Timeshift is arguably the best tool to back up and restore the Linux system.
Linux Mint also utilizes the tool to let users easily take snapshots before updates, and ensure hassle-free operation.
Of course, that’s not the only thing that makes Linux Mint potentially better than Ubuntu.
Unfortunately, the developer (Tony George) behind Timeshift can no longer maintain the project. The developer plans to focus on other projects instead.
The Linux Mint team reached out to the developer to help the project in any capacity. And, they finalized to take over the development of Timeshift.
So, now, the Linux Mint team will be responsible for new releases/fixes, and any development activity associated with Timeshift.
Adopting Timeshift as an XApp
Linux Mint tends to maintain certain applications as an “XApp” to make sure that they work on various desktop environments and are not dependent on a particular desktop.
Considering that they plan to adopt Timeshift as an XApp, you can expect the tool to continue offering the current look/functionality for a long time, irrespective of your desktop environment.
Unlike some GNOME apps, which are usually turning into GNOME-only applications for the best experience.
Timeshift is an essential backup/restore tool. So, Linux Mint taking over the development and maintaining it as an XApp sounds perfect!
The translations for Timeshift are now done on Launchpad, if you are curious.
The new GitHub repository (forked by Linux Mint) can give you more details about the application and its latest development activity.
You can also check out the official announcement for this in the recent monthly blog post.
With Linux Mint as the maintainer of Timeshift, we could hope for more feature additions and improvements in the near future.
What do you think about Linux Mint taking over the development of Timeshift as an XApp? You are welcome to share your thoughts on it in the comments below.