Linux Mint 21.1 Enters Beta Status

Dec 07, 2022

With a new version of the Cinnamon Desktop, Linux Mint 21.1 has plenty to offer.

The developers of Linux Mint have officially announced the upcoming release is in beta. What's big about this news is that 21.1 will include the latest release of the Cinnamon desktop.

The new version of Cinnamon has been tidied up to look cleaner and more modern. You'll find more vibrant colors, a new mouse pointer, new system sounds, and some of the desktop icons have been removed and are now pinned to the panel or opened from the main menu.

In order to achieve more vibrant colors, the developers had to use fewer accents across the UI. This change also required a number of other minor theme tweaks.

The Linux Mint Driver Manager also received a number of improvements for the user interface and includes a more robust driver installation. Even drivers for Broadcom wireless devices are easier than ever.

Other improvements include Flatpak integration into the Update Manager, a refreshed UI for the Software Manager, an easier way to verify ISO images (via a right-click menu in the file manager), and numerous improvements to the Nemo file manager. Linux Mint 21.1 features Linux kernel 5.15, Cinnamon 5.6, and is based on Ubuntu 22.04.

Learn more about the upcoming release (codename Vera) in the official release notes.

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