Linux Mint 21.1 (“Vera”): The new Cinnamon 5.6 is already in the starting blocks

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Cinnamon 5.6, the new desktop for the upcoming Linux Mint 21.1 (“Vera”), has already been released and again has some new features to offer. The latest version of the Linux distribution, which is particularly popular with newcomers and those switching over, is scheduled to appear in the course of the coming month and will also introduce new features.

Fresh cell cure for the next Linux Mint

One ​​year after Cinnamon 5.2, which celebrated its debut with Linux Mint 20.3 (“Una”), and five months after Cinnamon 5.4, the had its premiere with Linux Mint 21 (“Vanessa”), the developers of the Linux Mint community have now officially presented the latest in-house desktop, Cinnamon 5.6, marking an important milestone on the way to the next major release.

< p class="p text-width">Cinnamon 5.6, as a smooth further development of Cinnamon 5.4, is supposed to bring the following new features:

Cinnamon 5.6 – Highlights

  • The Update Manager supports now Flatpak
  • The number of password queries has been reduced
  • Widgets can now be locked by the user
  • Notifications can be configured
  • A corner bar Applet introduced
  • Various optical innovations

In particular, the inclusion of Flatpak in Update Manager is intended to make it easier for others to keep applications installed via Flatpak up to date.

Linux Mint's update manager now supports Flatpak (Image: Linux Mint)

With Cinnamon 5.6 and thus in Linux Mint 21.1 (“Vera”), the user should have to enter significantly fewer passwords than before.

The password prompt was removed in situations in which do not require administrative rights.

Removing a Flatpak software package no longer requires entering a password, the same applies to simple shortcuts and local applications that are not system-wide installed.

Synaptic and Update Manager will now also instruct pkexec to remember the password, so users don't have to enter it every time they perform multiple operations.

In addition to various optical retouches and the update of the Bluetooth manager “Blueman” to version 2.3.4, the keyboard navigation in the scale view (“Scale View”) and the expo view (“Expo View”) have also been improved, as well as the obligatory error corrections and optimizations.

Cinnamon 5.6 is already available

Cinnamon 5.6 The first release of the new desktop, 5.6.1, is already available for download and will act as the standard desktop for Linux Mint 21.1 (“Vera”). The “9to5Linux” website has already taken a detailed look at the new desktop under Arch Linux and provides corresponding impressions.

The latest versions of Linux Mint and the Linux Mint Debian Edition can also be downloaded directly from the Download area of ​​ComputerBase.

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