreshed interface for the Software Manager, that makes it easier to tell the difference between Flatpak and normal packages. Plus you can switch between them if an app has both.
- A Verify ISO tool was added.
- Other visual changes include a seperator next to the Mint Menu button, a corner bar applet on the far right of the panel inspired by Windows 10, selecting an item in the file manager Nemo only highlights the name now and not the icon as well.
For more on what's new see their announcement.