Linux Mint 20.1 “Ulyssa” MATE released!

The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 20.1 “Ulyssa” MATE Edition.

Linux Mint 20.1 Ulyssa MATE Edition

Linux Mint 20.1 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2025. 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 20.1 MATE“.

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 20.1 MATE

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:

  • Announcements will be made shortly with instructions on how to upgrade from Linux Mint 20.
  • If you are running the BETA use the Update Manager to apply available updates.

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!


  1. Many thanks to the development team !!! Huge work !!! Well done !!! Installation and configuration went well, no problem !!!

  2. New UEFI install of Mate 20.1. I have set the application menu to see all applications. I can see the menu group headings, ie Accessories, Graphics, etc. However not matter what menu I select (accessories for example) I see nothing in the right column – I cannot get to the applications. The menu editor shows that all the applications I want have been selected. I think I have seen this before. On another computer with a Mate 20.1 that started with the beta (all up to date now) everything is just fine.

    1. I should add that only Mate Menu has this problem. “Classic Menu” and “Compact Menu” both work correctly.

  3. Quote:Virtualbox

    Black screen
    If the screen is black when launching Linux Mint in Virtualbox, change the VirtualBox graphics controller to “VMSVGA”. Do this by opening up the settings for your VM and select Display -> Graphics Controller. —- Quote End

    Not quite true Clem,,,, I have several vbox VMs that need intentional wrong settings in order to work …. (4 whatever reason)… VBoxVGA and 3D radio button unticked ..

    On top vbox gui is not ledgeable with activated DARK Mode … one needs to add ” -style Fusion” in properties and THEN is NOT dark mode, just readable …..

  4. Dear Clem and all LM team,
    Thank you very much for another flawless and feature reach version! Up and running stable 48 hours and counting!

  5. Estimado equipo de LinuxMint. Muchas gracias por el excelente trabajo que han realizado desde hace años con respecto a este sistema operativo. Utilizo GNU/Linux desde hace 20 años (en servidores y estaciones de trabajo) y puedo decir con base, que desde que utilizo Linux Mint en su versión 8, me encantó y actualmente la utilizo 100% Siempre la he recomendado. Sigan adelante.

    1. Kalid, This is not the place to seek help. Use Hexchat to open the Linuxmint-help channel on IRC (Internet Relay Chat). State your problem as clearly as you briefly can, giving details, and wait. If someone can help they will. Also you can try going to the forums for help.

  6. Greetings, Clem. Thank you for your dedication to this whole project. Mint is, by far, the best Linux distro around, IMHO, however I have an interesting problem with the new, non-BETA release of 20.1 Mate.

    I had been using the BETA version since a few days after it was released and had no issues whatsoever. I installed the newly released non-BETA version late this morning and have an interesting problem that I’ve never experienced with Mint before. I installed it from a USB flash drive without issue. It was very quick, which was nice. When I rebooted the computer and it got to the login screen, not only was the resolution very low, but the system was completely unresponsive. While the cursor in the login box blinks, neither the keyboard nor the mouse work. I have tried reinstalling the OS several times, even re-downloading it, but the same problem persists. It is completely unusable from the SSD and I’m running it off of a flash drive right now so I can get this message in. Google is no help. Any thoughts?

  7. You have done such a great job with Linux Mint 20.x and with this 20.1 that I have decided to replace my two Windows 10 based laptops with Linux Mint and it runs amazing. Thank you for your hard work, dedication to the project.

  8. I am looking forward to getting off a rolling distro and back on Mint… I have an AMD Ryzen 4000 mobile cpu which I believe requires kernel 5.8. I remember you guys said you were going to support 5.8 this release. Is that going to come as a separate ISO or do we install the kernel from a repository?

    1. I found on the forums that you can select a kernel in the update manager. How well supported are the non-default kernels? Am I more likely to run into issues?

    2. The only issue with 5.8 I ran into was that I had to install virtualbox from the package provided on the website. It’s been about two weeks and so far so good. : D

  9. Using 20.1 Mate fresh iso install to write this.
    No problems, works very well, sees my old hp printers ok
    Good to see Hypnotix in the menu
    Dell Optiplex 780 8 GB Ram
    This is by far the best Linux Distro

  10. Rick Booysen
    Sorry people, but once again, your promises are not kept.
    i5 16gb ram 250 ssd
    4gb graphics

    you linux iulises, or what ever, does not recognise my gpu
    does not recognise my printer scanner mfc
    all looks ok, but totaly useless, I have tried multipler times to ge\t something that can handle
    my Nikons raw images, Nothing works

    Go back to the drawing board and only when it works 100% for all hardware, then release it

    1. Hi Rick,

      Check, read about ippusbxd, ipp-usb and sane-airscan.

      Mention your hardware. Nobody cares if you have a 250GB SSD or a 1TB HDD, you didn’t even tell us what scanner or GPU you were talking about. We’ll never have as much hardware here in the team as our audience. If we can’t rely on your feedback to get precise information on what you tried, what you didn’t try, what you read, what you didn’t read, what hardware you own, what you don’t own, and what you troubleshot or not, we can’t help you much.

      I’m a bit annoyed to see your message to be perfectly honest. We’ve been fixing bugs for weeks now. You come here right after a BETA, providing no information and telling us our work is no good. You’re a funny man.

    2. So the release should be tested for all possible combinations of hardware (and software) both old and new? At one hour per test of each combination I wonder how many centuries that will take! Actually, the number of combinations would grow so fast that the testing would never end.

      What are linux iulises ?

  11. “Xed can now automatically close brackets when it’s used to edit source code.”
    This seems to be the default. Is there a way to turn it off? I didn’t see an appropriate key in gsettings.

  12. I am doing a clean install on a new drive (UEFI mode) and the installer formats my drive as MBR/MSDOS, not as GPT.

    Why? Shouldn’t GPT be automatically assumed when UEFI is present? I am also adding LUKS encryption, so I don’t want to create partitions manually (something else/advanced mode).

    So, is there a way to have all trio: UEFI, GPT, LUKS, together with automated partitioning by the installer?

  13. Thanks and congrats for Linux Mint 20.1 Mate, Clem and team! I’ve been a long time Gnu/Linux user (mostly slackware&debian), and I’ve always overlooked Linux Mint. Out of curiosity I tried the 20.1 release, and wow! It’s so good that I am running it on both my PC and laptop now.

    I haven’t tried the previous versions of Mint, so I can’t compare, but the 20.x version is the best Desktop OS experience I’ve ever had. Fast install, works pretty much out of the box, and great applications/tools and sane and pragmatic design choices. And it’s suited for both beginners and power-users/devs.

    I have some suggestions, but I will post them in the forum. Thanks!

  14. A peine une semaine de recul pour m’assurer que tout est en ordre, sur les 3 postes où j’ai installé la version 20.1.
    Tout fonctionne parfaitement.
    2 mises à jour depuis 20.0, aisées et rapides.
    1 installation “propre”, pour cause de version 19, sans difficulté.
    J’apprécie particulièrement, c’est ce qui me motivait entre autres, le retour, sur des bases éprouvées, de solutions relatives à l’installation (bluffante) et à la gestion des imprimantes et scanners.
    Je pestais notamment contre l’apparition incongrue de matériels “fantômes” qui imprimaient selon leur fantaisie et qu’il fallait sans cesse sélectionner et reconfigurer.
    Une MAJ très attendue et qui ne déçoit pas !
    Merci à tous les développeurs et vive LM !

  15. Awesome job guys- thank you so much! I tried Ubuntu recently and it had all sorts of hardware problems with my (old) HP laptop- I had to mess with all sorts of settings just to get X to run. With Ubuntu I ran into pulse audio issues too, and .deb signing problems. So far none of that was an issue with MATE. It was *much* easier to install, too. I just don’t know it its supposed to be pronounced like “G’day mate! as in a buddy, or “Mate is a great coffee replacement” or ya mate, I surrender! (Japanese). Now all I need to do is find a good compositor. Maybe XWayland or Compton.

  16. I really enjoy Linux Mate, but there seems to be an issue with my touchscreen. It can’t recognize it when typing xinput in terminal. I am currently using a Trekstor Yourbook C11B.

  17. Thanks. Mint continues to be the best and most stable distro. I have been using it to run a business for several years. I use a Windows 10 virtual machine under Mint to connect to client sites. When changing from Mint 19.3 to 20.1, the VM has become mute. That is, sound (in the Windows 10 VM) does not work under mint 20.1 This is essential for Skype conversations, so for now I have rolled back to 19.3. The very same VM that works fine under 19.3, sound is there. But open the VM in 20.1, no sound. Workstation 15.

  18. today he is on windows because he does not know Linux Mint .. he is king and lord of the world of computers, a system that does not consume BG like windows .. live linux mint, the computer giants .. Great day, when I remember to urge Linux Mint ..

  19. The best system in the world to consume GB and virus niche is Windows.
    The best system in the world to work safely in thousands of applications to install quickly with one click, IS LINUX MINT CINNAMON

  20. Hey! Hello! Is it possibruuu to use it on Chuwi Hi10 Plus Tablet? I tryed Ubuntu MATE 21.04 and i have problem with the touchscreen driver….

  21. Hi! Many thanks for all your hard work! Can i just ask….is it still the case that i will lose my installed programs if i update (I am on 20.0 Mate right now} ? Thanks!

  22. The operation system folder and sensitive data are all exposed to attacker with Khalis Linux. Can you please conceal them and encrypted the whole drive?

  23. Bonjour, je suis néophyte en Linux mais m’y intéresse de près, j’aimerais savoir si mon imprimante brother MFC J480DW sera compatible?…ainsi que antidote HD, Olympus workspace, Nero 12. que j’utilise sous windows 8.1
    Merci d’éclairer ma lanterne 😉

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