Linux Mint 21 “Vanessa” Will Be Based On Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, New Upgrade Tool In The Works

Linux Mint project manager Clément Lefebvre announced today in a Monthly News some details, including the codename of the next Linux Mint 21 release.

First and foremost, Linux Mint 21 has been dubbed “Vanessa” and it will come with the same three editions you’ve been used to, with Cinnamon, Xfce, and MATE desktop environments. So no, a KDE Plasma edition is not in the works for the next major release of Linux Mint.

Second, as you’d expect, Linux Mint 21 will be based on the next big Ubuntu LTS (Long Term Support) series, Ubuntu 22.04 LTS (Jammy Jellyfish)which means it will also be supported for a long time and it will be powered by its Linux 5.15 LTS kernel series.

Besides that, Clément Lefebvre also revealed that with the next release of Linux Mint, the team is also working on a new upgrade utility to make things much easier for newcomers who will want to upgrade their current Linux Mint installations to a major release, such as Linux Mint 21.

“Upgrades to a point release within the same major version of Linux Mint are quite simple and easy to do. Upgrades to the next major version are much more complex, however. They require an advanced level of knowledge and experience and are run using the command line,” Lefebvre said. “We are working on an upgrade tool that will make this much easier in the future.”

The new Linux Mint upgrade tool promises features such as a fully graphical interface, localization in different languages, the ability to perform more checks to ensure that the upgrade process will go smoothly, fully configurable, the ability to preserve the user’s choice of mirrors, and the ability to provide and manage various upgrade scenarios.

Additionally, the new upgrade tool will not force users to delete their custom repositories and PPAs and warn them of orphaned packages, but allows you to keep them.

Clément Lefebvre says the new upgrade tool is the number one priority for the Linux Mint team at the time of writing, which means it will be released as soon as possible and used for upgrades from LMDE 4 to LMDE 5, then for upgrades from Linux Mint 20.3 to Linux Mint 21.

An alpha version is available for public testing here. As for Linux Mint 21 “Vanessa”, the final version should be released in early summer, probably in June, and a beta could arrive for public testing in late May or early June 2022.

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