Beta version of Linux Mint 20 is now available for download


I have no doubt when stating that Linux Mint is an operating system dear to Brazilian users. Because your user experience is relatively similar to Windows, this makes the transition between the two systems much smoother.

What’s new in the new version

The Linux Mint is just a few steps away from its version 20 being released, with an expected release in late June, and already has a beta available for download. The main novelties of this new version are related to what comes under the hood, and are very welcome.

The main novelty of Linux Mint 20 is the change of base. This version is being created on the new Ubuntu LTS, at 20.04, and will feature a more current kernel, new packages available in the repository, as well as some performance improvements.

The kernel used in this version is 5.4, which features lockdown functionality, support for the latest AMD hardware and even native support for modern peripherals, such as Logitech wireless mouse and keyboard receivers.

For hybrid card users, the Cinnamon interface has several improvements. The tool used to start software with a specific graphics card now works with proprietary drivers, in the past, this function was only available with the Nouveau driver.

Linux Mint 20 also has the new Warpinator (yes, the official name ended up being the same), an application for transferring files over the local network, and which has encryption to ensure a more secure transfer.

Warpinator will be available on Linux Mint 20

Some of the other new features in Linux Mint 20 are:

  • Support for fractional scale;
  • Performance improvements in the Nemo file manager;
  • Possibility to change the monitor’s refresh rate;
  • Improved support for multiple monitors;
  • Addition of new theme colors.

Linux Mint and the snapd controversy

As of Linux Mint 20, it will not be possible to add support for snap using the command “apt install snapd”. According to Clement Lefebvre, the leader of Linux Mint, the reason for this is that some packages are empty, and supposedly masked to force the installation of the snap without a clear indication, a case that can be used as an example is Chromium.

Canonical is open for dialogue with the Linux Mint team, however, so far there has been nothing new in this case. Alan Pope, one of those responsible for the Snapcraft team, explained that the reason why Chromium and some other packages are distributed via snap, is the ease of maintaining just one package for all available versions of Ubuntu.

Fortunately, it is simple to reverse this situation by deleting a simple file that blocks snapd from being installed. Just open the terminal and paste the following command:

sudo rm /etc/apt/preferences.d/nosnap.pref

Ubuntu is one of the only distributions to embrace Snap by default, while the overwhelming majority ended up opting for Flatpak. We have a video on YouTube, and you can check it out below:

Download the new beta

As of Linux Mint 20, the system will no longer have a 32-bit version of the ISO. If you need this architecture, you will have to continue with version 19, which is supported until April 2023.

To download the beta version of Linux Mint 20, use the buttons below, according to the desired interface. Remembering that this is a beta version, then bugs can occur. Avoid using these versions on a production computer.

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