If you’ve been having trouble getting Linux Mint 21.2 to run well on your laptop or PC, there’s a new Edge ISO available for download.
The Linux Mint 21.2 Edge ISO differs from the regular ISO in two ways: 1) it ships with a newer Linux kernel (Linux 6.2 kernel) and 2) it re-enables secure boot support.
The Mint website explains the purpose of these iterated images as follows:
“If you can’t boot or install Linux Mint because your hardware is too recent and not detected correctly, look for an “Edge” ISO image. “This image ships with newer components to support the latest hardware devices and chipsets.”
Kernel aside, Edge ISO comes with the same Linux Mint experience, with the same features and package versions as the regular installation image.
Standard images are available with different desktop environments (XFCE, MATE), but Edge ISO is Cinnamon only.
Mint warns that edge editions might not be “as stable” as the standard image (which uses a long-term support release kernel), nor support as many proprietary drivers. However, in my experience (ymmv, ofc) I’ve never noticed a noticeable difference in how well it works.
If anything, Linux Mint Edge performs better due to its newer kernel features and improved hardware support.
You can download Linux Mint 21.2 Edge ISO from the official Linux Mint website.