Linux Mint 20.3: here is what is new – Ghacks Technology News

The Linux Mint team started to push the final stable ISO images of Linux Mint 20.3 to its distribution network. The final release comes weeks after the release of Linux Mint 20.3 Beta releases. Read on to find out what is new and changed in the new versions of the popular Linux distribution.linux mint 20.3 releaseLinux Mint 20.3 is a long-term support release, which means that the distribution is supported until 2025. The new version of Linux Mint is available in all three flavors — MATE, Xfce and Cinnamon — as usual.
A blog post on the official Linux Mint blog reveals that the new version will be made available as a free download and upgrade, from Linux Mint 20.2, this week. Some mirrors have the new ISO images already, but it will take some time before the release can be announced officially on the site.
The release notes list known issues and bugs, the new features links reveal what is new in the particular environment.
The IP TV player Hypnotix received an update in this release. It displays flags now to make it easier to find regional IP TV stations, and a search, which also helps find channels, movies and series using it. Hypnotix supports the Xtream API next to m3u and local playlists.thingyThe new document manager Thingy makes an appearance in Linux Mint 20.3. It lists recently opened documents as well as favorites, and keeps track of reading progress.
A search function has been added to the Sticky Notes application to filter notes quickly. Linux Mint users who use the Sticky Notes application may also notice a changed look as the title is now embedded within the note. The app features a new option to control the site of text.
The Linux Mint 20.3 theme features several changes according to the release notes:
Linux Mint 20.3 features an updated look and feel with larger titlebar buttons, rounded corners, a cleaner theme and support for dark mode.
All three desktop environments feature the changes. The “what is new” posts go into great detail and you may want to check these out for a full rundown on the changes. One particular change that needs mentioning is that support for displaying select applications in dark mode while dark mode is not enabled on the desktop.  Four applications, Celluloid, Hypnotix, Xviewer, Gnome Terminal and Pix, support this out of the box.
Linux Mint users who prefer the older style of the desktop may enable the Mint-Y-Legacy theme to restore the previous theme that was used by the Linux distribution.
Cinnamon 5.2’s calendar applet features multi-calendar events, which events using the same color as the calendar they belong to for easy recognition. The applet supports online calendars and syncing.
The file manager Nemo has a new feature that adds an option to file copy or move conflicts. Besides the already existing options to skip, ignore or overwrite old ones, it is now possible to have files renamed automatically.
Cinnamon features the following improvements in the new release next to that:
Other changes:
Here’s what’s new: not the wallpaper.
You actually use them?
Nope. I don’t use distros with maximum amounts of bloatware and a hideous wallpaper. That’s the luxury of freedom. My way or the highway.
I loke my screen just an black with a small gnome foot print in the middle.
An excellent user-friendly Linux distro.
Why?
My first distro was OpenBSD. Later FreeBSD (because of the jail) for maybe 1 year. Since 20 years now Debian testing (yes always testing). Never tried other Linux distros. Sometimes KNOPPIX if hardware fails and i’m in a hurry. I’ m a consumer and not a developer.
@Gerard
Did you copy/paste that from a 1993 review?
Martin just out of curiosity, are you Linux Mint user? I seem to see this distro kinda covered more than other, nothing wrong it is a great distro and more coverage it get the more people become aware of it. Thanks.
Just checked the website, not updated on yet
Maybe the best place to start your Linux adventure.
For those not familiar, a great place to get distros:
https://distrowatch.com/
An interesting site for trying distros, “test it before you hate it”:
https://distrotest.net/index.php
distrotest is slow and laggy tho, test using liveusb is better.
If one can’t wait, the stable 20.3 iso can be found on an official mirror with SHA256 checksums. Enjoy!
https://muug.ca/mirror/linuxmint/iso/stable/20.3/
I prefer EndeavourOS but Mint is nice as well.
why linux mint remove the installation iso file for 32bits architecture?
1. Get Linux
2. Get a Windows emulator to make it useable in the real world.
3. Whine about how wrong point 2 is whilst having a Windows emulator installed.
4. Try to explain how good Linux is for doing nothing in the real world. Don’t forget to mention ALL the Linux servers that are servers not PC’s.
5. Explain how M$ is uploading everything a PC does. Feel smug.
Very good article with lots of information. I don’t understand why anyone would hate a Linux distribution because of its default wallpaper (such an opinion we can find in this comments section). Linux Mint is actually a top quality distro, which offers a lot. You may call some of its applications ‘bloatware’ but 1) these apps are useful, they allow users to write a disk ISO, back-up and update system, watch pictures etc, 2) Mint strives to be friendly for users, especially for ones coming from Windows 10 – many of them are not tech-savvy, why bother them looking for and installing useful apps, which is a more complicated process in the Linux world? Hate is easy. I have been using Linux Mint, so I might be somewhat biased, but will try to be objective. So… I tried several distros, liked most of them. Unfortunately, I often got glitches, even on the first run. Mint shines here, I haven’t had any problems even with its latest beta releases. It’s reliable. Mostly, I think, because its developers prefer conservative approach, don’t try to be super modern at the expense of features. They constantly improve things but won’t surprise you rewriting half the code or dumping important functionality. No version is released unless everything is tested. Now a few words about the Cinnamon version of LM. Dont’t judge a book by its cover, though for me this ‘cover’ is very beautiful, even the wallpaper. If you don’t like the apperance, you can change many things out of the box, you can even customise the scrollbars if that is your thing. Nemo, the file manager, allows you to have a dual pane view, search inside files, batch rename files etc. There are many settings, which are easily accessible from the settings app (in my opinion, probably the best in the Linux world). Just spend some time with the distro, delve into details… No distro is perfect of course. Like other distros (I know it very well, read about it and experienced myself) Linux Mint may occasionally freeze. The folder colors are a bit drab and suchlike, but this is not serious criticism. In conclusion, Linux Mint deserves attention. I don’t mean other distros don’t.





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