Oooops, how could I have missed this article about the then brandspanking new Mint version 20.2 (Codename Uma)? Doesn’t matter 20.2 is still the most recent Mint and it’s good. So I don’t feel bad recommending you to read the apraisal by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols he wrote for ZDNet:
I don’t think I must write a lot about Linux Mint anymore, as y’all know what I think about it and its revered standing in the Linux community. Linux Mint has always been great, better than its mothership Ubuntu … and it’s only getting better, more userfriendly, more luxurious, more save, more easy, more more. 🙂
And to top it all off: The LMDE version of Mint is even available for real oldtimer computers out of the hardware museum, since it’s one of the last Linuxes offering a 32-bit ISO.
I like running the fastest and best hardware, but let’s face it, sometimes we can’t afford the latest and hottest. That can be a real problem. For example, Windows 11 won’t run on hardware dating from 2016 and earlier. It also won’t run on some processors from 2019 or earlier. Linux Mint? I know people who are running it on 2009 Intel Core i5 desktop processors. To get the most of your old gear, you want to use Linux Mint.
This latest version of Mint is a long-term support (LTS) release. It will be supported until summer 2025. Under the hood, you’ll find Linux firmware 1.187 and the Linux kernel 5.4.0-80. For its foundation, Mint is still based on Ubuntu 20.04. Looking ahead, Mint has no plans to move off Ubuntu 20.04 until 2023. Unlike Fedora, Linux Mint is not a cutting-edge distribution. It puts stability over experimentation.
When you first update to Linux Mint from Mint 20 or 20.1, which can be done in a couple of clicks, there’s little to see. If you look a bit closer, though, you’ll find several excellent new features.
… and the article goes on and on …
As you know I’m not using Mint but that doesn’t mean Mint is a bad distro, it just means that I am much too cool for it. ^.^
And Linux Magazine toots in the same horn as ZDNet: