Linux Mint 19.1 has been released and is now available for download. Codenamed “Tessa”, Linux Mint 19.1 is a long-term release and will continue to be supported until 2023.
This new version of Linux Mint comes with several performance enhancements as well as visual and aesthetic changes. The Beta release had already showcased some major changes that Linux Mint 19.1 intended to bring to the table.
Linux Mint 19.1 “Tessa” — Major Details
Linux Mint 19.1 comes in three variants — Cinnamon, MATE and xfce. This is in sync with the fact that support for desktop environments such as KDE was dropped sometime back.
With that said, the Cinnamon desktop has received several visual changes in Linux Mint 19.1 “Tessa”. The first and most obvious change is the fact that similar windows can now be clubbed in the taskbar, thereby removing clutter and offering a cleaner interface. Should you prefer not to opt for the new style, you can safely disable it and revert to the older look.
Desktop settings have also been revamped and many visual changes have been made. In the MATE version, many app-specific changes are noticeable. For instance, Xed, the MATE text editor, has now moved to libpeas, python3 and the MESON build system.
Contrast enhancements are also fairly visible in Linux Mint 19.1
Also, the Update Manager now allows users to quickly remove older and unused kernel versions to free up more space.
Support has also been added for many new hardware drivers in Linux Mint 19.1 “Tessa”.
Linux Mint 19.1 “Tessa” comes with Linux kernel 4.15 and an Ubuntu 18.04 package base. Cinnamon 4.0 and MATE 1.20 are the available versions.
It is noteworthy that until 2020, all future versions of Linux Mint will use the same package base as Linux Mint 19.1 thereby making it easier to upgrade. Further, it is worth repeating that Linux Mint 19.1 will continue to receive security updates until 2023.