Linux Mint 20 Ulyana Officially Released on Cinnamon, XFCE, and MATE

Linux Mint 20 Ulyana

A couple of days ago, Clement Lefebvre uploaded the new ISO images to his servers, so we knew it was going down, but now the release is official: Linux Mint 20 is now available. The codename of this new installment is Ulyana and it arrives based on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa, which also means that it will be supported for 5 years, until 2025 to be more exact. But if this version is important, it is because it comes with a change that is not without controversy.

So and as they explained in early June, Ulyana has declared war on snap packages, or more specifically to snapD, the software that is responsible for managing them. Lefebvre has declined to include a default installed package that Canonical ships since Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, in part to give users more freedom or to remove some bloatware. In any case, for those who are interested, you can reactivate the support, as explained in this link.

Linux Mint 20 does not include snapd support

The project has published a total of six articles on this release, two for each of the versions in which it is available. The first of them tells us about the availability of the new version, the minimum requirements and how to update. The second of them is where the main novelties that have arrived, such as the following:

  • Based on Ubuntu 20.04 with 5 years of support.
  • Linux 5.4, with linux-firmware 1.187.
  • Live sessions executed in Virtualbox are automatically increased in resolution to 1024 × 768.
  • Snapd disabled by default and its APT packages cannot be installed.
  • APT recommendations are enabled by default for recently installed packages.
  • Aptulr has changed its backend from Synaptic to Aptdaemon.
  • Warpinator, a new app to share files via WiFi.
  • NVIDIA support improvements.
  • System tray improvements.
  • New versions of the graphical environments: XFCE 4.14, MATE 1.24 and Cinnamon 4.6.
  • New wallpapers and aesthetic improvements.
  • XApps improvements.
  • Complete lists of changes in these links:

Ulyana's download links are now available on the project's official download page, which you can access from here!. We remember that they are only available in 64bit versions.

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  1.   Juan Carlos said

    I installed the cinnamon version and I had to go back to 19.3, I have a laptop connected to a monitor, but when I turn on my desktop freezes, after having configured the monitor screen.

  2.   Ignacio said

    It seems to me that we have to wait for it. It starts with a consumption of 1gb in ram, it is too much.
    On the other hand the news are not very outstanding.
    For the moment I will stick with Linux Mint 19.3 Cinnamon. It seems to me that it is a mature version.
    I'm going to wait for Linux Mint 20.1 Cinnamon to see if they have corrected some problems, especially regarding the excessive consumption of ram memory.

    1.    Juan Carlos said

      The news is not outstanding but it gave me the impression that the performance was much better, I was sad to go back to version 19.3, but I will return perhaps in the one you mentioned or perhaps before with some updates, I will try virtualbox to see how it goes.

  3.   george the third said

    I am new to this but I installed it and it works very well before I had Fedora that took me a bit to get used to it but it is also good and then I went to Mint 18.3 and it was easy to use and now I go to Mint 20 and it improved a little the desktop and I did not see any complications in its use I liked it

  4.   user12 said

    Well, I think the same as the user above: For the few news that Linux MInt 20 offers me, I prefer to stay as I am with LM 19.3

    A bit disappointing the new version and a perfect botch what they have done with Chromium

  5.   Rafael said

    A very neat and easy-to-use distro. A pity that instead of collaborating with Canonical, they end up between the two complicating the user's life. I used it for many years until it dropped kde and migrated to kubuntu.