Linux Mint 21.2 will arrive at the end of June with the code name of “Victoria” and full support for HEIF and AVIF

Linux Mint 21.2 Win

Clem lefebvre posted the monthly newsletter on the project he leads. In it he has told us about everything that happened during January 2023, but there are two details that stand out above the rest. The first of them is that it has been confirmed when it will arrive Linux Mint 21.2: if there are no surprises that force you to delay things, it will land as usual for years, that is, at the end of June.

The other detail worth mentioning before the rest is the code name. After Edge, the next version of mint-flavored Linux will receive the Victoria's code name, and as soon as I read it I thought "I know this one", an unimportant detail that I wanted to share. The bulletin also includes other information, such as what bugs have been fixed and which desktop will arrive with which editions it will be available.

Linux Mint 21.2 will use Xfce 4.18

In the bug section, Clem says that Blueman has been updated to version 2.3.5 and that Cinnamon 5.6 has received many fixes, including fixes for squashed alt-tab selector in multi-monitor mode and clipped/flickering shadows in dialog windows. Of course, this is part of what happened in January, and Linux Mint 21.2 is expected to include the latest version of Cinnamon.

Victoria will be available in the same editions as in past versions: the usual Cinnamon, MATE and an Xfce that has advanced the version it will use, Xfce 4.18. Nothing has been said about the MATE edition in this January bulletin.

News from Victoria

Regarding the news that will arrive together with Linux Mint 21.2, Clem has advanced some such as:

  • Sign-in screen improvements (Sleeck Creeter), such as:
    • Support for different keyboard layouts.
    • Touchpad support has been improved.
    • Improved keyboard navigation. The scroll keys (arrows) can be used to edit the password being entered.
    • Now supports Wayland.
  • Pix is ​​now based on gThumb 3.12.2 (previously 3.2.8). This includes a list with 168 novelties, to highlight:
    • Better performance, faster image loading, faster browsing.
    • Support for AVIF/HEIF and JXL formats.
    • Improved support for GIF, RAW and TIFF images.
    • Improved zoom controls.
    • Support for larger thumbnail sizes: 512, 768, and 1024 pixels.
    • Allows you to set shortcuts to activate filters.
    • Template editor to edit text values ​​with special codes:.
    • script commands, rename templates, print header and footer, etc.
    • Support for color profiles.
    • Improved video playback.
    • New image tools: special effects; curves..
    • Color picker.
    • Search in multiple folders.
    • Customizable keyboard shortcuts.
    • Improved filters.
    • Meson construction system.
  • Support for HEIF and AVIF.
  • Support for Adobe Illustrator documents.

As we have already mentioned, will arrive at the end of june, and many of the novelties that it will include will be provided in monthly bulletins like this one in January.

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