Linux Mint 21.3 “Virginia” Beta knows the new features it has prepared for the stable launch

Linux Mint 21.3 Virginia

screenshot of Linux Mint 21.3 “Virginia”

We are close to the stable version being released and the Linux Mint developers announced the launch of the beta testing version of "Linux Mint 21.3 codenamed Virginia." For various reasons I was not able to share the news of the launch here on the blog at the time, but better late than never.

As many will know, the beta version is intended to be a testing edition so that the developers can refine all the possible details before the stable release and above all to be able to have a time window for the detection of all those errors that are not detected. have been detected and can be resolved in a timely manner for the final release of Linux Mint 21.3 “Virginia”.

Main new features of Linux Mint 21.3 “Virginia” Beta

Among the most notable aspects that the Linux Mint 21.3 “Virginia” beta offers us is that this release will arrive as a long-term support (LTS) version, since It arrives based on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS and Kernel 5.15, lor which guarantees us a channel of official updates and support until 2027.

Another of the changes that we can find in Linux Mint 21.3 Beta, is the inclusion of the new version of Cinnamon 6.0 (which we already talked about recently) and among the new features that it presents to us, a new addon called "Actions" stands out (formerly known as Nemo Actions) that adds new options to the context menu of the Nemo file manager, it also stands out experimental support for Wayland, various improvements for X11, support for AVIF images and more,

In addition to this, it is noted that For all three editions, Linux Mint 21.3 Beta introduces Hypnotix TV updates, which received the ability to save channels as favorites and create custom channels so you can use the app without any playlist or IPTV provider. Pix has been improved to take into account the orientation of the video clip and automatically rotate it, the Bulky batch file renaming tool received support for thumbnails and drag and drop, and Slick Greeter now allows you to set the splash box alignment of session.

On the other hand, also highlights improvements related to the creation of system boot images, Well I know now these images now use the latest live version and have full Secure Boot support, ensuring compatibility with a wider range of hardware.

Of the other changes that stand out:

  • The team also dramatically reduced the internal differences between LMDE and Linux Mint ISO images.
  • 75% return of scale
  • Reintroduction of the window opacity keybind
  • Ability to use the “Romeo” unstable software repository to install next-generation features
  • Ability to disable stylus buttons
  • The Snap Store is disabled.
  • Mint Backup now features a header bar
  • Configurability of the monitor used for notifications.
  • Guest sessions can be enabled in the “Login Window” utility, but this option is now disabled by default.
  • Added color picker to Xapp XDG desktop portal
  • Slick Greeter login box position is now configurable
  • Context menu to edit menu applications
  • Monitor used for notifications is now configurable
  • New zoom gesture on desktop
  • Improved gesture activation options
  • New shift and middle click action in the sound applet
  • Option to hide app buttons in grouped window list on hover

Finally, if you are interested in knowing more about it, you can check the details in the following link

Download and try Linux Mint 21.3 “Virginia” Beta

For those who are interested in being able to test this new version, it is important to mention that like any test version, its use is not recommended for production use and is only recommended for those who wish to learn a little more about how it works and/or help detect errors. You should also know that the generated compilations are based on MATE (2.9 GB), Cinnamon 6.0 (2.8 GB) and Xfce 4.18 (2.8 GB).

The link of download is this.

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