Linux Mint EDGE ISOs To Help With Running On Newer Hardware

Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems on 2 August 2023 at 04:56 PM EDT. 23 Comments
Clément Lefèbvre shared today as part of the monthly status update for the Linux Mint project that they'll be releasing an "EDGE" ISO to help in running this desktop Linux distribution on newer hardware.

Linux Mint sticks to Ubuntu Long-Term Support (LTS) series for its base and due to that cadence can at times mean a rather dated kernel that for some new hardware doesn't work out too well -- either no support, missing features, and/or subpar performance. To help those users with newer hardware and wanting to enjoy Linux Mint, the developers plan to release an EDGE ISO.

The Linux Mint EDGE ISO will feature Linux Mint with its Ubuntu 22.04 LTS base still but will be running a Linux 6.2 kernel. At the moment the HWE kernel for Ubuntu 22.04 is using Linux 5.19 -- by moving to Linux 6.2 more quickly, they can help users in new hardware support although that's still a ways behind Linux 6.4 stable.

Linux Mint with Cinnamon desktop

Linux Mint plans to release this Linux 6.2 powered EDGE ISO alongside their upcoming Linux Mint Debian Edition 6 (LMDE 6) release.

More details on the current state of Linux Mint via their monthly status update.
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