The team behind Linux Mint has announced the availability of Linux Mint 19.3, the announcement comes less than a week after we reported that the final disc images were undergoing tests. As is the case with the last few Linux Mint version, Tricia will be available in three editions: Cinnamon, MATE, and Xfce.
This update is quite big, it includes a new boot screen, a new logo, a new drawing app, a new video player, and an improved System Reports app, among other things.
If you’re running Linux Mint 19, 19.1, or 19.2, it’s possible to upgrade to 19.3. In order to upgrade you should make a Timeshift backup, disable your screensaver and upgrade any installed Cinnamon spices, then select ‘Upgrade to “Linux Mint 19.3 Tricia”’ from the Edit menu in the Update Manager. From there you just need to follow the on-screen instructions. If you want to install the new packages you can run sudo apt install celluloid gnote drawing neofetch. Once you’re done, just reboot the computer.
Linux Mint 19.3 includes Cinnamon 4.4, Linux kernel 5.0, and is based on Ubuntu 18.04 which means packages designed for that system also run on this version of Linux Mint. This version will continue to get security updates until 2023 but work on Linux Mint 20, which will be supported until 2025, will commence shortly with a release due around May or June.
If you’d like to download and use Linux Mint 19.3, just head over to the project’s homepage and grab the version you want. Once downloaded, you can burn the image to a disc or write it to a USB. Burning to a disc can be done natively in Windows while writing to USB can be done with a tool like Etcher.