Everyone’s favorite Ubuntu variation Linux Mint has reached version 14. Currently Linux Mint comes in two GUI variations MATE, that is based off GNOME 2, and Cinnamon, which is based off GNOME 3 project.
The KDE GUI will inevitably follow in the near future. Update: KDE and xfce have been given an RC release.
Overall Linux Mint 14 seems to be as stable as ever with some useful GUI tweaks. I have been using Linux Mint 14 with the Cinnamon GUI for several hours to complete some work while watching Hulu on my second monitor. The HD Hulu stream ran with any hiccups while writing this blog entry, browsing the web and work on other websites. Considering that I am running Linux Mint 14 on a USB pen drive it has been quite stable and snappy.
Linux Mint has always been my preferred Desktop Linux distro, and Linux Mint 14 continues the trend of stability and ease of use on the first boot. I threw MKV, MP3, WMV and several other media formats at Linux Mint as usual Linux Mint didn’t hesitate to play the files. For those of you that want to use Linux on your desktop machine, but don’t want to get use to Ubuntus’ Unity GUI give Linux Mint a try.
- MATE 1.4 (Fork of GNOME 2)
- Cinnamon 1.6 (Fork of GNOME 3)
- Software Manager Updates
- System Improvements
- Artwork Improvements
- Upstream Components
For a complete overview and to see screenshots of the new features, visit: “What’s new in Linux Mint 14“.
This Article was written while running Linux Mint 14.