Clement Lefebvre of Linux Mint posted his monthly updates to let us know what features and enhancements are being developed for the next version of the mint-flavored operating system.
Announced last month as the first update to the Linux Mint 19 series, Linux Mint 19.1 Tessa will have all the news of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Bionic Beaver together with the new Cinnamon 4.0 graphical environment, which will arrive in the near future.
The Cinnamon 4.0 environment will make Linux Mint 19.1 look like a very modern distribution thanks to the design of its panels, larger and darker. Although the developers promise that If you don't like it, you can remove this new environment with just one click.
If you decide to stick with Cinnamon 4.0 you will find brighter icons, a list of windows that supports groups of applications and previews, as well as a modern theme with dark tints. After installing Linux Mint 19.1, users will be able to choose between this new design or a more traditional one.
Linux Mint 19.1 with support for major kernels
Aside from Cinnamon 4.0, which will be the main attraction of this next update, the development team plans to add more enhancements to the Mint-Y theme to increase the contrast, making the labels look more defined and stand out very well from the background.
Among other changes for Linux Mint 19.1, we can mention the support for symbolic icons in Eedshift, NetworkManager-Applet, MATE Volume Control Applet and the on-screen keyboard. The XApp library will receive an icon selection panel, allowing users to more easily select icons and paths.
Perhaps the most important change for Linux Mint 19.1 is the new support for installing core kernels from Update Manager in case you need a driver that is only in certain versions of the Linux Kernel.
Linux Mint 19.1 will arrive at Christmas with its different versions, Cinnamon, XFCE and MATE.