Ubuntu 20.04-based Linux Mint 20 "Ulyana" now available
With one more year of support left for Linux Mint 18.2 "Sonya," a new long-term support release is now available, namely Linux Mint 20 "Ulyana." This new release, based on Ubuntu 20.04 "Focal Fossa," arrived at the end of last week and is the first one to drop 32-bit support, but there are quite a few other changes that need to be highlighted.
Although there are some minor differences between the MATE, Cinnamon, and Xfce releases, we will mention the changes that apply to all of them. In the end, the differences in terms of bundled software and looks are not that big — the main areas that should have an impact on your choice should be the resource usage and the look and feel of the GUI. Without further ado, these are the main changes that Linux Mint 20 "Ulyana" brings to the table:
- Warpinator tool for file sharing across local networks (replaces Giver).
- No more Xplayer and VLC, both replaced by Celluloid (previously known as GNOME MPV).
- Improved support for NVIDIA Optimus and support for NVIDIA On-Demand.
- Refreshed artwork and themes, such as improved system tray icons and new backgrounds.
- Multiple minor tweaks and fixes.
The GUI versions of the three Linux Mint 20 releases — which are all based on Ubuntu 20.04 and the 5.4 kernel, as already stated — are these: Cinnamon 4.6, MATE 1.24, and Xfce 4.14. The system requirements are about the same as before — 1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended), 15 GB disk space (20 GB recommended), 1024X768-pixel resolution — but there are no longer 32-bit versions available, so a 64-bit processor is also needed.