If you pay any attention to Linux news, you probably know the team behind Linux Mint have released v20, called “Ulyana.” I installed it while it was still warm. Here are some thoughts.

I downloaded the beta and it was really nice. They said there were a lot of graphical changes and it was obvious and, in my opinion, very nice updates. When you start up, a Welcome Wizard (my term) pops up to walk you through some early setup and customization tasks. When you feel like you don’t need it anymore, just un-check the “show at startup” box.

Welcome Wizard

Here you see some of the setup tasks available like color themes (with a light/dark mode selector) and Panel style. First Steps

Under the hood, a few of the big things include:

  • Warpinator peer file sharing tool.
  • Chromium is not present.
  • Snap Store is disabled.
    If you haven’t heard about the issue with Snap and Chromium and why the Mint team has excluded them, more info on that is available here.

More on Warpinator
Warpinator is a send-only file sharing tool. You can’t browse the remote file system, and any transfer has to first be offered by the sender and approved by the receiver. It’s a hassle-free way to share files between computers on the same network. No server or cloud storage or other intermediary is required.

Here’s what it looks like when two computers connect with Warpinator:

The green desktop in the background is a VM, and in the foreground you can see my local Warpinator app. When you launch Warpinator, you see a list of computers/sessions that you can connect to. I selected the sessions (you can see them in the top area of the respective apps) and I offered a file from my laptop to the VM. You can see the VM session is waiting for the user to act on the offering of the file.

Warpinator Transfer Complete

Here you can see that the VM user rejected the first file, but accepted the second. The transfer completed successfully and a notification pops up to let you know when it’s done. Handy-Dandy.

Closing Thoughts
I’m not a hard-core hacker when it comes to the nuts and bolts of a distro. I’m more a user who does a little bit of tinkering with code but spends more time in documents and spreadsheets and on the web. As that kind of user, I really enjoy Mint and find it more than capable, and I like the updates I see in V20.

Linux Mint 20 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2025.

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