Linux Mint 20 will be released later this year but what new features, changes, and other improvements will it offer?
Well, that’s what this post is here to tell you. We will keep this roundup of Linux Mint 20 features and updates up-to-date as development happens until June, its expected release month.
What do we about Linux Mint 20 so far?
Read on to find out!
Linux Mint 20 Features & Changes
Well, the Linux Mint 20 codename is ‘Ulyana’. Linux Mint codenames traditionally take a female name, and are alphabetical in sequence. As Linux Mint 19 codenames were based on the letter ‘T’ the next release will use monikers based on the letter ‘U’.
Linux Mint 20 is based on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, the latest Ubuntu version and will, as always, be distributed in three different desktop editions: Cinnamon, MATE and Xfce.
A long-term supports release, Linux Mint 20 is supported until 2025.
However, in a break with previous releases, Linux Mint 20 is 64-bit only. Mint fans on hardware that does not support 64-bit software will need to run the Linux Mint 19 releases, which are supported until 2023 with key and critical app updates.
One big highlight will be the inclusion of fractional scaling support in Cinnamon. Designed for high-resolution displays are various scaling values between 100% and 200%, including the 150% sweet spot.
Better yet you can apply different scaling values to different monitors. This is especially useful for those who connect a HD or FHD laptop to a 2K or 4K display (as I do).
Fractional scaling isn’t the only treat planned for this tasty-sounding desktop environment. Mint 20 also comes with the ability change monitor refresh rate through an easily-accessible display setting.
Remember the new file transfer tool Linux Mint we told you Mint developers were working on? It’s on course to ship out-of-the-box in this upcoming release. It may or may not be called Warpinator — no final decision on naming has been taken.
Expect major performance improvements in Nemo, the default file manager used in the Cinnamon desktop environment. File thumbnail generation, which often slows down the key task of browsing folders and files, is being tweaked in particular.
The solution: show generic icons prior to thumbnails loading. The impact on navigation is said to be considerable. Rendering file thumbnails in Nemo now happens after all the files have loaded into view.
Linux Mint 20 Release Date
At the time you’re reading this there is no definite release date for Linux Mint 20 — but that’s not unusual. Whereas Ubuntu developers tend to pick a date and work towards it, Mint developers tend to work until they’re satisfied, then release it.
Since the release date of Linux Mint 19, based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, and Linux Mint 18, based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, both happened in June there’s a good chance that this is when Linux Mint 20 will be released too.
Not that you’ll have to wait that long as you will be able to download Linux Mint 20 beta before the final release, likely to be sometime in May.