Linux Mint 21.1 Now Available with Plenty of Look and Feel Changes

Dec 21, 2022

Vera has arrived and although it is still using kernel 5.15, there are plenty of improvements sure to please everyone.

Linux Mint 21.1 (Vera) is available now and includes a refreshed UI with a new cursor, plenty of new app icon themes to choose from, and a change from the previous "minty" accent color to the new aqua color.

The changes aren't just aesthetics. You'll also find the Driver Manager can now be launched without typing your password. The Driver Manager also now displays an offline page if you've lost connectivity, and the mounting of live USB media is much more user-friendly.

One important change is that both the Software and Update Managers now have support for Flatpak by default, which means Flatpak apps are installable via the GUI or command line.

The default desktop, Cinnamon, has also received a number of visual updates for item selection, dates, and the path bar. You'll also find that the system sounds have changed to help improve the experience. These new sounds are from the Material Design V2 and are more modern.

You can read the full release notes here and download a copy of Linux Mint 21.1 here.

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