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In the news: Linux Mint 20.2 Now Available; Linux Foundation Forming the Open 3D Foundation; Nitrux 1.5 Ships with Kernel 5.13; Slimbook Executive Laptop Focuses on Display and Power; KDE Plasma 5.22 Released with Better Stability and Usability; and Linux Kernel 5.13 Released

Linux Mint 20.2 Now Available and Better Than Ever

Linux Mint 20.2 (Uma) is now available, and it makes a strong case for the best desktop experience on the market. Although the feature list doesn't include anything that will blow users away at first blush, the performance gains and polish added make this release one of the finest on the market.

One of the most impressive features the developers have pulled off lies in the Cinnamon desktop spin and comes in the form of a Memory Limit option. Users can enable this feature and then set a memory limit. If Cinnamon reaches that limit the desktop will automatically restart (without you losing either session or windows). This will ensure you don't wind up with a desktop that bogs down because of memory leaks or other issues.

Another outstanding addition is the change found in the update notifications. The developers found that users were allowing updates to go unapplied for longer periods of time. Because of this, Linux Mint will now politely nudge users to run their updates. About this new notification feature, the developers said, "This new notification feature was designed to add comfort to the user experience, not remove any, so making sure it was a nice addition and not an annoying distraction was key. The way this is handled in other operating systems such as Windows or Mac for instance was an example Linux Mint did not want to follow."

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