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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.
- 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.
Linux Mint is one of the most popular Linux distributions currently out there. Distrowatch website ranks them as #1 and Mint’s own webpage gives itself a rank of 4. There are hardware vendors providing specialized boxes running it like our previously reviewed Mintbox. So what makes it so wonderful and popular? We decided to review the latest available edition 16.
Linux Mint is yet another derivative of Ubuntu Linux, which means, all Ubuntu (and Debian) software technically should work without modifications on Mint, including system updates. Which is great.
Don’t have time to configure Linux onto your old Windows PC? Still struggling with device drivers and module compilations? Are you seeking an affordable, small and ready to use computer but not sure what is great for your browsing and email needs? Well Linux Mint might have an answer for you in the form of a mini computer, called MintBox.
The computer is not much larger than your standard wifi router. Infact, from a distance, it resembles a typical wifi router. But in reality it is a full fledged computer running the latest iteration of Linux Mint (currently in Version 15). It comes in two models Basic and Pro. The major difference between the two is the processor, RAM and GPUs. But otherwise, they are identical.