The beta version of the upcoming Linux Mint 20.1 “Ulyssa” operating system is now available for download ahead of the final release near the Christmas holidays.
Linux Mint 20.1 Beta just popped up on the main download servers of the popular Ubuntu-based distribution, so I was able to grab the ISO images to take a look at the changes and publish a few words and some screenshots before the Linux Mint team will officially announce the release on their blog with more details on what’s new.
As you know, the Linux Mint team released the Cinnamon 4.8 desktop environment about two weeks ago, so the biggest new features is that the flagship Cinnamon edition of Linux Mint 20.1 beta comes with Cinnamon 4.8.3 by default.
If you’re a fan of the Cinnamon desktop, then you’ll have plenty of things to enjoy in the upcoming Linux Mint 20.1 release. Another interesting change is the inclusion of the new IPTV player app, called Hypnotix, which the Linux Mint developers previewed on their latest monthly newsletter if you’re curious what it can do.
Another interesting feature in the upcoming Linux Mint 20.1 release is support for Web Apps through a new tool that’s available on all three editions to make it easier to turn any website into a desktop application. The distro will also bring printing and scanning improvements, XApps improvements, and various other improvements.
Under the hood, Linux Mint 20.1 beta is based on Ubuntu 20.04.1 LTS (Focal Fossa) and ships with the long-term supported Linux 5.4 kernel by default. Of course, all the packages have been updated from Ubuntu 20.04.1’s repositories. The MATE edition comes with MATE 1.24 and the Xfce edition with Xfce 4.14.
Without further ado, you can download Linux Mint 20.1 Beta right now from the official website with either Cinnamon, MATE or Xfce flavors. Don’t forget to verify the ISO images before writing them on a USB flash drive and installing the operating system on your personal computer.
Also, please keep in mind that this is a pre-release version so don’t install it on your production machine as it may contain bugs or unfinished features.
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