Linux Mint, one of the most popular Linux distributions, has released version 20.2, nicknamed “Uma”. It comes with new features, improved internals, and other changes. Today we take a closer look at the novelties.
Changes and upgrades in Mint 20.2
the Linux Mint Operating system has long been known for its ease of use and stability. Uma maintains that legacy, bringing few changes to Mint’s update manager and the Stock app collection, in addition to several under-the-hood improvements. Below are the highlights.
New update notifications
The Mint team gave in. known March 2021 that you will get reminders on your mint desktop if you don’t update often enough. Uma sees the full implementation of this function. The Update Manager now reminds you by default of available kernel and security updates if these seven or more logged-in days (or 15 calendar days) are in the queue.
This announcement has rubbed some readers in the wrong direction, with Speculations arise that Linux Mint mimicked Microsoft’s approach to operating system updates. Linux users love their freedom and felt that the update notification feature was too intrusive and reminded of the infamous Windows 10 forced updates.
Of course, we’re talking about snoozable notifications, not forced updates and restarts. All you want to do is make sure you don’t forget about critical upgrades. In addition, as you can see in the screenshot above, the notifications are fully configurable. You can increase or decrease the number of days there or, if you prefer, disable Update Manager entirely.
How to configure or disable Linux Mint update notifications
New sticky notes app
If you’ve come to Mint from Windows, you’ll find Uma’s new Sticky Notes app familiar. It allows you to create and save sticky notes that will stay on your desktop as long as you have Sticky Notes running in the background.
One nice feature is that you can organize notes into collections that you can then hide and show when you need them. That means you can have one collection for work during work hours and another for private notes.
The app replaces Gnote. So if you prefer this application then you have to install it yourself in Uma.
Warpinator for Android
While technically not a change to Mint itself, it’s worth noting that the Mint team is promoting this release an Android port of Mint’s popular Warpinator tool. The app enables fast file transfers over the local network, and the Android edition means you can easily copy files between your Linux and Android devices.
How do I get Mint 20.2?
You can go to Linux Mint download page to download the official ISO. As usual, you can choose from three desktop environments: Cinnamon, MATE and Xfce. After you’ve made your selections, write them to a USB drive and watch a live boot before installing.
If you’re already using Mint 20 or 20.1, you should also find the available upgrade in your Update Manager. Be sure to follow the instructions given by the Mint team How to upgrade safely. However, Mint 20 and above will have long-term support until April 2025, so the decision not to upgrade shouldn’t cause any issues.
If you are using Mint 19.x, an upgrade to 20. is possible then skip to 20.2. However, be prepared for a long and complex process. You may be better off with a full overwrite, and systems older than Mint 19 will have to go that route.