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Distro hoppers will be pleased to hear that the Linux Mint 19 beta is now available to download.

Sharing the news on the official Linux Mint blog, Linux Mint project lead Clement Lefebvre says:

“Linux Mint 19 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2023. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.”

“We hope you’ll enjoy testing these BETAs and we look forward to receiving your feedback,” Lefebvre adds.

In a break with tradition the Linux mint 19 beta phase is set to last for much of June. The extension is due, in part, to the sizeable number of core changes the update takes in.

Linux Mint 19 is based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, the first release to be so. It also benefits from an uplift to GTK 3.22, and switches to ‘Mint-Y’ as its default desktop theme.

There’s also the latest Cinnamon 3.8 desktop release (packed full of bug fixes and minor tweaks), improvements have been made to the launch time of apps, key software updates rolled in, and an all-new start-up wizard is included to help orientate new users and old alike.

The Software Manager app (aka the Mint software centre) is greatly improved in this release. Not only can you use keyboard navigation in its new layout (replete with page transitions) but there’s also support for installing apps using .flatpakref and .flatpakrepo files, like those found on Flathub.

Key Linux Mint 19 features:

  • Cinnamon 3.8 desktop
  • Timeshift app for creating/restoring system snapshots
  • New Linux Mint Welcome screen
  • Performance improvements
  • Improved Software Manager app
  • GNOME Calendar installed by default
  • Improved Update Manager

Plus, plenty of other changes to enjoy.

Download Linux Mint 19 Beta

You can download Linux Mint 19 beta from the official Linux Mint website, linked below.

Download Linux Mint 19 Beta (64-bit)

The final, stable release of Linux Mint 19 “Tara” is due at the end of June. Mint say it will be possible to upgrade from the Linux Mint 19 beta to the final stable release.

Do you use Linux Mint? Will you be helping test this beta build? Let us know in the comments!

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