A new version of Linux Mint 20 Codenamed “Ulyana” is now available for download. Which comes with a long list of improvements, as well as with extended support until 2025. As per the official blog, the latest release, which is based on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, comes in three options: MATE, Xfce, and Cinnamon. and Downloads for all three supported desktop environments are available on the official Linux Mint website.
For those who don’t know, Linux Mint is a popular Ubuntu-based Linux distribution that aims to make the transition from a closed world of Windows to the open pasture of Linux much easier. And Mint 20 further polishes a nearly-perfect desktop experience and adds some new features as well.
Linux Mint 20 Ulyana
Linux Mint 20 comes with Linux-firmware 1.173.8 and the Linux kernel 5.4. As usual, three desktop environments are available Cinnamon (4.6), MATE (1.24), and Xfce (4.14). If you have a new computer with the latest hardware configuration opt for the excellent Cinnamon. MATE and Xfce are solid choices too, although they are more appropriate for computers with meager hardware.
Linux Mint 20 “Ulyana” is based on the wildly popular Ubuntu operating system, but on 18.04 rather than the new 19.04. Why use an older version of Ubuntu as a base? Because 18.04 is an LTS or “Long Term Support” variant. While version 19.04 will be supported for less than a year, 18.04 is being supported for a mind-boggling 10 years! (Via betanews )
Talking about the feature Linux Mint 20 ‘Ulyana’ has Most of the changes are about refining the features added in the 19.0 and 19.1 releases. Well, the
The biggest addition is fractional scaling support in the Cinnamon desktop which is Designed for high-resolution displays, this gives you access to new scaling values between 100% and 200%, including the 125% and 150% sweet spots. Its especially useful for user who have HD or FHD laptop connect to 4K display.
Mint 20 also comes with the ability change monitor refresh rate through an easily-accessible display setting
Linux Mint 20 also comes with better support for NVIDIA Optimus (hybrid graphics) set-ups.
There is new application introduced called Warpinator which lets you share files across the local network.
Speaking about Speed and performance Linux Mint 20 boots quickly within 30 seconds, at least faster than Ubuntu 20.04.
The default file manager of the Cinnamon desktop environment “Nemo” is tweaked to deliver faster, more responsive navigation.
There is Numerous other improvements have also been brought to different XApps, including Xreader, Xed, LibXApp, etc. you can read detailed information Cinnamon, Xfce, and MATE editions on Linux Mint blog.
How to upgrade to Linux Mint 20
If you are already running Linux Mint 19 (or 19.1) you can follow steps below to upgrade version 20
- Before get started make a system snapshot so the If anything goes wrong, you can easily restore your operating system to its previous state.
- Well you can use Timeshift to make a system snapshot
- Its simple and easy just Launch Timeshift from the application menu, follow the instructions on the screen to configure it and create a system snapshot.
Upgrade Linux mint 20
- In the Update Manager, click on the Refresh button to check for any new version of mint update and mint-upgrade-info.
- If there are updates for these packages, apply them.
- Launch the System Upgrade by clicking on “Edit->Upgrade to Linux Mint 20 Ulyana”.
- And Follow the On-screen instructions to upgrade to Latest Linux mint 20
- Once the upgrade is finished, reboot your computer.
- If the upgrade is not available to you, check that you have the latest versions of mintupdate and mint-upgrade-info installed and restart the Update Manager.
- Also If the latest versions are not yet available in your mirrors, switch to the default repositories.
Here a useful video Upgrading to Linux Mint 20 “Ulyana”
Download Linux Mint 20
You can visit the Mint download page to grab the latest torrent file or ISO media for a fresh installation. Or you can click the link below to get the desired iso file.
|Cinnamon||64-bit||An edition featuring the Cinnamon desktop|
|MATE||64-bit||An edition featuring the MATE desktop|
|Xfce||64-bit||An edition featuring the Xfce desktop|
Note: The Mint team no longer provides 32-bit ISOs.
If you are using windows 10 and looking for an alternative operating system, Linux Mint is a great starting point. Make no mistake, however, even though it is a good option for beginners, many experts use it too.