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Linux Mint 21 "Vanessa" now available for download

Linux Mint 21 "Vanessa" Cinnamon (Source: The Linux Mint Blog)
Linux Mint 21 "Vanessa" Cinnamon (Source: The Linux Mint Blog)
Made available to the public yesterday, Linux Mint 21 "Vanessa" arrived more than two years after its predecessor. Just as expected, it is available in three versions, namely Cinnamon, Xfce, and MATE. Linux Mint 21 is a long-term support release that will receive updates until 2027.

Although Linux Mint 21 "Vanessa" was released yesterday, the previous long-term release, namely Linux Mint 20 "Ulyana," will continue to receive support until 2025. The new version is based on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, will get updates until 2027, and comes with a wide range of visual changes, as well as improvements in performance, compatibility, and stability.

Unsurprisingly, there are three flavors of this Linux distro that can be downloaded:

  • Linux Mint 21 Cinnamon: Ships with Cinnamon 5.4, Blueman instead of Blueberry, Sticky Notes with the ability to duplicate notes, a process monitor that detects automated updates and system snapshots, Driveless Printing and Scanning via IPP, and more.
  • Linux Mint 21 Xfce: Features Xfce 4.16, alongside the other changes mentioned above.
  • Linux Mint 21 MATE: Comes with MATE 1.26 and the list of changes above.

In addition to all the above, the updated collection of background images should also be mentioned. All Linux Mint 21 versions are based on the Linux kernel 5.15. The list of bundled software includes LibreOffice 7.3, Thunderbird 91, Mozilla Firefox 103, and more.

The system requirements have been pushed up by quite a bit when talking about memory and storage, all the way to 2GB RAM (4GB recommended for a comfortable usage), 20 GB of disk space (100 GB recommended), while the minimum recommended resolution remains at 1024 X 768 pixels. Obviously, a 64-bit processor is also required, since support for 32-bit ones was dropped with the arrival of Linux Mint 20.

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Codrut Nistor, 2022-08- 1 (Update: 2022-08- 1)