Linux Mint 21 XFCE Edition New Features and Installation

Linux Mint 21, codenamed “Vanessa”, was officially released on July 31, 2022. Linux Mint 21 is based on Ubuntu 22.04 and will be supported until April 2027. Linux Mint 21 comes in three editions: Cinnamon, MATE, and XFCE.

In this guide, we will walk you through the installation of the Linux Mint 21 XFCE Edition.

What’s New in Linux Mint 21?

Linux Mint 21 comes with the following improvements.

  • Enhanced support for sticky notes.
  • Blueman Bluetooth Manager replaces Blueberry.
  • Improved support for thumbnails. Through Xapp-thumbnailers projects, additional file formats are supported including AppImage, Webp, .ePub, and RAW image formats.
  • Driverless scanning and printing.
  • Xapp improvements.

Prerequisites

Before you get started with installing Linux Mint 21 XFCE edition, ensure that you have the following requirements:

  • A 16 GB USB drive for the installation medium.
  • Broadband internet connection for downloading the ISO image.

In addition, ensure that your system meets the following minimum recommended requirements.

  • Minimum of 2GB of RAM.
  • Minimum of 1 GHz Dual core processor.
  • 30 GB of free hard disk space.
  • HD graphics card and monitor.

Step 1: Download Linux Mint 21 XFCE ISO Image

To get started with the installation, head over to the Official Linux Mint download page and download the XFCE ISO image file on your PC. Next, use any of these tools for creating a bootable USB drive to create a bootable USB drive using the ISO image.

With the USB bootable medium at hand, plug it into your PC and reboot. Be sure to set the bootable USB medium as the first boot priority in the BIOS settings. Save the changes and continue to boot.

Step 2: Installing Linux Mint 21 XFCE Desktop

On the GRUB menu, select the first entry as shown.

Linux Mint 21 XFCE Grub
Linux Mint 21 XFCE Grub

This takes you straight to the Linux Mint 21 Live desktop environment. You can choose to try out Linux Mint and discover the new features. Since our goal is to install Linux Mint, click on the ‘Install Linux Mint’ desktop icon.

Linux Mint 21 XFCE Live
Linux Mint 21 XFCE Live

The installer will be launched and will walk you through a series of steps to install Linux Mint. First up, select your preferred installation language and click ‘Continue’.

Linux Mint 21 XFCE Language
Linux Mint 21 XFCE Language

Next, choose your preferred keyboard layout, and click ‘Continue’.

Linux Mint 21 XFCE Keyboard
Linux Mint 21 XFCE Keyboard

Next, you will be presented with an option to install multimedia codecs. This comes highly recommended as the codecs provide support for a variety of video formats and improved user experience.

Linux Mint 21 XFCE Multimedia Codecs
Linux Mint 21 XFCE Multimedia Codecs

In this step, you will be required to configure partitioning for your hard disk. You will be presented with the following options – ‘Erase disk and install Linux Mint‘ and ‘Something Else‘. Let us see what each of these does.

  • Erase disk and install Linux Mint – This option completely deletes everything on your hard drive including any existing OS. Further, it automatically partitions your hard disk, and for this reason, it is the more preferred option for novices or those who cannot manually partition the hard drive.
  • Something else – This option gives you the flexibility to manually partition and resize your hard drive. It’s particularly useful when you want to configure a dual-boot setup.

For this guide, we will go with the first option: ‘Erase disk and install Linux Mint‘. Next, click ‘Install Now‘.

Linux Mint 21 XFCE Installation Type
Linux Mint 21 XFCE Installation Type

On the pop-up that appears, click ‘Continue’ so that the changes will be written to your hard drive.

Confirm Disk Write Changes
Confirm Disk Write Changes

In the next step, select your geographical position from the world map provided and click ‘Continue’.

Choose Timezone
Choose Timezone

Next, create a login user and click ‘Continue’.

Create User Account
Create User Account

From here, the installer will copy all the files from the ISO image to the hard disk and make all the necessary configurations required. This process takes about 20 minutes and this is a great point to take short.

Installing Linux Mint 21 XFCE
Installing Linux Mint 21 XFCE

Once the installation is complete, you will get a pop-up prompting you to restart. Therefore, click on ‘Restart Now’ to reboot the system.

Linux Mint 21 XFCE Installation Completes
Linux Mint 21 XFCE Installation Completes

On the login screen, provide your login password and press ENTER.

Linux Mint 21 XFCE Login
Linux Mint 21 XFCE Login

This ushers you into the Linux Mint desktop environment as shown. You can launch the terminal and run the neofetch utility to extract more information about the OS.

$ neofetch
Linux Mint 21 XFCE Desktop
Linux Mint 21 XFCE Desktop

And that’s it. We have walked you through the installation of the Linux Mint 21 XFCE Edition. Have fun!

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10 thoughts on “Linux Mint 21 XFCE Edition New Features and Installation”

  1. Hi Narad,

    I am just about to try this tutorial but, I want to ask something before I do this, in case I face a problem or issue while installing Linux mint, I got a PC Pentium 4 (3.00GHz ) and also Ram 1 Gb, its work?

    Reply
    • @Furiose,

      It should work well with your PC hardware configuration without any issues, give it a try and see if any issues we are here to help you…

      Reply
  2. But how to install packages for mint if the internet is not available? Actually, I have wireless networking & I m unable to find the wireless network driver for Mint.

    Reply
  3. While XFCE is ideally suited to old machines, it is a great choice for any machine where the user is looking for a desktop with a clean look and feel. I’ve tried a number of Linux distributions and desktops and for me Mint XFCE is perfect. XFCE gives a simple, fast, modern desktop feel and the additional tweaks from Mint give you everything you need. Mint XFCE is my only OS on my i3 desktop PC and I’m dual booting it with Windows on my notebook.

    Reply
  4. Are you familiar with any networking issues in this release? I upgraded from 13 and I’m having some, at least…

    Reply
  5. A nice guide to the installation process, but really this is not much if at all different from the installation process for other flavors of Linux Mint. The article would have been much better to explain why someone would want to choose XFCE over for example MATE or Cinnamon or KDE.

    Is the XFCE architecture different to better suit older machines? Or is it just a slimline version of MATE/Cinnamon? Is it any different from those two in terms of general and major updates?

    Reply
    • As you’ve said XFCE is an alternative for older machines even though it’s becoming less lightweight with time. It’s nice for someone who used Gnome before but with a modern desktop is unable to run Gnome 3/Cinnamon because of an older GPU. It is also compatible with gnome because it uses gtk as well and that makes migration much easier. Overall it doesn’t have all the facilities that Gnome has, like for example drag and drop on the system panel, but these are minor things that you can get used to very easily.

      Reply

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