Linux Mint 21.1 â€œVeraâ€ was released on December 20, 2022, a full 14 days after the beta appeared. The popular Ubuntu-based distributionâ€™s intuitive desktop environments make it especially popular among newcomers to Linux.
Linux Mint 21.1 code name â€œVeraâ€, brings several interface changes including a cleaner desktop with more vibrant colors. Vera also sees the arrival of more controls in the update, driver, and software managers. New system sounds, ISO tools, and mouse pointers round out this update to the popular Linux distribution.
Letâ€™s see what new Linux Mint 21.1 has in its store for users.
Linux Mint is one of the most successful distributions based on Ubuntu. And with the number of Ubuntu derivatives out there, thatâ€™s saying something. Linux Mint must be doing a lot of things rightâ€”at least, according to its passionate user base.
Linux Mint is focused on desktops and laptops. It provides customized desktop environments with a choice of Cinnamon, Xfce, and Mate. It has the Snap store disabled by default; a move first made in Linux Mint 20.
Linux Mint doesnâ€™t have a server version. Its purpose is to provide a simple, intuitive, attractive desktop Linux experience for its users, especially newcomers to the Linux world. The Linux Mint team want a mac or Windows user to be comfortable with Linux Mint within a short time.
The release will continue to use the Linux 5.15 LTS kernel under the hood, based on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS.
When you first boot into the desktop, you should quickly notice the new look of the cursor. It features the new Bibata theme by default.
The cursor icon theme inventory has new options like Yaru, Breeze, and GoogleDot along with the traditional DMZ theme.
Users will also find a unique set of app icon themes to choose from in addition to the traditional Mint-X, Mint-Y, and Mint-Legacy themes. This includes Papirus, Breeze, Numix, and Yaru.
Another interesting thing you may notice is the default accent color isn’t the traditional green anymore, and that’s because the desktop theme is now switched to Aqua. The accent color library offers more vibrant colors and gives the desktop a clean and attractive look.
For those who want the legacy look back, there exists a “Mint-Y-Legacy” option in the theme options.
Moreover, the Computer, Home, Networks, and Trash icons previously visible on the desktop are removed by default and can be accessed in the file manager. The Home folder icon is displayed on the panel instead. If you want to return the old arrangement, you can do so by heading to the system preferences.
The desktop has been purged. The â€œhomeâ€, â€œcomputerâ€, â€œtrashâ€, and â€œnetworkâ€ icons have been removed.
Clicking the folder icon pinned to the panel opens your â€œhomeâ€ directory in the Nemo file browser, so it is still only one click away. Counter-intuitively, its tooltip reads â€œFilesâ€, but it gives you a fast way to get to Nemo and your â€œhomeâ€ directory all in one.
The â€œcomputerâ€, â€œtrashâ€, and â€œnetworkâ€ locations are available through the â€œGoâ€ menu in Nemo or by searching in the start menu.
Files that you copy or save to â€œ~/Desktopâ€ still show up on the desktop, as do mounted devices.
Thereâ€™s the usual selection of new background wallpapers. Youâ€™ve got access to the generic Linux Mint wallpapers, the backgrounds from the Linux Mint 21 Vanessa release, and the new Vera-specific backgrounds.
Itâ€™s a stunning collection of images by skilled photographers. Whoever curated these backgrounds did a great job too.
Thereâ€™s a new â€œShow Desktopâ€ button at the extreme right-hand end of the panel. It hides all open windows, clearing the desktop with a single mouse click.
Itâ€™s practically invisible, but itâ€™s there. Point at it, and youâ€™ll see its tooltip.
The default mouse pointer has changed. Linux Mint 21.1 uses â€œBibata Modern Classicâ€, which has a gently rounded shape without a tail.
With all of these cosmetic tweaks, what looks good is subjective. If you donâ€™t like the defaults, you can change them in a flash to something more agreeable to you.
The system sounds have been updated. As before, the volume can be adjusted, and individual sounds can be switched on and off if theyâ€™re too distracting.
The Driver Manager application has been changed to run in user mode. This means itâ€™ll run without the need for a password.
It searches your computer for drivers that are installed and in use, then lists them. Itâ€™ll also identify missing drivers and offer to install them.
Our test machine didnâ€™t require any additional drivers, but itâ€™s nice to know that youâ€™ve got a helping hand if your computer does need them.
A similar amount of assistance and hand-holding is available in the Update Manager. It makes what can become a complicated task very easy. You can select the packages that you want to update, and exclude those youâ€™re not interested in at this time.
Significantly, support for updating flatpaks has been added.
If a flatpack is available for an application, the Software Manager letâ€™s you choose between installing a DEB â€œSystem Packageâ€ or a flatpack.
Itâ€™s not the flashiest software store application, but it looks good and works well. You can find what you want quickly from a huge choice of software, and you get a choice of install types, too. Iâ€™ll take that over eye candy any day.
As youâ€™d expect USB Image Writer tool lets you select an ISO image and the USB stick you want to write the image to. It also has a â€œVerifyâ€ button which lets you verify the authenticity of the ISO image before you burn it, which is convenient.
The USB Stick Formatter tool formats USB sticks for you. You can pick a USB stick, set its device name, and choose a file system. There are four file systems supported:
The code which lets you remove applications from the main menu was reviewed and password prompts were removed in situations where administrative permissions weren’t required.
Removing a Flatpak will no longer require a password to be entered. Same goes for simple shortcuts and local applications (i.e. applications which aren’t installed system-wide).
Synaptic and the Update Manager will now also ask pkexec to remember your password so you won’t have to enter it every single time if you perform multiple operations.
Following the upstream deprecation of apt-key, the Software Sources received changes to rework the way it handles PPA keys.
When a PPA is added its key is now only accepted for the PPA itself, not globally for all APT Sources.
Continuous integration for all Linux Mint projects moved from Circle CI to Github Actions. This gives the development team greater control over docker.
Documentation was written and added to the User Guide to cover the following topics:
Including these, there are lot of new features in this new release. Start using new Linux Mint 21.1 to get the full experiences.
To get the Linux Mint 21.1 on your system, simply upgrade the existing Linux Minx 20.x or do a clean install.
Upgrading to Linux Mint 21.1 is simple. Long-time users of the distro will be familiar with the steps needed to do so:
Once all updates are downloaded, unpacked, and installed itâ€™s advised to restart the computer. A reboot ensures all changes take effect, and that the system comes back-up functioning as intended by Linux Mintâ€™s developers.
As mentioned, Linux Mint 21.1 includes a number of visual changes and new artwork. Anyone who makes the upgrade but doesnâ€™t like the new folder icons or aqua color accents can revert to Linux Mintâ€™s older look using the Welcome app available in the applications menu.
Before upgrading or clean install, make sure your system meets the minimum requirements. The system requirements are as follows.
If your system doesnâ€™t meet the minimum system requirements, or you need clean pre-installed new system, you can always get one from eRacks Systems store as pre-configured with Linux Mint 21.1.
Asif Raihan December 28th, 2022
Ubuntu 22.10, codenamed â€œKinetic Kuduâ€, is here with eRacks Systems. This release continues Ubuntuâ€™s proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open-source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution. The team has been hard at work through this cycle, partnering with the community and our partners, to introduce new features and fix bugs.
Ubuntu Desktop 22.10 users will benefit from the refinements in GNOME 43, including GTK4 theming for improved performance and consistency. Quick Settings now provide faster access to commonly used options such as wifi, bluetooth, dark mode and power settings.
Since Ubuntu 22.10 â€œKinetic Kuduâ€ will be supported for 9 months until July 2023, it was released to the wider public on Oct 20, 2022. Here’s in short, what you can expect from the Ubuntu 22.10 release.
Ubuntu 22.10 is shipped with the new 5.19 Linux kernel that brings the most relevant features (in addition to many other new features, new drivers, improvements and fixes.
In Ubuntu 22.10, GNOME 43 is the base desktop version. GNOME 43 is an impressive release in terms of features and work around the GTK4 and libadwaita. A lot of features which was missed to reach in Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, finally arrived in this version.
Qemu was updated to version v7.0.0 which brings many major and minor improvements.
Tracking the releases of libvirt continuously version v8.6.0 is now provided in Ubuntu 22.10 which – among many other fixes, improvements and features.
This new version contains fixes to avoid potential lock issues and update its dependencies internally.
AppArmor gained support for restricting access to unprivileged user namespaces. This allows a system administrator to configure their system so that only applications and services which are confined by an appropriate AppArmor profile can use this feature.
Including these, there are a lot of improvements. To experience the full improvements, you need to use one. You can download an installation file directly from here, or get a pre-installed ready to use system from eRacks Systemsâ€™ Store.
Asif Raihan October 28th, 2022
Released in 17th May 2022, Red HatÂ® Enterprise LinuxÂ® 9 helps users innovate, optimize, protect, and trust their traditional and modern workloads across their datacenter, cloud, and edge environments. Red Hat Enterprise Linux remains an economic driver, with the overall Red Hat Enterprise Linux footprint forecast to touch more than $13 trillion of the global economy in 2022. RHEL 9 is now available with the following major features with all of the systems in eRacks.
This feature makes it easy for the system admin and operation team to monitor and identify performance metrics. It allows quick report generation and presentation with one click.
It is one of the best features for managing kernel update, RHEL 9 provide the ability to manage kernel patching with a cockpit web console.
RHEL 9 comes with various improvements like an image builder that gives the ability to build RHEL8 and RHEL 9 images through a single build node. This feature is very useful for the developer community.
RHEL 9 ships launch with upgraded version podman with new features and advanced technology.
It allows speeding up various applications and running services as well as source code inspection at the time of compilation.
You can find all application releases with new versions which available in RHEL8 such as newer versions available of Perl, python, ruby, git, apache, Nginx, MySQL, MariaDB, and more.
To download RHEL 9. Check out the Red Hat Enterprise Linux product page.
Or you can get the hassle free Pre-Installed Red HatÂ® Enterprise LinuxÂ® 9 (RHEL 9) or your preferred versions or any of your preferable Open-Source Distribution by purchasing any systems from eRacks Systemsâ€™ Store.
Asif Raihan May 30th, 2022
The Long-Term Support release of Ubuntu, Ubuntu 22.04 LTS “Jammy Jellyfish” is now available as the Ubuntu default on all eRacks configurations. We also offer custom configurations of Ubuntu, including de-snapify 🙂
Note that one of our favorite Open Source protagonists, Martin Wimpress (Wimpy’s World), published these nifty AI-generated images of what a “Jammy Jellyfish” should look like, and we’ve used one of them here 🙂
admin April 29th, 2022
The Ubuntu 20.10 code name â€˜Groovy Gorillaâ€™, Yes, â€œGroovy Gorillaâ€ is the development code name chosen for the next stable Ubuntu release, which is currently earmarked for general availability on October 26, 2020.
Now, I probably donâ€™t need to tell you what a gorilla is â€” and if you donâ€™t know, I donâ€™t believe you !!, and the term groovy isâ€¦ Well, the dictionary definition of â€œGroovyâ€ describes it as an informal adjective meaning â€˜fashionable and excitingâ€™, e.g., â€œThatâ€™s a groovy new wallpaper!â€ or generally â€˜excellent, e.g., â€œA groovy release filled with greatnessâ€.
Ubuntu 20.10 establishes another milestone in Canonicalâ€™s long-term commitment to delivering a carrier-grade private cloud with â€œGroovy Gorillaâ€. The 33rd release of the most popular Linux distribution in the data center space, Groovy Gorilla, brings various improvements that enable easier consumption of the fast-networking stack across both VMs and containers, straightforward compliance with common security benchmarks and a reference telco cloud implementation.
Ubuntu 20.10 â€œGroovy Gorillaâ€ is a short-term release supported for 9 months until July 2021. So, with its imminent release on 22nd Oct 2020, Ubuntu 20.10 will be getting support from Canonical till July 2021. This includes access to new app releases, bug-fixes, and security patches. This release mostly the testbed for the latest application, Kernel stack to provide users stable packages back to Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.
I personally have been using it for the past couple of days, and itâ€™s reasonably stable. It also feels snappier compared to its predecessor, which isnâ€™t a surprise considering it was primarily focusing on performance enhancements.
That being said, I wonâ€™t keep you waiting with the formalities. I know you came here to get a tour of whatâ€™s new with Ubuntu 20.10, and I have put together a few new changes in Ubuntu 20.10. Only you can feel the exact changes when you start using it.
letâ€™s whatâ€™s new in latest Ubuntu 20.10 â€œGroovy Gorillaâ€;
Ubuntu 20.10 â€œGroovy Gorillaâ€ Some Major Features:
Linux Kernel 5.8
When development for Ubuntu 20.10 started, it was based on Ubuntu 20.04 and used the same kernel base â€“ Linux kernel 5.4 LTS. But then, Linus Torvalds released Linux kernel 5.8 in May, and everyone in the Linux community was suspecting that â€œGroovy Gorillaâ€ will ship with it.
Now, after a long wait, the Linux 5.8 kernel has popped up in the Ubuntu 20.10 archives, and that too only a month ago. This means that the new iteration of the popular Linux distro will benefit from the sweep of features that comes with the new kernel.
Some notable examples include:
Easy Wi-Fi Hotspot Configuration
The Wi-Fi tab in â€œSettingsâ€ allows you to use your laptop as a Wi-Fi hotspot. If you scan the QR code with a mobile device, like your smartphone or tablet, it will connect to your hotspot.
Ubuntu 20.10 Desktop
Ubuntu 20.10 is shipping with GNOME 3.38 out of the box, released on 16th Sept 2020. It is a welcome upgrade over GNOME 3.34, which is being used in Ubuntu 20.04 by default.
GNOME 3.38 brings many excellent features and functionalities to the table. Here is a list going over the most notable ones:
Apart from this, you will get to see many more bells and whistles. We have a detailed article covering the best features in GNOME 3.38 if you are looking for more information.
Now, as you know, Ubuntu is not known for shipping with vanilla GNOME. As such, you wonâ€™t get the authentic experience that was intended by the GNOME developers. We will talk more about the new interface and overall end-user experience in a later section.
ZFS Becomes Less Experimental
The Ubuntu Unity installer hasnâ€™t changed significantly. The installation process is almost the same as it was on Ubuntu 20.04, and the black disk checking screen is the same.
One notable change is tucked away in the â€œAdvanced Featuresâ€ dialog box. The ZFS file system installation option no longer has the word â€œExperimentalâ€ in capital letters beside it. Confidence must be building within Canonical about the durability and readiness of its ZFS implementation as a daily driver file system.
After you install Ubuntu 20.10 and sign in, youâ€™ll see the Groovy Gorilla, positioned prominently amidst the familiar purple hues of the Ubuntu color palette.
He looks like an ape thatâ€™s got it together, but letâ€™s see if thatâ€™s true.
Noteworthy changes Ubuntu 20.10 Server:
System Requirements for Ubuntu 20.04:
Note: Optionally, Internet access is helpful.
Download Ubuntu 20.10
You can download Ubuntu 20.10 for 64-bit computers using the link below:
As the Ubuntu 20.10 desktop image is 2.9GB in size do make sure youâ€™re on a decent internet connection before you hit the download button!
When the download completes you need write the Ubuntu 20.10 ISO image to a USB stick using a tool like Etcher. Then pop the USB in an empty port, reboot your computer, and choose to boot from the USB.
You can also upgrade to Ubuntu 20.10 from an earlier version.
Asif Raihan November 2nd, 2020