Linux Mint 19.3 “Tricia” Xfce is released!

As an early Christmas gift, about a week in advance, Linux Mint released version 19.3 for all three variants based on Ubuntu. The Debian based LMDE remains in version 3. 

Yesterday it was time for me to do the upgrade from 19.2 to 19.3 on my cheap laptop. Since some months I have used the Xfce desktop version, which is the one requiring least resources of the three variants. Read when I switched from Cinnamon to Xfce desktop.

Before I started the work, I read information about the release including comments;  first of all "How to upgrade to Linux Mint 19.3" and then the specific "Linux Mint 19.3 'Tricia* Xfce released!" as well as “What’s new in Linux Mint 19.3 Xfce“ and “Release Notes for Linux Mint 19.3 Xfce”. Then I basically followed the information. 

The installation process is indeed very easy. And it worked very smoothly and fast. I did not check the clock, but it must have been less than 30 minutes.

After the upgrade and restart, there was a Linux kernel upgrade to one 5.0 version. After another restart, it was another Linux kernel upgrade to another Linux kernel 5.0 version, and that the version will end of support in February. This was somewhat confusing, but after double-check by reading comments and also Linux Forum, I felt comfortable. It is easy to change Linux kernel in the Update manager, if I should detect any issue and want to go back to a stable 4-version, or going crazy to a 5.3 version (5.3 has just got its last release, 5.4 is on its way).  

After restart and some  use of the laptop, all is working. Including WiFi and sound. I have read comments with problems that some icons in the bar are big, but even if they were for me, mine were resizable. 

Now it remains to try it more, and not at least enjoy the new opportunities with this new release! Among else, this newLinux Mint 19.3 “Tricia” Xfce release also includes the very new Xfce release 4.14.

Great to see how smootly also this upgrade was to install! 

The laptop I installed on: 

Lenovo ideapad 100s-14IBR; CPU: 1.60 GHz dual core, eMCC (SSD) Hard drive: 32 GB, RAM: 2 GB.

Try Linux you too! And why not Linux Mint in particular!

Henrik Hemrin

31 December 2019


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