Linux Mint 21.2 Beta Released for Testing

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The Linux Mint team is preparing for the 21.2 release for a few months. It’s now available for beta testing!

Linux Mint 21.2, codename “Victoria”, features Cinnamon Desktop 5.8. Which, has an exciting new feature worth to wait for laptop/notebook users. It’s gestures support for touchpads, touchscreens and tablets.

The new release will introduce a ‘Gestures‘ page in System Settings. In my tests, it’s based on the popular touchegg service.

If you have proper device (touchpad, touchscreen, etc) and services installed, then it opens the settings page allows to configure:

  • 3-finger/4-finger swipe actions.
  • 2/3/4-finger pinch actions.
  • activation thresholds.

The ‘Themes’ settings page now features a new ‘Style‘. Each style can have a different theme, color scheme (light, dark, or mixed), and accent colors!

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Other changes in Linux Mint 21.2 so far include:

  • Xfce 4.8.
  • MATE 1.26
  • CJS rebased on GJS 1.74 / Mozjs 102.
  • Add XDG Desktop Portal for better Flatpak apps support.
  • Multiple keyboard layouts support in login screen.
  • on-screen keyboard layout is configurable.
  • Add AVIF/HEIF and JXL support for Pix image viewer.
  • No longer have stripe in folder icons.
  • Adobe Illustrator documents support.

See more changes via the official release note.

Get Linux Mint 21.2

The developer team planned to announce the final release in this summer, maybe later in this month or earlier in next month.

For the current Beta, either download the torrent via the link below:

Or select a download mirror near to your city for the testing image.

Hi, I'm Merilyn Ne, a computer geek working on Ubuntu Linux for many years and would like to write useful tips for beginners. Forgive me for language mistakes. I'm not a native speaker of English.