New logo on the GRUB screen

Linux Mint 19.3 will be released in December 2019, “just before Christmas”.

The date was shared in the latest monthly Mint update, a news blast that also revealed that Linux 19.3 is named ‘Tricia’ (Linux Mint releases are given female codenames because… Er, answers on a postcard).

Linux Mint 19.3 Features

The changes pencilled in for Linux Mint 19.3 — which will be based on Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS and include the latest hardware enablement (HWE) stack — include adopting Celluloid (formerly GNOME MPV) as default media player, replacing Xplayer and VLC respectively.

Mint 19.3 will also jettison its final mono dependency via the removal Tomboy from the default install (Tomboy will remain available from the repos). Note-taking needs are now catered to with Gnote, which is noted as supporting HiDPI displays.

Brand wise the new Linux Mint logo will also feature heavily in the release, most notably on a refreshed GRUB screen (image top right) and in a new animated Plymouth boot splash.

Not strictly related to the main flavour, but Xfce 4.14, the most recent stable update to the Xfce desktop, will be also made available — offering a lure to LTS users who want something newer.

Download Linux Mint 19.3

As you’d expect, the Linux Mint 19.3 upgrade will be available to all Linux Mint 19.x users, including those who still haven’t made the upgrade to Linux Mint 19.2.

You will also be able to download Linux Mint 19.3 as an ISO install image on the release date.

Now, while Mint isn’t my preferred flavour of Linux (check the site domain to learn mien) there’s no denying that Linux Mint is hugely popular with Linux users of all shades and skill sets, from newbies hankering after something more Windows-y to developers looking for a dependable desktop on which they can build.

And I was suitably impressed by the speed and responsiveness of the Cinnamon desktop when I tried the most recent release earlier this year.

So, I’m looking forward to trying this one out when it arrives.

What a nice treat to have waiting under the xmas tree!

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