Linux Mint has released the latest version of its Linux distribution for desktop PCs, Linux Mint 21 “Vanessa.” It will receive five years of support.
“Linux Mint 21 is a long-term support release which will be supported until 2027,” the Linux Mint website notes. “It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop experience more comfortable.”
Linux Mint 21 is available in three core editions, Cinnamon Edition, MATE Edition, and Xfce Edition, each of which serves specific needs. Cinnamon is the mainstream edition and is primarily developed for and by Linux Mint. MATE Edition provides a classic desktop experience and uses fewer system resources. And Xfce Edition provides a lightweight desktop environment that is extremely stable and very light on resource usage, but with fewer features.
New features in this release include a new Bluetooth stack, support for new thumbnail types in the file manager app, Sticky Notes updates, a new process monitor to detect automated updates and automated system snapshots running in the background, various XApps improvements, printing and scanning improvements, new backgrounds, and more. Cinnamon Edition also picks up Cinnamon 5.4, a major new release of the window manager.