Linux Mint 20.2 “Uma” Xfce released!

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

Linux Mint 20.2 Uma Xfce 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 Xfce“.

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 Xfce

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.

Enjoy!

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

52 comments

    1. Thanks, I’m not sure if this was expected or not. Either way we’ll be pushing backports towards 20, 20.1 and LMDE 4 next week, warpinator included so the versions will match.

    2. Hi I can’t reproduce this – is the 20.2 a fresh install? Do your group codes match between the machines? If you can, file an issue here: https://github.com/linuxmint/warpinator/issues. Something that would be helpful also is running from a terminal – ‘warpinator –debug’ (on both machines) to look for errors. If you open an issue, please attach the output from those. Thanks!

  1. Great job guys! – upgrade from 20.1 worked flawlessly for me here on my little Star Lite Mk III laptop running kernel 5.11, and Xfce 4.16 looking good and performing well. Many thanks for all your hard work!

  2. the lmde4 upgrades follow the linuxmint 20.x upgrades i think it’s very good! i hope you will keep the same rythm for the lmde5?
    really lmde 4 is a very good operating system

  3. “2GB RAM (4GB recommended for a comfortable usage)”

    Maybe I missed it, but the last I knew those were halved (i.e. 1GB RAM (2GB recommended for comfortable usage)). still, I can easily see why that changed as it’s more accurate now (where as before things were on the edge with the previous requirements) since just about any computers still in use probably have ‘at least’ 2GB of RAM as anything in the 1GB of RAM range (or lower) either needs to upgrade to at least 2GB, or the computer is probably too slow to use straight up. because I figure if someone has a computer that’s old enough not to be able to upgrade to at least 2GB of RAM, the thing is flat out ancient and RAM would be least of it’s problems at that point.

    hell, my old motherboard (ASUS A8N32-SLI), which I got in March 2006(I recently replaced some 6.3v 820uF capacitors on it as 16/23 of that type where swollen but I replaced all 23), is basically 2005 technology (and this was a strong motherboard in it’s day), and even that has a maximum of 4GB of RAM (4x 1GB) supported (only 3GB is visible to Mint 20.x until I enable ‘hardware memory hole’ in BIOS and then 4GB is visible to the OS) and that’s what I upgraded it to (from 2GB of RAM to 4GB) in Jan 2019 for only $11 (i.e. I got four 1GB DDR400 CAS 3 chips running at 2.5-3-3-7 timings) as I figure by the time 4GB of RAM starts to become too low, the computer will be beyond ancient at that point. but I don’t see that happening for at least another 5-10 years as it mostly boils down to browser bloat on when that will happen as if browsers are mostly stable in this regard, that computer could be usable for at least another 5-10 years, especially if stuff does not get noticeably more CPU hungry for general tasks since it’s got a AMD Athlon X2 3600+ 2.0GHz CPU (but it’s overclocked to 2.4GHz @ 1.3375v to CPU which is minimum CPU voltage at that GHz for ‘rebooting’ to function normally in Mint (@ 2.0GHz I can lower CPU voltage down to 1.300v(any lower and system simply won’t work))) and while it’s nothing special, it’s still fast enough for browsing and the like. even for playing back 1080p video through Celluloid+MPV combo seems to have low CPU usage since it’s using my GPU (Radeon 5670 512MB) which lowers CPU load quite a bit as with the GPU working, playing 1080p video, CPU usage floats in the 8-10% range (sometimes a little less) as with CPU only it would be quite a bit higher than that as you can see during browsing with YouTube etc. currently that A8N32-SLI board is running Mint v20.1-Xfce with 5.11 kernel but I plan on upgrading to Mint 20.2 soon enough 😉

    but a older laptop (Toshiba NB305) I used to have but sold for cheap last year, only supports a maximum of 2GB of RAM (it came with 1GB) and that’s what in it (I put Mint v20.0 on it in Sep 2020 and I doubt the person I sold it to has run updates on it since. but I don’t think they use the internet on it the last I knew, or if they did it was minimal). but with that computer, the 2GB of RAM is the least of it’s problems as the CPU is by far the weak link of it as by the time 2GB of RAM becomes a issue, that thing will be pretty much junk anyways. but at least Mint gives it a little life 😉 ; hell, I would say between the CPU and even 1GB of RAM it could be debatable which is worse. but since it’s got a regular HDD in it I ‘might’ give the edge to the RAM being the slightly worse of the two (although for those who wanted to say the CPU would be the worst of the two, I would not correct them. lol).

    but anyways, on one of my Mint v20.1-Xfce systems (the ASUS A8N32-SLI) after boot up and everything settles down the RAM usage is roughly mid-600MB range. so while 1GB will technically work, even opening browser and doing some light browsing will probably be around 1GB either way fairly quickly. so to be a bit safer I can easily see why they shifted requirements to 2GB RAM minimum since at least with that you got a little room to breathe and can do some light browsing without worry of running out of RAM very quickly. but obviously, I can see why 4GB of RAM is a recommended minimum since you can breathe here a bit before the browser uses it all up as one would have to have a fair amount of tabs open and leave the browser running for a while before 4GB of RAM becomes a real issue off the top of my head.

    with that said, I suspect one could sort of compensate for a lack of RAM to a degree by simply using a SSD even though it will sustain more writing to it and technically wear it out quicker but even here does not really matter since you can get a decent SSD cheap enough and even with a bit access writing to it, will still likely last at least 10+ years as 40GB of writes every single day for 10 years straight would only be 146TBW and any decent SSD should be able to ‘at least’ pull that off before failure.

    but anyways, congrats on 20.2 as I suspect Mint is still the best all around choice for average users switching from Windows to Linux. I have been using Linux Mint exclusively since Jan 2019 on all three of my computers (my main PC can still comfortably run Win10 but the other two, which are more on the aging hardware side of things, definitely run better on Mint) and things been good overall. hopefully Mint is around for decades to come and I definitely like Mint’s 5 years of support as those 2-3 years support cycles of other Linux OS’s pass too quickly.

    1. As it is in 2021, 4GB RAM is essential / obviously fundamental. There is nothing extraordinary. I recommend updating any desktop computers in 4-5 years if it used for any kind of work. I have older computers too, but for personal-hobby purposes only. If they run LMDE, it’s a gift.

    2. Bow your head in shame man…. donate and enjoy or go use ya microsoft os.

      Linux mint team biig respect guys!! all of you!! smashin it!!!!

      Dont sell out, like this dictator “you should have more ram”……….

  4. Not sure if this is still an issue as I installed via the beta ISO..

    After installation proprietary Broadcom WiFi driver is not present and needs to be installed. The Driver Manager searches for proprietary drivers both online and the install disc if present. The driver on the install disc gets located but after selecting and pressing ‘Apply’ the process fails, referencing a “py.*” file and “not online” error message (sorry if this is a bit vague; I’m working off personal recollection). Fit was to use an Ethernet connection; Driver Manager successfully finds and installs the Broadcom WiFi driver.

  5. Very minor: upgraded desktop and two laptops with no difficulty. I did have to reset XFCE weather applet on all three. 20.2 had not carried over location or data display settings. Easy to do manually of course in a minute. That’s the only hiccup I’ve seen. Noticed fresh polish at several inside spots. Nice attention to detail, team!

  6. Hi – how can I move the ‘Save’ button back down again in the save dialog? I find the new location in the top right quite annoying already, after only 5 minutes…

    1. In the Settings Editor go to “xsettings” and set “DialogsUseHeader” to false.

      I haven’t tried it but this should do the same in the terminal:
      xfconf-query -c xsettings -p /Gtk/DialogsUseHeader -s false

    1. I had a problem with everything being blurry. My GPU is a Nvidia 2070. I downgraded using the driver manager and it works perfectly.

  7. Hello, is it possible in the next versions of cinnamon to remake the notification applet so that when notifications arrive, they do not look after the system reboot so that they can be deleted manually as it is done on Gnome or Android

  8. I just did a clean install of Linux Mint 20.2 Uma Xfce on my old Dell 3340 laptop, with a Core i3 processor, onboard Intel HD graphics, 8gb RAM, a 240gb KingDian SSD and an Intel AC 7260 wifi adapter. The install was fast and easy. All of my hardware was recognized out of the box with no driver hassles. Works great! Another reason I like Linux Mint is NO Snaps! I hate seeing a bunch of Snaps when I type ‘df’ from the command line.

  9. Any particular reason(s) as to why the system requirements for RAM jumped on 20.2?
    2GB used to be plenty to run Mint on. Curious if it’s just to add a safe buffer or is there’s substantial background/GUI improvements that just consume more resources.

  10. Hello
    I was upgrading from 20.1xfce–>20.2xfce successfully but today I am trying to upgrade with the package slimjet_amd64.deb ver.31 I click on the “install package” box and after 2s the box disappears and does not upgrade, previously on 20.1 xfce the upgrade worked for me this way

  11. Hi,
    First a big thanks to the team for this release. Works fine and quick so far.
    However, I just installed a fresh Linux Mint 20.2 xfce edition on my laptop, without any further configuration or changes to the system.
    I can add apps to the panel without problems, but when trying to remove apps again, the whole panel disappears. I only can reactivate it by opening a terminal window manually (strg-alt-t) and typing ‘xfce4-panel’.
    Is there anyone with the same problem?

    thx

  12. A request for a convenient control of desktop text colour. My dark text under the desktop icons cannot be seen against the black of many desktop backgrounds. This is fine for individual icons, but for links to files are problematic on darker patches of background.

  13. Just installed in my modest notebook (Celeron N4000, 4GB RAM). The best Linux Distro by far on this setup.

    Thanks!

  14. Hi Clem, why the icon on xfce are so big and not in 32 px like always …. i love xfce but the icon so big and i don’t know how to fix it it’s really make me sad

    1. Hi,
      when talking about the icon size in thunar, its easy to resize icons by holding ctrl-key and changing the size with +/- keys.
      The icons on the desktop can be resized by choosing desktop settings in menu and then under the ‘icon’ tab you find options for resizing desktop icons.

  15. i was talking about memory icon volume an so on in the taskbar at the bottom right corner (sorry for my poor english)

    1. Ah yes, you mean the notification area on the right side. Well, thats true. In my eyes a bit bulky. That is xfce-specific I think. You can generally resize the icons on the panel in the panel-properties under the tab appearence. However, doing so, will affect all icons including the app-icons on the left side. Perhaps you find a compromise icon-size that suits you best.

    1. Hi,
      I think it depends not only on your memory but also on your drive (HDD or SSD) and on the rest of your hardware, esp. processor. Anyway in the release notes it says “4GB recommended for a comfortable usage”. Depends also on the number of applications you want to use at the same time. You might rather experience braking effects with 2GB than with 4GB.

  16. jildridge there’s a way to make that icons at 32 px like mint 19 ? was perfect i hope that will be possibile resize it

    1. Well, in the panel-properties under the tab appearence you can deactivate the option ‘Icons: adjust.size automatically’. Then you can choose your desired icon size. I set it to 20px on a screen resolution of 1366×768. Looks reasonable. Depending on your screen resolution you might find other sizes better.

  17. Just an FYI for fresh installers of linuxmint 20.2. Video card wrinkle, fresh install. I decided to fresh install linuxmint 20.2 into some unallocated space on my hdd, beside 20.1. That way it would be easy to go back to 20.1 if i needed to. After the install was completed, i rebooted and got an ‘unsupported mode’ error, on my monitor. Turns out, the Nvidia driver was not included in the mint20.2 iso file. So i shut down, and booted into recovery mode in GRUB, i ended up in the open source Nouveau video driver. The distro itself let me know that the Nvidia driver needed to be downloaded and installed. So i went ahead and did that. Then i did a normal reboot into linuxmint 20.2, fresh install, and the video error went away.

  18. Dear ladies and gentleman!

    I think there is something wrong with the verification of Linux Mint 20.2 Xfce.

    I am 70 years old and have been grappling with Microsoft for 40 years, but I think it’s time to say goodbye to the commercial dictatorship. The new hardware specifications from MS make it very easy because I am not ready to dispose of my well-functioning hardware.

    Since I am a bit at a loss with the terminal entries at the moment, I try to follow your instructions step by step. But I think the worm is inside.

    They say you should download 2 files into an ISO directory together with the Linux Mint ISO file 20.2 into an existing Linux system.

    Please read and follow the steps at https://linuxmint.com/verify.php
    Link to the sums: sha256sum.txt
    Link to the signed sums: sha256sum.txt.gpg

    Now it is so that neither the sha256sum.txt file nor the sha256sum.txt.gpg file brings the desired content on this page. I get an “Accurate, fast and secure email validation service” on both links.

    I don’t know what to think of it now. Furthermore you have to consider that someone who is switching from Windows to Linux does not yet have a Linux system, but the verification should be done before the installation.

    I thank you for your attention and hope that a food for thought or a solution is available.

  19. Dear Clem, that was super speed, unbelievable, thank you very much for that. I have already successfully verified and installed Linux Mint 20.2 Xfce on an HP6530b for test purposes, since Win10 was running so far, but that’s history, there is no turning back. I’m thrilled, a perfect job you are doing, it’s just perfect to use. My two i5 HP8300 desktops will probably follow in the future. I know what that means in terms of work and bow to the entire team, the big and small helpers who work tirelessly here, I know how much work there is in programming individual modules and then binding the whole to a good OS and last but not least the updates, just huge. I will now set up the system and carefully follow your tips and hints and make friends with the commands of the terminal. Good things take time and since I am still programming Atmel microcontrollers for controls myself in my “scrapping phase”, my brain should still be enough to gain a foothold here. Thanks again and best wishes.

  20. For new installations of all versions of Xfce up to original v20.1, but not the update nor v20.2, display USB sticks and drives on DT when Desktop/Icons/Default Icons/Removable Devices/Discs and Drives are checked. Cannot get auto display of these devices on DT by adjusting any obvious (to me) parameters in regular settings utilities (not even by visiting Disks ) nor simple CLI commands. Strangely, FDD and EFI icons, none of which exist in my systems nor BIOS settings, seem to appear in Devices under personal name folder (home) and Computer. Something seems to have changed – solution evades me. Also discussed on Forum without solution so far.
    Notwithstanding, v20.2 is very likeable, possibly best yet, above excepted.

  21. Many thanks as always!! Upgraded from 20.1 xfce. However – After upgrading, Thunar seems to fail to refresh when I copy or delete items in a directory. Need to force a refresh every time.

  22. The window manager unexpectedly closes, it’s a bug that needs to be fixed. In the rest the OS is great.

  23. I’m largely happy with this latest Xfce version but I did notice that the Settings>>Printers tool does not prompt for password as on other versions like LMDE and so its doing the initial printer setup without elevated privileges; there is no ‘Unlock’ button on the Settings>>Printers main window. While it does seem to add the printer okay it auto-selects what it thinks are the best printer driver and settings; attempts to change the driver fail due to lack of privilege. The only way to make changes currently is to use the CUPS web interface at http://localhost:631 , something that many novices probably aren’t aware of.

  24. I’ve installed Mint 20.2 xfce in Oracle VirtualBox. When I click “close Window” button (“x”) to close Virtual machine and then “Send the shutdown signal” nothing happens.

  25. Para instalar ou remover qualquer aplicativo ele pede uma autorização,no caso eu quero instalar alguns aplicativos disponíveis do gerenciador, não entendo, não tenho senha no pc. Já tentei de tudo, por favor, podem ajudar?

  26. I’m going from windows to linux with this version.
    on the desktop pc cool, no hassle.
    On the laptop, problems with the wifi (brodacom 4312, I think,) still unsolved due to not having a cable connection. trying to do everything by pendrive.
    The image is from zero.com.ar and it is missing 35 updates that I cannot do without internet
    some solution or some other more complete image, please
    sorry for my english, I used google translator

    Ahora en español por si hay alguno por ahi que pueda ayudar

    me estoy pasando de windows a linux con esta version .
    en la pc de escritorio genial ,sin problemas .
    en la portatil ,problemas con el wifi (brodacom 4312, creo,)todavia sin resolver por no tener conexion por cable . tratando de hacer todo por pendrive .
    la imagen es de zero.com.ar y le faltan 35 actualizaciones que no puedo hacer sin internet
    alguna solucion o alguna otra imagen mas completa ,porfavor
    perdon por mi ingles ,use el traductor de google
    gracias

    1. El controlador broadcom 4312 es algo raro tengo una laptop aspire 5100 de 2007, que tampoco pude hacer que el wifi funcionara bajo slackware 14.2 o mas bien conectaba pero era intermitente o era como si ni estuviera conectado, muy diferente a una atheros que tenia una laptop tambien de Windows Vista cq50, imagino que algo parecido le esta pasando aun en linux mint

  27. Thought this might be a place to ask this:
    Why are there three Mints….Cinnamon, Mate, Xfce?
    Why bother developing Mate, when it looks so similar to Cinnamon?
    Is compatibility with “older” hardware the only reason for Xfce?
    Would it not make development life easier for the Mint team to not have to keep all three alive?
    I have test-installed all three over a few years to see what makes them different, and don’t see any reason for more than just Cinnamon. This seems to be the Mint that is recommended by the computer press. It works just fine on laptops I have going back thirteen years.
    Just sayin’.

  28. I wanted to test Linux Mint 20.2 on my new hp laptop ryzen 5 3500u APU, started ok and installed but then when I ran update manager and rebooted It couldn’t start anymore, tried some grub amdgpu kernel parameters, and the no VGA nomodeset to change the initmode and add some xorg configuration, i also noticed the mesa vdpau drivers were upgraded, but I couldn’t make the amdgpu driver to start anymore.

    When I couldn’t find any solution I gave up and tried to re-install but the installer didn’t started anymore, since I thought the laptop could be faulty I tried the slackware 15.0 beta and It could boot and install.

    From the time being I installed Mint on an older laptop with another (APU A9-9425) so far it runs okay but I’m afraid of updating it again (It could break the system again) the only issue so far is the APU is getting hotter than on windows, when idle or just browsing the web this also was happening on slackware with the other laptop but I set the CPU frequency scaling governor to Conservative and isn’t overheating on idle anymore.

    Can anyone point me to a guide to make the same change on LinuxMint 20.2, I have only found old Ubuntu ones and some frequency switcher app for earlier mint versions?

    Thanks in advance for any help

  29. I’m not sure if this is the correct place to request this, but… xfce4-time-out-plugin 1.1.0, the version included in Linux Mint 20.2 has a terrible bug that is fixed in version 1.1.2

    Is there a possibility to update this package in the LM repositories?

  30. Linux Mint Xfce is the Best! Thanks! I just donated another $10. And thanks for making it work out of the box with the Wifi adapter in my laptop, where so many other distros fail.

  31. I was trying to install crunchbangplusplus with encrypted lvm and I got effing annoyed, it wouldn’t let me install grub in UEFI if I encrypt my drive, if I don’t encrypt my drive grub installs fine, I gave up and downloaded Linux mint and the install was such a breeze with encryption. I’m loving Linux mint and I guess I’m gonna stay on this distro for a while. Keep up the good work Developers.

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