Linux Mint 21 Is Going To Avoid systemd-oomd
Due to the problems Ubuntu has faced with systemd-oomd around killing memory hungry user applications unexpectedly like web browsers, IDEs, and other production software, Linux Mint is not going to ship its new release with systemd-oomd.
Canonical developers have been working on fixes to better handle systemd-oomd and with the latest proposed SRUs this should be in better shape, but the Linux Mint crew has decided to just ship Linux Mint 21 without systemd-oomd.
Linux Mint lead developer Clem Lefebvre wrote in today's monthly news update, "Last month we got negative feedback about systemd-oom. After investigating some of the issues we decided not to add it to Linux Mint 21."
Granted, being based on Ubuntu 22.04 and still relying on their archives, those planning to use Linux Mint can always just sudo apt install systemd-oomd if wanting to use this out-of-memory daemon.
Linux Mint 21 is planning to still provide home directory encryption within its installer, WebP support has been added to more of Linux Mint's own applications, Blueman 2.3 has replaced Blueberry for Linux Bluetooth handling, and other updates have been made as noted in their monthly newsletter.
The Linux Mint 21 beta is expected soon.