Clément Lefebvre, head of the Linux Mint project, posted his usual monthly update with the latest developments in the operating system. He said Linux Mint 21 is almost ready for beta testing (due next week) with quality assurance starting this weekend. Interestingly, the systemd-oom package that kills tasks in low-memory environments will not be included in Linux Mint 21 after the team received negative feedback.
Some other things that were highlighted about the next release were that home direction encryption will still be available in the installer, the os-prober package will be enabled by default to better detect dual boot systems , webp support was added to xviewer and thumbnails, and Blueman 2.3 replaces Blueberry (Bluetooth package).
Linux Mint 21 will be based on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS which was released in April this year. It will receive updates for five years, just like Ubuntu, which means you can run it on your systems until 2027 before you have to upgrade again. This is great for people with production machines with lots of data, as it means you won’t have to install a new operating system for years.
At the time of writing, the Linux Mint Community website shows that testing of Linux Mint 21 ISOs has begun, ready for a beta release next week.