Linux Mint 20.2 “Uma” MATE released!

The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 20.2 “Uma” MATE Edition.

Linux Mint 20.2 Uma MATE Edition

Linux Mint 20.2 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 20.2 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 20.2 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 20.1 and 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. OK, and I just installed the BETA yesterday on a HP mini 110 netbook. As far as I know, if the new user just keeps doing the update’s he’ll be fine. When we did the install there were 51 updates. So he understands the process. I also installed “gitso” so that he can call on me for help.

  2. I am continually amazed how rapidly the update runs, and how solid it is! The update literally took a couple of minutes. Good job!

  3. Brilliant! The update was very easy, no ill effects. In the early days, the big problem with Mint was updates. They were often painful and unreliable. More often than not I’d end up having to do a full re-install. But that seems to be very much improved now, and the last 2 updates have been very quick and easy for.

    Well done guys!

  4. The sticky notes app does not meet my needs for a note program. I don’t want my 50+ notes splashed all over the desktop. There is no search function, either. My solution to this is to uninstall sticky and then install either gnote or tomboy. I haven’t done it yet, need to make sure I have backups for my existing note files.

  5. Helloooo out there??
    Anyone still coming here?
    20 years later, I am back to try the “Linux” stack of variants and options today. BUT I am 20 years older and certainly not smarter 🙁 I suffered a cerebral hemorrhage /fairly mild stroke) 7 years ago which had one particularly annoying side effect: my memory is pretty well stuffed on two levels, my brain has no understanding of time in the damaged memory function and I can forget something NEW in 20 minutes or less. Completely!
    40 years ago, i wrote a program for the Osborne P.C., the first “User friendly” portable. A simple Directory manager or “Menu” in CPM, which went all over the world and according to Adam Osborne the devisor of the “portable” p.c. made the non-Geek peasant-user computer workable and so successful it sent his company broke! (Not “Woke”).
    I never did have a problem with detail memory before then and learning anything was easy. Easy…
    Today, I have recovered a little better, but have had all my recent work trashed by attacks on my Systems by intelligent thieves/ransomers and the ever-growing number of severely damaged extreme “Leftists” called “Woke” – (boy, do I understand their broken brains and rage against themselves!)
    SO here I am:
    I REMEMBER Linux and even Mint amongst others. I do remember utilising dual operating systems (Zorro?) quite adequately back then because I was forced to interact with the GatesWorld commercially as well and now seek advice as to HOW TO and WHICH one to use today.
    Is it reasonably safe to use a dual boot System today?
    How should I install it on my very adequate HP EliteBook 16Gig and multiple thumbdrives?

  6. Easy and quick upgrade from 20.1 to 20.2. Downloaded the ISO as well. Didn’t notice any problems.

  7. Para mí ésta es la mejor versión, Mate, me encanta por su robustez, su seguridad ahora en las actualizaciones, desde hace 30 años sigo ésta distribución Linux, y solamente Mate, aunque tenga el mejor Notebook el escritorio Mate me fascina, además de lo anterior es rápido, puedo personalizarlo a mi gusto, no aparece ninguna ventana señalando que ” está protegida y no es posible abrir” como en Windows o Apple, recomiendo ésta distribución aunque sea el mejor informático, el mejor desarrollador, el mejor programador. Gracias por ésta nueva y gran actualización.

  8. Upgraded from 20.1 to 20.2 ok

    LADSPA version of Pulseaudio equalizer has not worked since 19.3

    All this is in the linux mint forums as:
    “can’t run Pulseaudio equalizer – Linux Mint Forums”
    Type all that into a browser and you will see it

    Be nice if it could be included in the distro

  9. Also would be nice if it maintained paragraphs when sending in a comment rather than jamming it all together.
    Perhaps you could enlighten us as to how to do that?

  10. After a backup and creating a timeshift, the upgrade to 20.2 worked within minutes, very impressed. Thank you tech team. System is mobo H310 S2H, SSD Toshiba TR200, HD WDC WD20EzRz, Cpu i5-8400, RAM 16GB. I’ve been a long-time user of Mint Mate and class myself as a user with amateur radio interests.

  11. Hi all!
    I am writing to you from Russia, so I apologize for my English.
    Let me start from the beginning, I have worked on many operating systems, but so far only one is superior, it is Linux Mint UMA.
    You may ask why:
    It’s the fairly old and easy to use kernel of the Debian/Ubuntu systems that everything is built on;
    The great functionality of the Linux Mint operating system itself, making it fairly straightforward to install and easier for regular users to use, which is important for me because I am an IT guy;
    I started out using Linux Mint 16 and am currently upgrading to Linux Mint 20.2 Uma.
    For all the years of using operating systems, Linux Mint proved to be the most worthy in the field of work:
    Stability, quick help and bug fixes;
    In 3 years of use I reinstalled Linux Mint only a few times from the installer and work continued, as there is a system of “backup” which allows you to restore 90% of the programs in minutes, restore (TimeShift) operating system I have not used, also use RealVNC to help many computers at relatives and friends.
    Recovery of multiple JetFlashes, SDs, SSDs, HDDs with different file systems ..;
    Fastest operating system in LAN and WAN transmission when downloading and transferring files, sometimes overloading servers and routers of the ISP and LAN;
    No problems to set up sharing and connect to shared resources on the network;
    Built-in features to work with office applications XLSX, DOCX, PDF..;
    I use it as a storage server for all my important information.
    Regards and best wishes to the developers of Linux Mint,
    IT Specialist.

  12. Hello everyone!
    Linux Mint 20.2 Uma for home is the most stable operating system as it has free software for:
    Watching movies, TV shows, listening to music, watching TV via Hypnotix with its playlists in m3u format;
    Communicating with people via social networks (Telegram Desktop, Viber, WhatsApp Desktop, VK Messenger …);
    Working on the Internet is much better and easier than with Windows operating systems;
    Downloading files from any country in minutes with tunnel internet;
    No problems with viruses and Trojans, as Linux does not allow third party installation without entering root or user password;
    Also use RealVNC to help family and friends;
    Upgraded from Linux Mint 20 to Mint 20.1 and to Mint 20.2 without any problems.
    Fixed a lot of bugs related to:
    Payment systems;
    Tunneled Internet (samba, miredo …);
    Duplicate programs, icons …
    Improved work of programs Warpinator, Hypnotix, Celluloid, …
    I am working with the Master PDF program. I like it very much, and Mint works well on Linux.
    Regards and best wishes from the developers of Linux Mint,
    Dmitry Vasilev.

  13. Hey together,

    Today, I had to buy a new Laptop because my old one gave up (Hardware defective). Now I have a new Acer Swift Laptop and I want to know, if LinuxMint 20.2 supports Secure-Boot or do I need to switch if off??

    Greetings from Germany

    1. Hello Andrea / Guten Tag Andrea. (I’m still learning German).

      I suggest that you read this article , and switch “Secure-Boot” to “Off” but keep your BIOS/”U.E.F.I.” in “U.E.F.I.”-mode (IF your BIOS/”U.E.F.I.” allows you to change between “BIOS mode”/”Legacy BIOS”-mode or “U.E.F.I.”-mode like my Dell Latitude E7440 laptop lets me).

      Best of luck 🙂

      P.S. “Secure-Boot” was a power-grab–attempt by Microsoft to [/in order to] control what operating-system gets installed on the person’s computers by making it be that only “authorized” operating-systems get installed (but unfortunately, Microsoft would be able to make that determination as to what operating-systems [Microsoft] “authorizes” and what operating-systems Microsoft DOES-*NOT* authorize); hence their implementation of what-is-called-“Secure-Boot”, by which if your operating-system is not “authorized” by Microsoft with some security-key that they would provide, you cannot install it when “Secure-Boot” is turned-on. After a HUGE amount of backlash from computer-users everywhere, Microsoft (thank god) backed-down on this and gave us [the computer-users] the ability to turn Secure-Boot OFF. If I were you, my advice is to turn “Secure-Boot” OFF, but keep using the BIOS in “U.E.F.I.”-mode like J.A.-Watson in the article I copy-pasted for you ( ) says/says-to-do/advises/advises-to-do.

  14. I’m so happy Mate offered me a driver for my graphics card on Early 2009 iMac. I was about to toss it in the trash because no other Linux distro I used could find the driver which caused Ubuntu, etc to freeze up a lot.
    Thank you so much! I’ll happily keep using this old iMac as long as possible. haha

  15. Never worked with Mint before … Wanted to check the SHA256sum.txt. No file, only a website with flashy screens. Is the site hacked or am I missing something? (I hope the latter 🙂

    1. No, the evowise mirror which we pointed to was unfortunately discontinued. We’re pointing to heanet now.

  16. Backup Tool bug.
    I created a dedicated partition on a HDD, not the SSD that the system is running on.
    after I set Backup Tool to “backup” on that other drive it worked fine.
    Then I ran Timeshift. (Timeshift is using the same partition)
    when I ran Backup Tool again it reverted and created a New folder in /home/documents
    in my mind a “backup” on the same drive in the /home folder is worthless.
    Is there some hidden setting or do I need to change the backup location every time?

  17. What is minimum processor requirement for Linux Mint 20.2? Will it work on my AMD E 450 (dual core 1.65 GHz) CPU?

    1. My third computer is a very old Intel Core Duo notebook about the same speed and it works just fine even though it has a slow HDD spinning type drive. Just make sure you have 2 GB’s of ram or it will be a lot slower.

  18. What is minimum processor requirement for Linux Mint 20.2 Cinnamon? Will it work on my AMD E 450 (dual core 1.65 GHz) CPU?

  19. i have a lenovo miix 300 tablet ,i put the linux mint sistem 20 it s a very good sistem works fine but only one minor problem the display rotation not working. i give the comand xrandr –output DSI1 –rotate right .and wen i do so the touch not function in ubuntu 21 04 the rotation it s ok i think its a problem of drivers. i put the ubuntu 21 04 but on my tablet don t working . that s my problem with many thanks to all who working there if it s possible an answer ……….!!!!

  20. I have a question.

    When I first started using Linux-Mint I was advised to do this:

    Create a logical EXT4 file-system partition of 30 gigabytes for the “system”

    Create a logical linux-swap file-system partition of 8 gigabytes for the “swap”

    Create a logical EXT4 file-system partition for the “Home”


    I was wondering if the “20 gigabytes of disk space (100 gigabytes is recommended)” is for the “system”, or “the amount of hard-drive space in-total that you should have available if you want to install Linux-Mint” (example: 250 GB , 500 GB, 1 TB , 2 TB, etcétera).

    1. Hi Mel,
      Rule of thumb for swap is RAM X 1.1. Don’t loose any sleep over that .1.
      The iso. out of the box fits comfortably on a root (system) partition of 20G. 50G leaves room for plenty more software. The 100G recommended is for a single partition install.
      Home is mostly storage. How many Gb. do you anticipate needing? Double that.

    2. hi ITfW. thanks for the advice 🙂

      one question i had though (and i apologise if this is a stupid-one): what-exactly did you mean by “RAM X 1.1.”?

      did you mean “the amount of RAM you currently-have in your computer, multiply that by 2, and use the resulting number as the amount of space for your “swap” ” ?
      or did you mean something else?

      I was debating whether to try 40 gigabytes or continue using 30 gigabytes (for the “system” partition). i’ll try 50 gigabytes 🙂 . thanks for the advice 🙂

      on Mint 20.1 Cinnamon 64-bit i eventually started getting constant popups saying that my “system” install was running-out of memory
      (i have no idea why as i really didn’t install much after the clean installation; just WhatsApp desktop app, Cheese, VLC Media Player, GIMP, and Skype, all from the Software-Center).
      i DID leave “the “Timeshift” system-restore-points — (i’m aware that “Timeshift” in Linux is like “System-Restore” was in Wiindows-XP, Vista, & 7) — set to the default of “make a restore-point daily. save 5 restore-points” option, so maybe that’s why i kept getting the “you’re running out of memory in your system partition” messages.


    3. The amount of RAM you currently-have in your computer, multiply that by 1.1 (8Gb RAM = 8.8Gb Swap). I don’t use Timeshift so I can’t really help with that but I am curious why you fell the need for 5 restore points. Wouldn’t 1 or 2 serve the purpose?

  21. Once again, Mint just keeps getting better. Now it is even easier to network than Windows, by far. And I don’t need Warpinater to do it, it just gets in the way, for me. It is now even more intuitive to maintain than Windows, too. Now we just need Wine to catch up and I can completely pitch Windows for all gaming, too.

  22. Any chance to have a bit smaller ISO images available in future? Last few Mint ISO files goes a tiny bit above 2 GB margin (20.2 Mate x64 release is 2143289344 bytes) – exactly enough to not fit in regular 2 GB USB Flash Drive (2041049088 bytes) anymore. So far I used a bunch of 2 GB USB flash drives which become too small for everyday use as bootable Linux and rescue drive media with great success. It now become impossible because newer ISOs doesn’t fit in these drives anymore – by tiny bit. Should I throw fully working USB drives away because of that and make e-waste – why? Maybe neuter some rarely used programs and few hundred MBs of Asian fonts which regular user doesn’t use anyway (and which are possible to install by apt from Internet in any time).

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