Linux Mint 20.1 Beta has Been Released

Dec 17, 2020

The first beta of Linux Mint, Ulyssa, is now available for downloading.

Fans of Linux Mint are everywhere, and they’re vocal about their love for the distribution. So it should come as no surprise that their Christmas has come a bit early this year, thanks to the release of the beta version of Linux Mint 20.1, Ulyssa.

Linux Mint 20.1 is based on the latest Long Term Support release of Ubuntu Linux (20.04). And, like always, Linux Mint (even in its beta form) is available to install with one of three outstanding desktop environments: Cinnamon, MATE, and Xfce.

Along with all of the goodness that comes with Ubuntu 20.04, Linux Mint Ulyssa has gained a few new features of its own, including two new color schemes (pink and aqua), a new tool for sharing encrypted files over a network (called Warpinator), a new Web App Manager, which can turn any website into a panel-pinnable “app” that behaves like a normal desktop application, and of course the new Hypnotix IPTV client, which allows you to watch television shows within the app.

Finally, Linux Mint 20.1 comes with Linux Kernel 5.4 and the default Cinnamon desktop is 4.6.

It should be noted that, as of Linux Mint 20.1, 32-bit support has been dropped, so you’ll only be able to download the 64-bit version.

You can download the beta version of Linux Mint 20.1, with either the default Cinnamon desktop, MATE, or Xfce.

Remember, this is a beta release, so you might not want to install it on a production desktop machine.

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