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Article from Issue 243/2021

Linux Mint 20 and Kali Linux 2020.4

Linux Mint 20


Linux Mint became a popular distribution for one overwhelming reason: At a time when Gnome, KDE, and Ubuntu were all trying to innovate on the desktop, Linux Mint listened to what people wanted and gave it to them. The Mint developers forked the popular Gnome 2, keeping it alive under the name of MATE, and, when the Gnome project drifted away from the traditional desktop metaphor with Gnome 3, the Mint team rolled out Cinnamon, an innovative desktop that combines Gnome 3 with a more traditional desktop experience.

Code-named Ulyana, Linux Mint 20 is a Long Term Support (LTS) release based on Ubuntu that will be supported until 2025. Its default installation is a mix of free and proprietary software chosen for ease of use. This month's DVD comes with the version of Linux Mint 20 that boots to the Cinnamon desktop.

Beginner and midrange users should find Ulyana ideal for most purposes. Not only is Ulyana easy to use, but the Mint development team continues to pay close attention to readers' feedback on its forums.

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