Linux Mint 21.1 “Vera” beta is now available

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Linux Mint 21.1 Vera Cinnamon Edition

a few days agoThe news was released that the beta version of what will be the stable version of Linux Mint 21.1 "Vera". This beta version is already available to the general public and can be downloaded so that those interested in knowing what they are preparing for us in the new release or to participate in the detection of errors can do so.

It is worth mentioning that the release of Linux Mint 21.1 will be a long term support release which will be compatible until 2027 and in this we can find updated software that also brings improvements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.

What's new in the Linux Mint 21.1 "Vera" beta?

Perhaps one of the main novelties presented by the beta of Linux Mint 21.1 "Vera" is the introduction of the new version of Cinnamon. And it is that at the beginning of October, 'Clem' announced the second release of the Mint 21 series after Linux Mint 21 »Vanessa« in August in a stable version for the Christmas holidays.

It should be noted that the new version is based on Ubuntu 22.04 "Jammy Jellyfish" and kernel 5.15 LTS and as we all know the Cinnamon desktop environment is the flagship of the Linux Mint developers. And in this new version we can find version 5.6 of the environment that presents a new panel and fewer icons.

In Linux Mint 21.1 "Vera" we can find that Cinnamon has been slightly modified. Instead of the Show Desktop Left icon, a button called Corner Bar Right has been introduced, offering more options. Also, the start icons and the recycle bin on the top left of the desktop are missing. If necessary, they can be restored in the settings under Desktops.

Another change is in the icons in the file manager from Nemo, which have been revised and given a color accent in the form of a diagonal blue line at the bottom right.

On the other hand, a change has also been made that is mentioned as improving the user experience and especially that of newcomers to Linux.

The change is in the need to enter the root password that has been reduced in the new version. For example, a root password is no longer required when removing a Flatpak.

This also applies to applications that are not installed system-wide and to simple shortcuts, as Lefebvre writes. Synaptic and the update manager will use pkexec to remember the password, so the user will no longer have to enter it every time they perform multiple operations in a row.

Finally, we can also highlight that in the beta of Linux Mint 21.1 "Vera" the tools Driver Manager and Software Sources They come with some new capabilities, including the ability to run Driver Manager in user mode (no root password required) and work offline. The update also introduces an ISO verification tool accessed by right-clicking on an ISO image in Nemo.

If you are interested in being able to learn more about the release of this beta version, you can check the details in the following link

Download and try Linux Mint 21.1 "Vera"

For those interested in being able to download the image of this beta version, they should know that it requires:

  • 2 GB of RAM (4 GB recommended for comfortable use).
  • 20 GB of disk space (100 GB recommended).
  • 1024 × 768 resolution (at lower resolutions, press ALT to drag windows with the mouse if they don't fit on the screen.)

In addition to this, as many will know, but it is worth mentioning, the beta versions may contain critical errors, so its use is recommended only in virtual machines or on their computers for testing purposes and to help the Linux Mint team to fix problems before stable release.

It is also mentioned that it will be possible to update from this BETA, as well as from Linux Mint 21, as soon as the stable version is released.

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  1.   Javi said

    Good afternoon, I was testing it last week in a virtual machine, it was giving me problems when trying to update from the "PPA" to pipewire, the latest versions, I am very synaptic, and deb, it has happened to someone else. ?Thank you

    1.    Seba said

      the ppa bug has already been fixed

    2.    Seba said

      the ppa problem was fixed in Mint 21.1