I have taken a look at the package list for the Beta, and the new Timeshift they are shipping with, timeshift 22.11.1+vera, is quite capable of handling the culprit package that was causing issues, namely libglib2.0-0, which was causing the GUI to fall over after a minute of two and provided useless, compromised snapshots.
The libglib package in the Beta is libglib2.0-bin 2.72.1-1, which is before the problem child 2.74 series, and even if the final release has 2.74 or is upgraded at a later date, the new Timeshift should handle it.
Linux Mint is an elegant, easy to use, up to date and comfortable desktop operating system.
The Driver Manager received many improvements.
The way it mounts the live USB stick and adds it as a source to install drivers is more robust than before. These improvements make installing Broadcom wireless drivers easier than before.
A dummy hardware device, dummy packages with exotic dependencies and a test mode were added for developers to easily troubleshoot a variety of different scenarios.
Dummy test devices for easy troubleshooting
Debconf is now properly supported. This was an issue for NVIDIA drivers when SecureBoot was enabled. This scenario was fixed.
Packagekit was patched to receive the ability to purge packages (i.e. to not only remove them but to also remove their configuration files). The driver manager now purges removed drivers. This fixes a niche issue with NVIDIA drivers when switching between different versions of the drivers.
New Flatpaks from Flathub are automatically added to the Software Manager on a daily basis.
ISO Verification Tool
It is important to verify the integrity and authenticity of your ISO image before writing it to a stick. It's also quite tedious and confusing. So we made it easier.
Right-click your ISO image, select "Verify"
Right-click your ISO image, select "Verify" and voilà.
The technology at play here is still complex. We're dealing with signatures and checksums but the verification tool does most of the work for you.
Choose the verification method
If your ISO is from Linux Mint or Ubuntu, the URLs to the SHA256sum and GPG files are automatically filled in. Just click the verify button.
Get your ISO verified
The tool checks the authenticity of the checksum file and the integrity of the ISO.
Stick Formatter and Image Writer
The ISO Image Writer features a "Verify" button which launches the verification tool.
ISO Image Writing Tool
If you try to write a Windows image, it no longer fails. It directs you to helpful documentation.
More information for Windows ISOs
The user interfaces for the Stick formatter and the Image Writer were also improved.
Support was added for CPIO devices. (cpio is a general file archiver utility and its associated file format. It is primarily installed on Unix-like computer operating systems.)
If the screen is black when launching Linux Mint in Virtualbox, change the VirtualBox graphics controller to "VMSVGA". Do this by opening up the settings for your VM and select Display -> Graphics Controller.
If the screen is garbled when launching Linux Mint in Virtualbox, switch to console with HOST+F1 (e.g. the RIGHT Ctrl key, no ALT) and back to tty7 with HOST+F7.
Another workaround is to disable "nested paging" (in the System -> Acceleration settings) and to increase the video memory to 128MB (in the Display settings).
Note: This issue only affects the live session. You don't need these workarounds post-installation.
To add support for shared folders, drag and drop, proper acceleration and display resolution in Virtualbox, click on the "Devices" menu of Virtualbox and choose "Insert Guest Additions CD Image". Choose "download" when asked and follow the instructions.
I must admit I hesitated when I posted that......I arrived at the conclusion that their thought line was for people using windows who are about to change to linux....therefore they would use whatever iso 'burner' works best on windows...?......does that make any sense?
Totally a possibility, if that is not an oxymoron - I had thought that myself, which is why I qualified that I had not visited their site to explore further, yet.
It is not our purpose (nor without risk) to bucket a solution which allows (Windows) users to experience Linux, but it can't be denied that we are getting input from Users that it seems to have a lot of issues for some time now, and when we advocate the other two (Etcher and Ventoy) we seem to largely get good outcomes. I'll leave it at that.
I most often recommend that windows users install Etcher and burn their ISOs with that. Have seen problems with Rufus in the past. But have never encountered any with Etcher. Of course on the Linux side. Mint comes with it's own ISO burner which works really well. The other two biggest problems I've run into with newer users are NVIDIA card and Realtek wifi cards. They just cause confusion because they seemingly work on Windows out of the box. But require some work to get going On Mint.
MY BETA XFCE Install still going well no show stopper bugs found yet. After a day of using it.
Fear not I am still alive and doing well. Have not posted lately but do read the forum every day.
I installed LM 21.1 vera MATE a few days ago and have been exploring it on my test machine. Good news all around. Everything I have tried has worked perfectly.
(When the stable version comes out, I think I may just stay with the beta, it's that good.)
Attached are the inxi -Fzx results on my test machine.
Cheers and have another beer, on me!!! I lost track of how many I owe.
Old Geezer TC