In early May, Clement Lefebvre, the leader of the Mint project, published a note in which he said that they were already really focusing on Linux Mint 21. The same was said about Cinnamon 5.4, the next version of its own desktop that will be used by Linux Mint 21 in its main edition. The first hasn't been announced yet, but the new version of Cinnamon has, which is an important step towards the release of "Vanessa".
That will be the codename for Linux Mint 21, and besides being available in MATE and Xfce always use the latest version of Cinnamon. "Vanessa" will be based on Ubuntu 22.04, released in the third third of April, and setting things up takes time. They usually take about three months to collect everything and create the new version of Mint, but in the case of the main edition they also have to update the desktop, this time Cinnamon 5.4.
Cinnamon 5.4 will introduce a new update tool
Cinnamon 5.4 has arrived more than seven months after 5.2, and the timing is somewhat similar to the GNOME update cycle: GNOME project seems to synchronize its timing with Ubuntu and Fedora, the most popular distributions to use the desktop, and releases a major update about a month before the Ubuntu and Fedora releases , which usually arrive in April and October. In the same way, and although Linux Mint depends on itself, it releases a new version of its desktop shortly before the arrival of a major update to its operating system, the next Linux Mint 21.
Among its novelties, we will have some such as:
- Popup window to resize the terminals.
- Ability to copy system information to the clipboard.
- Screen border settings have been simplified.
- Improved the applet to show the desktop.
- Other improvements, among which we have a new update tool.
Cinnamon 5.4 It is now available from its GitHub page, and in the repositories of some distributions such as Arch Linux. As we always say, in most cases it is better to wait for our distribution to add the new packages, but you can download their code from the following button.