Linux Mint 21 “Vanessa” Cinnamon released!

The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 21 “Vanessa” Cinnamon Edition.

Linux Mint 21 Vanessa Cinnamon Edition

Linux Mint 21 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 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 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 20.3 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!


  1. Installed LM 21 last night, but have noticed a couple of issues. Firstly, I can no longer join my bluetooth Logitech keyboard, doesn’t get recognised. Have been able to use it on all previous versions and LMDE5, so something to do with Blueman?
    Secondly, the Transparent panel extension no longer works – “something went wrong while loading…”. An update needed by the developer?
    But beside all that, well done and congrats on the release!

    1. Now you don’t need an extension to make it transparent, just right click on it > Properties > click on “Background” tab > click on “Solid Color” in “Style” slide it to its left (“Transparent”) and close, it’s done.
      On the other hand, try to reinstall Blueman or if you can roll back to a previous version, this could solve the problem.

  2. Outstanding job by all who helped considering the number of issues that were reported in a short period of time.
    My heartfelt congratulations.
    Looking forward to the backport to LMDE 5!

    1. You may want to consider using Ventoy. It allows you to prepare a USB flash drive for MBR (legacy BIOS) or GPT (UEFI).

      The Ventoy installer will format a USB connected drive so all data will be lost. It will create an exFAT partition for data and ISO storage, and a 32MB ISO9660 partition at the end of the drive where the boot and Ventoy menu system will be stored. Once the drive is prepared, all you need to do is drag and drop ISO files to it. Depending on the size of your USB connected drive, you can carry multiple ISO files and boot them as desired.

  3. Great work, thank you very much!
    When can we expect approximately with the upgrade instructions for Linux Mint 20.3?

    1. I’m wondering if it’ll work for 20.2 the same. I have a duel boot Mint on SSD and ubuntu I dont use I would like to put the new Mint on. that probably will require me to disconnect my SSD though.

  4. I’m testing LM 21 Cinnamon live ISO into a VirtualBox VM. I booted LM live ISO and then added many USB stick to the VM but they aren’t recognized by LM live.
    It’s annoying, I can’t make screenshots during the installation and record them on a USB key.

    1. Solved with adding a USB filter in VirtualBox. It’s strange, It wasn’t necessary with older versions of LM (or is it a VirtualBox bug ?)

    2. Personally, I’ve always had to add the permission (filter?) for USB device recognition to Virtualbox to get it to recognize a USB stick, regardless of the OS.

    3. Indeed, I can’t write on the USB stick with USB filter in the VM. I deleted the filter, rebooted the host and the VM and started again LM 21 live. When I add a USB stick to the VM, LM 21 doesn’t see and mount it. Seems to have a bug here ?

    4. I formatted the USB key with Disks. Now, it works and I can write on it in a LM 20.3 Cinnamon VM but I can’t write on it in a LM 21 Cinnamon VM.

  5. Great work with this release!!! Really like the new bluetooth manager!! I saw that ibus now appears as an icon in the tray menu to select language. Is it the new way to set languages? If a add a second language from cinnamon settings then I have a second tray icon indicating the language. Seems weird.
    Found out that in libreoffice dont appear all icons correctly with the dark theme and it is practically unusable because there is no way to know the function, with the light theme looks great!
    Overall is a great release, the boot time is a little longer than previous version.
    Thank you for your hard work!!

    1. Usually in a few weeks.
      The Mint Team doesn’t give ETAs because each case is different and until they’re confident that everything will work fine they don’t release anything.

  6. Fantastic work, another great release.

    While I’m here, a small feature request: An option to display different background images on the lockscreen, not the same images as the desktop or login screens.

    1. Change desktop background – Images (select the folder with the images you want) then – Settings – Play back as a slide show, and choose delay time for each image, random order, etc.
      I use this since at least LM19.

  7. The physical “clicker” of my touchpad doesn’t work and I don’t have a spare mouse lying around, so I need “tap to click” enabled ASAP. Normally it lets me use the keyboard to enable that option as soon as I boot into Cinnamon, but it’s not letting me this time. I can only switch the header bar from “Mouse” to “Touchpad” but I can’t change the focus to any other item.

    1. Ususally the instructions are posted whithin a few weeks after launch.
      Let’s give the Mint Team a bit of room to breathe, ey? 😉
      I’m sure they’re working hard to provide that as fast as possible.

  8. Stable iso with Kernel 5.15.0-43 gives Kernel panic, had do install the beta and blacklisted this kernel. Laptop HP Pavilion 15-cs3000 series. Just in case someone wonders.

    1. Hola amigo, la extensión de panel transparente no está funcionando en la Beta de Mint 21. La probé varias veces y no funcionó; pensé que podía ser un error en la descarga de la ISO, así que descargué de nuevo e instalé de nuevo y dio el mismo error. Es probable que el desarrollador de la aplicación tenga que hacer algún ajuste, o tal vez sea un fallo del propio Mint. En todo caso, cuando da el error la notificación dice que “Cinamon se inició corectamente pero una aplicación no funcionó bien”. Esperemos alguna corrección de los desarrolladores, porque realmente es una de las personalizaciones favoritas en Mint.

  9. Descargando, espero que sea mas compatible que la version anterior con mi computadora, sin embargo de todas las distribuciones que probe por mucho LM es el mas ligero, rapido, etc. etc.

  10. I am in VMWare 16.
    When I click the install button, it fails to show the install screen.

    1. I should disable network installation. Otherwise, it will take me several minutes for each installation page to jump.

  11. Hi everyone in the community,

    Very happy for the release of a new version, thank you to all the developers and contributors for the work and effort you put into this great project, I am very grateful to all of you! Together for peace and love in the world!

    Linux Mint is the best (^o^) //

  12. The boot menu of the Live system has no ‘check integrity of the medium’ option. Is this obsolete?

  13. Hi. Contrary to yesterday’s early attempt to install, everything went smoothly this morning. I finally figured out where the install logs are (yes… I am slow) and I think that the install program was crashing because it could not connect with something. The word Ubuntu kept coming up. So, I think that I just caught some web sites being offline or being updated.
    This morning the install went smoothly at the first attempt.
    Outstanding. Good work every body and thank you.

  14. The older Cinnamon gets, the more it begs for blurred windows, menus, panel & applets.
    It’s just a shame Cinnamon devs have been trying to dodge this community request.
    Meanwhile, we’re stuck with its old-looking and BORING 2012 “style”. Ugh.
    Oh well who am I kidding, it might look like this until it’s gone.

    1. I find the minimalist style quite refreshing. I don’t want a crap-Mac or Lamedows-clone. If you don’t like it, you can make your own themes for Mint. Or go with a crap-Mac or Lamedows PC. Still want Linux? Go KDE or *barf* Gnome…*dies from having said Gnome*

    2. I think what theXgui is talking about is blurred transparency. This is one of those things that’s been asked for for years, but it’s been problematic for some reason. Cinnamon supports transparency, but doesn’t allow it to be blurred, which makes transparency pretty useless. If there are any icons, text, or hard-edged patterns behind the transparency, text on top of the transparency can be practically unreadable. A blurred transparency would solve that problem. Not to mention, transparency really only looks good with a blur. Otherwise it’s ugly (in my opinion). It’s absolutely something that Cinnamon desperately needs just because of that. If you don’t like it, you could simply not use it, but for those of us for whom it would certainly add usability and functionality, it’s so sorely needed.

    3. Transparency is manifestly NOT a gimmick if one is unfortunately relegated to a single monitor. I wholeheartedly concur with op.

      Also, the word “gnome” should be banned from this blog. We lost too many good folk this week alone.

  15. The wait has been absolutely worth it! Thank your Clem and the whole team at Mint for all your long hours and meticulous attention to this distro.

    Yeah, unSplash 🙁 for wallpapers, but that is exchangeable for one’s own images.

    Somewhat unrelated – openLP (church / presentation software) glitches after install – won’t start, complains about some library. Just adding python3-pip solved it.

  16. Lo instale en un HP OMEN 16 Ryzen 7 serie 5000 con Rtx 3050 , el sistema arranca pero se queda en un boot – loop. No permite hacer absolutamente nada. La instalación se realizo a través del modo de compatibilidad porque el modo normal tambien se queda en un boot loop. Estoy seguro que es un gran sistema operativo porque llevo usandolo 12 años, pero es desepcionante que no pueda usarlo en equipos de última generación

  17. Clem, the release notes suggest making a live USB with Rufus, a Windows-only tool, if experiencing GRUB boot errors. Is there nothing else that can do the job on Mint or another distro?

    1. That is a good point and a good question. The point is: we should not have to use Windows to burn a Mint ISO. The question is: which Linux tool, if any, will do the job? Perhaps you should make a thread on the Mint forum, asking whether anyone has succeeded with a Linux tool. And/or consider filing a bug against Mint.

      Here are some further points.

      1) One of the pages linked in the Release Notes says that even Rufus will not generate the right image – one that works even on the computers that have the problem – unless one uses ‘ISO mode’ within Rufus.

      2) The aforementioned page has an involved and unverified workaround for the problem, i.e. a solution (or sorts) that does not involve Rufus.

      3) I am having trouble determining whether it is the case (as my #1 assumed) that only some PCs (which? why?) have the problem (i.e. will not boot the Mint 21 ISO, if that ISO was not burned with Rufus-in-ISO-mode; cf. #1).

      4) Judging by the release notes for Mint’s ‘flavours’, all flavours – Cinnamon, Mate, XFCE – are affected.

      5) Another page cited by the release notes (for any ‘flavour’) suggests that eventually Grub will receive a fix for this problem.

    2. Rufus is preferred because it has no peers. It is the best in the world at what it does.

      Sometimes the best tool for a job must be operated outdoors only. It is what it is and Top Dev is just being honest. And helpful. You’re welcome.

    3. This “rufus bug” is really annoying.
      Needing Windows to install Linux Mint is simply BAD BUG that needs to be fixed imho.
      I tried on 2 machines the flash made on linux and it didn’t work. Very sad.

  18. Have you solved all the issues from the GitHub repo? I noticed that the repo was archived even though there still were some open issues on the repo.

    1. The main beta page speaks to that. See the paragraph that starts, ‘Please be aware that a [it should be ‘the’] vast majority of reported issues do not get fixed’.

  19. I only had two issues with LM 20: my Bluetooth headset microphone and my Canon laser printer were not recognised. Both are fixed in 21, thank you! One new issue with 21 is that when I enable snap and install snap-store, the app doesn’t open. Where should I report such an issue?

    1. Hi,

      I also have this problem on my ideapad S145, the touchpad is not recognized, and the screen brightness Fn function keys don’t work either!

  20. Many thanks for the work! It is of the quality I expect.

    There is one thing that bugs me since MInt 19. The Muffin compositor has less FPS than Compiz, Kwin or Mutter and it appears to use more CPU or Memory. An example is trying to play youtube 1080p60 vp9 video in firefox on i5-6200u works fine when using Compiz, Kwin or Mutter.

    I assumed that this is because of an older version of Mutter used as a base. Now you switched to 3.34 but the issue still persist. What is the best way to report this and help in fixing it? Thank you!

  21. Great work mint team.
    Can you make it possible to view and update flatpak apps through mintupdate.
    Thanks a lot.
    Keep the good work.

    1. This is one of my frustrations with modern Linux packaging. It used to be that everything could be done through apt, and to a certain extent it still can if you avoid using the new packaging systems. But, with Flatpaks, Snaps, and AppImages taking over in many areas, updating and managing your software is increasingly just all over the place, largely defaulted to be annoyingly out of the user’s control, and it’s definitely not in the Update Manager where it should be.

  22. Hi Clem!

    Congrats on another great release!
    The ability to make window bars dark and windows themselves light was a cool feature.
    Any plans to bring that back, or is that feature ‘gone forever’?
    Sorry for my bad english.


    1. It’s gone forever. Previously Window Border themes were using a technology called Metacity, and the rest of the windows were using GTK. Now with the Cinnamon’s Muffin rebase getting closer to its source Mutter (Gnome), it’s not using Metacity anymore. All of it is themed with GTK.

    2. That’s unfortunate. I sometimes of enjoyed the ability to theme the titlebar with a separate theme than the rest of the window. It made theming more fun to experiment with that way.

    3. Yes, it is unfortunate that something apparently so simple as setting a window title bar with the color and the look we want is no more!!! And for me it is a no go, along with the round corners, that I do not like at all.
      So, I will stay with 20.3 for as long as I can, or until the situation changes and we get again the possibility of choosing the look and feel of the windows.

    4. Luis, unfortunately I have a feeling that feature won’t be coming back anytime soon, if at all. I don’t think this is a Linux Mint/Cinnamon problem as much as it’s a Gnome/GTK/Mutter rebasing problem. Over the last decade or so, Gnome has been notorious for taking configuration options away from users to make things “simpler”, and I fear this may be a result of that.

    5. It’s gone. It is a good thing going forward though, even though it does indeed reduce the number of possible combinations. The rationale is explained in the new features page.

      When we inherit design changes from upstream we don’t agree with we sometimes go against them. This isn’t the case here though.

      Regarding rounded corners we maintain a legacy version of Mint-Y via the mint-themes-legacy package available in the repositories.

  23. Why is there no upgrade option now?
    Please get me upgraded from 20.3 to 21.
    Love you guys Jonathan.

    1. Please read the blog before asking:
      “Upgrade instructions:

      Upgrade instructions for Linux Mint 20.3 will be provided shortly.”

    2. It generally takes about 1 week after the new version is released before the roll-out of the upgrade option happens. It would be cool if they were able to get it done at the same time as release, but I understand that their initial focus is on the release itself, and the upgrade path is worked on after. I’m usually a very patient person, except when waiting for a Linux Mint release, so I feel your pain! 🙂

    3. We’re planning to announce it on Monday. It’s been tested this week, the tool is syncing towards the mirrors during the weekend.

  24. I spotted several issues while testing in VirtualBox
    Non-working applications in Ubuntu 22.04 also don’t work here when installed with Software Manager: Eric and Spyder
    I increased the size of Virtual Disk in VirtualBox, but wasn’t able to do in LinuxMint 21 with Disks application.
    Also, when I logout and then log back in I get the black screen. This was checked several times with the same result always.
    Hope this will be solved in the future as I was always proud to use LinuxMint. Thanks to the Team of Developers.

  25. I am very happy using LM-20.3. Waiting for the upgrade to LM-21 makes me feel like a kid on Christmas eve. One great advantage to LM and Linux all together is that I don’t have to run to the store and buy new printers, monitors and peripherals every time I upgrade. I can leave my machine connected and everything works normally. Congratulations to the LM team for another success. I can’t wait to upgrade my machine.

  26. Thank you once again!! I just did a fresh-install last night, and everything is working perfectly! Congratulations for this amazing job!!!

    However, an important small detail worried me: there’s no more confirmation after setting a partition in gparted, using advanced mode during installation. It was very safe to set the partitions and then visually verifying them before committing them, but now gparted formatted the partition just after i set it, without any confirmation. Fortunately i set it correctly, but it’s very risky. Imho it’s a big regression.

    1. Must be a change in Gparted. Mint 20 (Ubuntu 20.04 Focal) had Gparted 1.0, now Mint 21 (Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy) has Gparted 1.3.1. I don’t think Mint devs touched Gparted.

  27. Dear Clem and LM team. I am a LM user since LM17. I installed LM21 official, but found two things:
    1. I can not add ppa for infinality font randering (sudo add-apt-repository ppa:no1wantdthisname/ppa), because it not support “jammy”. During the years I found that only om LTS version I can install Infinality. This is probably ubuntu issue…
    2. I am a tradition person and notes, that you remove from System settings > Theme > Window borders. With it I prefer to have have for example dark window border (over the Firefox) and white theme (in Nemo). In LM21 if I use dark theme to have dark window border, I can not see anything in the file manager.
    So primary I will stay on LM 20.3 and will use LM21 only for testing, to hope some how to get used to. Best regards.

  28. Great release!
    Noticed that gTile and Transparent panels extensions don’t work with the updated Cinnamon.
    It would be awesome to integrate transparent panels in panel settings

  29. I can install onionshare but it doesn’t run – neither normal nor flatpak. This also happened in earlier LM versions with different computers (all on Cinnamon). Is there a solution to this problem?

  30. I tested version 21 of Linux Mint, I liked it very much. Congratulations. I would say 21 is a touchstone for user experience maturity. It is very pleasing to be able to reach this point that Microsoft has achieved in Windows 7, with Linux privileges. I look forward to the upgrade instructions. Thank you so much.

  31. Please, accept my heartiest congratulations on another wonderful release of Linux Mint!!! Thanks to everyone involved for your passion, professionalism, and attention to details.

  32. Congratulations LM team.

    Have been following through the roadmaps and have been using the BETA since released. Got nothing to complain so far. Really customizable for my daily use. Thank you for making such a great release.

  33. Using virtualbox on a mint 20.3 host, the installer takes over 5 min between each screen just as it did in the beta. The workaround, as in the beta is to unplug the network cable then the installation proceeds as normal. Once installed, and the network re-enabled, the update manager is unable to access the ubuntu repos – it just keeps timing out on each update.

    Firefox has no problem accessing web sites so I assume that the network is ok. Just in case this was a virtualbox problem, I flashed a usb stick and booted it on my laptop with exactly the same results!

    I am surprised and disappointed that this problem that was present in the beta is still there in the final version. As it is, this release is about as useful as a chocolate fireguard.

    Reading through this thread, others seem to have not had any problems installing so I don’t understand why it does not work for me.

    1. It was noticed here stateside during the BETA and most recently with the stable release there have been issues connecting to and downloading from
      I have a fast connection and sometimes it seemed ‘capped’ at ISDN speeds and other times it ‘timed out’.
      This is coded into the Ubiquity installer so it is not possible to use software sources on the live USB to change to another mirror and then do the install.
      Once you get the system installed you can change to a faster mirror. This is not a Mint issue.

    1. There will not be one for this release.
      Edge ISOs are created for the .dot releases of Linux Mint (for example) based on Ubuntu 22.04.1 Linux Mint 21.1 should have one.

  34. Forget previous comment. My problem!!!! re-booted the isps router and all is now well. Sorry for the confusion.

  35. Looking forward to the upgrade tool. Really don’t want to do a clean install again. Too much work getting everything installed and running again. Good work Clem.

  36. I found a bug. When I`m watching a video on youtube or another player and use the shortcut “Toggle Scale” (or ~show all windows~ -> ctrl+alt+down) the video becomes static and the image freezes. It does not happen on 20.3 edge or another Linux Mint version.

  37. Is there a listing of what “Spices” are currently available for Linux Mint 21 Cinnamon? Does it include an ETA for those that have yet to be updated?


  38. When moving between to windows Problem with the Right windows is going up!
    Best regards,

    Good Work this release Thanks everybody.

  39. congratulation on a great release. on 19.3 my WiFi had problems, it kept on disconnecting, but on 21 its working perfectly, very happy with this release, does exactly what i need it to do. thank you to Clem and the team

  40. Thank you for ruining my system! 20.3 had NVIDIA drivers. 21.0 doesn’t t. I’m aware other distros don’ t, like ElementaryOS, and they suck therefore, but I never expected my favorite Linux Mint to break my system like this. What should I do, revert to MS Windows? I’ve been using Linux Mint for 12 years now, but someday relations need to break. Goodbye.

    1. i confirm this version of linux mint is really bad, outdated applets, outdated extensions graphical interface is always the same i was expecting a small revolution on this version 21 but this time they took 10 steps back i am extremely disappointed.

    2. This is just a suggestion a) first off install the X-Org non proprietary graphics driver i.e. Nouveau display driver and once installed that should work OK. b) This would allow you to run the driver manager & re-install the same or previous Nvidia driver you used from 20.3. If the Nvidia driver worked in 20.3 I cannot see why it wouldnt work in mint 21. Hope that helps?

    3. The Installation Notes for Linux Mint 21 (Cinnamon edition) have a section titled “Solving freezes during the boot sequence”. Within that section, there are instructions for getting an NVIDIA driver installed. Were those attempted?

    4. Mint 21 Mate installed and worked just fine with the Nouveau display driver. The driver manager showed Nvidia driver Version 515.65.01 as recommended on its list of drivers. The Version 515.65.01 driver installed without any issues and works as expected. My GPU is an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 and my monitor has a resolution of 2560 x 1080.

      Actually, installing Mint 21 is easier in one respect in that with Mint 20.x I must use the Advanced Options on every boot-up until I install the recommended nvidia driver. None of this foolishness in Mint 21.

    5. Hey! Of course I’m not leaving Linux Mint. It’s the best! I was just ventilating my frustrations heavily after hours and hours of installing and not getting it done, and I regret that. I would never leave Mint.

      My problem wasn’t that clear, so…. Linux Mint 20.3 had the nvidia-340 driver which I preferred because Nouveau causes glitches and severe crashes. Linux Mint 21 said to me: no alternative drivers available. Or something like that.

      Booting with “nouveau.noaccel=1” works (nomodeset doesn’t) but it crashes still so I now have to find a way to the proprietary deivers…

      I’ve been searching… My very old NVidia Geforce 240/215 or whatever old graphics card I have seems to not being supported by the current Linux kernel as well as by the current X.Org. Which is okay, but I always thought Linux supported older devices.

      So my intent is now… make the old nvidia-340 driver work on Linux Mint 21! I saw people with the same problem at the forums.

      I have it working right now, using a third-party repository. However it shows errors when updating the system. about some key. It didn’t the first time, another install where I installed Mint-repo nvidia-340 before adding the repository. I was about to enter the forum where someone else has the same problem, and tell them how I did it, but as long as I get errors I won’t.

    6. Paco, I’ve run into issues in the past with old NVIDIA GPU’s, so I feel your pain. I’m glad that you’ve got it working to a usable degree, though. As far as your error, could you share with us what that error is, exactly, so that we might be able to help better?

    7. @Paco
      This sounds more like an issue with Nvidia than it is an issue with Mint. Nvidia says they will no longer release updates for the 340 series, which means its compatibility with Xorg/Linux kernel/whatever else will be stuck to the versions of those software that were still supported by the driver at the time of its final release. Mint 21 not shipping with the 340 driver is inherited from its upstream, Ubuntu. Unless the Mint team made any specific statement that they will support the 340 driver on Mint 21, then this issue is largely out of their hands.
      The Nvidia 340 driver is not open-source software if I’m not mistaken, so that kind of limits what kinds of support the Linux community can provide for it. The open-source alternative is Nouveau, but you said that it crashes your system, so that is unfortunate.
      If there’s an issue that can be addressed to the Mint team here, then maybe it’s the lack of visible warning that Mint 21 drops support for the 340 driver that the previous versions of Mint had. I say maybe, because I personally am not one of the users of the hardware concerned, so I don’t know whether or not there were proper warnings at all. With that said, I don’t see any warning in the Jammy release notes ( regarding this issue either. This would’ve blindsided me, and plenty of other novice users as well, I suppose.
      It’s actually amazing to me that you’re getting it to work on your system. I’d have neither the patience nor the expertise to even pull that off. If I was in your shoes, I’d rather stay on Mint 20.3 and pray that a miracle happens before 20.3 reaches end of support. By miracle, I mean maybe Nvidia open-sources the old driver and then the developers of Nouveau fixes its security issues and incorporates it into their driver.

    1. It usually takes about a week or so between the official release date and when the upgrade path is open.

  41. For those seeking transparent panels extension to be fixed don’t wait anymore; instead you can edit cinnamon.css to accomplish the same goal.

    Just download your favorite theme or copy it from /usr/share/themes to ~/themes with a different name, look for #panel section in cinnamon.css eg:

    color: #ffffff;
    background-color: transparent;
    font-weight: normal;
    height: 26px;
    width: 32px;

    if the cinammon.css in your theme lacks this section add it like:

    #panel {
    background-color: transparent;
    credits to msjr65

    1. the question is not to find an alternative to the problem of the lack of the extension the problem that the developers of applet extensions etc .. are disappearing. they had to update cinnamon spices already from beta. see gnome extensions update and new extensions are coming out more and more

  42. installation from usb stick not possible (final), from beta it lasts about 30min (one try) until the installation process starts. On the forums there are many, that have the same problem.
    20.03 works without problems. Is the solution to install 20.03, wait for the new upgrader, and upgrade to 21?
    It looks like there is a problem with the isos, but i am not sure (as i am just a simple user)
    cheers, Bernd

    1. new mintstick update just 15min before…

      Now newly burned install sticks work without problems..
      THX, Clem

      cheers, Bernd

  43. Mint 21 Cinnamon
    1. As soon as I added another keyboard layout cinnamon crashed and reverted to fallback mode. Third layout installed just fine, but then, waking from sleep, fallback mode again. Something’s causing instability, obviously.
    2. Can’t Nemo be made to use manually set icon size in all folders?
    3. Initial update simply froze, had to hard restart.

  44. Something hinky is going on with the repositories today? Wondering if the servers are being updated? Anyone else experiencing this anomaly?

  45. Like a few others, I ran into an issue where my BLE mouse would not show up in blueman-manager at all.
    I have to use bluetoothctl to get the mouse to show up and pair:
    mint@mint:~$ bluetoothctl
    bluetooth# menu scan
    bluetooth# transport le
    bluetooth# back
    bluetooth# scan on (Now the mouse showed up in blueman-manager, and I could see the address)
    bluetooth# pair [ble address]
    bluetooth# exit

    The mouse remained connected on reboot!
    It seems like blueman-manager isn’t scanning for low-energy devices? I’m definitely not an expert on this, and I’m not sure where to post this, I just wanted to share in case it helps.

    Thank you so much for this release!! I’ve been using Mint Cinnamon since ~2014 and appreciate the hard work and care you put into every release.

  46. Last year’s update/upgrade instructions was published same day as ISO. This is simply shame. Existing user should be considered. Upgrade first and then ISO publishing… Eh.

    1. For the major version upgrades (i.e. 20 –> 21), it’s usually been about a week or so after the ISO release. For the minor versions (i.e. 20.1 –> 20.2) it happens faster. Major version upgrade paths are a pretty complicated, and they are doing it a new way this time around. You really want them to get this part done right so that it doesn’t mess up your system, just as much as they do. Just be patient. It will happen soon. Or do a fresh reinstall, which is what we used to have to do before they started experimenting with the major version upgrade paths.

  47. He probado la instalación de la versión 21 y su funcionamiento. Hasta ahora todo ha salido muy bien, salvo una espera una poco larga para la carga desde la USB, compensada por el excelente funcionamiento y estabilidad en un viejo PC Core I5 con NVidia utilizado para las pruebas.


  48. Since the update, the firewall (UFW) COMPLETELY blocks ALL connections.
    No matter what I configure. Outgoing and incoming allowed, no additional ports opened of blocked.
    I’m not used enough to iptables output, to find out what it does wrong.

  49. With Wayland support since Ubuntu 21.04 are there any plans to implement Wayland in Cinnamon or is Cinnamon too entangled with X11 for this to even be possible?

    1. Usually it’s been about a week or so in the past. But it’ll be done whenever they feel it’s ready.

    1. It always takes a little time for them to do this part. Usually about a week or so. Just be patient, or do a fresh reinstall with the ISO that’s available if you can’t wait.

    2. The first point release in the Ubuntu 22.04 LTS series will arrive a week later than originally planned, due to issue affecting the OEM install option.

  50. So, the new mint upgrade tool was provided and is installed. 30 min ago.
    But where is the upgrade? Actually nothing happens, even after a reboot.

    1. I wondered about that too. I presume that the upgrade tool, or the version of it that arrived just now, does not include the update; and a comment on this very page, above, says that the Mint team expects to announce the upgrade tool’s availability this coming Monday.

  51. Thanks for working on the upgrade tool. I will be patient and wait. I really appreciate all the hard work that you do to support us.

  52. You can run sudo apt install mintupgrade and follow the instructions! Upgraded successfully!

  53. I have been using this now for the last 3 years and love it, it’s better than Windows.
    I can do More in it than I can do in window. But some time I have to look for what I whont but that is ok.♥️♥️♥️♥️

  54. Not running .sh files in Vanessa – is this by default? Do I have to manually go into permissions for every .sh file and click run as executable? Everything is auto opening as text file…

  55. It looks really nice but since 5.15 doesn’t play nice with my new laptop’s networkcard i have no or spotty internet, which makes this version unusuable for me.

  56. I would like to point out how the way Nemo works has regressed since 19.3. It is not a bug in any technical sense, but rather a very poor design choice:

    In 19.3: The Preferences – Display – File Size setting only affects how file sizes are shown in file listings (List View) in the main window. It does not affect how file size is shown when right-clicking to see a file’s properties, where it is always shown in the exact long format. This makes perfect sense, as in List View in the main window it is convenient to choose to only see the approximate file size in the compact and quickly readable short format, but when specifically wanting to see a file’s properties, it definitely needs to be shown exactly.

    In 20.3 and 21: The Preferences – Display – File Size setting affects how file sizes are shown both in file listings in the main window (List View) and when right-clicking to see a specific file’s properties. This is highly inconvenient, as one is forced to have visible either cumbersome and slow to read long format file sizes in the main window (especially bad and overcrowded if using an F3 Extra Pane) or only approximate files sizes when specifically right-clicking to see a file’s properties.

    There really should be no good reason not to show a file’s exact size when the user specifically wants to see its properties, regardless of what display options are selected for convenience elsewhere.

  57. The bluetooth-audio connection stutters heavily. There are random gaps or quality loss in audio output via bluetooth devices during WI-Fi traffic. I already had the same problem with LM 20.3 (already used blueman) that I was able to improve by disabling bluetooth-WiFi-coexistens.
    sudo nano /etc/modprobe.d/iwlwifi.conf
    add at the end:
    options iwlwifi bt_coex_active=0
    Unfortunately this works much worse with LM 21, if at all.
    I’ve sadly also noticed that touchpad sensitivity settings have disappeared.
    Apart from that awesome OS!
    Tanks for the great work!!!

  58. @Clem, I’ve been testing Mint 21 in a live USB stick environment. So far it all looks great! My only issues are:

    1. The Mint-X widgets have changed significantly, and they are a bit ugly. They are thin and not as dark, so they blend into the background color instead of being nice and thick and obvious. Can this be changed? Mint-X was my favorite theme from the beginning up to 20.3, because I can’t stand using super-flat themes like Mint-Y and just about every other theme out there these days. Mint-X is the best I’ve been able to find (and I’ve searched for good themes A LOT!)

    2. Several of the extensions I use don’t work. For some of these are probably just a matter of time. One of these, however, is a 3rd party “Cinnamon Tweak” extension that isn’t in the Spices repository. I use it because I hate the way Cinnamon’s panel icons require multiple clicks when going through menus. Once I’ve clicked to open something like the sound applet icon, for example, then I go to open something else, like the printer icon, I have to click to close the sound icon before I then have to click to open the printer icon. That’s a LOT of clicks! This applet lets a single click on another applet both close the already open one *and* open the new one. This makes more sense and saves wear and tear on my mouse buttons and poor old fingers. Even better would be the ability (maybe as a selectable option) to click to open one applet icon, then simply slide the mouse over to the next applet to have it automatically close the first one and open the new one without having to click again at all. This is the way menus work in most programs. It seems very inconsistent that this isn’t how menus work in the panel as well. Would it be possible in the future for you to allow these panel menu click options in the panel settings? I’ve always hated the way Cinnamon handles this by default, hence the unfortunate need for the unofficial 3rd-party extension.

  59. Hi, im having a trouble with tiling windows in Vanessa 21.. It doesnt works properly as in UNA20.3… Please test again this feature..! It works perfect in previous version… Thanks in advance..!

  60. Hi Clem and community

    I tried to install LM 21 yesterday, everything was fine with the installation until after I finally restarted the computer (laptop HP 2560p, 8 gb ram, I7-2620M-Sandy Bridge, gpu onboard intel 3000).
    My laptop went into a loop in the BIOS as it cannot find any OS on my SSD, recommending me to press F2 for self test (memory and HDD), I had the characteristic patience to do the memory test as well as the hdd, test hdd quit and comprehensive, after the test nothing, re-entering the loop. Unfortunately the laptop is unusable, so I reinstalled LM 20.3, everything is ok.
    I wanted to install LM 21 cleanly (from scratch) as I did previously with LM versions from 19.3 to 20.3.

  61. Used mintupgrade yesterday. It worked without any problems. Definitely took a while. Good job. Thanks.

    1. Yes. Same here. Even carried over all the Firefox settings. No more odd Firefox behavior of the clean install. Just had to move my PPAs (one by one) to the trusted file and the OS is back to normal.
      Good work

  62. As a distro hopper for years I tend to not tweak the installation much since it makes easy to migrate to a new one. For the particular case of LM, I usually install a couple of applets, change my keyboard layout to Portuguese and configure ‘tap to click’ on Touchpad settings. That’s it. Themes, windows related things, workspaces, fonts, display resolution, and everything else I use the default ones. So…for this particular use case LM21 is running smooth as hell here. Just my two cents.

  63. Overall, awesome! Did an in place manual upgrade this afternoon. A few annoyances that hopefully will be addressed down the road:
    1. I have two internal wifi cards, an ac and an ax. For some reason Mint sees both and lets them both connect. There is no one button or box to check to disable the ac card. If I try to disable it in Network settings, it disables both cards and I’m stuck in the Bermuda Triangle with no internet. Had the same problem with 20.3, and yes I understand I might lose bluetooth functionality if I disable my Realtek 8821ce.
    2. I prefer the old version of Supertux ( and had those packages locked. Even though I told it not to, the upgrade deleted locked packages and installed the newer version. Should have respected my settings. And when I’m done playing Supertux, the display doesn’t revert back to normal. I have to control-alt-backspace.
    3. Timeshift needs an easy to find “no thank you” button. I’ve made this suggestion in the past. Timeshift isn’t safe enough or reliable enough for my taste and it took me quite a while to circumvent that step in the process.
    4. Synaptic is now complaining about Skype for Linux and Wine keys. Or would that be Whining? Anyway the programs work just fine, not sure what the issue is.
    As I watched all the “removing this removing that downgrading this” messages fly by I was concerned, but once again, the Mint team hit a home run!

  64. Why can’t I install gmusicbrowser anymore, the flatpack doesn’t work for me cause my extern hard drive doesn’t show.

  65. Do I have to have Cinnamon 20.3 to upgrade to LM 21 or does it work from 20.2? I have a USB sound card that was automatically recognized by the system, LM 20.x but not LM 21. If I upgrade from 20.x to 21 the driver will be kept or lost?

    1. Hi,

      You’ll need to first upgrade 20.2 to 20.3 (this is very fast:
      And then you can perform this upgrade to go from 20.3 to 21.

      Check for a full explanation.

      Regarding the sound card, if it didn’t require drivers it’s handled by the kernel. If it doesn’t work well with 5.15 (the kernel series which ships with Mint 21) the best thing would be to continue to use 5.4. During the later stages of the upgrade the upgrade tool will ask to clean up orphan packages and that list should contain the 5.4 kernel packages. At that stage go in the preferences and add these to the list of packages you don’t want to remove. Once in Mint 21, choose 5.4 in the boot menu to boot on 5.4, then remove 5.15 so the computer boots on 5.4 by default.

  66. touchpad is in horizontal scrolling mode after update, and no option in Preferences to disable it. In dconf it says there’s no schema for ‘horizontal scrolling’ key, that it might be obsolete. How do I get it to normal?

  67. Hi,

    Well, I have not been able to update from 20.3 to 21… Issues with non-updatable dependencies of libreoffice:

    The following packages have unmet dependencies:
    ure-java : Depends: uno-libs-private (= 1:7.2.7-0ubuntu0.21.10.1~bpo20.04.1) but 1:6.4.7-0ubuntu0.20.04.4 is to be installed
    Depends: ure (= 1:7.2.7-0ubuntu0.21.10.1~bpo20.04.1) but 1:6.4.7-0ubuntu0.20.04.4 is to be installed
    Breaks: ure (< 1:7.1.0~) but 1:6.4.7-0ubuntu0.20.04.4 is to be installed
    E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.
    Error – Return code: 100

    1. You have to use apt-get purge to remove Libre Office before the install attempt. Do a search for how to completely remove Libre Office from Linux…

  68. I have a bug, the volume control is not working on bluetooth the volume is always staying at 100% via P2 it works normal but not for BT, when I connect 2x BT boxes at the same time the volume control works more when I use only one it does not any idea what to do?

    or is it possible to uninstall the new bluetooth manager and install the old one from mint 20.3 where everything worked 100% for me?

    translated by google, sorry mistakes.

    1. I installed pavucontrol restarted and it didn’t help, I took the “dependencies” of una 20.3 and restored it to vanessa 21 and restarted the computer and it worked OBS I reviewed the whole list and had no dependency related to audio or configuration of the type, but I’m glad that normalized I realized that now every time I restart the sound, the sound box’s RGB settings are not saved anymore that’s the least.

  69. I’m running LMDE5, but it’s up to date and has Cinnamon 5.4.9, so I’ll mentiion a few minor problems here.

    But first, I’ve got to say thanks! This is a beautiful, responsive, well-behaved system.

    1. Control key does not highlight cursor, even though according to sys settings, it should.
    2. When setting keyboard shorcuts, super + space shows up as ‘next group’. Very strange.
    3. When firefox is running, and I open a new instance of it, the new one shows up in the task bar in red, and focus is not automatically passed to it. I have to click on the button in the task bar to activate the new window. I don’t know if it’s a Cinnamon, firefox, or user problem.

    Finally, a wish list for the keyboard window. These are not bugs, just inconvenient when entering a lot of shortcuts, which I do.
    4. ‘Shortcuts’ should be the default, rather than ‘typing, as I’d expect ‘shsortcuts’ is more frequently used.
    5. It would really be nice if the shortcut definition popup would accept ‘return’, as clicking the ‘add’ button does now. The way it is now requires unnecessary movement between keyboard and mouose, which is not required for most of Cinnamon. This sounds trivial, but it’s quite noticeable after many repetitions.

    I should add that other than these bits, the shortcut definition process is very nice.


  70. Since the upgrade I have a styling problem with my taskbar. It looks like the taskbar wants to be bigger than it should be, so a small piece of the bottom part gets cut off. This is the same for all taskbar sizes.

  71. Bom dia!
    Após instalar a última versão do Linux Mint 21 Vanessa Edição Canela – Cinnamon, a Webcam parou de funcionar, aqui estão os dados da webcam, 001 Device 015: ID 008f:0061 Alcor Micro, Corp. 1080P-Webcam. Na versão anterior 20.3 funcionava perfeitamente, por favor gostaria de ajuda!

  72. Thank you for such a great improvement. However, I have an issue with my HP EliteBook x360 830 G6 the brightness buttons works as microphone mute/un-mute buttons. This also happened with LinuxMint 20.3.

  73. Hello Clem and team, first of all, thank all of you for this release! I have 2 questions:
    1- What happened with the new colors for Mint-Y announced some time ago? They looked awesome, and I’m looking forward to it.
    2- About the Mozilla partnership announced months ago, was said that Firefox icon was changing to follow Mozilla’s usage guidelines. We didn’t see that change, including this beta. Why?

  74. Hello, When closing a window, I usually use
    Alt + Space and the letter C
    In LinuxMint 21 I can not do that any more. Why was the future removed ?
    Thank you, Andrej

  75. Is it correct that since the upgrade the start menu can no longer be closed with the SUPER/Windows key as before, but only with Escape?

  76. potential bug or unwelcome behaviour on First Steps of Welcome Screen …

    – I had setup two panels – one bottom of screen, one on top
    went back into welcome screen, to make sure I’d done everything, and on panel layout, clicked on the ‘modern’ option … the screen temporarily ‘froze’ whilst adjusting, and then removed the top panel, and reset the panel at the bottom to a ‘default’.

    I don’t think this happened in v20.3, … just the ‘icon’ size and display preferences were changed
    … it’s helpful to see the difference on-screen.

  77. Hi. Just found a minor thing: I am unable to get the lock screen and the background to match even if this is selected in Settings -> Lock screen -> Appearance. It’s minor but it was working OK in LM20.3.

    1. Hello
      Another, not due to linux mint 21, thing: found that my favorite card games app, pysolfc, no longer works. This is due to the adoption by Ubuntu (22.04) and Linux Mint (21) of Python 3.10. The Python devs cleaned up python of deprecated code (“deprecated” again), one of these being the “formatter” file. I actually learned another thing: never try to solve a computer problem after a well lubricated family supper. “sigh”
      After a good night sleep I finally found this Linux Mint forums thread: . I did the small hack it suggested and it worked like a charm. Problem solved.

    2. Hello.
      Looks my reply from yesterday still is not approved. It contained the way I got the cards game app “pysolfc” going after finding it no longer works in LM21. The solution I found online in the Linux Mint forums: the problem comes from some “deprecated” code removed from python 3.10.0; we simply have to go to the python web site and download the latest 3.9.xx file and extract “” from it and adding it to our python 3.10.x folder. Pysolfc works lika a charm now.
      And, FINALLY!!!!, I found the way to get rid of this annoying download behavior of Firefox. In “about:config” look for “” and turn it to TRUE. Up to now this solved the annoyance with Firefox.

  78. Hi All,

    My Inspiron 1525 has the stock Intel GM965 graphics card and it seems the new version of Cinnamon does not like it. Using the clever new upgrade too I upgraded from 20.3 to 21 and all went smoothly until after the reboot. I have a Acer 20 inch HDMI monitor attached via the HDMI port. After the reboot, the login display appeared on the laptop and the normal background on the Acer as would be expected. Going through the login process both displays went blank with only the mouse pointer appearing on the laptop display but not responding to any mouse action. I have another Dell 1525 without the HDMI port and it upgraded without any problems. On the 1525 with the issue, I re-installed 20.3 and all is well.

    Any thoughts on how I could resolve this issue would be greatly appreciated.

    An update: If I unplug the HDMI cable the laptop display comes to life and works fine.

    All be well.

    A further update. I applied the update to the latest version of Cinnamon and it attempts to work but it makes the Acer display the 3rd monitor and works but after a reboot or restart must be reconfigured via the display app. Very frustrating.

  79. The integrity check on the MD5SUMS files of the official ISOs fails, despite the ISOs are passing the sha256sum checks mentioned in the installation guide. The issue is on the “./boot/grub/i386-pc/eltorito.img” file and it was already noticed in the LM 21 Beta ISOs ( There are also other threads in the forums about it, but none seems to officially confirm if this is just a mistake in the MD5SUMS or an integrity concern.

    I know that if the verify steps in the installation guide are passing we should trust the images, however it would be nice if someone from the Linux Mint Dev/QA team could officially confirm that it is nothing to worry about, maybe mentioning it in the installation guide, answering in the forums or on this blog.

    Is it that possible?

  80. Hi Clem i found a bug …. if i use a dark theme on cinnamon and i wanto be a root nemo became with light color …. if i use mint legacy or mint themes it’s all right …. please notice it

  81. so just a quick question i have 2 laptops one still has mint 20.3 on it the other i did a clean install on mint 21 on runs nice i prefer to do clean installs any way want to test 21 out before i upgraded my main laptop to 21 here is the question is mint 21.1 a full new upgrade like from 20.3 to 21 or is it just a update like lets say 20.2 to 20.3 i dont want to install 21 on my main laptop if 21.1 is a full upgrade i will just wait for 21.1 but if i upgrade it now to 21 will 21.1 just be like a patch update

    nice work on mint 21 runs awesome on my HP laptop i7 500 ssd drive runs smooth and faster then same 2nd laptop with 20.3 on it

  82. Did a fresh install of Cinnamon 21 on my Thinkcentre which worked fine with 20.3, only to get “no boot OS found”

  83. Still no answer to The integrity check on the MD5SUMS files of the official ISOs fails.
    Above message error was on BETA iso now it’s offical version.
    “./boot/grub/i386-pc/eltorito.img” md5sum should be
    but it turns to be
    Above error was posted Aug 19, 2022 3:37 pm on forum
    And BJ’s message above August 25, 2022 at 8:47 am
    Can anyone answer is eltorito.img corrupted?
    Or is md5sum code on MD%SUMS file incorresct?
    And is this how important file on DVD?
    Shall we wait Linux Mint 21.1 to see is corrupted file / info fixed, before using this “recomended” version of Mint?

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