Linux Mint 21 Released, Here’s What’s New

The stable release of Linux Mint 21 “Vanessa” is now available to download.

It is the latest version of the Ubuntu-based distro, and has a vast set of changes compared to the Linux Mint 20.3 release that we saw at the beginning of the year.

In this post I show you what’s new in Linux Mint 21, where to download it, and how to upgrade to Linux Mint 21 if you want to run one.

As usual, Linux Mint 21 is available in three different distillations: the flagship Cinnamon edition (which uses the Cinnamon desktop environment by default), an Xfce edition (using the Xfce desktop), and a MATE option (which uses the Cinnamon desktop environment). The MATE desktop ships with defaults). In this post I mainly focus on the Cinnamon variant.

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Linux Mint 21: What’s New?

A screenshot of Linux Mint 21 with several applications open
Linux Mint 21 in Action

Based on Linux Mint 21 Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, the latest long term support release of Ubuntu. It provides Mint users with a flurry of basic tweaks and archive updates, plus Knowing that they guarantee security updates for the system for the next five years.

Yes: Linux Mint 21 is supported until 2027.

kernel wise mint 21 usage Linux 5.15, This includes (among other changes) a new NTFS file system driver (easier when interacting with Windows partitions), EXT4 file system improvements (Mint uses EXT4 by default), as well as improved hardware support, security patches, bugs. Offers fix and all jazz.

But what about desktop?

Cinnamon 5.4

Linux Mint 21 ships with Cinnamon 5.4, the latest version of it’s relatively light weight, WIMP-oriented UI, In this iteration, devs rebase the desktop on top of a more modern version of Mutter, a move designed to bring its codebase closer to upstream and reduce delta.

As a result, there are notable Performance, compatibility and stability improvements in this update. Now, to its credit, Mint has always been very fast even on older hardware, but the growth in this area is sure to be appreciated by low-end users on high-end and mid-range hardware.

A related change sees Cinnamon’s window manager muffin Render all windows using the GTK theme as before, instead of mixing GTK (CSD) and Metacity (SSD) window types. Apps appear more compatible with each other regardless of toolkit choice, and windowing elements look sharp and uncluttered.

Screenshot of Linux Mint 21 Beta
Mint 21. Improved Fractional Scaling Features in

better window animations Convenience too, though at the expense of Express Configuration. Still, Mint devs have taken note of the default settings and struck a fine balance between fast and slick. Linux Mint 21 also includes a global control for adjusting the speed of animations, should you need it.

minor enhancements It shows The panels add buttons for fractional scaling (instead of drop-down menus), and there’s a backend rejig on how fractional scaling is handled. Technical details aren’t as important here as impact: Linux Mint 21 looks excess Good on high-resolution displays.

Other Changes in Linux Mint 21

Linux Mint 21 Screenshot showing Notes App and Blueman Bluetooth Tool
Color Note and the new Bluetooth Manager

Linux Mint 21 Introduces a New tool for connecting to bluetooth devices, blue man Has a desktop-agnostic approach that integrates well across all environments, including Linux Mint’s Cinnamon, Xfce, and MATE experiences. Blueman is built on top blues‘Official Linux Bluetooth Protocol Stack’.

There are also rich thumbnails for the following file types Nemo file manager:

  • app image
  • the ePub
  • mp3 (album cover)
  • Raw Images (Most Formats)
  • webp

Additionally some Xapps, such as pics Image viewers are also capable of handling many of these formats.

Nemo File Manager showing thumbnails for more file types including epub and webp
Nemo can show thumbnails for more file types

bundle of mints notes The app – my favorite, I must say – is capable of mimicking existing stickies. It also gives each new note a different color (by cycling through the set, not randomly). And the system tray icon has been redesigned to look more in-tune with the rest of the Mint icon pack.

Put a little indicator in the Mint Now tray area when an automated task is running in the background (e.g., system backup, upgrade, etc.). The idea is that this indicator will let users know if/when an active process is running which may (however minor) affect performance.

Mint 21 also comes pre-stocked with the latest versions of popular Linux software. This includes LibreOffice 7.3 for productivity needs, Mozilla Firefox 103 for web surfing, and Thunderbird 91 for Realizing you’ll never reach inbox zero E-mail.

The fresh software set comes pre-installed

A few other, small changes:

  • Timeshift is now maintained as an XApp
  • Xviewer document viewer Improves directory browsing
  • If warpinator fails to find other devices it now shows the link
  • WebApp Manager supports additional browser/custom browser commands
  • Uninstalling Apps from Main Menu Query Dependencies
  • NVIDIA Prime applet lets you cancel graphics card switching
  • copy system info Data on clipboard in one click
  • Right-Click Apps in the Mint Menu to Access ‘Quick List’ Actions
  • Calendar applet now shows full duration for current/pending events
  • Power applet shows text + value when adjusting brightness
  • Sounds applet hides microphone mute icon when mic is not in use
  • Window List applet lets you change the width of buttons
  • Shutdown timeout reduced to 10s. done

Apart from this many more.

Download Linux Mint 21

The system requirements for Linux Mint 21 haven’t changed since Linux Mint 20, so if your computer is fairly modern (a 64-bit processor, at least 2GB of RAM, and 15GB of free space) you’re good to go. Linux Mint website has a comprehensive installation Guide Do you need help installing Linux Mint 21.

check officer Linux Mint 21 “Vanessa” Release Notes For more information, or go straight to action and download Linux Mint 21 From Linux Mint website (Where you have the direct download, the mirrors option, and the torrents option).

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