Clement Lefebvre, head of the Linux Mint project, has released his usual monthly update with the latest OS developments. He said Linux Mint 21 is almost ready for beta testing (which is due next week), with QA starting this weekend. Interestingly, the systemd-oom package, which kills tasks in low-memory environments, will not be included in Linux Mint 21 after receiving negative feedback from the team.
Some other things highlighted in the forthcoming release were that home direction encryption remains available in the installer, the os-prober package is enabled by default to better detect dual-boot systems, webp support was added to xviewer and thumbnails, and Blueman 2.3 replaces Blueberry (Bluetooth package).
Linux Mint 21 is based on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, which came out in April this year. It’s updated for five years just like Ubuntu, meaning you can run it on your systems until 2027 before needing to update again – this is great for folks with production machines with lots of data, as you won’t have to install it for years new operating system.
At the time of writing, the Linux Mint Community website shows that testing of the Linux Mint 21 ISOs has started and is ready for a beta release next week.