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Linux Mint 21 “Vanessa” released

On July 31, 2022, Linux Mint 21 "Vanessa" was released, which is based on the Ubuntu 22.04 LTS package base. This event happened two years after the release of Linux Mint 20 "Ulyana" (Ulyana).

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Linux Mint 21 images based on MATE 1.26, Cinnamon 5.4 and Xfce 4.16 shells are already available for download for 64-bit systems only. Generation of new builds of Linux Mint for 32-bit systems has been discontinued.

Linux Mint 21 "Vanessa" is a Long Time of Support (LTS) release. The developers promise that updates for this version of Linux Mint will be released until 2027. For Linux Mint 20, this process will run until April 2025. Until 2024, future versions of Linux Mint will use the same package base as Linux Mint 21. Until 2024, the development team will not start working on a new base and will be fully focused on the current one.

Minimum system requirements to install Linux Mint 21 "Vanessa":

  • 2 GB of RAM (at least 4 GB of RAM is recommended for comfortable work);
  • 20 GB of disk space (at least 100 GB recommended);
  • monitor resolution 1024×768 or higher.

Here are the minimum system requirements for installing Linux Mint 20 "Ulyana":

  • 1 GB RAM (recommended at least 2 GB RAM for comfortable work);
  • 15 GB of disk space (20 GB minimum recommended);
  • monitor resolution 1024×768 or higher.

Linux Mint 21 "Vanessa" brings various improvements and additions, including:

  • code performance was optimized, applications were updated and added, settings dialogs and application interfaces were redesigned and improved;
  • to configure Bluetooth instead of Blueberry, now an interface based on the Blueman GTK application;
  • added the ability to show additional actions in running applications in the main menu, for example, opening incognito mode in a browser or writing a new message in an email client;
  • added a process monitor to detect and display information about automatic updates and automatic snapshots running in the background;
  • when switching video cards through the NVIDIA Prime applet, the toggle switch in the interface now remains visible and allows you to immediately cancel the performed action;
  • in the interface for selecting application installation sources, in the lists of repositories, PPAs and keys, several elements can be selected simultaneously;
  • added support for additional browsers and settings to the web application manager (WebApp);
  • support for the Webp format has been added to the Xviewer image viewer;
  • Improved support for printing and scanning documents using the IPP protocol, which does not require the installation of drivers for printers and scanners.

Author: Michael Zippo
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