Linux Mint 21.3 Beta now available, with Cinnamon 6.0 and experimental Wayland

Linux Mint 21.3 Beta

As we anticipated in the middle of last week, on Sunday the launch of Linux Mint 21.3 Beta. It was available on the project server days before, but it was not until the last day of the week that Clem made the landing official and also published the news of the version of its operating system that will carry the code name "Virginia." Like the rest of 21s, it is based on Ubuntu 22.04 and will be supported until 2027.

Among the most notable new features, two undoubtedly stand out: the first is the desktop, a Cinnamon 6.0 of which you have more details in our article from December 5; the second is Wayland, but only in the experimental phase. As of this beta, Linux Mint offers the ability to log in under Wayland, but it is not recommended on production computers. It's just the first step to take the leap.

Other news in Linux Mint 21.3 Beta

The new features of Linux Mint 21.3 Beta are the same as those of the stable version, or just the opposite, the stable version will not have anything more than what the newly released beta has. Among them we have:

  • Full support for Secure Boot.
  • GRUB is used in EFI mode.
  • Hypnotix now allows you to save favorites and custom channels.
  • Warpinator now allows you to connect another device manually.
  • Sticky has received support for the DBUS command.
  • On the login screen, Slick Greeter, the alignment of the login box is configurable.
  • Bulcky has received support for thumbnails and drag and drop.
  • Pix now takes video orientation into account.
  • Mintbackup now has a header bar and an “About…” dialog.
  • The color picker has been added to the Xapp XDG Desktop Portal.

Users interested in trying Linux Mint 21.3 Beta can do so by downloading the ISO from the different links available on the notes from this release.


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