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Linux Mint 19.2 now officially available across multiple desktop flavours

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It's distribution release day! At least for Linux Mint anyway, with Linux Mint 19.2 now officially available across multiple desktop flavours.

A pretty good choice for those new to Linux and wanting to dip their toes into some Linux gaming, this brand new distribution release comes with numerous new features and enhancements. Their main and most supported desktop is Cinnamon, with both MATE and Xfce spins also available for Mint 19.2.

Pictured: Linux Mint 19.2 Tina Cinnamon Edition

What's new and improved?

It varies slightly based on your choice of desktop with it including Cinnamon 4.2, MATE 1.22 and Xfce 4.12. All versions offer Linux kernel 4.15 as standard (more available) and an Ubuntu 18.04 package base.

Some other highlights include:

  • The Update Manager now shows how long kernels are supported, along with the ability to queue up multiple Kernel version installs and removals.
  • The Update Manager also now supports non-generic Kernels
  • The "System Reports" tool, mintreport, was given a new look and a better layout
  • Cinnamon 4.2 uses less RAM, along with the Muffin window manager seeing many optimizations
  • The ability to switch VSYNC on or off no longer requires restarting Cinnamon
  • The application menu is faster and it now identifies and distinguishes duplicates.
  • You can change the appearance of scrollbars
  • The Nemo file manager now allows you to pin files, to have them always show up at the top of a list
  • Improved Samba support
  • The excellent Boot-Repair tool was added to the ISOs
  • Lots of changes to the Mint-Y theme, to improve contrast

All sounds pretty good to me, lots of changes aimed at making every part of Linux Mint look and feel better.

Looking to download and try Linux Mint? You can find the downloads here, which are available in both 32bit and 64bit variants with either Cinnamon, MATE or Xfce desktops.

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MrNilsson 2 August 2019 at 12:28 pm UTC
The last few weeks I was switching between Linux Mint Cinammon and Manjaro KDE. By the way that was the first time I was using Linux ever.

Yesterday I finally decided to go with Mint and installed the new 19.2 Cinammon version. It works flawlessly for me and I'm really excited that I finally deleted Windows 10.


Last edited by MrNilsson at 2 August 2019 at 1:09 pm UTC
tuubi 2 August 2019 at 12:39 pm UTC
Note that while 4.15 is the default kernel, 4.18 and 5.0 are supported and available in the update manager's kernels dialog.
14 2 August 2019 at 3:18 pm UTC
MrNilssonThe last few weeks I was switching between Linux Mint Cinammon and Manjaro KDE. By the way that was the first time I was using Linux ever.

Yesterday I finally decided to go with Mint and installed the new 19.2 Cinammon version. It works flawlessly for me and I'm really excited that I finally deleted Windows 10.
Congrats to you. Bold move! I dual booted for about two years until I realized that I hadn't booted into Windows for four months straight! That's when I was confident enough.
hardpenguin 2 August 2019 at 3:19 pm UTC
I still don't know what is the connection between Linux Mint and sex.
SadL 2 August 2019 at 5:15 pm UTC
hardpenguinI still don't know what is the connection between Linux Mint and sex.
As a Linux Mint user.. what connection?

PS: oh darn it ..it was a trap wasn't it?


Last edited by SadL at 2 August 2019 at 5:15 pm UTC
tmtvl 2 August 2019 at 7:08 pm UTC
Quotekernel 4.15

...Wait what? 5.2 is stable and 4.19 is long-term support. The LTS before 4.19 was 4.14. Why is Mint on 4.15? This doesn't make any sense.

Also, outdated drivers make for poor gaming.
Zelox 2 August 2019 at 8:16 pm UTC
tmtvl
Quotekernel 4.15

...Wait what? 5.2 is stable and 4.19 is long-term support. The LTS before 4.19 was 4.14. Why is Mint on 4.15? This doesn't make any sense.

Also, outdated drivers make for poor gaming.

Mint has always done this, supported very old kernels. I guess they want to make a solid desktop, any other reasons I dont see.
If it was more up to date I would probably stick with mint a bit longer ^^.
Purple Library Guy 2 August 2019 at 9:19 pm UTC
hardpenguinI still don't know what is the connection between Linux Mint and sex.
Well, I have both.
MrNilsson 2 August 2019 at 10:53 pm UTC
14Congrats to you. Bold move! I dual booted for about two years until I realized that I hadn't booted into Windows for four months straight! That's when I was confident enough.

Thank you. Well I felt it would be the right move. I thought Linux would be more complicated but you can find so much help on the internet if something isn't working right. But it runs very well. I just had some problems with my USB 3 ports because of my mainboard. But I found quickly a solution for that. Well and I had to learn a few terminal commands.

tmtvl...Wait what? 5.2 is stable and 4.19 is long-term support. The LTS before 4.19 was 4.14. Why is Mint on 4.15? This doesn't make any sense.

Also, outdated drivers make for poor gaming.

The kernel isn't old. Actually the 4.15 kernel is the official Ubuntu LTS kernel. It's supported until April 2023. Source: Ubuntu Wiki

But if you like you can switch easily the kernel on Linux Mint. The newest kernel I got was the 5.0.0-23 and it's supported until February 2020.
Swiftpaw 3 August 2019 at 7:15 am UTC
Purple Library Guy
hardpenguinI still don't know what is the connection between Linux Mint and sex.
Well, I have both.

I dunno, menthol lube can get pretty hot!

19.2 is working great so far, upgraded 3 puters without issue! The three vsync methods available under General settings are interesting, and it's neat that you can disable it completely too without having to restart X. Will have to experiment to find out if one is faster or better somehow than another.
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