Linux Mint is one of the most popular desktop Linux distributions and version 21 was released earlier this year. The next update, a minor release, is now available for beta testing.
Linux Mint 21 was a major update, with a core Ubuntu 22.04 platform and major changes to all desktop environment options. Linux Mint 21.1, nicknamed “Vera”, is a minor upgrade based on the same version of Ubuntu. System requirements also remain the same – 2GB of RAM (4GB recommended), 20GB of hard drive space (100GB recommended), and a screen resolution of at least 1024×768 resolution.
The main improvement in this release, at least for the desktop variant of Cinnamon, is the inclusion of Cinnamon 5.6. It features a new Corner Bar applet in the default-enabled panel that hides all windows and shows the desktop when clicked – similar to the desktop button on the Windows 7 and Windows 10 taskbar.
The computer, recycle bin, and network icons on the desktop are now hidden because they can be accessed through the file manager, and the Linux Mint project said the desktop shortcuts “are used only occasionally”. The default colors have also been updated to be more vibrant, and the folder icons are now yellow instead of green. Finally there are new customized system sounds Material Design resources from Google.
Linux Mint has always focused on customization, so most of the design changes in the 21.1 update are undoable if you prefer the old look and feel. Linux Mint 21.1 Beta is available for download Cinammon, MATEand Xfce Expenditure.
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