Happy New Year!

The end of 2022 was as hectic as it was exciting. We managed to stick to our schedule and reach our goals just before the holiday season.

91 reports were addressed during the BETA including a handful of release blockers. As always I want to address special thanks to all the people who helped us find bugs.

Linux Mint 21.1 was then released for download on the 20th of December and as an upgrade the day after. It was a huge success. The fact that it was close to Christmas played a role. The new artwork gave the release more visibility than usual. We gathered very positive feedback on some of the new features and the improvements that were pushed into this release. We were really happy to see your reactions.

The donations for December were higher than ever at $25,470. The number of donors reached 721 last month. To us this is a clear message that we made a lot of people happy with our work. We’re delighted! Many thanks for these donations!

In your feedback we also identified future areas of improvement. For instance, we noticed not everybody liked the new folder icons. This is something we’ll tackle in 21.2.

Before starting the next development cycle we’ll focus on a series of bug reports which were marked as non-urgent and which didn’t block the release. Some of them got fixed already so we’ll push a series of package updates this week.

LMDE 5 is already up to date with Linux Mint 21.1, it received its backports just before the holidays. Some of the mint tools will be backported in Linux Mint 21 early this year.

Many thanks to you all. We hope you have a great year 2023!


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Gold Sponsors:
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Donations in November:

A total of $9,271 were raised thanks to the generous contributions of 349 donors:

$216 (6th donation), Marcus H.
$200 (3rd donation), Ian S.
$200 (2nd donation), James N.
$200 (2nd donation), Peter Venton
$194, Gianni T.
$137 (3rd donation), Michael M.
$120 (6th donation), Alan H.
$120 (2nd donation), Daniel B.
$108 (8th donation), Uwe P.
$108, Lennart H.
$108, Nicolai Z.
$100 (4th donation), Pear D.
$100 (2nd donation), Jay V.
$100, Bruce K.
$100, Joe K.
$100, John B.
$100, Pulp Free Press
$100, Roman T.
$70 (13th donation), TM
$65, Velmurugan K.
$64, August W.
$54 (150th donation), Olli K.
$54 (6th donation), Jorge R. R.
$54 (4th donation), Catherine G.
$54 (3rd donation), Ernst G. aka “Guldi”
$54 (3rd donation), Katharina G.
$54 (3rd donation), Ruediger B.
$54 (2nd donation), Afelemo O.
$54 (2nd donation), Arno G.
$54 (2nd donation), Jörg T.
$54 (2nd donation), Michael S.
$54 (2nd donation), Rolf-jürgen G.
$54, Alexander K.
$54, Enric P.
$54, Frederic G.
$54, Jan J.
$54, Karl-heinz B.
$54, Matthias R.
$54, Michael C.
$54, Patrick R.
$54, Rainer O.
$54, Rikus Wessels aka “RikusW”
$50 (66th donation), Anthony C. aka “ciak”
$50 (11th donation), Adam H.
$50 (8th donation), Wallace P. M. J.
$50 (7th donation), Thomas B.
$50 (6th donation), Bob Tregilus
$50 (4th donation), Dean R.
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$50 (4th donation), Raymond H.
$50 (3rd donation), Frank F.
$50 (3rd donation), Mark M.
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$50 (3rd donation), Tom D.
$50 (3rd donation), William N.
$50 (2nd donation), John Bekas Jr
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$50 (2nd donation), David R.
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$50, Brian U.
$50, Charles W.
$50, Harry M.
$50, James B.
$50, Jason B.
$50, Krzysztof O.
$50, Mark N.
$50, Neil M.
$50, Robert H.
$50, Schneider Wood Working
$44, Sebastian B.
$43 (4th donation), Csongor
$36 (27th donation), Ted S.
$36 (2nd donation), Mar R. R.
$35 (26th donation), Hemant Patel
$35 (5th donation), Ricardo M.
$35 (4th donation), Tannis E.
$32 (8th donation), Alexander M.
$32 (7th donation), Andrew L.
$32 (6th donation), Daniel K.
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$32 (2nd donation), Peter Thornton Tate.
$32, Jo H.
$32, Patrick K.
$32, Philippe G.
$30 (4th donation), David K.
$30 (3rd donation), Linden R.
$28 (46th donation), Michael R.
$27 (7th donation), Juergen S.
$27, Martin H.
$27, Stefan S.
$25 (21st donation), Linux Mint Sverige
$25 (16th donation), George R. aka “Az4x4”
$25 (3rd donation), Michael H.
$25 (3rd donation), Timothy A.
$25 (2nd donation), John W.
$25, Mitchell L.
$25, Rick P.
$22 (30th donation), Peter E.
$22 (14th donation), Luk
$22 (10th donation), H ScottB
$22 (8th donation), Karl K.
$22 (7th donation), Heinz K.
$22 (7th donation), Juergen M. B.
$22 (6th donation), Raymond L.
$22 (6th donation), Stefan S.
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$22 (5th donation), Colin H.
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$22, Andreas G.
$22, Andrew P.
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$22, Edwin R.
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$22, Felix W.
$22, Georg L.
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$22, Marin B.
$22, Michael T.
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$20 (57th donation), Rick R.
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$20 (33rd donation), John D.
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$20, Bryan M.
$20, cpersons1960
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$20, John P.
$20, Kevin C.
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$20, Mel C.
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$20, Thomas B.
$18 (5th donation), Imre N.
$16 (6th donation), Reidar S.
$16 (3rd donation), Jürgen S.
$16 (2nd donation), Brah Rah
$16, Claudia Cruz Sicard C.
$16, Judith L.
$15, Darryl W.
$14, Trudi K.
$13 (4th donation), Terry R.
$12 (3rd donation), Arthur H.
$11 (76th donation), Johann J.
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$11 (31st donation), Daniel S.
$11 (19th donation), Raymond M. (retired)
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$10 (80th donation), Thomas C.
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$10, AG
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$10, Brian H.
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$10, Central Lab Services
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$9 (2nd donation), Achillefs P.
$8 (4th donation), Francisco Quintero
$7, Eve
$7, Gordon R.
$6 (6th donation), Lucas Miller aka “lukmly013”
$6, Nikola B.
$6, William R D.
$169 from 43 smaller donations

If you want to help Linux Mint with a donation, please visit https://www.linuxmint.com/donors.php


Linux Mint is proudly supported by 592 patrons, for a sum of $2,727 per month.

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It is now possible to upgrade Linux Mint 21 to version 21.1.

If you’ve been waiting for this we’d like to thank you for your patience.

1. Create a system snapshot

You can use Timeshift to make a system snapshot before the upgrade.

If anything goes wrong, you can easily restore your operating system to its previous state.

Launch Timeshift from the application menu, follow the instructions on the screen to configure it and create a system snapshot.

2. Prepare for the upgrade

  • Disable your screensaver
  • If you installed Cinnamon spices (applets, desklets, extensions, themes), upgrade them from the System Settings

3. Upgrade the operating system

Upgrading to Linux Mint 21.1 is relatively easy.

In the Update Manager, click on the Refresh button to check for any new version of mintupdate or mint-upgrade-info. If there are updates for these packages, apply them.

Launch the System Upgrade by clicking on “Edit->Upgrade to Linux Mint 21.1 Vera”.

Follow the instructions on the screen.

If asked whether to keep or replace configuration files, choose to replace them.

4. Change artwork (optional)

Linux Mint 21.1 features artwork changes. The icons, the colors and the mouse cursor look different.

We recommend you reboot your computer for all changes to properly apply, then run the welcome screen to select your favorite color tones.

If you preferred the way Linux Mint looked prior to the upgrade launch the “Themes” settings. The 20.2 look is available under the name “Mint-Y-Legacy”.

5. Reboot the computer

Once the upgrade is finished, reboot your computer.

Commonly asked questions

  • If the upgrade is not available to you, check that you have the latest versions of mintupdate (5.9.6 or higher) and mint-upgrade-info (1.2.0 or higher) and restart the Update Manager by launching it again from the applications menu.
  • If the latest versions of mintupdate and mint-upgrade-info are not yet available in your mirrors, switch to the default repositories.
  • This happens rarely, but if you ever got locked and were unable to log back in, switch to console with CTRL+ALT+F1, log in, and type “killall cinnamon-screensaver” (or “killall mate-screensaver” in MATE). Use CTRL+ALT+F7 or CTRL+ALT+F8 to get back to your session.

The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 21.1 “Vera” Cinnamon Edition.

Linux Mint 21.1 Vera Cinnamon Edition

Linux Mint 21.1 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2027. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.

New features:

This new version of Linux Mint contains many improvements.

For an overview of the new features please visit:

What’s new in Linux Mint 21.1 Cinnamon“.

Important info:

The release notes provide important information about known issues, as well as explanations, workarounds and solutions.

To read the release notes, please visit:

Release Notes for Linux Mint 21.1 Cinnamon

System requirements:

  • 2GB RAM (4GB recommended for a comfortable usage).
  • 20GB of disk space (100GB recommended).
  • 1024×768 resolution (on lower resolutions, press ALT to drag windows with the mouse if they don’t fit in the screen).

Upgrade instructions:

  • If you are running the BETA you don’t need to upgrade, use the Update Manager to apply available updates.
  • Upgrade instructions for Linux Mint 21 will be provided shortly.

Download links:

Here are the download links:

Integrity and authenticity checks:

Once you have downloaded an image, please verify its integrity and authenticity.

Anyone can produce fake ISO images, it is your responsibility to check you are downloading the official ones.


We look forward to receiving your feedback. Thank you for using Linux Mint and have a lot of fun with this new release!