With the beta available since mid-August, and knowing that Clem Lefebvre had uploaded the ISOs to his servers over the weekend, it was known that the official release of Linux Mint 21 was about to fall. And she fell yesterday at noon in Spain. Posted in july monthly note and on the social network Twitter, "Vanessa" is already available for download as a stable version, although Clem says that they have to continue polishing some things (as usual).
Lefebvre began his note by thanking the users who had participated in the beta, since 152 failures were reported in the last 15 days and they fixed many for the stable release of Linux Mint 21. Not everything was fixed, and there are improvements that have yet to be finished and added, so software updates are expected in the coming weeks. They will also open the updates from 20.3 to 21 and announce them when they are ready.
Clem also says that LMDE5 will soon receive Cinnamon 5.4 and the rest of the new features of Linux Mint 21.
What's New in Linux Mint 21 "Vanessa"
- Cinnamon 5.4, Xfce 4.16 y MATE 1.26. Beware of the MATE edition, that its release note is more of a note with the errors that there are, rather than news. Available here. Regarding this, Clem says:
Each new version comes with a new kernel and a new set of drivers. Most of the time, this means that new versions are compatible with a wider variety of hardware components, but sometimes it can also introduce regressions. If you are facing hardware issues with the latest version of Linux Mint and cannot resolve them, you can always try an older version. If that one works better for you, you can keep it, or you can use it to install Linux Mint and then update to the newer version.
- Based on Ubuntu 22.04, with the same Linux 5.15.
- Supported until 2027.
- Blueman replaces Blueberry for managing Bluetooth connections. As they already explained, this gives them more freedom, since the second one depends on GNOME.
- New Thumbnailers app (xapp-thumbnailers), with support for AppImage, ePub, MP3, RAW and WebP. Support for the latter has also been added in xviewer.
- Sticky Notes.
- Added a small process monitor in the system tray to detect automatic updates and system backups running in the background. The icon is that of two gears.
- Timeshift is now part of the Linux Mint Apps (XApps).
- Directory navigation has been improved in XViewer.
- Warpinator improvements.
- Interface improvements in Thingy.
- The WebApps manager supports more browsers.
- Linux Mint 21 uses IPP, also known as Driverless Printing and Scanning (ie a standard protocol that communicates with printers/scanners without using drivers). Drivers are not required for most printers and scanners, and the device is automatically detected.
- Improvements in the covers.
- In Software Sources, the repository list, PPA list, and key list support multiple selection. This allows you to delete multiple items at once.
- Uninstalling an app from the main menu (right click -> uninstall) now triggers an evaluation of the app's dependencies. To protect the system from removing key components, if another package depends on the application, an error message is displayed and the operation stops.
- Uninstalling an app from the main menu now also removes dependencies on that app that were automatically installed and are no longer needed.
- When changing graphics cards using the NVIDIA Prime applet, the change is now visible and can be canceled if you change your mind.
Although it could be downloaded for a few days, the release of the stable version of Linux Mint 21 "Vanessa" it's official. They will make the final touches in the coming weeks, but interested users can already download the new ISOs from the following links: