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Linux Mint 20.3: here’s what’s new

The Linux Mint team has started shipping the final stable ISO images of Linux Mint 20.3 to their distribution network. The final version comes weeks after the release of beta versions of Linux Mint 20.3. Read on to find out what’s new and changed in the new versions of the popular Linux distribution.

Linux Mint 20.3 is a long term support release, which means the distribution is supported until 2025. The new version of Linux Mint is available in all three versions – MATE, Xfce and Cinnamon – like d ‘habit.

A blog post on the official Linux Mint Blog reveals that the new version will be available as a free download and upgrade, starting with Linux Mint 20.2, this week. Some mirrors already have the new ISO images, but it will be some time before the release can be officially announced on the site.

Linux Mint 20.3: important links

The release notes list known issues and bugs, links to new features reveal what’s new in the particular environment.

  • Linux Mint 20.3 includes Cinnamon 5.2, a Linux 5.4 kernel, and an Ubuntu 20.04 package base.
  • Linux Mint 20.3 includes MATE 1.26, a Linux 5.4 kernel, and an Ubuntu 20.04 package base.
  • Linux Mint 20.3 includes Xfce 4.16, a Linux 5.4 kernel, and an Ubuntu 20.04 package base.

Linux Mint 20.3: new features

The Hypnotix IP TV player has received an update in this release. It now displays flags to make it easier to find regional IPTV stations, as well as a search, which can also find channels, movies and series using it. Hypnotix supports Xtream API alongside m3u and local playlists.

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The new Thingy Document Manager is introduced in Linux Mint 20.3. It lists recently opened documents as well as favorites and tracks reading progress.

A search function has been added to the Sticky Notes app to quickly filter notes. Linux Mint users who use the Sticky Notes app may also notice a change in appearance as the title is now embedded in the note. The app offers a new option to control the text site.

The Linux Mint 20.3 theme has several changes according to the release notes:

Linux Mint 20.3 features an updated appearance with larger title bar buttons, rounded corners, a cleaner theme, and dark mode support.

The three desktop environments show the changes. The “what’s new” messages are very detailed and you might want to review them for a full overview of the changes. One particular change that needs to be mentioned is that support for some apps to be displayed in dark mode while dark mode is not enabled on the desktop. Four apps, Celluloid, Hypnotix, Xviewer, Gnome Terminal, and Pix, support this right out of the box.

Linux Mint users who prefer the old desktop style can activate the Mint-Y-Legacy theme to restore the previous theme used by the Linux distribution.

The Cinnamon 5.2 calendar applet offers multi-calendar events, which events use the same color as the calendar they belong to for easy recognition. The applet supports online calendars and synchronization.

Nemo File Manager has a new feature that adds an option to copy or move conflicting files. In addition to the already existing options to ignore, ignore or overwrite old ones, it is now possible to automatically rename files.

Cinnamon features the following improvements in the new version alongside this:

  • Increased support for right-to-left languages ​​in sound and menu applets and in window settings
  • NVIDIA Optimus: Support for PrefersNonDefaultGPU field in .desktop files
  • nemo: the contents of the clipboard no longer disappear if the nemo process dies
  • applet grouped-window-list: icon correction for some applications (virtual box)
  • nemo-media-columns: m4a and audio mp4 columns, composer and description
  • Sound applet: support for base64 URI album art
  • nemo-actions: support for UriScheme
  • capi.py: non-x86 architecture support
  • menu applet: all applications display an icon
  • settings daemon: trackball support
  • accessibility: new Alt + Super + S shortcut to activate the screen reader
  • Support 3x fractional scaling when hardware allows
  • nemo: xls2csv fixed

Other changes:

  • HPLIP 3.21.8 introduces support for the latest HP printers and scanners.
  • IPP-USB and sane-airscan have been backported and may be an option if scanners or printers do not work immediately.
  • Xreader PDF received support for reading manga; this includes right-to-left mode and reverse cursor keys so that the left arrow key advances through a document.
  • The Xviewer image viewer has a new control to scale the image to the height or width of the image.
  • The Xed text editor supports Ctrl-Tab and Ctrl-Shift-Tab to switch tabs.
  • Xed and Xreader support hiding the menu bar.
  • Xreader no longer displays its toolbar in full screen mode.
  • System reports are run once per day instead of once per hour to conserve battery power.
  • The Web Application Manager displays the browser used for particular applications.
  • Bluetooth can be turned on or off from the Bluetooth status bar menu.

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The Linux Mint team has started shipping the final stable ISO images of Linux Mint 20.3 to their distribution network. The final version comes weeks after the release of beta versions of Linux Mint 20.3.

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