I talked about the upcoming Linux Mint 20.2 “Uma” release here on 9to5Linux, so if you’re reading the blog regularly you should know that it’s based on the Ubuntu 20.04.2 LTS (Focal Fossa) operating system, powered by Linux kernel 5.4 LTS, and featuring the latest Cinnamon 5.0 desktop environment on the flagship edition. The Xfce and MATE editions ship with Xfce 4.16 and MATE 1.24 desktops.
Another major change is the inclusion of a brand-new app as part of Linux Mint’s XApps initiative, called Bulky (a.k.a. File Renamer), which can be used to bulk rename files. The Bulky app is available in the Cinnamon and MATE editions since the Xfce edition comes with a built-in file renamer in the Thunar file manger.
Linux Mint 20.2 also comes with an updated Warpinator app that lets you select the network interface you want to use for sharing files, as well as a new optional compression setting for up to 3 times faster file transfers, and an updated nvidia-prime-applet package that features support for computers with AMD/NVIDIA hybrids graphics.
Of course, there are numerous other under-the-hood improvements, updated components from upstream, and visual changes to make your Linux Mint experience better. If you want to discover them yourself, you can take the Linux Mint 20.2 beta for a test drive right now.
You can download the Linux Mint 20.2 beta as Cinnamon, Xfce, or MATE images from here. However, please keep in mind that this is a pre-release version, so do NOT install and use it as your daily driver or in a production environment as it may contain unfinished features or bugs that will be fixed in the final release.