With Windows 11 on the horizon, many consumers will find themselves unable to upgrade due to the crazy system requirements of the operating system. And so, some of these people will be looking for alternatives, such as Linux distributions. While Ubuntu is a good choice for those looking to switch to Linux, it’s not the best choice. In fact, Windows switches should try Linux Mint (which is based on Ubuntu) instead.
Wouldn’t you know, today the all new Linux Mint 20.2 is available for download. Named “Uma”, it can be obtained with your choice of three large desktop environments – Cinnamon 5.0, MATE 1.24, and Xfce 4.16. Mint 20.2 is based on Ubuntu 20.04 and uses the Linux 5.4 kernel.
New in the Cinnamon and MATE versions of Linux Mint 20.2 Beta is a mass renaming application called “Bulky”. This new tool is not included in the Xfce variant, as the functionality is already built into the Thunar file manager. All variants of Linux Mint 20.2 are based on Ubuntu 20.04 and use the Linux 5.4 kernel. Uma will even be supported until 2025. Better yet, the already excellent Update Manager receives significant improvements.
“Previously, available updates were simply indicated by a small orange dot on the update manager icon in the system tray and could go unnoticed for long periods of time. In Linux Mint 20.2, the update manager Updates is now able to remember the duration of each update. is available for how many days the computer has been on during that period and assess whether a notification would be welcome to remind you of available updates ” , explains Clément Lefebvre, main developer.
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Lefebvre further explains: “This new notification feature was designed to add convenience to the user experience, without removing it. Windows or Mac for example was an example that Linux Mint did not want to follow. “
If you want to try Linux Mint 20.2 “Uma”, you can download an ISO here now. Just keep in mind that Linux Mint is great for Windows conversions, you shouldn’t switch blindly without testing it first. Some of the Windows software you depend on isn’t available on Linux, so you’ll need to make sure you can get away with alternatives.