It is now available Linux Mint 20, the new major version of the most popular derived from Ubuntu, based on the latest LTS of this and with five years of rigorous support ahead. A version that according to its developers «comes with updated software and brings improvements and many new features to make your desktop experience more comfortable».

Codenamed ‘Ulyana’, Linux Mint 20 does indeed present numerous new features, both for the base provided by Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, and for those introduced by motu proprio, mainly in the form of new versions of the official desktop environments. and the other tools shared between these. This is, as usual in the project, a conservative release focused on incremental improvements. But this is, in fact, one of its strengths.

What’s new in Linux Mint 20

The highlight of Linux Mint 20 is found in the guts, which correspond to Ubuntu 20.04 LTS and everything it brought to the system level, including the kernel Linux 5.4 and Table 20, while on the surface it depends on the edition and the desktop environment that governs it, be it Cinnamon 4.6, MATE 1.24 or a fairly updated Xfce 4.14.

Now, if Linux Mint has a jewel in the crown, it is the edition with Cinnamon and, as usual, they only promote the news of each new version when the distro is released. It’s not understood why they do it this way, when Cinnamon has become one of the most popular GNU / Linux desktops beyond even Linux Mint itself, but that’s how they do it.

So we take advantage of this launch to talk about what’s new Cinnamon 4.6Among which stand out the improvement of the Nemo file manager performance, a new option in the desktop preferences to set the screen refresh rate, fractional scaling for HiDPI screens, a new access to keyboard layouts and the possibility running custom commands to modify the screensaver. This is what Cinnamon 4.6 brings roughly.

The rest of the news of Linux Mint 20 are common to the three editions and have as ‘star of the show’ according to the developers: Warpinator, a Giver reimplementation that like this, allows file sharing over the local network.

Warpinator

Warpinator

Warpinator is, in essence, a new application that adds to the XApps, which also get their dose of tweaks, including: improvements to file saving in the Xed text editor; buttons for full screen mode of Xviewer image viewer; a print button for the Xreader document viewer; and better support for the indicators of the Electron applications.

Another application that changes is the Deb package installer Gdebi, which renews its interface; And so does the package system itself, enabling the default recommendations when installed via APT and, as noted from the project, disabling Snap by default. In fact, to enable Snap it is not enough to install it, but you have to follow some instructions with which to unlock its installation.

Linux Mint thus complies with the threat of full rejection of the Canonical package system and in the case of Chromium, which is why he carried out all this, they do it as expected without providing any solution that makes life easier for the user, but rather the opposite. In summary, Ubuntu does not package and maintain Chromium as would be desirable, in the native format of the distribution; but neither does Linux Mint.

NVIDIA Prime

NVIDIA Prime

The last prominent piece of Linux Mint 20 is in improving the support of NVIDIA Optimus using the NVIDIA Prime applet, which now shows new options to select the card to use directly from the menu. For the rest, there are brings aesthetic changes in the system tray and the official visual themes, whose main color can be chosen from the same welcome screen on the desktop.

For more details, Linux Mint 20 Cinnamon, MATE and Xfce announcements, including links to release notes and downloads.

Download Linux Mint 20

If you prefer, however, you can download Linux Mint 20 directly from the official download pages, remembering that this version is only available for 64-bit systems.