In the latest monthly newsletter, Clement Lefebvre, leader of the Linux Mint project, announced the codename for Linux Mint 19.2 in the next version of the Linux Mint 19.x series. After Linux Mint 19 “Tara” and Linux Mint 19.1 “Tessa”, Linux Mint 19.2 “Tina” will be introduced, which is still based on the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system. Yes, you are not mistaken, the code for the upcoming Linux Mint 19.2 version will be named “Tina.”
Most likely, the Linux Mint 19.2 “Tina” operating system will receive all updates from the Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS point version, which was released in February 2019, using the Linux 4.18 kernel of the Ubuntu 18.10 (Cosmic Cuttlefish) operating system family.
Linux Mint 19.2 “Tina” releases.
Kernel support just got better:
The Update Manager now shows how long kernels are supported.
You no longer need to install or remove kernels one by one anymore, you can queue installations and removals and install and remove multiple kernels in one go.
A “Remove Kernels…” button was added to make it easier to remove obsolete kernels.
Support for kernel flavors was added. If you’ve got a non-generic kernel installed, the Update Manager will show a combobox so you can switch between flavors.
Preferences were simplified and now use the newly introduced Xapp Gsettings widgets:
It is now possible to blacklist specific versions (so you can blacklist a particular update for a package without blacklisting future versions of it).
The automatic refresh is now configurable.
In the automation preferences, you can ask the Update Manager to automatically remove kernels which are no longer needed.
Under the hood:
- System shutdown/reboot is inhibited when automated tasks are performed.
- The logs are now persistent and rotated in /var/log/mintupdate.log.
- APT locks no longer make the manager fail, it simply waits and retries later.
- The refresh mechanism uses timestamps instead of timeouts so that the manager is no longer affected by suspends or reboots and it can be configured to periods longer than the current session.
- The checkAPT component which scans the list of updates no longer runs as root.
- Level filtering and obsolete options were removed.
- man pages were added for mintupdate and mintupdate-cli.
The user interface was also improved:
- The list of updates refreshes automatically when the APT cache is changed.
- The info dialog updates in real time.
- A warning is shown if a reboot is required after a kernel update.
- A warning is shown 90 days before your version of Linux Mint reaches End-Of-Life.
- Infobars are shown together and easier to dismiss.
- A spinner page is shown while the Update Manager refreshes the list of updates.
- A dedicate page is used when a new version of the manager itself is available.