Ubuntu 20.04-based Linux Mint 20 "Ulyana" now available

Linux Mint 20 "Ulyana" Cinnamon (Source: The Linux Mint Blog)
Linux Mint 20 "Ulyana" Cinnamon (Source: The Linux Mint Blog)
Available — as usual — in MATE, Cinnamon, and Xfce editions, Linux Mint 20 "Ulyana" is a long-term support release that will be updated until 2025. The list of noticeable changes includes the dropping of 32-bit versions, the removal of Snapd, as well as the replacement of VLC and Xplayer by Celluloid.
Codrut Nistor, 🇪🇸

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.

Linux Mint 20 "Ulyana" MATE (Source: The Linux Mint Blog)
Linux Mint 20 "Ulyana" MATE (Source: The Linux Mint Blog)
Linux Mint 20 "Ulyana" Xfce (Source: The Linux Mint Blog)
Linux Mint 20 "Ulyana" Xfce (Source: The Linux Mint Blog)


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Codrut Nistor, 2020-06-29 (Update: 2020-06-29)
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Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.