Linux Mint 17.3 “Rosa” BETA Cinnamon and MATE released

Today Linux Mint 17.3 BETA Cinnamon and MATE versions were released.

Just like 17.0 / 17.1 and 17.2 this is a LTS version based on Ubuntu 14.0x LTS, with newer versions of Cinnamon and MATE desktop environment.

You can read the official announcements here :
Linux Mint 17.3 BETA Cinnamon
Linux Mint 17.3 BETA MATE

The final versions can be expected by the end of the month.

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Ubuntu 15.10 MATE beta

Just installed this version in Virtualbox. Although it’s a beta, it’s already very stable.

The reason I installed it is because this is the last version before 16.04, the next Ubuntu LTS, which will be the base for Linux Mint 18 LTS.

Ubuntu 16.04 will be available in april 2016, Linux Mint as usual about 1 month later.

I’ll keep this version running until the first alpha of 16.04 so I can see how it develops.

Some screenshots :

Login Screen

Login screen

Welcome Screen

Welcome Screen

Main Menu

Main Menu

Switching from Debian GNU/Linux to Linux Mint 17.2 LTS

Yes I’m switching from Debian GNU/Linux to Linux Mint 17.2 LTS. Although Debian GNU/Linux is still my favorite, Linux Mint has at the moment 1 big advantage for me :

I can easily switch between English and Spanish, something that I can’t manage in Debian, maybe I’m overlooking something 😉

Why is that important? I’m studying Spanish and Linux System Administration, so it’s very handy when my computers can easily switch between those languages 😉

One thing that doesn’t change is the desktop, I’ll stick to MATE.

How long will I stay with Linux Mint? Well that’s hard to say, both studies are going to take some time. As long as I’m studying I’ll stick to Mint, or in the mean time it must be possible to switch easily languages in Debian GNU/Linux.

Lubuntu 13.04

Just installed Lubuntu on a 4GB SSD ( Asus EeePC900 ).

I never liked Lxde but this is really a good distribution. Fast, lightweight and all the programs you need. After installation and updates it only use 2,25GB of disk space.
No downsides? Yes and no. If you need an office suite you have to install Libre or Openoffice, Lubuntu comes with Abiword and Gnumeric, but for most people the standard programs are just fine.

If you like Linux Mint Xfce you’ll sure like this one. It’s a pitty that Linux Mint has no Lxde version anymore.

Linux Mint drops LMDE KDE and Xfce

Going forward, LMDE ISOs will be released in two versions: MATE and Cinnamon. The decision was taken not to maintain a KDE version of LMDE and to stop maintaining the Xfce version. This was a painful decision to make considering the quality of LMDE Xfce and unofficial LMDE KDE, but one that made sense for Linux Mint since LMDE Xfce represented only 4% of the Linux Mint audience.

This is also consistent with our strategy to focus on what we do best, to do less and do it better and to invest less time in maintaining editions and more time in developing the core technology that they use. It was a tough call at the time when Linux Mint lost its Fluxbox and LXDE editions. They were great but they only appealed to a minority of our users and we can see the benefits of this decision now, we can release all our editions and switch to focusing entirely on the development of the next iteration much faster in our release cycle. Whether it’s Cinnamon, MDM, the Software Manager, the Mint tools, the LMDE live-installer or even new projects such as a Driver Manager or R&D plans related to the installation and/or base underneath Linux Mint, development is extremely important to us.

Source : The Linux Mint blog, News and summary

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Nemo, Cinnamon 1.6 and MATE 1.4

Cinnamon 1.6 preview

The upcoming Cinnamon 1.6 was given a quick preview at http://cinnamon.linuxmint.com/?p=195

Nemo

Nemo was announced as the new file browser for Cinnamon: http://cinnamon.linuxmint.com/?p=198

MATE 1.4

There was also news coming from MATE. In case you missed their announcement during the holidays. MATE 1.4 was released: http://mate-desktop.org/2012/07/30/mate-1-4-released/


Source : The Linux Mint Blog

Linux Mint 13 Maya released

Today Linux Mint 13 Maya has been released.

MATE and Cinnamon editions are available in 32 and 64 bit.

The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 13 “Maya”.

Available in two editions, Linux Mint 13 features the choice between a productive, stable and mature MATE 1.2 desktop and the brand new modern-looking and exciting Cinnamon 1.4. These two desktops are among the best available, they’re perfectly integrated within Linux Mint and represent great alternatives to Gnome 2 users. Linux Mint 13 is also an LTS (Long Term Support) release and it will be supported until April 2017.

Torrents:

MATE 32-bit
MATE 64-bit
Cinnamon 32-bit
Cinnamon 64-bit

Read all about the changes and release notes at The Linux Mint Blog

Netrunner Dryland – Second Edition RC

Netrunner Dryland SE RC ( Relesease Candidate ) has been released.

Netrunner is a Kubuntu 12.04 LTS based distribution

Features:

Kernel 3.2
KDE 4.8.2
Firefox-KDE-Integration
GTK2/3-KDE-Integration (via oxygen-gtk)
Gimp 2.8

Download Netrunner Dryland SE RC here

Bron : Netrunner OS website

Netrunner 4.2 – Dryland SE

Binnenkort komt er weer een nieuwe release van Netrunner, een KDE distro gebaseerd op Kubuntu 12.04 LTS :

We are preparing our next release:
Netrunner 4.2 called “Dryland – Second Edition”.

As the name indicates, it will continue on the Dryland cycle, yet be a full release that includes all the latest stuff from precise pangolin (and then some).

Since it is based on upcoming Kubuntu 12.04, we hope to have it ready 2 weeks after their official release.

An upgrade tool is also being tested to allow upgrading from Dryland -> Dryland SE.


Bron : Netrunner OS website

Xfce 4.10 released

Today, after 1 year and 4 months of work, we are pleased to announce the release of the Xfce desktop 4.10, a new stable version that supersedes Xfce 4.8.

In the 4.10 cycle we mainly focused on polishing the desktop and improving the user experience in various ways. Highlights of this release are:

A new application finder that has been completely rewritten and combines the functionality of the old xfce4-appfinder and xfrun4.
The panel now has an alternative vertical display mode (a deskbar). What is more, panel plugins can be arranged in multiple rows, which is particularly useful in the deskbar mode.
A new MIME type editor that allows you to easily change applications used for opening different file types. The mouse and touchpad settings dialog and the settings editor were extended in terms of functionality. The former now supports tablets in a much better way.
It is now possible to launch applications and open files on the desktop with a single click of the mouse. In addition, the 4.10 desktop can display thumbnails and automatically advance through the wallpaper list.
The window manager can be configured to tile windows when dragging them to the screen edges. The tab window (Alt+Tab) supports more flexible theming and cursor key navigation.

An online tour of the changes in Xfce 4.10 can be viewed here:

Read the complete article at The Xfce blog