Linux Mint 17 Released

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The new Linux Mint 17, Qiana, was finally released on Friday May 16. It offers many improvements over its predecessor, Mint 16. The good thing about the latest version is that it is based on Ubuntu 14.04 which is Long Term Release (LTS) version, hence, updates and patches will be supported up till 2019. Which is probably longer than the life of your computer on which you install it.

Linux Mint 17 features MATE 1.8, MDM 1.6, a Linux kernel 3.13 and an Ubuntu 14.04 package base.

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Some of the improvements included in the new release are:

  • Offline Driver Installation Support: Drivers Installation does not always need internet. As at times we do not have internet or the drivers for wifi are not natively supported. We can always update the drivers offline through CD/DVD or USB stick.
  • LTS Support: Support Drivers and updates till 2019.
  • Update Manager: Improved UI including updated icons and information displayed. It loads faster as it no longer checks for internet, or locks up because of APT cache session. The update manager, also logs all types of updates (even system) which is great.
  • Login / MDM Improvements: Multi-monitor support is improved. Support now available to Log into the system using a username not listed on Login Screen.
  • Language Settings: Vast improvement over the previous Language Support menu. Easy to add new languages and apply them system wide.
  • Linux Mate 1.8: This is the newer version of Mate that is supported in Mint 17. It is lighter and faster than the previous version and has many minor iterative improvements making the overall experience better.

It is available in both 64bit and 32bit versions for all major hardware. It can be downloaded from their website here.


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