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Linux Mint 14 Unleashed
by Susan Linton - Nov. 20, 2012Comments (1)
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The Linux Mint team today announced the release of version 14, codenamed "Nadia." Today's release ships in MATE and Cinnamon desktop varieties for 32 and 64-bit architectures. "After 6 months of incremental development, Linux Mint 14 features an impressive list of improvements, increased stability and a refined desktop experience."New Features this release:1. MATE 1.4:  "MATE 1.4 not only strengthens the quality and stability of the desktop but it goes beyond GNOME 2 by fixing bugs which were in GNOME 2 for years and by providing new features which were previously missing."2. Cinnamon 1.6:  "Cinnamon is full of new features and the result is impressive and despite all these new features, Cinnamon 1.6 is more stable than its predecessor."3. Workspace OSD:  Workspaces are persistent in Cinnamon and will remain the way you defined until you decide to delete them.4. Window Quick-List:  "The Window Quick-List is a new applet which lists all your windows across all workspaces."5. Notifications Applet:  "When you add the notifications applet to your panel it keeps track of any notification you didn't dismiss."6. Nemo:  "Cinnamon now features its own file browser: Nemo."7. MDM:  MDM now supports GDM 2 themes and Mint 14 includjes about 30 of them.  "You can find 2,000 more in gnome-look.org."8. Software Manager:  The software manager now uses its own apt client and sports full debconf support among other visual and operational improvements.Linux Mint 14 is based on Ubuntu 12.10 and ships with Linux 3.5, GCC 4.7.2, and Xorg X Server 1.13.0. It features software such as Firefox 16.0.1, LibreOffice 3.6.2, and GIMP 2.8.2. Download information and known issues can be found in the release announcement and more details are in the release notes.   
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by an anonymous user on Nov. 25, 2012I installed Mint 13 LTS (Long Term Support) with the idea of getting support for some years for upgrades to components like Cinnnamon without the nuisance of an OS installation (everybody knows it's more reliable to completely fresh install rather than muck around with "in place" OS upgrades).
I've learned that in fact Cinnamon 1.6, the Nemo browser, etc. are available for Mint 13 via a "backport" upgrade and I suppose will eventually be included in the Mint 13 repositories in the normal way. I suggest that when Mint decides a newer version of a desktop environment or other basic element is good enough to be included in a new version of Mint, it should automatically be ported to the repositories for current LTS versions of Mint - that's what LTS should be all about.
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