Linux Mint 21.1 is Now Available for Download

Linux Mint 21.1 ‘Vera’ is available for download, ahead of an official release announcement expected soon.

This point release of Linux Mint rides atop Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, and it includes a curated crop of user-interface tweaks, bug fixes, and performance improvements – although there are no major changes from the Linux Mint 21.1 beta released earlier this month (and if you use that beta you can upgrade to final release).

So what’s new exactly?

Well, Linux Mint 21.1 ships with the: Cinnamon 5.6 desktop environment by default. This version of Cinnamon offers a couple of new features, including a new: Corner Bar: applet comes enabled by default. Using: Corner Bar: you can click the very end of the bottom panel to hide all windows and instantly show the desktop.

You can enable a ‘peek on hover’ effect in the: Corner Bar: settings (which can be accessed from the Mint applets UI or by right-clicking on the Corner Bar: and selecting ‘preferences’). There you’ll also find effect blur and opacity controls too, allowing you to create the kind of effect you want.

animated gif to demonstrate how the corner bar peek on hover effect works
The Corner Bar in action on Linux Mint 21.1

As Linux Mint 21.1 removes the ‘show desktop’ applet from the bottom panel (as the new: Corner Bar: reimplement the functionality) there’s a slight panel order change. Mint Menu: stays on the far-left of the bottom panel but is now followed by a separator, and then by shortcuts for: Nemo: and: Firefox::

A new dividing line between menu and launchers

Linux Mint 21.1 no longer puts icons for “Home” or “Trash” or the desktop by default. You can enable these (along with icons for mounted drivers and other items) from the: Desktop Icons: settings if you miss them.

Talking of icons, Linux Mint 21.1 features new folder icons:. These are immediately noticeable to long-time users upon opening the: Nemo: file manager. Instead of a sea of ​​muted green tones, Mint now uses bright yellow folder icons with a blue diagonal line in the bottom corner. The ‘desktop’ icon now reflects Cinnamon’s default layout.

New default folder icons (and they’re not green – shock)

Also changed, Linux Mint 21.1 uses ‘aqua’ as a default color accent. The (rather iconic) green synonymous with the distro has been retired, with Mint reasoning that it doesn’t need to use green everywhere to remind people they’re using Linux Mint – they’re already aware of it!

There’s also a stylized new mouse cursor theme; and a number of popular Linux icon sets, including Ubuntu’s Yaru:the perennially-popular Papyrusand KDE’s Breeze come pre-installed — although the Mint-Y theme remains the default icon set.

Elsewhere, Linux Mint 21 gives its: Driver Manager: and: Software Sources: tools some new capabilities, including the ability to run Driver Manager: in user mode (ie, without needing a root password), and work offline. The update also introduces an ISO verification tool accessed by right-clicking on an ISO image in: Nemo:.

Flatpak updates are now installed alongside other updates in the Update Manager:and the: Software Manager: UI has been refined to make it more obvious when software is Flatpak or a system package. A shortcut to: Display: settings is now present in the desktop’s right-click context menu.

Download Linux Mint 21.1

You can download Linux Mint 21.1 from the Linux Mint website once the release is officially announced, or grab it early from an official Linux Mint download mirror (the United Kingdom mirrors already have it).

Want to upgrade to Linux Mint 21.1 from Linux Mint 21? That’s possible too. Either run the upgrade tool after the release is formally announced (if you’re reading this line, it hasn’t been) or wait until you receive a system notification to tell you the upgrade is available.