Linux Mint 21.3 Virginia is available for download. What’s new?

Linux Mint 21.3 Virginia is available for download. What’s new?

The long-awaited Linux Mint 21.3 Virginia distribution is now available for download from multiple Linux Mint project mirrors around the world, reports 9to5 linux.com.

Linux Mint 21.3 Virginia includes the latest Cinnamon 6.0 desktop environment for its flagship versions, which comes with an experimental Wayland session.

After upgrading to Linux Mint 21.3, users will find a new Cinnamon on Wayland entry on the login screen. A standard session still uses the Xorg server. While the Wayland session is in an experimental state, it offers support for fractional scaling on HiDPI (4K) screens.

Wayland session on Linux Mint 21.3

Besides the experimental Wayland session, the Cinnamon 6.0 desktop environment in Linux Mint 21.3 has many other benefits. Specifically, the ability to load right-click context menu actions for the Nemo file manager in the same way you load Cinnamon applets, desktops, extensions, and themes.

Cinnamon 6.0 also offers updated Sound and Power applets, support for AVIF images, desktop scaling, color picker support in screenshot service, new menu details option, 75% zoom, xdg-portal configuration file, and various other improvements.

Other supported Linux Mint 21.3 releases ship with the Xfce 4.18 and MATE 1.26 desktops, unchanged from the previous Linux Mint 21.2 Victoria release.

Linux Mint 21.3 Xfce (left) and MATE (right) versions

All three Linux Mint 21.3 releases include updated native apps, such as the Hypnotix TV viewer, which has gained the ability to save channels as favorites and create custom channels for the app to use without any playlist or any IPTV provider.

Video playback in the Pix image viewer has been improved in this release to take into account the orientation of the video clip and rotate it automatically.

In addition, Bulky’s batch file renaming tool has gained support for thumbnails and drag-and-drop.

The Slick Greeter login screen has also been updated to allow users to customize the location of the login window, and file sharing app Warpinator has been given the ability to connect to another device manually by entering an IP address or using a QR code on a mobile device.

Another interesting change in the release of Linux Mint 21.3 Virginia is the ability to use the unstable Romeo repository to install advanced features in the distribution. Due to this change, the unstable Linux Mint PPA has been deprecated.

Linux Mint 21.3 is based on the Ubuntu 22.04 LTS (Jammy Jellyfish) series of operating systems and runs on the long-supported Linux 5.15 LTS kernel. The EDGE ISO will be available in the coming weeks with a newer kernel for enhanced hardware support, namely the Linux 6.5 kernel.

Linux Mint 21.3 also comes with full SecureBoot support, compatibility with a wide range of BIOS and EFI implementations, a default EFI mode for the GRUB bootloader, and a default BIOS mode for the ISOLINUX/Syslinux bootloader.

Like previous releases in the Linux Mint 21 series, Linux Mint 21.3 will receive security updates until 2027.

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