Linux Mint is a community-driven Linux distribution mainly based on the Ubuntu packages. Linux Mint comes with a variety of free and open-source applications and can, if you wish, provide full out-of-the-box multimedia support for proprietary software, such as multimedia codecs. Since 2010, in addition to the mainstream version, Linux Mint also offers the LMDE (Linux Mint Debian Edition) version which is based on Debian instead of Ubuntu packages. On this page you will find the best 2023 preinstalled Linux laptops that are fully compatible with Mint.
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Why choose Linux Mint?
Linux Mint is next to big names like Ubuntu and Debian one of the most popular Linux distributions. Especially in the Netherlands and Belgium Mint is after Ubuntu the most chosen Linux distribution. Linux Mint is especially popular among old Windows users, because the desktop environment looks a lot like Microsoft Windows. Besides the LMDE version which is based on Debian instead of Ubuntu, Linux Mint is released with 3 different desktop environments, namely Cinnamon, MATE and Xfce. We notice among our customers that Linux Mint Cinnamon is the most popular choice.
If you want to start with Linux Mint as a beginner you don’t have to rely on your own knowledge and skills. There is plenty of documentation and there are many user groups for Mint. Linux Mint has a very large English speaking community that likes to help beginning Linux Mint users. The embedded Software Manager (Store), which is full of popular and free apps, allows you to easily install applications on your Linux Mint laptop or desktop.
Linux Mint 21 (Vanessa)
Two months after the release of a new Ubuntu version, the new version of Linux Mint will be released. The latest LTS (Long Time Support) version of Linux Mint 21 codenamed ‘Vanessa’ has been released on 1st August 2022. The biggest improvements are new color themes, a GUI tool to share files over the local network, improved support for the use of multiple monitors, improved support for laptops with a hybrid graphics card (Intel + Nvidia) and stopping the 32-bit releases.
In addition, in Mint version 21 the use of Snapd via APT is disabled by default due to (potential) security risks and acting as closed software. The main developer of Linux Mint has already expressed his concerns about Snapd from Ubuntu Canonical (read more):
Applications in this store cannot be patched, or pinned. You can’t audit them, hold them, modify them or even point snap to a different store. You’ve as much empowerment with this as if you were using proprietary software, i.e. none. This is in effect similar to a commercial proprietary solution, but with two major differences: It runs as root, and it installs itself without asking you.
System requirements Linux Mint 21 "Vanessa"
This is what Linux Mint team calls the minimum and recommended system requirements for installing the Linux Mint 21 Cinnamon, Mate or Xfce version (source). Please note that this refers to physical installations and not virtual installations.