The Linux MintMonthly Newsletter for October talks about a number of visual changes coming to the distribution, particularly the Cinnamon desktop environment. Cinnamon 4.0 will offer a theme with a slightly higher contrast and a larger panel. "By default, Cinnamon will feature a dark large 40px panel, where icons look crisp everywhere, and where they scale in the left and center zones but are restricted to 24px on the right (where we place the system tray and status icons). This new look, along with the new workflow defined by the grouped window list, make Cinnamon feel much more modern than before. We hope you'll enjoy this new layout, we're really thrilled with it, and if you don't that's OK too. We made sure everyone would be happy. As you go through the First Steps section of the Linux Mint 19.1 welcome screen, you'll be asked to choose your favourite desktop layout." Examples of the new visual elements are included in the newsletter.