The new and upcoming Linux Mint 20.1 “Ulyssa” is about to come with a beta version, officially announced by Linux Mint founder Clem Lefebvre after the six months of its development. As we know, Linux Mint 20.1 is a long term support (LTS) version which will keep getting security updates till 2025. The new release will include new features and updated software and will be available in Xfce, MATE and Cinnamon editions.
What’s Special In Linux Mint 20.1 Beta?
This new edition will have two brand new apps: Web App Manager and Hypnotix. Hypnotix is an IPTV player for M3U playlists that includes a free IPTV provider named Free-IPTV by default. It supports live TV, TV series or even movies if your IPTV provider or playlist also had a VOD section. It provides freely and publicly available live TV channels.
On the other hand, the Web App manager allows you creating Web applications by turning any website into a standalone desktop app. With own window and icon, these apps look like any other desktop app which could be also accessed from the application menu (Web category). You can pin it to your panel to launch it quickly.
In addition to that, the new version 4.8 of the Cinnamon desktop provides better performance that comes with a rendering enhancement at 4K and lower usage in its window management. Moreover, Cinnamon 4.8 has carried support for System’s “suspend-then-hibernate” mechanism, better Flatpak, Zstd in nemo-fileroller, and Thumbnails for files up to 64GB in Nemo file manager.
Linux Mint 20.1 Beta includes some other changes as well:
Upgraded HP Linux Imaging and Printing (HPLIP) driver to version 3.20.11
Unified filesystem layout
Filter by rating ability in Pix, an image viewer and browser
Linux Kernel 5.4
Cinnamon 4.8, MATE 1.24, and Xfce 4.14 desktop
Added official Chromium package to Linux Mint repositories
Based on Ubuntu 20.04 package base
Support for Favorites and a section for it in the file manager
Printing and Scanning improvements by removing ippusbxd driver
Enabled hardware video acceleration by default in Celluloid
Method To Get Linux Mint 20.1 Beta:
You can acquire the ISO images of this new edition by using torrents and install it or straight from available mirrors close to your location. As soon as you get the stable version, you can upgrade it to the stable release. At the end, it is important to mention that it’s a beta release and might involve critical bugs. And thus, you should avoid using it for a production run, instead, use it for testing purposes only.