Linux Mint 21 "Vanessa" Beta Released
Linux Mint 21 is the next major release for this popular Linux distro that tracks new Ubuntu LTS releases. The official Cinnamon edition is out today for testing along with the MATE and Xfce spins.
In addition to the Cinnamon 5.4 desktop being available and the new/updated versions of many packages from upstream Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, some of the other Linux Mint changes with this release include replacing Blueman with Blueberry for Bluetooth handling, a new Xapp thumbernails component for handling WebP / AppImage / ePub / MP3 / RAW file types, a process monitor was added to report automated updates and system snapshots in the background, artwork/styling improvements, and improvements to the XApps programs themselves.
The Cinnamon 5.4 desktop has rebased its "Muffin" compositor code atop the Mutter 3.36 upstream code, various window manager improvements, GTK anti-aliasing is now used for all windows and just not CSD windows, better window animations, and a variety of other desktop enhancements.
Downloads and more details on Linux Mint 21 Beta via LinuxMint.com.