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Linux Mint 20.2 'Uma' to release beta by the middle of June

The Linux Mint project's leader Clement Lefebvre published a blog post stating that Linux Mint 20.2 will be encoded as the 'Uma' and released by mid-June. The new version will still be based on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, but will be upgraded to the Ubuntu LTS point release Cinnamon, MATE, and Xfce desktops, and will feature updated hardware activation stacks.

On both the Cinnamon and MATE editions of Linux Mint 20.2, a new XApp (apps created by the Mint team) called Bulky will allow users to rename files in masse. Bulky will not be included with the Xfce edition of Mint because the Thunar file manager already has an incorporated bulk renamer.

Nemo 5.0, the file manager on the Cinnamon edition of Linux Mint, is another update in Linux Mint 20.2. Users can now execute a content search in addition to a file name search in Nemo 5.0. If the search discovers anything relevant, the new content search will seek search keywords within documents and return the material to the user.

Warpinator, the local file-sharing software that came with Linux Mint 20, has also been updated. If multiple network interfaces are available, users can now choose which one they want to use to share files. In addition, a new option to compress emailed files has been added, which should reduce the time it takes to transfer huge files.

Finally, the NVIDIA Prime applet has been updated to address an issue with it disappearing from the tray. It also includes support for AMD/NVIDIA hybrid PCs.

Like the remainder of the 20.x series, Linux Mint 20.2 will be supported until April or May 2025. It will stop receiving software updates at that point, and users will need to upgrade if they wish to keep their system secure.