The Linux Mint development team has uploaded today the Linux Mint 18.3 Beta release to the official download mirror, with 64-bit and 32-bit live ISO images of both Cinnamon and MATE editions of the operating system, though no official announcement was published at the moment of writing.
Linux Mint 18.3 LTS is based on Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS
Source : Full Circle
July 2 Linux Mint 18.2 LTS was released.
Linux Mint 18.2 is based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and is supported until April 2021.
You can find the official announcements here :
Linux Mint 18.2 LTS Cinnamon
Linux Mint 18.2 LTS MATE
Linux Mint 18.2 LTS Xfce
Linux Mint 18.2 LTS KDE
How to upgrade to Linux Mint 18.2 LTS
Upgrade from Linux Mint 17.3 LTS to Linux Mint 18 LTS by Clement Lefebvre, project leader of Linux Mint.
Linux Mint 17 LTS (based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS) is supported until April 2019.
If you need help with upgrading or installing just send me a message.
April 28, 2017 Linux Mint 13 and Ubuntu 12.04 based Operating Systems are End Of Life.
That means you will no longer get updates for your OS
I advise you to upgrade to supported versions.
Supported Linux Mint LTS versions :
Linux Mint 17.x 18.x and Linux Mint Debian Edition 2
You can download them here
Supported Ubuntu (derivatives) are (there are more, but I prefer this) :
Ubuntu LTS 16.04.x
Ubuntu-MATE LTS 16.04.x
Xubuntu LTS 16.04.x
Lubuntu LTS 16.04.x
PeppermintOS (based on Ubuntu 16.04)
If you need help to switch or want more advise about the different versions, just fill in the contact form or leave a reply.
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.
When the code name for Ubuntu 16.04 was revealed, I changed the repositories from 15.10 (Wily) immediately to 16.04 (Xenial).
Yesterday I got the first updates.
I have Ubuntu MATE and Xubuntu both running in Virtualbox.
In this post I’ll keep you informed about the progress.
Update 27 october 2015 :
MATE version had about 100 MB updates, Xubuntu about 200 MB.
Update 14 februari 2016 :
Besides Ubuntu-MATE and Xubuntu I’ve also installed Lubuntu and Ubuntu (Unity desktop).
All 4 versions feel very solid allready. Although I still don’t like the Unity desktop it has made a huge improvement over the years.
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 :
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.
After I quit with Windows 10 I reinstalled my other virtual machines, except Windows 7. From the top :
Debian testing : This will be the next stable version of Debian GNU/Linux. I like to see what is going to happen and how the development goes on. [GNOME desktop}
Huayra : It’s an Argentine Linux, based on Debian stable, made for education in Argentina. By default everything is in Spanish, but if you know the root password you can add any language you want 😉 [MATE desktop]
Linux Mint Debian Edition : As the name says, Based on Debian stable instead of Ubuntu. A bit more difficult then the main edition, but easier to install and config then Debian. [Cinnamon desktop]
Linux Mint LTS : The main edition, based on Ubuntu LTS. Very well finished and easy to install for beginners. [Xfce desktop]
Ubuntu LTS : Ubuntu LTS = Long Term Support. LTS versions get 5 years security updates. Although it’s not very important for personnel use (every 2 year a LTS version is released), for businesses it’s important. Based on Debian, it’s a robust and user friendly Linux. [MATE desktop]
openSUSE : A very solid Linux version. Instead of the Debian package management system (.deb) it uses the Red Hat package management system (.rpm). I only use this version for study, so I can work with both package systems. [GNOME desktop]
Windows 7 : Unfortanately I need sometimes Windows, for example to DeDRM an Ebook. Although I don’t like Windows, this one is the best you can get at the moment.
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
The ISO images for Linux Mint 14 “Nadia” were updated and labelled “14.1″. All the links were updated on the website and in the announcements to point to the new ISOs.
If you’re already running Linux Mint 14, you don’t need to reinstall.
The new ISO images provide fixes for the following issues:
High CPU usage, low performance on Intel GPU
This was caused by a race condition between Plymouth and Xorg and affected owners of Intel cards in particular. Rather than using the “intel” driver, Xorg was randomly using “modesetting” or “fbdev” and the desktop was rendered by the CPU rather than the GPU using LLVMPIPE software rendering.
This issue was fixed in MDM 1.0.8 which is available as an update in Maya backports and in Nadia and which is installed by default on the new ISOs.
No DNS resolution, Internet not working in virtual machine
Linux Mint now uses OpenDNS as a fallback for DNS resolution. If the system fails to connect to a DNS server, the resolution is done via OpenDNS. This guarantees better out of the box connectivity especially in virtual machines.
Installer fails to install grub-efi
A bug was fixed and the installer now successfully installs the grub-efi packages in EFI installations. You still need to disable Secure Boot and depending on the implementation of EFI on your system you might have to specify the location of the EFI boot file (EFI/BOOT/grubx64.efi).
Source : The Linux Mint Blog