Linux Mint 21 Beta is now available for download, here’s a first look

The beta version of the upcoming Linux Mint 21 operating system series is now available for public testing ahead of its final release later this summer.

development of Linux Mint 21 “Vanessa” launched a few months ago, and the upcoming distribution will be based on Canonical’s latest repositories and base packages Ubuntu 22.04 LTS (Jammy Jellyfish) Operating system series supported for the next five years, same as Linux Mint 21.

Linux Mint 21 not only ships with newer core components (e.g. Linux kernel, Mesa graphics stack, GCC, GNU-C-Library) from Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, but also with a newer version of the in-house developed desktop environment Cinnamon, and that is Cinnamon 5.4which brings numerous new functions and improvements.

Bluetooth improvements will also be included in the upcoming version of Linux Mint 21, as the development team assumed Blueman 2.3 GTK+ Bluetooth manager as a drop-in replacement for the Blueberry Bluetooth configuration tool currently used in the Linux Mint 20 series.

Other highlights of Linux Mint 21 are the encryption of the home directory in the installer, support for WebP images in the specially developed Xviewer image viewer and in thumbnails so that you can preview these images in the file manager.

Last month Linux Mint announced that they have taken over the development of the Timeshift backup utility and the next major release of the distribution will ship with an updated version capable of calculating the required disk space for the next snapshot when it is used in rsync mode so you won’t end up with zero disk space.

Other notable changes in Linux Mint 21 include the os-prober by default to ensure out-of-the-box dual-boot detection for those who want to install the Ubuntu-based distro alongside Windows or another GNU/Linux distro, and the removal of systemd -oom due to some performance issues.

If you want to try Linux Mint 21 before the final release, you can download the beta version now as Cinnamon, Xfce and MATE editions using the direct download links below. While your download is complete, watch my first look video at Linux Mint 21 “Vanessa”.

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