Linux Mint 19.3 Is The Most Popular Point Release: Mint 20 Edge Closer
In June, Linux Mint 20 “Ulyana” came in three editions: Cinnamon, MATE, and Xfce, with many new features. Subsequently, he received a lot of feedback, including the good and the bad.
You can check out our review of Linux Mint 20 with features that get good marks. Nevertheless, according to the latest popularity statistics revealed in July Blog, Linux Mint 19.3 “Tricia” is currently the most popular intermediate version compared to any other version of Mint.
Linux Mint Ubuntu edition is more popular than Debian
As you can see in the graph, over 50% of Linux Mint users use the Linux Mint 19.x series. This is even more than combining both the old Mint 18.x and the brand new Mint 20, which accounts for around 20% of the user base.
However, the latest Mint 20 which offers a lot of new features also saw good growth, reaching the equivalent of the user base of Mint 18.x after only a few months of release. If we take a closer look at all point releases of Linux Mint, 19.3 “Tricia” tops the list followed by 20 “Ulyana”, 19.1 “Tessa” and 18.3 “Slyvia”.
It may be surprising to some Linux Mint Debian Edition users that despite the new LMDE 4, around 1% of users actually use it. This number is much lower than the Mint 17.x version which has already reached its end of life (EOL) but still accounts for 6% of the user base.
To tell you the data source, the Mint team generated the pie chart by collecting data from the traffic statistics based only on the default browser start page, which of course users can change. and do.
Why is version 19.3 the most used?
Linux Mint 19.3 was released in December of last year, and since then it has evolved into the more mature version of every package base. Therefore, this could be the reason why people still prefer the distribution with fewer or no bugs than newer versions giving them more functionality but having bugs.
Another reason to stick with 19.3 is also a decrease in the 32-bit ISO for Mint 20. Users of a 32-bit system should now choose the most stable and long-term Mint 19.3, because the new Mint 20 no longer supports the 32 bit CPU.
Speaking of LMDE, Clem Lefebvre says it is being developed as a Plan B in case we ever need to change the base package. Therefore, as of now, it doesn’t get one-off releases, nor is it promoted or given the same exposure as the Ubuntu edition.
LMDE is not intended to compete with Linux Mint or to attract new users. Instead, this is simply a strategically important project that aims to ensure the continuity of Linux Mint should something go wrong with the upstream Ubuntu package base.