As in 2019, Clement Lefebvre promised us a new version of his operating system before Christmas. That version did not arrive, and neither news about it, until in the December 2020 newsletter they explained to us why: there were bugs to fix that, although it is true that it affected few users, did not allow them to launch Linux Mint 20.1 when they had it planned. Now, the wait has come to an end.
Ulyssa, which is the codename they used for Linux Mint 20.1, is now available for download officially. So far, any article you've read about this update only ensured that Lefebvre had uploaded the new images, which was a first step, but now they have already posted three release notes (Cinnamon, Xfce y MATE) and it is 100% sure that the uploaded images will not be replaced by others, something that, by the way, I also don't remember ever happening and it's really just a personal hobby: waiting for the official launch to use something.
Linux Mint 20.1 Ulyssa highlights
- Based on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa.
- Supported until 2025.
- Linux 5.4.
- Hypnotix, a new app to view IPTV content (such as M3U lists).
- Web App Manager, an app to create web applications similar to ICE.
- Desktops: Cinnamon 4.8, MATE 1.24 and Xfce 4.14.
- Although this has been talked about a lot, the landing of Chromium as a package in the Linux Mint repositories is official now.
- Support for favorites and a section for it in the file manager.
- Printing and scanning has been improved by removing the ippusbxd driver.
- HP Linux Imaging and Printing (HPLIP) has been updated to version 3.20.11.
- Now you can filter by score in Pix, the image viewer and browser.
- Celluloid has hardware acceleration enabled by default.
- The filesystem layer has been unified.
Linux Mint 20.1 Ulyssa is available in the usual flavors, which are the major version in Cinnamon and the options in Xfce and MATE, from the project download page that we can access from this link.